6 August 1991 - First page on the World Wide Web publicly available

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I missed this by a day - On 6 August 1991, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, then a humble scientist at CERN, made the first page on the World Wide Web publicly available in a move that, unbeknownst to him at the time, would change the world more quickly and profoundly than anything before or since. Can you say Mosaic?

Note that Mosaic was not made public until 1993, so technically only a few people could "use" the world wide web (aka internet) for another 2 years.

Even then, it was 1994 when Berners-Lee founded the World Wide Web Consortium (often referred to as “W3C”) at MIT in order to create standards for the web to ensure that different websites would all work the same way. Berners-Lee, now 56, is still the director of the W3C.

According to CERN:

Info.cern.ch was the address of the world’s first-ever web site and web server, running on a NeXT computer at CERN. The first web page address was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html, which centred on information regarding the WWW project. Visitors could learn more about hypertext, technical details for creating their own webpage, and even an explanation on how to search the Web for information. There are no screenshots of this original page and, in any case, changes were made daily to the information available on the page as the WWW project developed. You can find a later copy (1992) on the World Wide Web Consortium website.​

The big opening was, of course, Wikipedia reference-linkNetscape_Navigator which was based upon Mosaic.

From Wikipedia: "Netscape announced in its first press release (October 13, 1994) that it would make Navigator available without charge to all non-commercial users, and Beta versions of version 1.0 and 1.1 were indeed freely downloadable in November 1994 and March 1995, with the full version 1.0 available in December 1994. Netscape's initial corporate policy regarding Navigator is interesting, as it claimed that it would make Navigator freely available for non-commercial use in accordance with the notion that Internet software should be distributed for free."

As a side note, it was around September - October 1995 that I first started working on a web site (in those days you had to code everything in text buy hand) which went live on 5 January 1996 as QS9000.com. Elsmar.com is the continuation of my first web site.
 
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