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Evolution of Communication

  • First telegraph

    First telegraph
    Baron Schilling von Canstatt successfully demonstrates the first telegraph in history in his room.
  • The Pony Express Begins

    The Pony Express Begins
    The Pony Express was a fast mail service crossing the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the High Sierra from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, from April 1860 to October 1861.
  • Demonstration of Telephone

    Demonstration of Telephone
    Bell makes the first two-way long distance telephone call between Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Morse Code over Radio

    Morse Code over Radio
    British physicist Sir Oliver Lodge demonstrated the reception of Morse code signaling using radio waves using a "coherer".
  • First Radio Audio Broadcast

    First Radio Audio Broadcast
    Reginald Fessenden used an Alexanderson alternator and rotary spark-gap transmitter to make the first radio audio broadcast, from Brant Rock, Massachusetts. Ships at sea heard a broadcast that included Fessenden playing O Holy Night on the violin and reading a passage from the Bible.
  • SOS becomes Internationally accepted

    SOS becomes Internationally accepted
    SOS is the commonly used description for the international Morse code distress signal (· · · — — — · · ·). This distress signal was first adopted by the German government in radio regulations effective April 1, 1905, and became the worldwide standard under the second International Radiotelegraphic Convention, which was signed on November 3, 1906 and became effective on July 1, 1908.
  • First Transcontinental Telephone Call

    First Transcontinental Telephone Call
    The first transcontinental telephone call, with Thomas Augustus Watson at 333 Grant Avenue in San Francisco receiving a call from Alexander Graham Bell at 15 Dey Street in New York City.
  • First Live Television Image

    First Live Television Image
    John Baird achieves the first live television image with tone graduations (not silhouette or duotone images) in his laboratory. Baird drags office boy William Taynton in front of the camera to become the first face on television. But rate of five images per second is below realistic movement.
  • First Television System

    First Television System
    John Logie Baird demonstrates the world's first television system to transmit live, moving images in tone graduations, to 40 members of the Royal Institution. The 30-line images are scanned mechanically by a disk with a spiral of lenses at 12.5 images per second.
  • First Public Television Broadcoast

    First Public Television Broadcoast
    Dr. Ernst Frederik Werner Alexanderson performs the first successful public television broadcast. The pictures, with 48 lines at 16 frames per second, were received on sets with 1.5 sq. inch screens in the homes of four General Electric executives in Schenectady, New York. The sound was transmitted over the WGY radio station.
  • First Color Television

    First Color Television
    John Logie Baird demonstrates a color television system achieved by using a scanning disc with spirals of red, green and blue filters at the transmitting and receiving ends
  • First Television Commercial

    First Television Commercial
    The world's first legal TV commercial, for Bulova watches, occurs at 2:29 PM over WNBT (now WNBC) New York before a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The 10-second spot displayed a picture of a clock superimposed on a map of the United States, accompanied by the voice-over "America runs on Bulova time."
  • Creation of ARPANET

    Creation of ARPANET
    Promoted to the head of the information processing office at DARPA, Robert Taylor intended to realize Licklider's ideas of an interconnected networking system. Bringing in Larry Roberts from MIT, he initiated a project to build such a network. The first ARPANET link was established between the University of California, Los Angeles and the Stanford Research Institute on 22:30 hours on October 29, 1969.
  • First Email

    First Email
    The first email is created and sent by Ray Thomlinson, a computer engineer working under ARPAnet.
  • The Creation of the World Wide Web

    The Creation of the World Wide Web
    By Christmas 1990, Berners-Lee had built all the tools necessary for a working Web: the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) 0.9, the HyperText Markup Language (HTML), the first Web browser (named WorldWideWeb, which was also a Web editor), the first HTTP server software (later known as CERN httpd), the first web server (http://info.cern.ch), and the first Web pages that described the project itself.
  • The World Wide Web goes Public

    The World Wide Web goes Public
    Berners-Lee posted a short summary of the World Wide Web project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup. This date also marked the debut of the Web as a publicly available service on the Internet.
  • First Text Message

    First Text Message
    The first SMS ever sent was by Brit Neil Papworth who texted ‘Happy Christmas’ to Vodafone director Richard Jarvis at a staff Christmas party. Papworth sent the Short Messaging Service from his work computer to an Orbitel 901 handset.
  • The Beginning of Yahoo!

    The Beginning of Yahoo!
    Yahoo! Inc. was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994 and was incorporated on March 1, 1995.
  • Launching of Wikipedia

    Launching of Wikipedia
    Ward Cunningham may have created the first wiki on the Internet domain c2.com on 25 March1995, but the most popular Wiki, Wikipedia, was launched on January 15, 2001 by Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales.
  • Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook.

    Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook.
    What initially begins as a drunken hacking attack on the Harvard network results in the creation of a popular social networking site. As of February 2012, Facebook has more than 845 million active users.
  • Google goes Public

    Google goes Public
    Google was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998, and its initial public offering followed on August 19, 2004.
  • Youtube Created

    Youtube Created
    Three paypal employees start Youtube on the grounds that they have difficulty sharing videos. The domain name www.youtube.com was activated on February 14, 2005, and the website was developed over the subsequent months.
  • The iPhone

    The iPhone
    The iPhone started shipping
  • Finished!

    The Creator of this Timeline just finished this homework project. While this is not notable in international terms, this is significant to the creator, a busy student with no life.