Is This The First Ever Web Page?

It just might be.

It might not look like much, but this web page might just be a crucial historical artifact.

Today (April 30) marks the twentieth anniversary of the official launch of the World Wide Web. It was on that day in 1993 that research lab CERN issued a statement making the technology behind the web available to all on a royalty-free basis. CERN have searched their servers for ever-earlier web pages, and they think this one, from November 1992, might just be the first.

You’ll notice it references something called “W3”. That was an alternative name for the World Wide Web that ultimately fell out of use.

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