The 8th World Wonder is the Internet

Few people realise the significance of October 29, 1969.

This is the date the first message was sent over what was to become the internet. Not the first email, not the first IM, and certainly not the first web page - the first actual communication.

And it didn't work properly! What happened was the experiment to connect two computers at UCLA, being run by Professor Kleinrock and his student Charley Kline, to another programmer, Bill Duvall, was just an attempt to login from theirs to the other computer. The message was just "login", but after the first two characters went over it crashed, so the actual first message ever sent on the internet was "lo". Very profound.

Email, the web and all the rest of it then followed: