1977: The 1970s included many different technologies. For instance, Bill Gates founded Microsoft, the first video game was launched, and printers were developing. The Voyager 1 was launched just before major technologies came about; for example, the cell phone was created just two years after the launch occurred. Politically, the Vietnam War just ended and the Cold War was still in pursuit, however the launch occurred during a shift of major events in terms of the War. The draft era was ended for the Vietnam in 1977, so there was much less political tension.