Depending on how you calculate it, the Web has been around for between 15 and 17 years–which makes it old enough to ask for the car keys, but still an awkward teenager growing toward maturity. Yet it already has a long and storied history (and some prehistory). We’ve decided to chronicle its 16 greatest moments here.
When possible, we pinpointed a specific day, hour, and even minute–the “aha” moment when the people involved got the original idea, launched the site, sold the first product, or posted the first entry. Instead of listing the events chronologically, we’ve ranked them in ascending order of importance.