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Convergence of Television and the Internet

  • "Television"

    The first International Congress of Electricity was held at the World's Fair in Paris. Russian Constantin Perskyi made the first known use of the word "television."
  • First TV studio opened

    First TV studio opened
    John Baird opens the first TV studio but the image is poor. Vladimir Zworkin demonstrates the first practical electronic system by transmitting and receiving images with his kinescope tube.
  • The Berlin Summer Games Broadcast Live

    The Berlin Summer Games Broadcast Live
    The Berlin Summer Olympic Games are broadcast live by stations in Berlin and Hamburg. For those that did not own a television set, 28 public television rooms were opened.
  • CBS Begins TV Development

    CBS Begins TV Development
    CBS begins to prosper as a television network taking in $28,700,000 and had 114 affiliates. Meanwhile, the BBC began high definition broadcasts in London
  • Cable Television Introduced

    Cable Television Introduced
    Cable television is introduced in Pennsylvania in order to bring television to rural areas.
  • USSR Launches Sputnik

    USSR Launches Sputnik
    Sputnik, the first artificial earth satellite, is launched. The following year, the US creates the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), within the Department of Defense (DoD) to establish a US lead in science and technology, specifically within the military.
  • Kennedy v. Nixon

    Kennedy v. Nixon
    The first split screen broadcast occurs with the Kennedy v. Nixon debates.
  • Civil Rights Demonstrations

    Civil Rights Demonstrations
    Televised footage of Civil Rights demonstrators occur. The broadcasts displayed images of protestors attacked by police and dogs.
  • ARPA Goes Online

    ARPA Goes Online
    1969ARPA goes online and connects four major U.S. universities. ARPA designed the program for research, education and government organizations. The main goal was to link the country through a network in the event that a militiary attack destroyed conventional communication.
  • Television Becomes More Popular Than Newspapers

    Television Becomes More Popular Than Newspapers
    A Roper poll found that the majority of Americans relied on television more than newspapers for news.
  • The Munich, Germany Olympic Games

    The Munich, Germany Olympic Games
    ABC's coverage of the summer 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany turned tragic when Palestinians held Israeli athletes hostage.
  • Watergate Scandal

    Watergate Scandal
    The Watergate Hearings had networks rotating over 300 hours of footage. Television became an important tool for viewers to understand and connect with politics.
  • Barbara Walters Becomes First Woman Co-Anchor

    Barbara Walters Becomes First Woman Co-Anchor
    Barbara Walters made history by becoming television's first woman co-anchor. She was joined Harry Reasoner on The ABC Evening News.
  • "Internet

    The word "Internet" is used for the first time.
  • The Cable Communication Policy Act is Passed by Congess

    The Cable Communication Policy Act is Passed by Congess
    With the passing of the Cable Communication Policy Act, new government regulations created complications. The Act deregulated a majority of the cable industry and increased subscriber rates.
  • NASA Challenger Space Watch

    NASA Challenger Space Watch
    The only live national TV coverage that was available publically was from CNN. The tragic NASA Challenger space shuttle launch lacked video documentation and until 2010, the only known footage remained from CNN, which was the only on-location footage within range of the launch site.
  • The World Wide Web Is Created

    The World Wide Web Is Created
    Tim Berners-Lee of CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics) develops what he calls the World Wide Web, a new technique for transfering and distributing information on the Internet.
  • The White House Goes Online

    The White House Goes Online
    The White House launches its website,, ommerce sites begin mass marketng campaigns through email, introducing the idea of "spamming".
  • O.J. Simpson Trial Televised

    O.J. Simpson Trial Televised
    The producer of NBC Today called the murder and trial "the biggest story I have ever seen." The event received extensive media coverage. At one point, the multitude of media participation caused camera signals to appear on the wrong levision channels. Almost 2000 reporters covered the trial and 121 video feeds came from the courts.
  • Everyone Using The Internet

    Everyone Using The Internet
    As of 1996, 45 million people were using the Internet. Of those, 30 million were in North America, 9 million in Europe and 6 million in Asia.
  • Registered As Domain Name Registered As Domain Name
    After opening their doors in 1995, Google officially went online registering their domain name The name was a play on the word "googol", a mathematical term for the number represented by 1 following 100 zeros.
  • Myspace Launched

    Myspace Launched
    Myspace is launched and the number of Internet users worldwide reaches 150 million.
  • Dot.Com Bubble Bursts

    Dot.Com Bubble Bursts
    Web sites, most notably Yahoo! and eBay, are hit by a broad denial of service attack. The event highlighted the vulnerability of the Internet.
  • Wikipedia Launched

    Wikipedia Launched
    Wikipedia is launched as an information sharing site for users to edit content.
  • Television News Coverage of 9/11

    Television News Coverage of 9/11
  • Facebook Launched

    Facebook Launched
    Facebook goes online and begins an era of social networking. Also, the Mozilla Firefox browser is introduced.
  • Presidential Campaign

    Presidential Campaign
    In the 2004 campaign, the use of blogs increased immeasurably as a method of commenting on issues and persuading the undecided. Essentially, Howard Dean invented himself through the use of Blogs. Through a network of websites and blogs, Dean created a following that helped him lead all other Democratic candidates in fundraising.
  • Youtube Launched

    Youtube Launched
    YouTube is launched as a video sharing website.
  • Facebook Is Popular

    Facebook Is Popular
    In 2009, Facebook reached an impressive 400 active users.
  • Arab Spring

    Arab Spring
    Twitter and Facebook play a large role in the mass protests and revolt of the Arab Spring. The Egyption govenrment attemped to limit the county's internet access. The use of social media more than doubled in Arab countries during the protests.
  • Al Jazeera Covers Arab Spring

    Al Jazeera Covers Arab Spring
    Al Jazeera CoverageAn article entitled "Al-Jazeera's Awful Week", shamed the network for failing to cover mass protests and instead airing "an interview with a Syrian dissident - as well as soccer training updates." Staff left the network as they claimed the reports were "out of sync with the real events in Egypt".