A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

HAL

Sat, 30 Oct '21
A.I. on Discovery One
Mon, 11 Oct '21
Rogue computer in "2001: A Space Odyssey"
Sun, 12 Sep '21
The future Henry V, to Falstaff
Fri, 6 Aug '21
Fictional operator of the Discovery One spaceship
Fri, 30 Apr '21
"Open the pod bay doors, ___" (classic movie line)