may 1, 2000 - GPS Is Opened To Public
The Global Positioning System was mainly use by only the military in the early 1980s. It was opened to the public in 2000 after the military realized that a GPS could have saved people in a plane that had strayed into prohibited territory if they had had a GPS. People were able to move on from paper maps and could now use GPS instead which made going places much easier.
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