History of the Internet

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1957

1957

• 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).

1969

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.

1972

1972

• ARPANET begins to be used for communicating email.

1989

1989

Tim Berners Lee, British computer scientist and the inventor of the World Wide Web.

1992

1992

• Internet registration begins for .com, .net. .org, .edu, and .gov.

1993

1993

• The Internet takes off as part of the world’s fastest growing information network.

1995

1995

• Yahoo! is founded in Santa Clara, California, and provides a web search engine, email service, mapping and more.

1997

1997

• Lucent Technology (a spin-off of AT&T) develops the first telephony system. The telephony system allows users to make phone calls over the Internet. Ironically, this led to the eventual demise of the AT&T phone network.

• In 1997, there are 1 million domain registrants on the Internet.

1998

1998

• Google is founded in Menlo Park, California.

1999

1999

• There are approximately 100 million computers connected online.

2001

2001

• Wikipedia is launched.

2004

2004

• Facebook is founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

2005

2005

• YouTube launches.

2006

2006

• There are over 92 million websites online.

• Twitter is founded in San Francisco, California.