The history of SQL Server dates back to 1989 when the product came about as a result of a partnership between Microsoft, Sybase, and Ashton-Tate. SQL Server has evolved tremendously over the years and now Microsoft is getting ready to bring SQL Server 2012 to market, beginning with the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event happening on March 7, 2012 at 8am PST.
-- SQL Server Team Blog
Talk about the wayback machine... I've released production apps that used about every version of the mentioned SQL Server (from 4.21a and on...) and so watching this brought back the memories...