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The Birth of the Internet, 40 Years Ago at UCLA

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Without the internet, we would have never found this photo. Thanks, internet! | Photo by Alyssa & Colin via Flickr
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When the first internet transmission happened, there was no celebration. In fact, the guys behind it back on October 29th, 1969 (40 years and one day ago), invented the internet and called it a night. That's because at the time, they had no idea that their solution to an annoying problem would start changing the world years later. In case you missed it, NPR yesterday did a fascinating report on the events leading up to the birth of ARPANET: