October 29, 1969 - It was 40 years ago today that a small group of ultra-nerds working for the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency first attempted to log-in on the ARPANET (a network of computers they created for military and scientific use) and crashed their own small, fledgling, yet visionary system. But, fortunately, the next attempt worked! A few years later, this system spawned the INTERNET proper and email, followed by USENET and electronic bulletin boards in the '80s and the World Wide Web (a system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed on the INTERNET) at the beginning of the '90s. The whole shebang has since grown into a global pop culture phenomenon that today plays a much more important role. Check out the full story at Computer History, National Geographic and Fox Business.
Photo: Cover of Computer magazine, September 1979.