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Tomorrow marks the innovation that changed our world, its history, and our future: the World Wide Web. 

On August 6th, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web (WWW), publicly announced the web at CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research, debuting it as a publicly available service. Berners-Lee posted a short summary of the WWW project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup, inviting collaborators.

Prior to 1991, the web was used privately by CERN and those they chose to share it with.

While users were only able to access it on August 23rd of the same year, August 6th remains the official public date of the web as we know it.

The amount of doors the web has opened for us is frankly, incalculable. It is part of our everyday life, hour to hour, minute to minute. Without Tim Berners-Lee’s invention, the world would be a fragmented version of the world we live in today.

The web is an unparalleled innovation and arguably the most important invention of the 20th century. It has allowed us to connect and share like we never have before. The web has also provided thousands of jobs to millions of people–including us!

Despite its infancy, WWW has an illustrious history before it’s public arrival in 1991. What started as an idea has morphed into the innovative powerhouse that’s still growing today!

Tim Berners-Lee pictured at CERN. Image courtesy of CERN.

Tim Berners-Lee pictured at CERN. Image courtesy of CERN.

1960s – The term “online” is coined from Doug Engelbert’s prototype, “oNline System” (NLS)

1980 – British scientist Tim Berners-Lee writes the notebook program “Enquire-Within-Upon-Everything”

1989 – Tim Berners-Lee submits a vague but exciting proposal to CERN for a distributed information system.  

1990 – The world’s first website goes live at CERN

January 1991 – The web extends to the high-energy-physics community through a CERN program.

August 1991 – The WWW is announced by Tim Berners-Lee


iPartnerMedia is so excited to celebrate the silver anniversary of the World Wide Web. What would we do without it?

Here’s to many more anniversaries, innovations, and exciting new technology!