Birth of the Internet

It was 40 years ago today, September 2, 1969 that scientists connected two computers at UCLA with a 15-foot cable, and had the machines communicate with each other. The test data was meaningless, but the breakthrough eventually led to the formation of the internet. However, there were plenty of other milestones. Which date should we consider the birthday of the internet?

September 2, 1969: First two computers communicated with each other.

Oct 29, 1969: Data sent via computer to a remote location.

1971: The first email was sent.

Jan 1, 1983: ARPANET adopted the standard TCP/IP protocol.

March 1989: Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web.

April 22, 1993: Mosaic became the first web browser.

Roads and Crossroads of Internet History has even more milestones, going back to the installation of the trans-Atlantic cable in 1866. Which date should we designate as the birthday of the internet? Then again, we could just celebrate all of them -any excuse for a party!

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9 Responses to Birth of the Internet

  1. To me, a local network isn't the internet, so I can't say 2nd September should be the anniversary. It's just a network. It might have been the birth of computer networking, but it's not the birth of the internet.

    I'd say October 29th was the real birth of what the internet is – two computers, in totally remote locations (yeah, they're both quite near in California, but relatively), sending data to and fro. Yeah, it crashed, but it still worked. So that's the birth, to me.

  2. To me, a local network isn’t the internet, so I can’t say 2nd September should be the anniversary. It’s just a network. It might have been the birth of computer networking, but it’s not the birth of the internet.

    I’d say October 29th was the real birth of what the internet is – two computers, in totally remote locations (yeah, they’re both quite near in California, but relatively), sending data to and fro. Yeah, it crashed, but it still worked. So that’s the birth, to me.

    • Awesome!

      Any chance of digging up more ‘birth of the whatever’ type videos? I’m always interested in how technologies began (and I’m sure others are too!)

  3. Saying the Internet is two computers connected is like saying the first paved highway between to cities began the Interstate system, or that Henry Ford invented NASCAR.

    The Internet is a connection of networks with other components. I was using Bulletin Board System in 1983 and we didn't know the word Internet. I suggest March 1989 is a more logical birth of the Internet.

  4. Saying the Internet is two computers connected is like saying the first paved highway between to cities began the Interstate system, or that Henry Ford invented NASCAR.

    The Internet is a connection of networks with other components. I was using Bulletin Board System in 1983 and we didn’t know the word Internet. I suggest March 1989 is a more logical birth of the Internet.

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