ARPANET Is Publicly Demonstrated
Backbone:50Kbps ARPANET, Hosts:31
Ray Tomlinson (BBN) modified his email program for ARPANET and it became an
instant hit. The Telnet specification was defined. The first public demonstration
of ARPANET was held in the basement of the Washington Hilton Hotel. The
demonstration allowed the public to come in and use the ARPANET, running
applications all over the U.S.
Much to the surprise of the people at AT&T who were skeptical about whether
it would work, the demo was a booming success.