Computer History - 1969

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

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 PM on October 29, 1969. The system transmitted "l" and then "o" but then crashed making today the first day a message was sent over the Internet and the first network crash.

The Internet in 1969

Other computer events in 1969

The Unibus is developed by Gordon Bell and Harold MacFarland at Carnegie Mellon University.

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.

Steve Crocker released RFC #1 on April 7, 1969, introducing the Host-to-Host and talking about the IMP software.

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 am 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.

AT&T Bell Laboratories developed Unix in 1969.

David S. Lee invents the daisy wheel printer at Diablo Data Systems.

Intel releases its first product, the 3101 Schottky TTL bipolar 64-bit static random-access memory (SRAM). In the same year, Intel released the 3301 Schottky bipolar 1024-bit read-only memory (ROM).

Gary Starkweather, while working with Xerox invents the laser printer.

Intel sells its first commercial product, the 3101 Schottky bipolar 64-bit SRAM chip.

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 HartillRob 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.

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