Computer History - 1969
Major computer events in 1969
UCLA puts out a press release introducing the public to the Internet on July 3, 1969. On August 29, 1969, the first network switch and the first piece of network equipment (called "IMP," which is short for "Interface Message Processor") is sent to UCLA. On September 2, 1969, the first data moves from UCLA host to the IMP switch.
Charley Kline, a UCLA student, tries to send "login," the first message over ARPANET, at 10:30 P.M. on October 29, 1969. The system transmitted "l" and then "o" and then crashed. This event marks both the first message sent over the Internet, and the first server crash.
Other computer events in 1969
The Computer Terminal Corporation began shipping the DataPoint 3300 which was the first computer terminal meant to replace the teleprinter.
The first artificial heart was placed into Haskell Carp on April 4, 1969, for 64 hours until a donor's heart became available.
At 20:18 UTC on July 21, 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft landed on the moon, and Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon.
Ralph Baer filed for a US patent on August 21, 1969, that describes playing games on a television and would later be a part of the Magnavox Odyssey.
The first U.S. bank ATM went into service at 9:00 A.M. on September 2, 1969.
CompuServe, the first commercial online service, was established in 1969.
Charles Sie publishes a dissertation at Iowa State University where he described and demonstrated Phase-change memory (PRAM). Although PRAM has still never been commercially practical, it is still being developed at companies like Samsung.
New computer products and services introduced in 1969
Control Data Corporation led by Seymour Cray, release the CDC 7600, considered by most to be the first supercomputer.
David S. Lee invents the daisy wheel printer at Diablo Data Systems.
Computer companies founded in 1969
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) was founded on May 1, 1969.
Intergraph was founded in 1969.
Interpoint was founded in 1969.
Paradyne was founded in 1969.
Computer pioneers born in 1969
Rob Hartill was born on January 30, 1969.
Tony Fadell was born on March 22, 1969.
Adrian Carmack was born on May 5, 1969.
Marc Ewing was born on May 9, 1969.
Sheryl Sandberg was born on August 28, 1969.
Markus Neteler was born on December 21, 1969.
Linus Torvalds was born on December 28, 1969.
Craig Neidorf was born in 1969.
Jennifer Pahlka was born in 1969.
Mikko Hypponen was born in 1969.