LEGO Brick Timeline: 50 Years of Building Frenzy and Curiosities: "The LEGO brick turns 50 at exactly 1:58 p.m. today, January 28, 2008."
Ahh, LEGO is wonderful. I had a significant portion of the Space sets when I was a kid. I even setup a huge moonbase in the basement, with satellites strung from the ceiling and moonbuses of my own design moving between the various stations. It wasn't enough to build just a set but to combine sets into communities. It was great.
The wondrous thing about LEGO bricks is that they still fit with ones made 30 years ago and for the most part fit nice and tight so the models don't fall apart too easily. Can't say the same for many of the competitors.
LEGO can be seriously fun.
Funnily enough LEGO is the largest tire manufacturer in the world. And they have a production system so tight that only 18 out of 1,000,000 bricks are defective.