25 Major Events That Have Happened Since The Birth Of The Internet

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Its been a quarter of a century since the web was invented, a whole 25 years! and the world has changed a hell of a lot since. Heres 25 things that have happened since the birth of the internet.

1989: The Berlin War Was Taken Down


The Berlin was was demolished in 1989. Citizens from both sides of the wall uses hammers and axes to smash away at the wall until nothing was left.

1990: Nelson Mandela Was Released

Nelson and Winnie Mandela give a clenched fist salute

Nelson Mandela walked to freedom in 1990.

1991: $500 million Art Heist

A police officer stands in the Buehrle F

20 of Van Goghs works were stolen from a museum, the estimated value thought to be $500 million US dollars.

1992: The 1992 Summer Olympics In Spain


1993: Bill Clinton Becomes US President


Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd President of the United States of America.

1994: US Invades Haiti


The US steps in to provide aid and relief to a devastated Haiti after a large earthquake.

1995: Oklahoma City Bombing


On April 19, 1995, a 5,000-pound bomb, exploded just outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The explosion killed 168 people, 19 of whom were children.

1996: Saudi Arabia Mid Air Collision


Due to pilot error, on the 12th November 1996, a Kazakhstan Airlines aircraft collided in mid air with a Saudi Arabian Aircraft, killing a total of 349 people.

1997: Spacecraft Pathfinder Lands On Mars


On July 4th 1997, Pathfinder landed on mars, making it the first successful landing since 1976.

1998: Central American Hurricane Kills 10,000


On December 3rd, 1998, a hurricane rips across central America killing an estimated 10,000 people. Thought to be the worse storm in two centuries.

1999: HIV Virus Traced


The HIV and Aids virus was thought to have originated from the Chimpanzee.

2001: September 11th World Trade Centre Attacks


The twin towers where attacked on september 11th 2001. The total loss of life in this tragic event was almost 3000.

2002: Airshow Accident In Ukraine


In 2002, an accident at an air show in Ukraine kills 63 people.

2003: Saddam Hussein Was Captured

Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein was captured on the 13th of december 2003. He was later trialled and found guilty, which lead to his execution in 2006.

2004: Indian Ocean Earthquake And Tsunami


With a magnitude of 9.3 on the richter scale, otherwise known as the boxing day tsunami, it killed 230,000 people and is thought to be one of the deadliest natural disaster in recorded history.

2005: London Won The Bid For the 2012 Olympics


On the 6th of July London was given the bid to host the 2012 Olympics.

2006: New Horizons Sets Of For Pluto


Launched on the 19th January 2006, Horizons sets out to study Pluto and its moons, it is expected to reach its destination by the 14th July 2015.

2007: Burj Khalifa Became The World Tallest Building


It currently holds the world record for tallest building, and its easy to see why, when it is over 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) and more than 160 stories high.

2008: Barack Obama Elected As U.S President


Barack Obama was elected as Americas first black president on the 5th November 2008.

2009: Copenhagen Summit


The Copenhagen Summit of 2009 promised to make a major change to help prevent climate change, in reality it didn't do this.

2010: Julian Assange Arrested

Julian Assange

Famous for WikiLeaks, a website that published U.S. military and diplomatic documents. He is currently hiding in the Unite Kingdom, inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

2011: Steve Jobs Passed Away


Apple founder and visionary Steve Jobs passed away on October the 6th, 2011.

2012: Luxury Cruise Ship Runs Aground In Italy


This luxury cruise ship, the Costa Concordia ran aground killing 32 people.

2013: Scientists Successfully Clone Human Stem Cells


scientists make the first embryonic-stem-cell lines from human skin cells, using the same technique that cloned molly the sheep.

2014: Facebook Bought WhatsApp


Facebook bought WhatsApp for an astonishing $19 Billion US Dollars.

Clearly, a lot has happened since the internet was invented. It seems crazy to think some of these things happened so long ago. Time moves quickly.