• First Satalite

    The USSR launches the first Satalite.
  • The Paper

    The paper, A Conceptual Framework for the Augmentation of Man’s Intellect is published by Douglas Engelbart. The work outlines multimedia paradigms to be integrated into the Internet.
  • Reasons

    Rand Corporation proposes a new information network so that the United States could successfully communicate after a nuclear war.

    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. ARPANET is the world's first operational packet switching network and the core network of a set that came to compose the global Internet.
  • Email

    ARPANET begins to be used for communicating email
  • "Internet"

    The term "internet" is starting to be used.
  • Comet

    Comet, the first commercial email software, is offered by the Computer Corporation of America for $40,000.
  • Demonstration

    Near Menlo Park, California, SRI scientists demonstrate that a TCP (transmission control protocol) will successfully support seamless end to end transmission over mobile radio.
  • "The information Highway"

    Al Gore Came up with the term for the internet as "The information Highway"
  • "World Wide Web"

    Tim Barners-Lee made up the Phrase "World Wide Web" (www.)
  • SLAS

    Stanford Linear Accelerator becomes the first web server on the Internet.
  • Growing?

    The Internet takes off as part of the world’s fastest growing information network. The MOSAIC Web Browser is born on the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign campus. Jim Clark and Marc Andreeson found Netscape Communications in Mountain View, California. Netscape is the first successful commercial Web browser. The World Wide Web is developed in CERN, the Institute for Particle Physics in Switzerland.
  • Spinoffs

    Lucent Technology (a spin-off of AT&T) made 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.
  • Facebook

    Facebook is started in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • We have lift off

    YouTube launches.
  • stats and founding

    There are over 92 million websites online. Twitter is started in San Francisco, California.
  • Stats

    Internet World Stats counts over 1.6 billion web surfers worldwide as of June, 2009. The Internet celebrates its 40th anniversary.
  • Means of communication

    Twitter and Facebook are the primary means of communication for the Middle East revolts.
  • Stats

    Internet World Stats counted over 544 million users on the Internet.
  • OPA

    Internet users scored an important victory in the battle to defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act