Many realize that 50 years ago, on October 29, 1969, the first message was successfully sent over the ARPANET, which eventually evolved into the Internet. But few know the story that led up to that message.~ Leonard Kleinrock, from https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-first-message-transmission
The Internet as we know it today was really born in the early 90’s. I remember when web sites—”The Web”—was invented. I was a graduate student in Physics back then. There used to be a web site at UIUC where someone kept a list of all the web sites. (People would email them when they added a web site to the Internet.) I used to check that site every day—and get excited on the days when a new web site had appeared.
…at least, that’s how I remember it. ;)
Anyway, great little read about some of the people who started it all, and the very first message across the Internet v1.