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Jan 15 2021 - 04:30 PM
Today In History: Wikipedia Debuts

Today, January 15th, is the twentieth birthday of Wikipedia, an open, multilingual, and collaborative encyclopedia developed and maintained by largely anonymous volunteer contributors and editors! Founded as part of Nupedia, a defunct, selective encyclopedia project that required high quality scholarship and peer review, Wikipedia was conceived by American-British entrepreneur Jimmy Donal Wales and American developer Lawrence Mark Sanger, and is supported by the Wikimedia Foundation, host to numerous other free content projects, including Wikibooks, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikiversity, Wikidata, Wikinews, and much more. Despite controversy over serious use in education and even censorship of content, its highly appealing democratic nature, and scope and depth of coverage, have helped Wikipedia grow into the world's largest reference website, with more than 1.7 billion unique visitors per month and over 55 billion articles published in over 300 languages. Happy Birthday and many happy returns!

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.



  • Special News Slide, Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries


Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of news from around the world, and also promotes awareness of historical events from an educational context. Be sure to check additional Cafe News postings on the library blog.

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