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 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.
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 totally artificial heart is placed into Haskell Carp on April 4, 1969 for 64 hours until a donor heart became available.
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.
David S. Lee invents the daisy wheel printer at Diablo Data Systems.
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 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