1980 – The Rubik’s Cube is patented and makes its international debut
The Rubik’s Cube is a 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik.
Rubik applied for a patent in Hungary for his “Magic Cube” on 30 January 1975, and was granted later that year.
Rubik’s Cube won the 1980 German Game of the Year special award for Best Puzzle.
Originally called the Magic Cube, the puzzle was licensed by Rubik to be sold by Ideal Toy Corp in 1980 via businessman Tibor Laczi and Seven Towns founder Tom Kremer.
Extra Note: As of January 2009, 350 million cubes had been sold worldwide, making it the world’s top-selling puzzle game.
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