Hip-Hip-Hooray! It’s National Internet Day | Oct. 29th
Celebrate the Anniversary of the Revolutionary Invention that Connects Us All Today
Ah, the internet, where would we be without it? No matter what you use it for—work, online shopping, communicating with friends and family, or staying up-to-date on the hottest memes—the internet affects almost every part of our lives. Before it reached the pinnacle of what it is today, the internet had humble beginnings in the UCLA computer science department’s lab on October 29th, 1969. This is the date that the first internet transmission was sent, thus paving the way for the potential of this revolutionary invention.
The year was 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldren landed on the moon, and hundreds of thousands of people were getting ‘groovy’ at Woodstock. During this time, Leonard Kleinrock, a UCLA computer science professor, oversaw ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network). The goal of this project was to connect four interdependent terminals at four different university computer labs. The project was successful—Kleinrock and his students were able to send the word “LOGIN” as the first bits of data transmitted between two interdependent terminals.
From that breakthrough, multiple additions like Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) helped build the World Wide Web project in 1991. Since then companies, organizations, and individuals began building their own websites at a rapid pace.
Today, anyone can have access to as much information as they want. The internet has brought people together by giving us the ability to communicate messages to anyone, anytime, just by pressing a few keys on a keyboard or a click of a mouse. As technology continues to advance, expect the internet to play an increasingly sophisticated role in interweaving our real and virtual lives.
How Can I Celebrate?
- Visit the world’s first website! (Enthralling content right?) Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist at CERN, launched the World Wide Web Project on August 6, 1991.
- Learn how to code in HTML. Check out our article on 14 of The Best Places to Improve Your Technology Skills for Free or visit w3schools.com to get started for free!
The internet has had a significant impact on the lives of virtually everyone, so log on, start surfing, and appreciate all that the internet allows us to do today.
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