PARC:Ethernet launched. This new protocol for multiple computers communicating over a single cable will spawn a series of sophisticated networking protocols enabling distributed computing. It will become a global standard for interconnecting computers on local-area networks.

Bob Metcalfe's Harvard PhD Thesis outlines idea for Ethernet . The concept was tested on Xerox PARC's Alto computers, and the first Ethernet network called the Alto Aloha System (May)