In early August 1991, the first webpage was served up from a neXT computer in a lab at the European Organization for Nuclear Research - CERN, and computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web project had begun.
A lot has changed since then, so for this Throwback Thursday, read more about the birth of the Internet and the Web—and learn more about what else was going on back in 1991.
Where Wizards Stay up Late: The Internet was made over many years by many people before the Web was run on its infrastructure. This book talks about those coders and geeks and what made it all possible.
ICon: After being ousted from his own company, Apple, Steve Jobs went on to start a new company called neXT. While the Walter Isaacson book Steve Jobs is definitive, this book looks closer at his bounce back.
Download: The True Story of the Internet is a great documentary series about how we got to where we are on the Web.
So much of where we are now began in 1991, politically and technologically. Check out these titles to learn more about these turning points.
Russia at the Barricades: The August Coup in the Soviet Union marked the final downfall of a government that until that point was the main antagonist to the United States.
My Son's Story: Apartheid ended in South Africa that year, and Nadine Gordimer, the author of this book, won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Boom, Bust, Exodus: Negotiations that would become the North American Free Trade Agreement began, eventually allowing more trade between countries on the continent.
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System came out, along with Super Mario World, and while it wasn't the first video game, or even the first Nintendo system, its release did spark what is now called the Console Wars.
Super Mario Bros: Talk about nostalgia! Watch this great old show with Hoopla.
J.R: For Chicagoans specifically, 1991 also was the last time the Chicago Blackhawks had a Stanley Cup showing before 2010. Jeremy Roenick, Chris Chelios, Denis Savard and the rest were swept by the Penguins that year.
If you remember those early days of the Web and want to feel old, check out this video from the Teens React series on YouTube.