Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto reportedly began working on Bitcoin in 2007, and then published the white paper on Halloween, October 31, 2008. In just eight-pages, Nakamoto describes how Byzantine General’s Theory could be solved.
In the earliest days of Bitcoin, once the genesis block had been mined on Jan 3, 2009, Nakamoto sent messages back and forth with people such as Hal Finney, Mike Hearn, and Gavin Andresen discussing the network. A lot of this discussion took place on BitcoinTalk.org, a forum created by Nakamoto.
Check out below the top ten events (in one man’s opinion) of the first full decade of Bitcoin.
The First Ever Bitcoin Transaction
Nine days after the genesis block was mined, the first ever Bitcoin transaction was sent from Nakamoto to Hal Finney, a cryptographer who had created a proof of work system before Bitcoin existed.
Finney lived in the Los Angeles area, not too far from Dorian Nakamoto, the man who Newsweek doxxed in 2014 as the inventor of Bitcoin, though this theory has largely been debunked. Finney was later diagnosed with ALS and died almost five years later at the age of 58. He is survived by his wife, Fran, and their two children.
Wikileaks Accepts Bitcoin
WikiLeaks announced in 2011 on Twitter that it would begin accepting Bitcoin donations. In one of his last posts on BitcoinTalk.org, Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto mentioned WikiLeaks.
“The project needs to grow gradually so the software can be strengthened along the way,” he wrote in 2010. “I make this appeal to WikiLeaks not to try to use Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a small beta community in its infancy. You would not stand to get more than pocket change, and the heat you would bring would likely destroy us at this stage.”
When WikiLeaks greenlit Bitcoin, Nakamoto shared his thoughts: “It would have been nice to get this attention in any other context. WikiLeaks has kicked the hornet’s nest, and the swarm is headed towards us.”