A Timeline of Wikipedia
A Timeline of Wikipedia - 15 years stories

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Celebrating 15 years of homework help, research, and more. Happy birthday to Wikipedia!


A Timeline of Wikipedia

Happy Birthday! Thanks for an amazing 15 years

On January 15, 2001, Wikipedia first went online

Founded by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger

The first media reports of Wikipedia appeared in August 2001

Wikipedia would never run commercial advertising

Confirmed by Jimmy Wales in 2002

1,000,000 articles at the end of 2014

Bourgeois v. Peters, (11th Cir. 2004), was one of the first court cases to quote Wikipedia!

Wikipedia: most popular reference website on the Internet


5 million registered editor accounts


10-millionth Wikipedia article was created

April 2008

Wikipedia shut down for 24 hours to protest:

Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Acts. Jan 16, 2012

Justin Knapp, 1st single contributor to make > 1mil edits

Jimmy Wales congratulated Knapp for his work and presented him with the site's Special Barnstar medal and the Golden Wiki award for his achievement

The largest general-knowledge encyclopedia online

36 million mainspace articles across all 291 language editions. 10 billion pageviews per month 2015

Happy Birthday Wikipedia!

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