Computer History - 1969

Updated: 05/05/2017 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 totally artificial heart is placed into Haskell Carp on April 4, 1969 for 64 hours until a donor heart became available.

Steve Crocker releases 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 space craft lands on the moon and Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to walk on the moon.

Ralph Baer files 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 9:00am on September 2, 1969.

CompuServe, the first commercial online service, is established.

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 develop Unix.

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) is founded on May 1, 1969.

Intergraph is founded.

Interpoint is founded.

Paradyne is founded.

Computer pioneers born in 1969

Rob HartillRob Hartill is born January 30, 1969

Tony Fadell is born March 22, 1969

Adrian Carmack is born May 5, 1969

Marc Ewing is born May 9, 1969

Sheryl Sandberg is born August 28, 1969

Markus Neteler is born December 21, 1969

Linus Torvalds is born December 28, 1969

Craig Neidorf is born in 1969

Jennifer Pahlka is born in 1969

Mikko Hypponen is born in 1969

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