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1957-ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) is formed to establish US lead in science and technology applicable to the military.
http://www.darpa.mil/

1961-Leonard Kleinrock publishes paper on packet switching theory.
http://www.rad.com/networks/1998/packet/ps.htm

1962-J.C.R. Licklider envisions a set of globally interconnected
computers through which everyone could access information from any
site.
http://www.ibiblio.org/pioneers/licklider.html

1965-Lawrence Roberts creates first wide area computer network by
connecting the TX-2 computer in Massachusetts with the Q-32 in
California.
http://www.ziplink.net/~lroberts/

1966-Lawrence Roberts presents plan for ARPANET
http://www.ziplink.net/~lroberts/SIGCOMM99_files/v3_document.htm

1968-BBN wins ARPANET contract.
http://www.bbn.com/arpanet/index.html

1969-4 host computers are connected together into initial ARPANET.
http://www.securenet.net/members/shartley/history/arpanet.htm

1972-First public demonstration of ARPANET.
http://www.orangepeel.com/en/internet/shortHistory.php

1973-Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf work together to develop TCP/IP.
http://livinginternet.com/i/ii_kahn.htm

1974-Telnet opened
http://www.telnet.org/

1983-TCP/IP becomes universal language of the Internet.
http://www.wvdl.com/Authoring/Tools/Tutorial/TCP_IPbasics.html

1991-NSF lifts restriction on commercial use and WWW is born.
http://www.w3.org/WWW/