In 1945, Vannevar Bush writes in the Atlantic Monthly about the possible uses for information technology. He dreams about a device where individuals can store books, records, and communications as a supplement to their memory. He describes it as a photo-electrical-mechanical device called the Memex, which can link documents on microfiche.
The fundamental foundation of the internet was created in the early 60's. At MIT in 1961 Leonard Kleinrock produced the first paper on packet switching theory. This theory was the foundation for giving computer the ability to become networked and communicate.
In 1962, the SAGE also known as the Semi Automatic Ground Environment was used as North America's early warning system.
The Internet as we know it today first started being developed in the late 1960's.
ARPANET was the precursor to todays internet. It was the first networked system to utilize packet switching rather than circuit switching, the method used before then.
The birth of the Internet occurred in Leonard Klieinrock's UCLA laboratory (3420 Boelter Hall at MIT) when his Host computer became the first node of the Internet in September 1969 and it was from there that he directed the transmission of the first message to pass over the Internet on October 29, 1969.
October 29, 1969 - The first electronic message was sent over the ARPANET network - this network consisted of the first four computers located apart but connected to each other and communicating across distances.
In 1972, BBN programmer Ray Tomlinson created the first e-mail system on the ARPANET.
1978: The first unsolicited commercial email message (now known as spam) was sent to 600 ArPlanet users by Gary Thuerk.
In 1982 the first Videotext was completed allowing for online purchases, market sharing, and chatting.
TCP/IP is the Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol suite of protocols that was developed in 1970s and adopted by the Department of Defense in 1983 as part of ARPANET in order to communicate over long distances over networks. With this development, instead of only being able to share information locally (within an office building for instance) people became able to share the information between multiple offices across the country. Basically it connects multiple networks together creating the "internet."
In 1983 the idea for the domain naming system arrived.
In 1991 the Unversity of Minnesota comes up with a "point-and-click navigation," and names it Gopher.
In 1994, Hotmail was developed by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith.
In 1995, JAVA, an independent programming language, was created by Jim Gosling.
1998: PayPal was developed to exchange the money generated by sales via the Internet.
The explosive social networking site known as Facebook was officially launched in February of 2004 by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg.
2005: The launch of You Tube video-sharing site.
The world's first decentralized digital currency, Bitcoin, was devised in 2009 by a programmer
called Satoshi Nakomoto.
In 1957 the USSR launched the first satellite into space (Sputnik).
In 1980 Tim Berners-Lee created a program that allowed links to be made between nodes
In 1989 Tim Berners-Lee, then a software engineer at CERN, invented the World Wide Web.
The first web page was posted by Tim Berners Lee in 1990. Tim Berners-Lee came up with the three fundamental technologies that are the foundation of the Web, HTML, URL, and HTTP.
On December 12, 1991, Paul Kunz installed the first Web service outside of Europe, at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
1993: Marc Andreessen develops Mosaic.
The first mobile browser was PocketWeb and could be used on PDAs in 1994.
In 1994, shopping malls, banks, radio stations, and advertising become comonplace online.
In 1995, Pierre Omidyar came up with a code that soon developed into one of the most popular online shopping sites on the web: eBay.
In 1995, companies like CompuServe, America Online and Prodigy began to provide online connections through traditional dial–up services.
Flash is a multimedia media platform widely used to create animation and add videos and interactions to web pages. It was introduced in 1996 by Jonathan Gay as an improvement to SmartSketch. Flash content can be seen on varying computer systems and devices through Adobe Flash Player.
1996: Microsoft created their own browser - Internet Explorer
Skype is a form of communication online that began in 2003.