International INTERNET day!
Today is the anniversary of very first internet transmissions and it has changed the world.
International Internet Day had its start in 2005 and is celebrated annually on October 29th. International Internet Day marks the historic day in telecommunications and technology when the very first electronic message was transferred between two different computers.
Back in 1969, on October 29th in the computer science department of UCLA in California, two men working on the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) sent a message from a computer at UCLA to a computer at Stanford. Charley Kline at UCLS and Bill Duval at Stanford attempted to send log in information from the computer at UCLA to the computer at Stanford. It wasn't completely successful as the system crashed at Stanford before the third letter of the message transferred but about an hour later, the whole message 'Login' was successfully sent from UCLA and received at Stanford.
That small step in technology history has changed the world, how we communicate on both a personal and professional level and how we share information and connect with others across the globe. Today, you can instantly communicate in so many different ways and on so many different levels. Just think about video conferencing or any other form of telecommunication over the internet. Doctors and medical professionals exchanging life saving information and techniques instantly or simply sharing news of your favorite band's upcoming tour dates with anyone and everyone.
The first message was the letter 'L', the second message, the letter 'O', followed by the whole word 'Login' about an hour later. Yes, we still have times like they did at Stanford where we have to reboot our systems to get reconnected and have things working again but think about the impact technology and the internet has on your everyday life. Celebrate the internet today!
A brief and incomplete history of 1969 to help put the date in perspective:
Apollo 11 lands on the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin
1st flight of the Concorde supersonic Jet
Beatles release 'Yellow Submarine' in the US.
Led Zepplin's debut album is released in the US
Richard Nixon is inaugurated as US President
Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers
Mario Puzo's novel 'The Godfather' is published
Gold Meir becomes the 1st female Prime Minister of Isreal
Sesame Street is aired for the first time