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Articles: Happy Birthday Internet!

1989 was an astonishing year for many reasons.

Depending on how old you are, what happened in 1989 may or may not bring back memories, but either way many of the following events have had significant impacts on our lives, including:

The tearing down of the Berlin Wall, symbolic of the Eastern Bloc revolutions that began in Poland, which resulted in the downfall of the Soviet Union two years later. George H. Bush was elected our 41st President, Ted Bundy was executed, the Soviet war ended in Afghanistan, there were protests in Tiananmen Square in China, it was the year Seinfeld and the first full-length episode of The Simpsons premiered, the Dow Jones industrial average was about in the mid 2000’s (and we’re all panicking at it being “down” to well over three times that today!), automatic weapons were outlawed, Sega gave the world the Genesis gaming system - and perhaps the most significant of all, Tim Berners-Lee authored "Information Management: A proposal," which would change the world forever.

An Englishman working in Switzerland at the time, Berners-Lee submitted a plan to better monitor project information at CERN due to high personnel turnover and a litany of incompatible computers people brought with them to the office. Information was constantly being lost, and even if project documentation was recorded, locating the necessary files was a chore unto itself.

Even with a solid concept, the realization of of his theory had to wait for a couple other visionaries - Marc Andreessen & Eric Bina - to develop Mosaic, the application that opened up the Web to the general public, and the rest is history.

So, our little Internet has turned 20 - old enough to fight and vote, but not to drink. Nonetheless, we tip our hats to Sir Tim Berners-Lee using what else but his marvelous vision, the Internet.
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