May 31, 2020
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⟶ Updated 17 Oct 2017 ⟶
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Two computers at MIT Lincoln Lab communicate with one another using packet-switching technology.
Beranek and Newman, unveils the final version of the Interface Message Processor (IMP) specifications. BBN wins ARPANET contract.
Global networking becomes a reality as the University College of London and Royal Radar Establishment connect to ARPANET. The term INTERNET is born.
The first Internet Service Provider (ISP) is born with the introduction of a commercial version of ARPANET, known as Telenet.
Queen Elizabeth II hits the “send button” on her first email.
The National Science Foundation provided a grant to establish the Computer Science Network to provide networking services to university computer scientists.
TCP/IP emerged as the protocol for ARPANET. This results in the fledgling definition of the Internet as connected TCP/IP internets. TCP/IP remains the standard protocol for the Internet.
The Domain Name System (DNS) establishes the familiar .edu, .gov, .com, .mil, .org, .net, and .int system for naming websites.
William Gibson, author of "Neuromancer," is the first to use the term "cyberspace."
Symbolics.com, the website for Symbolics Computer Corp. in Massachusetts, becomes the first registered domain.
The number of hosts on the Internet exceeds 20,000. Cisco ships its first router.
The number of websites reaches 600 and the White House and United Nations go online.
Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee and National Security Agency contractor, reveals that the NSA had in place a monitoring program capable of tapping the communications of thousands of people, including U.S. citizens.
YouTube.com launches. The social news site Reddit is also founded.
The Internet marks its 40th anniversary.
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