On This Day – September 10th

The very first Internet engine, a new Internet protocol and The X-Files débuts. All on today’s On This Day from TEST Huddle.


1990 – The very first Internet Enginearchie search engine

The first internet engine in history, Archie is launched. Archie was designed by Alan Emtage, a student at McGill University in Montreal. As the search engine existed before the world wide web, Archie worked by searching for files in the various servers in the network, based on file names alone. The Internet at this time was mainly limited to file transfers.

1991 – A Internet Protocolgopher protocol

Bob Alberti, Farhad Anklesaria, Paul Lindner, Mark McCahill, and Dan Torrey of the University of Minnesota publicly announced the Gopher protocol, one of the earliest internet protocol designed to search and retrieve documents. For the following three years, the Gopher would be one of the single most ubiquitous tools on the web. In 1993, gopher would meet competition from the appearance of Mosaic. From that period most browsers started duplicating the Gopher protocol’s functionality.







1993 – The X-Files débuts x-files

The science fiction television series The X-Files premiers with the episode “Pilot” on the Fox Network on this day in 1993.  Most of series will centre around eerie occurrences and government conspiracies with most storylines contained within single episodes. These episodes will become known as Monster of The Week (MotW) episodes. The series will run for 202 episodes over nine seasons to become the longest-running science fiction series in U.S. broadcast television history.





If you would like to add anything to these events, or know of other significant technology events that happened on this day in history, feel free to comment below.


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