Bitcoin History

Bitcoin and Markets edited this page Sep 6, 2018 · 2 revisions

1970s

(1974) - Cerf and Kahn, TCP/IP; A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication

(1976) – Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman; Public key cryptography, New Directions in Cryptography

(1978) - Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir, and Leonard Adleman; RSA Cryptosystem, link

1980s

(1980) – Ralph Merkle; Merkle Trees, Protocols for public key cryptosystems

(1982) – David Chaum; Untraceable Electronic Mail, Return Addresses, and Digital Pseudonyms

(1982) – Murray Rothbard; The Ethics of Liberty

(1983) – David Chaum; Blind Signatures for Untraceable Payments

(1985) – Neal Koblitz and Victor S. Miller; Elliptic Curve Cryptography

(1988) – Timothy C. May; The Crypto-Anarchist’s Manifesto

(1989) – David Chaum; Founded Digicash

1990s

(1991) – Phil Zimmerman, Pretty Good Privacy PGP

(1991) – S. Haber and W.S. Stornetta; How to time-stamp a digital document

(1992) – Eric Hughes, Timothy C. May and John Gilmore; founded the Cypherpunks in San Francisco

(1992) – Tim Berners-Lee; World-Wide-Web

(1993) – Eric Hughes; A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto

(1994) – Timothy C. May; The Cyphernomicon

(1994) – CyberCash; link

(1996) – E-gold; link

(1996) – NSA; How to Make a Mint

(1997) – Adam Back; HashCash, DOS counter-measure with proof-of-work

(1997) – Nick Szabo; Formalizing and Securing Relationships on Public Networks

(1998) – Nick Szabo; Secure Property Titles with Owner Authority

(1998) – Nick Szabo; Bit Gold

(1998) – Wei Dai; B-money, decentralized database to record txs and using a type of proof-of-work

(1998 – 2001) – Online retailer currencies in the dotcom bubble, shows demand (Beenz, Floorz, etc)

2000s

(2001) – Video game currencies and markets start, shows demand

(2001) – Distributed Hash Tables

(2001) – Bram Cohen; BitTorrent

(2004) – Hal Finney; Reusable Proof-of-work

(2006) – Liberty Reserve

(Sep 15, 2008) – Lehman Bankruptcy

(Oct 31, 2008) – Satoshi Nakamoto; Bitcoin: A Peer-to-peer Electronic Cash System

(Jan 3, 2009) – Satoshi Nakamoto; Bitcoin launched “Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks”

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2010s

(Dec 27, 2014) - Bitcoin XT released by Mike Hearn

(Jan 14, 2016) - Mike "MI5" Hearn Rage Quit

(Mar 11, 2017) - Winklevoss COIN ETF denial

(Aug 1, 2017) - Bcash Fork, Bitcoin Independence Day

(Oct 23, 2017) - Bgold Fork

(Nov 8, 2017) - NYA Segwit2x suspended with Final Steps email

(Dec 18, 2017) - CME futures contracts launch, CBOE's futures contracts launched a week earlier

(Jun 16, 2018) - SEC makes an announcement that Bitcoin and Ethereum are not securities

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