The History of the Cube

The decidedly un-cube-like first Rubik's Cube.

It started in 1949. Well, that's poor pronoun use. "It" refers to the creation of the cube, but really 1949 was when the cube's inventor Erno Rubik was born. He was born in Budapest, Hungary.

In 1974, Rubik created the first working prototype of the cube. The cube itself, were it sentient, would have had an identity crisis, as it did not look all that much like a cube.

Furthering the hypothetically sentient cube's need for therapy, the toy went by the name of "The Magic Cube." Rubik pateneted the cube and Politechnika, a Hungarian toy manufacturer, began producing and selling the cube. Despite the name, no actual magic was used.

In 1980, Ideal Toy Corporation exported "The Magic Cube" and renamed it "Rubik's Cube." The actual content of real magic in the cube, initially zero, remained at zero, despite the name change.

Rubik's Cube inventor Erno Rubik.

By 1982, more then 100 million cubes were sold, the first Rubik's Championships were held in Budapest, and "Rubik's Cube" entered the Oxford English Dictionary, where it's definition was not synonymous with the definition of magic.

In 1990, Rubik became President of the Hungarian Engineerng Academy, not the Hungarian Magic Academy, and established the International Rubik Foundation.

In 2005, the Rubik's Cube celebrated its magical 25th Anniversary. If the cube was sentient, it would have partied most hardy.

In the modern day, Rubik is now retired and the cube remains awesome...

Magic.