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.COM Created

On January 27, 1986, a meeting at USC-ISI replaced the .ARPA structure with 6 functionally organized top level domains.  Representatives of the four major networks were Ken Harrenstein (ARPANET,) Dan Oberst (BITNET,) Craig Partridge (CSNET,) and Mark Horton (UUCP.)

Global domains created were .COM, .EDU, .GOV, .MIL, .ORG, and .NET.  2 letter country codes, based on ISO 3166, were added as an afterthought but not expected to be popular.  (Steve Kille promptly pronounced .GB unusable and created .UK.) 

Each of the four major networks was authorized to cooperate to register second level domains.

At lunch break, the participants were horrified to learn of the Challenger space shuttle explosion.


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