Internet Timeline

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The Soviet Union develops and launches the Sputnik satellite into earth orbit thus starting global telecommunications.

1958 ARPA created
Dwight D. Eisenhower photo
The technological surprise, Sputnik, considered a threat by the Soviets, prompted president Dwight Eisenhower to create both the Interstate Highway System and the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) within the Department of Defense to assure the United States would be a leader in science and technology applicable to the military.
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