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03/05/1978 Spam is sent for the first time

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Raymond Tomlinson - the inventor of email

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The History of SPAM

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Junk Mail - Cyanide & Happiness Shorts

The first known email spam was sent in 1978 to several hundred users on ARPANET. It was an advertisement for a presentation by the Digital Equipment Corporation sent by Gary Thuerk, a marketer of theirs. The reaction to it was almost universally negative, and for a long time there were no further instances.