The Bitcoin whitepaper was released back in 2008 by a person or group going by the name Satoshi Nakamoto. Today marks nine years since the Genesis block, the first block ever mined, was created.
It’s been a long road, but the network is now nine years old. The first block, created by Bitcoin’s creator, was mined one January 3rd, 2009 at 6:15 PM UTC. When blocks are created, the miner who produces them can leave a message in the block. Most mining pools will simply state their name along with maybe support for a proposal currently on the table. Satoshi created Bitcoin amid the housing and real estate crash during the latter half of the last decade. The first block has this etched into it, for all time: