My first programming language was Basic. I started learning it in magazines, and then took classes, received a computer, and then the rest is history. This past week, on May 1st, it officially turned 60 years old. The simple approach, using standard words, phrases, and directions that even a 12 year old could grasp, was the way that many companies moved forward with simple programs. Even today, some of the various things we might use in Visual Basic under Excel or other Microsoft Office programs, still refer to much of the same things that I learned years ago. Definitely a wonderful ride the whole way…

Easy-to-use language that drove Apple, TRS-80, IBM, and Commodore PCs debuted in 1964.

Found at arstechnica.com