ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) goes online in December, connecting four major U.S. universities
Electronic mail is introduced by Ray Tomlinson, a Cambridge, Mass
Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter and running mate Walter Mondale use email to plan campaign events. Queen Elizabeth sends her first email. She's the first state leader to do so
Domain Name System (DNS) is established, with network addresses identified by extensions such as .com, .org, and .edu.
A virus called the Internet Worm temporarily shuts down about 10% of the world's Internet servers.
The White House launches its website, www.whitehouse.gov.
Approximately 45 million people are using the Internet
Internet traffic records are broken as the NASA website broadcasts images taken by Pathfinder on Mars.
Google opens its first office, in California.
58.5% of the U.S. population (164.14 million people) uses the Internet. Worldwide there are 544.2 million users.
YouTube.com is launched.
There are more than 92 million websites online.
Legal online music downloads triple to 6.7 million downloads per week