I've been developing an introductory course on Bitcoin and would like to have a lecture about its history. Other than Wikipedia, does there exist a community-accepted resource elaborating on the history of Bitcoin?
I've also found that bitcointalk is one of the best sources, albeit necessary to wade through a lot of posts. Search there for references to David Chaum, Hal Finney, Nick Szabo, and Wei Dai to understand some of the ideals and ideas that influenced Satoshi.
Here are some other relevant link to get you started:
*The original post of Satoshi on the metzdowd crypto mailing list - Try and follow the whole thread
Google the references in the original paper, will uncover good background detail.
This wiki is primarily maintained by the original creators and developers of Bitcoin.
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May 21 2010 - laszlo first to buy pizza with Bitcoins agreeing upon paying 10,000 BTC for ~$25 worth of pizza courtesy of jercos
If you want authority, you can either visit the Bitcointalk forums and contact some of the oldest forum members. Or take a look at the official Bitcoin GitHub project were the lead developers are listed. (They are also listed on the Bitcoin homepage.)
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