According to Chase’s Calendar of Events, the 35th anniversary of the Internet is Friday, Oct. 29. The first connection on what would become the Internet was made on this day when bits of data flowed between two computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute. It was a breakthrough for communications technology, which had previously used single circuits that would be tied up by one-on-one use between machines. 


The achievement marked the beginning of ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet developed by the U.S. Department of Defense. By the end of 1969, four sites were connected. Applications such as e-mail and file transfer utilities followed a few years later and the World Wide Web was created in 1990. The Internet expanded beyond its initial military and educational domain into businesses and homes around the world.


For more information on the history of the Internet, contact NMU professors Andrew Poe at 227-2598 or Randy Appleton at 227-1593.


Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director