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Question: The primary precursor network to the internet was called ARPANET.
Answer: ARPANET, set up in 1969, was one of the first general-purpose computer networks. It connected time-sharing computers at government-supported research sites, principally universities in the United States.
Question: The first internet browser, Mosaic, was launched in 2004.
Answer: The first internet browser, WorldWideWeb (later Nexus), was developed by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990, at the same time he created the World Wide Web.
Question: The first email sent in 1971 contained the words to a poem by Robert Frost.
Answer: Ray Tomlinson sent the first email ever to himself, and he said it was something forgettable like "QWERTYUIOP."
Question: CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, created the first website ever.
Answer: The first website at CERN—and in the world—was dedicated to the World Wide Web project, and in 1993 CERN put the software for the same in the public domain.
Question: "Spam" email only originated in the early 2000s.
Answer: The first spam email was sent out as early as 1978. Gary Thuerk sent out an unsolicited advertisement to 378 recipients on the ARPANET network.
Question: Amazon, one of the largest online retailers on the planet, opened for business in 1995.
Answer: Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, opened Amazon for business in July 1995. At the time, the only products sold were books.
Question: The first message sent over ARPANET was just two letters long.
Answer: Leonard Kleinrock and Charley Klein sent the first ARPANET message on October 29, 1969. They wanted to send "login," but the connection crashed after the "o."
Question: The Queen of England (Elizabeth II) was the first Monarch ever to send an email.
Answer: Queen Elizabeth II became the first Monarch to send an email, doing so during a visit to an army base in 1976.
Screenshot of Microsoft Outlook Spam Folder. Junk folder. Internet. Communication. Email. E-mail.

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