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Beginnings of the Internet
In October 1969, the U.S. Department of Defence's Advanced Research Projects Network Agency established the world's first operational packet switching network, called ARPANET, linking the University of California, Los Angeles and the Stanford Research Institute.
The first message transmitted was intended to be "login" but the system crashed after just "lo" had been sent.
In December 1969, the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Utah were added to the network. The network grew to 13 nodes in 1970 and 213 by 1981. In 1983, it was split in two, with military sites forming a separate miltary network.
The reason for developing the network was to enable researchers to access computers at other institutions. Contrary to popular myth, there was never any intention of trying to create a communications network that could survive nuclear attack.
In 1981, the U.S. National Science Foundation developed a Computer Science Network which was linked to ARPANET using TCP/IP and the term "Internet" came to be used for the global network which that created.

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The Music of 1969

Australian Radio in 1969

Television in 1969

Star Trek
Lassie 1954-72    
Gunsmoke 1955-75 cast  
Pick-a-Box 1957-71    
(Australian) Bandstand 1957-72    
The Black & White Minstrel Show 1958-78    
Bonanza 1959-71 cast
Z Cars 1960-78    
My Three Sons 1960-71 cast  
The Avengers 1961-69 cast
Four Corners 1961-current    
The Beverly Hillbillies 1962-70 cast
Petticoat Junction 1963-69    
Dr Who 1963-93, 2005-current cast  
Daniel Boone 1964-69    
Bewitched 1964-71 cast  
Till Death Us Do Part 1964-74 cast  
Homicide 1964-76 cast  
I Dream of Jeannie 1965-70 cast  
Hogan's Heroes 1965-71 cast
Get Smart 1965-79 cast
Star Trek 1966-69 cast
Mission Impossible 1966-73 cast
Hunter 1967-69    
Mannix 1967-75    
Bellbird 1967-77    
This Day Tonight
became The 7.30 Report then 7.30
Land of the Giants 1968-70    
Mod Squad 1968-73 cast  
Dad's Army 1968-77 cast  
It's Academic 1968-78    
Sesame Street 1968-current cast  
(US) 60 Minutes
Australian version from 1979
Marcus Welby MD
(also called A Matter of Humanities)
Monty Python's Flying Circus 1969-74 cast
Doctor in the House 1969-77    

Movies in 1969

Title Cast Academy Awards Buy
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid directed by George Roy Hill Paul Newman
Robert Redford
Best Cinematography
Best Story
Best Original Score
Best Song (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)
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Easy Rider directed by Dennis Hopper Peter Fonda
Dennis Hopper
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Hello, Dolly! directed by Gene Kelly Barbra Streisand
Walter Mathau
Michael Crawford
Best Score
Best Sound
Best Art Direction
The Love Bug directed by Robert Stevenson Dean Jones
Michele Lee
Buddy Hackett
Midnight Cowboy directed by John Schlesinger Dustin Hoffman
Jon Voight
Best Picture
Best Directing
Best Screenplay
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On Her Majesty's Secret Service directed by Peter R Hunt George Lazenby
Telly Savalas
Diana Rigg
True Grit directed by Henry Hathaway John Wayne
Glen Campbell
Kim Darby
Robert Duvall
Best Actor
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Books of 1969

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Ada Vladimir Nabokov Click here to purchase
The Andromeda Strain   Michael Crichton Click here to purchase
Clean Straw for Nothing George Johnston Click here to purchase
The French Lieutenant's Woman John Fowles Click here to purchase
The Galloping Gourmet Graham Kerr Click here to purchase
The Inheritors Harold Robbins Click here to purchase
Linda Goodman's Star Signs Linda Goodman Click here to purchase
The Love Machine Jacqueline Susann Click here to purchase
The Peter Principle Lawrence Peter & Raymond Hull Click here to purchase
Portnoy's Complaint Phillip Roth Click here to purchase

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