Happy Birthday Internet!

On October 29, 2009 the Internet turned 40. It was on this back in 1969 that what later became what we know as the Internet that was used for the very first time … and crashed. Here is what happened: The first network had four nodes, the first at UCLA, and the second at Stanford Research Institute. The other two – at the University of California-Santa Barbara and the University of Utah were not yet installed. That network was funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency, a program of the U.S. Department of Defense, created in the aftermath of the Soviets beating the U.S. into space. On October 29, 1969, a graduate student named Charley Kline used a terminal at UCLA to contact SRI. When Kline typed the “G” in “login” the network crashed. And for some reason, we are today marking that as the “birth of the Internet.”

Learn more about the history of the Internet at the Computer History Museum


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