Man, i can't believe i missed it! on the 21st of October 1971, Ray Tomlinson and his blessed/cursed '@' symbol sent the first networked email. (well, to be fair the exact date of the email i can't confirm, but that's what i'm seeing on most other blog posts about the subject)
My first email account i got in '97. I still use it every once in a while, it gets on average 350-400+ emails a day, and all of them are spam. .. iHate spam. Anyway, if you think about it, Email is pretty much an essential part of life for most of the world now. Whether you like it, hate it, or just put up with it, Happy b-day Email!