Unfortunately, although "https://126.96.36.199/wiki/Main_Page" will get something, it doesn't get the main page you're trying to reach. Their server appears to require the domain name (presumably in the usually invisible Host: header field derived from the URL, so that the server can tell whether you wanted www. , en. , or some other prefix).
If ping of the address works, look into the DNS server problem. -WBE
Actually. ISO-3166 Country codes were part of RFC0920. If you really want to go back, have a look at RFC0819 from August 1982 - where there was _one_ domain proposed - .arpa (RFC0799 from September 1981 is one of the earlier proposals - lots of hand-waving, not much concrete.)
Was that a "whoosh-bird"? WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) was one of the first general search-engines - Try RFC1625. Haven't seen anyone stroking 210/tcp lately - so maybe they've given up on it.
"Veronica" (Very Easy Rodent Oriented Net-wide Index to Computerized Archives) was an index to gopher servers.
Supposedly, there is still one out-there. I'm not sure how useful it might be (see the wonkypedia page).
Way back then, there were a handful of systems out there, mainly running on college servers (but that pre-supposed you had real-time Internet access - many did not). I used to access the one at unl.edu via telnet - once you logged in (as user "archie") you could search the local listings - which might lead you to another archie server that had what you were looking for. Wonder how many remember servers like simtel20 or wuarchive, or the well-named "rtfm.mit.edu". I used to have a weekly cron-job that connected to sunsite to grab a copy of the /pub/linux/ls-lR.gz file (a recursive directory listing created nightly) so I could 'zdiff' it to see "what's new".
I remember using Archie and gopher a long time ago. But it does not help the guy with the DNS problems .... There was even a service where you sent an email with the URL and they sent you the archived webpage/file. Precious savings in the days of dialup connections and downloads charged by kilobyte. Was that a Simtel thing ? Can't remember. 's
That was one of the ways you could use Archie. My first "home" computer was an Osborne 1 (running CP/M which predates M/S DOS) and came with an attached 300 baud modem. I was lucky in that the dialin server was a local call, but when the (local) storage media was a single-sided single density (91 kb) floppy, you weren't downloading for long (wow - it also had 64 k of RAM).
Simtel20 was a mainframe at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, and it had _hundreds_ of free-ware and share-ware programs. The "wuarchive" was at Washington University in St. Louis, and also had a huge amount of downloadable stuff - as did oakland.edu in Minnesota.