BLOCKCHAIN OF EVENTS
Jan 3, 2009
The Bitcoin ledger begins. And we're off!
May 22, 2010
The first recorded instance of Bitcoin being used to buy a real-life commodity: two Papa John's pizzas.
June 19, 2011
Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox is hacked. The frenzied sale of Bitcoin in the days that follow drives the currency's value down to less than a cent.
The launch of Silk Road — a dodgy online marketplace for selling drugs and weapons using Bitcoin — propels the currency to reach parity with the USD.
The first Bitcoin ATM opens in a Vancouver coffee shop. By 2016, there will be more than 700 such ATMS worldwide.
Tech retailers Newegg and Dell begin accepting Bitcoin. Microsoft follows their lead later that year by accepting it as payment for Xbox games.
Bitcoin becomes the best-performing currency for the second year in a row.
Regulators in China, one of the world's most active Bitcoin markets, ban initial coin offerings and shut down all local cryptocurrency exchanges.
Jpmorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon calls Bitcoin a “fraud”. (He has since gone on to say that he regrets this statement.)
Dec 16, 2017
Bitcoin hits a record close that approaches $20,000. It soon goes on to crash. Then rise again.