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23 May, 1995

The first version of the now popular and versatile programming language, Java, was released on 23rd May 1995 by Sun Microsystems.

The language was created by James Gosling with help from Mike Sheridan and Patrick Naughton. The language was actually meant for interactive television but was too advanced for digital cable TV industry of that time.

Gosling had designed Java with a C/C++ syntax so that system and application programmers would have little trouble in adopting the new language. By the way, it was originally named “Oak” (after an oak tree outside Gosling’s office). It was then named “Green” and finally to “Java”, from Java coffee.