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A Historic Date – But What Is #6?

Monday, January 19th, 2009

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

Remembering The Date That Lives In Infamy

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Today, December 7th, 2008, marks the 67th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, coincidentally a Sunday also. According to the article on Wikipedia here, the casualties (human and equipment) were as follows:

  • 5 battleships sunk
  • 2 destroyers sunk, 1 damaged
  • 3 battleships damaged
  • 3 cruisers damaged
  • 1 other ship sunk, 3 damaged
  • 188 aircraft destroyed, 155 aircraft damaged
  • 2,345 military and 57 civilians killed
  • 1,247 military and 35 civilians wounded

In today’s issue of the Washington Post, the ‘Inside’ guide on the first page referred to ‘Remembering Pearl Harbor’ and directed the reader to the Metro section. Turning to this section, one sees that the coverage is limited to the listing of two local wreath laying events. Total space, including picture of a wreath, is 1.75″ x 6″. That’s it, for a “…date which will live in infamy…”.