• The USSR launches the first satellite, Sputnik. To compete against the USSR's success at launching the first satellite, the United States Department of Defense creates the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). ARPA is responsible for the development of new technology for use by the military. 1963
• The paper, A Conceptual Framework for the Augmentation of Man’s Intellect is published by Douglas Engelbart. The work outlines multimedia paradigms to be integrated into the Internet. 1964
• Rand Corporation proposes a new information network so that the United States could successfully communicate after a nuclear war. 1969
• The first host-to-host Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) connection is made on October 25, 1969, between the University of California at Los Angeles, and the Stanford Research Institute, Inc. (SRI) in Menlo Park, California. ARPANET is the world's first operational packet switching network and the core network of a set that came to compose the global Internet. 1972
• ARPANET begins to be used for communicating email.
• The term “Internet” begins to be used.
• Comet, the first commercial email software, is offered by the Computer Corporation of America for $40,000. 1977
• Near Menlo Park, California, SRI scientists demonstrate that a TCP (transmission control protocol) will successfully support seamless end to end transmission over mobile radio. • ARCNET (Attached Resource Computer Network) the first commercial network, is developed by Datapoint Corporation. 1981
• Al Gore coins the term for the Internet “The Information Superhighway.” 1990
• The phrase “World Wide Web” is coined by Tim Berners-Lee.
• Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC) becomes the first web server on the Internet. 1992
• Internet registration begins for .com, .net. .org, .edu, and .gov. 1993
• The Internet takes off as part of the world’s fastest growing information network. • The MOSAIC Web Browser is born on the...
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