A Brief Timeline of Cryptocurrencies

Timeline of events which have shaped the Crypto Market

Oct 2008:

  • Satoshi Nakamoto publishes Bitcoin white paper

Jan 2009:

  • First Bitcoin block is mined

Jan 2009:

  • First transaction on the Bitcoin network

May 2010:

  • Two large pizza purchased for 10,000 BTC

Dec 2010:

  • Satoshi Nakamoto last seen online

  • CIA invites Gavin Andresen, the current Lead Bitcoin developer, to speak about Bitcoin

Oct 2013:

  • FBI shuts down Silk Road

Nov 2013:

  • Bitcoin hits $1,000 for the first time

Feb 2014:

  • MtGox files for bankruptcy

Mar 2014:

  • IRS announces that short-term capital gains on virtual currencies will be treated as property

Jul 2014:

  • BitLicense is introduced

Jul 2015:

  • Ethereum is launched

Nov 2015:

  • 44,000 BTC confiscated from Silk Road are auctioned off

Aug 2017:

  • Bitcoin cash forks from Bitcoin

Sep 2017:

  • China bans ICOs

Nov 2017:

  • 1MM wallet addresses created

Dec 2017:

  • CBOE launches Bitcoin futures

  • Microsoft starts accepting Bitcoin payment Bitcoin hits ATH of $20,000 CME launches Bitcoin futures

Jun 2018:

  • SEC Chairman Jay Clayton states that cryptocurrencies are not securities

Jun 2019:

  • Facebook publishes Libra white paper

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