How the Internet Got Started
The Internet started in 1962 as a project for the Department of Defense. Originally it was designed to allow remote control of nuclear weapons in the case that the city they were located in was destroyed. It was simply a network of computers that were spread throughout the country.
Research continued throughout the 60's and into the 70's when the first email program was developed. After this university researchers saw the value of this new form of communication. This led to the creation of a second, non military, network in 1984.
In 1990, http (HyperText transfer Protocol) was established. This allowed for more information to be transferred more efficiently over this now almost 30 year old computer network. Http was quickly followed by the actual creation of the World Wide Web and the release of a graphical interface (the first web browser). This development allowed the Internet to grow tremendously during the mid to late 90's. The Internet was transformed from a research tool into the commercial virtual world we know today.