A very long time ago—in 1989—Ronald Reagan was president, albeit only for the final 19½ days of his term. And before the year was over Taylor Swift had been born, and Andrei Sakharov and Samuel Beckett had died.
In the long run, the most memorable event of 1989 will probably be that Tim Berners-Lee hacked up the HTTP protocol and named the result the "World Wide Web." (One remarkable property of this name is that the abbreviation "WWW" has three times as many syllables and takes longer to pronounce.)
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