Plankalkul was released in 1948 developed by Konrad Zuse. The purpose of this programing language was to reinvent the concept of a program for the new generation of computing technology.
LOGO was released in 1967 by a group from Bolt lead by Wallace Feurzeig. This programing language was quoted as "a tool for learning" and was meant to provide activities to help users learn about the language. LOGO surprisingly is based on Lisp, also discussed in this timeline.
C++ was originally developed in 1979 by Bjarne Stroustrup as an expansion of the C language to add new features and capabilities. C++ is not an acronym but it should be noted in certain programming languages, ++ typically means adding 1.
ADA was originally developed in 1980 by Dr. Jean Ichbiah and his team at CII-Honeywell-Bull in France. The main purpose of this language is to provide developers a reliable and efficient modern language for large and long-lived applications such as embedded systems. The name "Ada" while appears to be an acronym was chosen to honor Augusta Ada Lovelace who is regarded as the world's first programmer.
Visual Basic was released in 1991 by a team at Microsoft after combining QuickBasic and the Ruby shell. The purpose of Visual Basic was to provide developers a language to program Windows programs with.