The World Wide Web is a distributed hypertext system that operates
over the Internet. Hypertext is browsed using a program called a web
browser which retrieves pieces of information (called "documents" or
"web pages") from web servers (or "web sites") and displays them on
your screen. You can then follow hyperlinks on each page to other
documents or even send information back to the server to interact
with it. The act of following hyperlinks is often called "surfing"
the web. The Web can be traced back to a project at CERN in 1989 when
Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau built ENQUIRE.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
1512 The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican was
re-painted in fresco by Michelangelo Buonarroti.
1755 Lisbon was destroyed by a massive earthquake and tsunami,
killing between sixty and ninety thousand people.
1800 John Adams became the first President of the United States
to take residence in the Executive Mansion, later re-named
the White House.
1954 The "Front de Lib�ration Nationale" began the Algerian War of
Independence against French rule, with guerrilla attacks in
various parts of Algeria.
1963 The Arecibo Observatory, with the world's largest radio
telescope, officially opened in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
Wikiquote of the day:
"Merry meet, and merry part, and Blessed Be." ~ A pagan expression