Today is October 29th, or as we at Digital Addicts like to call it, Internet Day! For those of you who don’t know, Internet Day falls on the 29th of October each year, and commemorates the first network message sent between two computers. On this day, we celebrate the Internet. Which is perhaps, one of the most important technological advancements ever made.
For some of us (I’m looking at you fellow millennial’s), its hard to imagine a world without the Internet. Just about everyone in today’s society uses it in some way on a daily basis. Whether its sending an email at work, playing online video games, or just reconnecting with someone on social media, the internet has undoubtedly changed our lives. So, let’s take a moment to reflect back on how it all started.
The History Of Internet Day
Almost 50 years ago to the day, the very first message was sent via ARPANET (the predecessor to the internet). A Computer Science professor (Leonard Kleinrock) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) attempted to send the word “LOGIN” to another computer system located at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI). Using the ARPANET, Kleinrock was able to transmit his message. However, halfway through transmission, the network crashed. As a result, only the first two letters were successfully transmitted to the Stanford location. Thus making the first Internet message read “LO”. An hour later, the network was repaired and the full “LOGIN” message was successfully sent and retrieved.
It’s safe to say that nobody present for this historic event in 1969 could have imagined just how important the Internet would eventually become. In just a few short years, the ARPANET was expanded to included several other universities and government research facilities. And shortly after that, the Internet as we know it was available to the masses. This is the reason why October 29th was chosen to commemorate Internet Day. It was truly the first step in the creation of the Internet.
How To Celebrate Internet Day
Now that you know a little bit more about the backstory of Internet Day. There are a few things you can do to celebrate the occasion. Our first suggestion would be to visit the very first webpage to exist on the Internet. While it may not look like much, the website is still online after several decades, and still in it’s original form. Aside from reliving a bit of history, you can also take some time to strengthen the passwords on all your online accounts. While this might not be the most fun way to spend Internet Day, you’ll certainly be glad you took the time to do so.