A Historic Date – But What Is #6?

As of this date – January 19, 2009 – I offer the following five most significant dates during my lifetime, in order:

  • July  16, 1969
  • November 9, 1989
  • August 6, 1991
  • April 27, 1994
  • September 11, 2001

January 20, 2009, Inauguration Day for Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States surely deserves to be on my list. But which date should be pushed to #6?

  • Landing on the moon?
  • The fall of the Berlin Wall?
  • The debut of the World Wide Web?
  • The first multi-racial elections in the Republic of South Africa?
  • The attacks on the USA?

Of course, most people were not even aware of the events of August 6, 1991, when Tim Berners-Lee posted a brief summary of the World Wide Web on the alt.hypertext newsgroup. The World Wide Web has developed in an evolutionary manner, and so no single date is particularly noteworthy for most. In this regard, it is a bit unfair to lump August 6, 1991 with the other dates of significance. Nevertheless, I will choose to push August 6, 1991 to #6. I still think this Internet thing is a fad, anyway.

World Wide Web Now #6

World Wide Web Now #6

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