Some Web History for World Wide Web Day

July 31, 2016 | Updated: 11:33 p.m., July 31, 2016

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Technological inventions like the telephone or the light bulb can be traced back to a single inventor like Bell and Edison. However the Internet’s inventor is a little more difficult to narrow down.

Let’s travel back in time and see where the World Wide Web got it’s start.

On October 4, 1957 the Soviet Union launched the world’s first satellite into orbit. America decided to take a cue from them and so a scientist from MIT and ARPA proposed a “galactic network” of computers that could communicate with each other. So in 1969, the government’s computer network ARPAnet sent it’s first message from a computer at UCLA to one in Stanford. From there the Internet grew and added Hawaii, London, and Norway to it’s network.

Vincent Cerf wanted to connect every computer together so in 1970 he decided to create a mini network where all computers can talk to each other. He ended up inventing the “Transmission Control Protocol” or TCP and later on the “Internet Protocol” or IP as we all know it but sending data and files from one computer to another wasn’t enough.

In 1991, Tim Berners-Lee from Switzerland created the World Wide Web. It was an online database that anyone can access pretty much the Internet we know of today.

So in honor of World Wide Web Day we thank you Tim Berners-Lee and everyone else for creating the internet.