Thursday, April 20, 2006

Wikipedia Exercise

This comes from Annalee's blog:

Go to Wikipedia. In the search box, type your birth month and day (but not year). List three events that happened on your birthday. List two important birthdays and one interesting death. Post to your blog.

(Okay, I had trouble narrowing it down to just three and managed to whittle it down to five.)

-- 1461 - Wars of the Roses in England: Lancastrian King Henry VI is deposed by his Yorkist cousin, who then becomes King Edward IV.

-- 1809 - Inauguration of James Madison (for whom my city is named) as 4th President of the USA. (Note: Up until mid-1900s, March 4 was inaugeration day, before it was moved up to January.)

-- 1841 - Inauguration of William Henry Harrison as 9th President of the USA. Harrison died exactly one month into his term — the briefest presidency in the history of the office - and was the first president to die in office.

-- 1924 - The song 'Happy Birthday To You' is published by Clayton F. Summy.

-- 1991 - Most primitive form of World Wide Web is put online.


1782 - Johann Rudolf Wyss, Swiss folklorist/writer, Swiss Family Robinson (d. 1830)

1870 - Thomas Sturge Moore, English poet, author and artist (d. 1944)


1963 - William Carlos Williams, American poet (b. 1883)


Jana said...

Suits you, doesn't it? ;-)

Was it really just 1991 that the www was started??? That is soooo wild. Seems longer, somehow.

Heather said...

Yup, according to Wikipedia the WWW made its debut in 1991. Of course, there was a version of it employed by the military so bases on different coasts could more easily communicate with each other long before that, but 1991 is when the technology went public. Seems like it's been around forever, doesn't it?

Annalee Blysse said...

Cool... they have an official day for the WWW online? That is as Jana said... wild. But the thing is... in 1985 I was chatting with people online. I guess it was a closed system though. Only 3 computers had access? I don't know! Ignore me. LOL.

Annalee Blysse said...

University mainframes... not just 3 users... more like 300 users at a time.

Heather said...

Apparently the WWW was not made universally available until 1991, though there were - as previously mentioned - crude, private versions before that, such as a network used by the military. There was an article about it in our local paper a few years back, but I've no idea what I did with it.