Happy 40th Birthday, Internet! Plank

Happy 40th Birthday, Internet!

Happy 40th Birthday, Internet!

Believe it or not, this is the internet today. At least a representation of it.

On October 29, 1969, at about 9 PM, the very first data was sent over the internet. Today we celebrate that historic moment, without which Plank wouldn't exist!

Researchers had set up the basic internet (at the time called the Arpanet), which linked computers at UCLA and Stanford. The goal of the Arpanet was to have people around the country (and eventually the world) being able to use each other's computers. So sitting in UCLA, researchers wanted to log on to the computer at Stanford. Sending one letter at a time, the "L" went through, the "O" went through, but when the "G" was sent, the whole thing crashed. So stop your complaining about Internet Explorer 6.

Alas, they got it up and running again, and there has been nary a glitch on the internet since. From those humble beginnings of logging on to a remote computer, to the rich and varied multimedia content we have today, you've got to admit the internet is pretty darn cool.

So light some birthday candles, pop some champagne, and celebrate forty years of data zipping around the world.

BBC news on the 40th birthday

History of the internet on Wikipedia


  1. God bless Tim Berners-Lee and Vink Cerf! Without the internet there is no way I would be able carry out any of my small wedding businesses and reach the same geographical spead of clients. I for one wish the internet a very happy birthday!

  2. It’s so wierd to think that the internet once didn’t exist. I told my 10 year old son and he can’t get his head around the fact that I used to have to look up homework info from encyclopedias! And how I survived life without ‘Club Penguin’ and You Tube is beyond him …

  3. Thats an amazing image of the internet as a whole. I often feel like the net is some seamless entity with no borders, but I suppose that, of course it must have a substance to it.

    Even though I’ve only been using the net since 96, I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t part of our lives.

    I wonder what the next 40 years will bring?


  4. Wow – I never knew the internet was as old as me !! I would have guessed 20 years old if someone had asked me

Un moment, svp...