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Saturday, April 06, 2019

WWW turns 30 Today! *

The World Wide Web (WWW) turned 30 today. Below are things that happened 30 years ago (1989):


Rob Pilatus, left, and Fab Morvan of Milli Vanilli give the thumbs-up as they display their Grammys after being presented with the 1989 best new artist ...
Rob Pilatus, left, and Fab Morvan of Milli Vanilli give the thumbs-up as they display their Grammys after being presented with the 1989 best new artist ...

The Tienanmen Square protests and the attack by the Chinese Government on the protesters in early June. On the same day, as the story of the protests in Beijing were on TV, (On a Saturday morning, I remember, because I was babysitting my nephews, who were very upset their cartoons were taken off for ' The news, Yuck!') the story came from Iran that Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran had died.

The Berlin Wall came down on November 9th, after standing 28 years, taken down by East and West Germans, signaling the end, at least symbolically of the Cold War. The Soviet Union would collapse in 1991.


www turns 25 today


In San Francisco, there was an large earthquake, the Loma Prieta quake, which was 6.9 on the Richter scale. It happened during the World Series between hometown rivals, San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's. It was called the "Bay Bridge Series" and ironically, during the quake, part of the Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed. A highway viaduct collapsed and killed most of the 60 or so victims. Because the quake hit during the World Series pre-game show, millions of people heard "We're having an earth---" and the signal was lost for a while.

Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston, South Carolina about a month before the Quake in SF. It had been a category 5 in the Caribbean and hit Charleston as a 4. It did damage as far inland as Charlotte, North Carolina.

In 1989, collapse of many communist governments around the world occured. Like the death of Filipino leader Ninoy Aquino, which brought democracy to the state, the death of the Chinese hero, who was a good, pro-democratic leader, Hu Yaobang, ignited the vision of the people to eradicate the dirty system of their government. However, the government conducted national arrests of the protesters and their supporters, and they also banned the foreign press from the country and strictly controlled the coverage of the events.

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*Not the internet, it was 'born' Oct 29, 1969

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