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First Emoticon Invented


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On this day, September 19th, in 1982, Carnegie Mellon professor Dr. Scott Fahlman invented the first emotion; the humble smiley. The image beow shows the text from the email that introduced the smiley emoticon.


According to narratively.com, every September 19th is "Emoticon Day". Dr. Fahlman hands out cookies with smiley faces on them. 




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Ten years after the invention of the emoticon, many online users were aware of them. However, as the attached screenshot shows, not everyone was aware of them. The screeshot is a message from the Basement BBS on December 28, 1992. Today, nearly everyone on the Internet is aware of them (and uses them).







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