1969- ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) is created in late December. It connects four major Universities, and is used for defense communication in case of the normal communication being down.
1973- Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is designed, and one of the protocols, File Transfer Protocol, allows for a file to be transferred from one computer to another.
1982- The term "Internet" was used for the first time.
1984- the Domain Name System (DNS) is established with extensions such as .com, .net, and .gov.
1988- A virus named "The Internet Worm" temporarily shuts down 10% of the internet servers.
1994- the White House launches the whitehouse.gov website. The term "spamming" is used.
1996- Approximately 45 million people are using the internet world wide. 43.2 million Americans (44%) own a personal computer.
1998- Google opens its first offices in California
2001- Wikipedia is created.
2005- Youtube is created.
2006- Google buys Youtube for $1.65 billion, its fourth biggest purchase in history.
2008- Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion to challenge Google's dominance over the search engines. Microsoft is also fined by the European Commission for $1.3 billion for abusing its dominant market position, and not following the 2004 ruling that said that they had to provide information to competitors, so that they could operate on windows.