Visit the First-Ever Website as It Celebrates Its 21st Birthday
The computer that started it all. CERN(NEW YORK) — Twenty-one years ago Monday the first website was published. It looked very simple — basic text, with some words oddly highlighted.
On Aug. 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee, who is widely credited with inventing the World Wide Web, published that site from CERN, the world’s largest physics lab in Geneva, Switzerland. He used a NeXT computer to create the page.
The page explained the World Wide Web or W3 as a, “wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents.” The first page has been preserved and republished by CERN, and according to ZDNet, the first web server is still powered on at the lab with a sign warning, “This machine is a server. DO NOT POWER DOWN!”
About a year after that website was published, in July 1992, the first photo was posted on the Web. It was of a comedian musical group.
Berners-Lee was honored during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.
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