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March 11, 2024

Important Bitcoin Dates & Milestones in History

March 11, 2024

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 important dates and milestones in Bitcoin’s history provides valuable insights into its evolution and growth. 

This article presents these important dates and key events in chronological order, providing a thorough 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 9, 2009: Bitcoin’s Release Date

The starting block of the chain, was mined by Nakamoto on this day. The text “The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks” was embedded in this block, referring to an issue of the Times newspaper date and headline.

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.

July 1, 2013: First Attempt at a Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)

The Winklevoss twins were pioneers in trying to get Bitcoin traded publicly when they filed a proposal with securities regulators that would allow an exchange-traded fund consisting exclusively of Bitcoin. At the time, public sentiment held that it was a long shot that this proposal would ever go through and was considered as a strategic move to improve Bitcoin’s image as a legitimate currency.

July 9, 2016: Bitcoin’s Second Halving

Bitcoin’s second halving saw the new BTC per block reduced to 12.5 BTC per block from 25 BTC per block. Bitcoin’s price plummeted following the halving however had recovered and risen to an all-time high of $2,550 by July 2017.

May 11, 2020: Bitcoin’s Third Halving

This halving event saw Bitcoin miners being rewarded 6.25 BTC per block, reduced from 12.5 BTC per block. Similarly to 2016’s halving event, Bitcoin’s price plummeted following the halving, only to recover from its 2020 low of $3,858 and hitting $12,100 in late July 2020. On December 16th 2020, Bitcoin blasted through the 23k mark surpassing the historic $20,000 mark.

January 10, 2023: Bitcoin ETF Approval 

When SEC greenlit the approval of Bitcoin ETFs it signaled to the world that Bitcoin was here to stay and was ready to become widely available to the masses. Bitcoin ETFs’ primary advantage is that it allows investors to buy Bitcoin through traditional brokerage accounts unlike direct cryptocurrency purchases which require a certain level of technical knowledge and a crypto wallet.

April 19, 2024: Bitcoin Halving 2024

Exciting times are ahead as the next Bitcoin halving is set for April. So what can we expect from Bitcoin‘s halving in 2024? Historically, Bitcoin halvings have always brought with them price appreciation as scarcities are created by Bitcoin’s limited supply, creating a potential profit opportunity that is not to be missed.

April 10, 2028: the Fifth Bitcoin Halving

Hedge fund manager Mark Yusko is already predicting that Bitcoin will reach $300k by 2028, when comparing Bitcoin to gold and taking in consideration the future 2028 halving event.

Looking at the upward trajectory that Bitcoin has been through over the last years is inspiring to say the least. 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!

Investing in Bitcoin now can help you reap rewards in the future however you should always look into investment decisions keeping in mind there are always complex dynamics at play. Factors such as global economic conditions, technological advancements, and market sentiment should be considered alongside the halving event. Make sure you always take these factors in consideration so that you can make informed decisions regarding the potential benefits of buying Bitcoin.


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