Today Bitcoin Cash (BCH) fans from all around the world will be celebrating the 2-year anniversary of the BCH network. The day is a great occasion to commemorate the dedicated BCH software engineers and the passionate community, alongside the number of achievements accomplished since August 1, 2017.
Bitcoin Cash Block 478559
Fervent supporters of the Bitcoin Cash blockchain will be gathering together today to celebrate August 1, 2017, the day the BTC chain split into two. The reason BCH exists is due to the fact that a large group of bitcoiners, crypto company executives, early adopters, and developers believed the Bitcoin Core (BTC) development team strangled scaling. The arguments began years ago when the chain’s block size started to fill up and more users utilized on-chain settlement. Core developers decided to remain stubborn and keep the block size at 1MB and in 2017, the debate escalated when tens of thousands of transactions were congested in the network backlog and transaction fees grew astronomical. Before the implementation of Segregated Witness on the BTC network, pools of SHA-256 miners hard forked at 2:14 p.m. EST on August 1, 2017.
The Bitcoin Cash (BCH) fork was initiated when the mining pool Viabtc mined the first Bitcoin Cash block (478559). The first Bitcoin Cash block was 1915175 Bytes or 1.9 MB in size, holding 6,985 transactions. That Tuesday, the BCH hashrate started out at around 247 petahash per second (PH/s) or 4% of the BTC network’s hashrate.