BASIC was created by John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz, and first appeared on May 1, 1964.
The programming language was made to be easier to use, so other people besides scientists could use and program computers.
BASIC was made to teach students about programming concepts.
BASIC wasn't a direct predecessor of any language.
BASIC stands for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.
A version of BASIC was developed by Bill Gates and became Microsofts first product.