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November 13, 2023

The Bitcoin Calendar: Key Dates and Milestones

November 13, 2023

Bitcoin, the trailblazing cryptocurrency that gave birth to the world of crypto, has profoundly reshaped the landscapes of finance and technology since its inception in 2009. 

Every year Bitcoiners around the world celebrate the key dates of the Bitcoin calendar. 

An exploration of the landmark dates and milestones in Bitcoin’s history provides valuable insights into its evolution and growth. 

This article presents these key events in chronological order, providing a year-round perspective on Bitcoin’s path and its far-reaching impact on the industry.

August 18, 2008: The Dawn of Bitcoin.org

The domain Bitcoin.org was registered, marking the first online presence of Bitcoin and playing a crucial role in its subsequent recognition and growth worldwide.

October 31, 2008: Bitcoin Whitepaper Publication

Satoshi Nakamoto published the seminal Bitcoin whitepaper, laying down the conceptual groundwork and technical specifications for the world’s first cryptocurrency.

November 9, 2008: The Coining of ‘Blockchain’

Bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney first used the term “blockchain,” emphasizing the ground-breaking technology that powers Bitcoin and has found broad applications across various sectors.

An artist’s impression of Hal Finney who received the first recorded Bitcoin transaction and coined the term “Blockchain”.
An artist’s impression of Hal Finney who received the first recorded Bitcoin transaction and coined the term “Blockchain”.

January 3, 2009: The Genesis of Bitcoin

Satoshi Nakamoto launched the Bitcoin network, bringing to life the innovative concept of a decentralized digital currency underpinned by blockchain technology.

January 12, 2009: The First Bitcoin Transaction

Satoshi Nakamoto transferred Bitcoin to Hal Finney. This momentous event marked the first recorded Bitcoin transaction, showcasing its potential as a tangible medium of exchange.

May 22, 2010: Bitcoin Pizza Day

Laszlo Hanyecz made history by purchasing two pizzas for 10,000 Bitcoins, marking the first recorded transaction using Bitcoin for real-world goods. This event underscored Bitcoin’s potential for practical usage and highlighted its early adoption.

pizza with tomato topping

November 28, 2012: The First Bitcoin Halving Event

This was a pivotal moment in the crypto world. At first, the halving had no noticeable effect on Bitcoin’s price. However, at the beginning of 2013, the coin’s value began to grow steadily, a phenomenon that has been repeated consistently after following halvings.

The dates above represent the key milestones in Bitcoin’s transformation from a conceptual model in a whitepaper to a potent force in the financial sector. 

By celebrating these pivotal moments each year, we can appreciate Bitcoin’s past, better understand its present, and look forward to its promising future as a decentralized digital currency continuing to change the world!

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