The Internet’s 43 years old this year—that’s the same age as The RZA and Patton Oswalt—putting 1969 in the running for Best Year Ever. But for all we know about the Wu-Tang Clan and KFC Famous Bowls, the mass majority of users surfing the interwebz know next to nothing about its history. To get you up to speed we’ve put together a pictorial timeline of 20 of the most significant events in the history of the Internet, from its inception right up to the meme, kitteh and rickrolling phenomenon it is today.
ARPANET - In October of 1969, a connection was made between computers at UCLA and Stanford University. Called ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), the networked computers were the first in history to ever utilize packet switching, making them the great grand daddy of the Internet as we know it today. The research that led to the completion of the project was funded by the United States Department of Defense.