Dr. Seuss Timeline

Dr Seuss timeline

Today marks the 114th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as the beloved Dr. Seuss. Even decades after the publication of his first book, the whimsical writer and illustrator is still capturing the imagination of children – and adults – worldwide with his wacky themes, playful rhymes, and made-up words and creatures. To celebrate the man behind besties like the Grinch, the Sneetches, and the Lorax, let’s take a brief look at his life and work.

The Dr. Seuss Timeline illustrates some of the major events and achievements in the life of the author, as well as a few of his most popular books, such as The Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham. While many have heard the interesting stories behind his major works, how the penname “Dr. Seuss” was born might not be that common-knowledge.

It all started at Dartmouth, where Theodor (Ted) Geisel wrote for the university’s humor magazine and even rose to the rank of chief editor. That changed abruptly, though, when he was caught drinking gin in his dorm with a few friends. As punishment for violating Prohibition, Seuss was barred from writing for the magazine and stripped of his editorship too. To continue publishing, he hid behind a variety of pseudonyms, such as T. Seuss, D.G. Rosetti, or simply Seuss. Several other monikers appeared over the years, including the pompous “Dr. Theophrastus Seuss,” which the writer later shortened to the penname we know today.

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John Travolta Timeline

John Travolta Timeline

This Sunday, acclaimed actor-singer-dancer-pilot John Travolta turns 64. Born on February 18, 1954, Travolta dropped out of high-school at age 17 to pursue acting, and he’s since led a long and varied career in show business, being known as one of the most multifaceted stars of the 70’s. With the popular performer’s birthday just around the corner, let’s take a brief look at his life and work.

The John Travolta Timeline illustrates significant events and achievements in the life of the actor, including some of the most renowned movies and TV shows he was involved in.

Travolta’s breakthrough moment came in 1975 when he played the role of Vinnie Barbarino in the TV series Welcome Back, Kotter, after which he continued to rise, landing lead roles in hits like Grease and Saturday Night Fever. After a significant lull in the 80’s, the actor made a career comeback starring in Tarantino’s masterpiece, Pulp Fiction, which earned him a second Academy Award nomination and brought him back into the spotlight.

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YouTube History Timeline

Updated on 26 June 2020

YouTube History Timeline


Set up in 2005 by three former PayPal employees and originally intended as a dating service, YouTube is now the world’s most popular online video-sharing platform. Responsible for 4 billion hours worth of videos watched on a monthly basis and 72 hours worth of new material uploaded every minute, YouTube has evolved from a site dedicated to amateur footage to a service that distributes original content.

Apart from being everyone’s go-to video-streaming channel, it boasts other merits as well:

  • Played an instrumental role during the Arab Spring and in jumpstarting the careers of artists like Justin Bieber and Korean pop sensation Psy.
  • Received a Peabody Award in 2008 and was cited as a ”'Speakers' Corner' that both embodies and promotes democracy.”

To pay homage to this influential source of entertainment (and endless procrastination in many cases), we’ve created this blog post along with the YouTube Timeline, which illustrates the company’s evolution since its launch.

Outlining some of the most memorable moments throughout the history of the video content giant, the graphic also includes a few feature releases (hidden but accessible when dowloading the slide).

Key Turning Points in YouTube’s Story

  • Registration of YouTube trademark, logo and domain on Valentine’s Day, 2005

A year before YouTube’s official launch, former PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim came up with the idea while attending a dinner party in San Francisco. As Karim declared in a 2006 interview, the propelling factor resided in the difficulty of finding online videos of Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction at the 2004’s Super Bowl and of that winter’s devastating tsunami.

  • Launch of its beta site in May, 2005

To understand the long way YouTube has come since this event, here’s a preview of the website’s initial homepage.

YouTube 2005 homepage

Image source: Wayback Machine

  • First video posted to the site (which is 19 seconds long) on April 23, 2005

Considering the type of broadcasts that are regularly going viral on YouTube, one might think the first video ever posted on the website must have been something insane. Well, it’s actually a very short clip of co-founder Jawed Karim standing near some elephants at the zoo and describing their “really, really long trunks.” The video is appropriately titled “Me at the Zoo” and has since been viewed more than 45 million times.

  • Reaching its first one million-hit video in September, 2005

The viral clip that helped YouTube score this record was a Nike ad showing Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho receiving his pair of Golden Boots. This didn’t attract only the huge number of views, but Nike’s recognition of YouTube’s promotional potential as well.

  • Officially launching out of beta on December 15, 2005

Thanks to the $3,5 million investment made by Sequoia Capital, YouTube was able to launch their site to the public by improving their servers and increasing their bandwidth.

  • Deal with NBC in June, 2006 ushering new digital era for the traditional media company

In February 2006, NBC requested YouTube to withdraw one of the former’s broadcast SNL clips (”Lazy Sunday”), citing copyrights infringement. Not only did the video-sharing site comply, but it also launched its Content Verification Program, thus helping other content owners prevent similar situations from reocurring (by locating and removing videos that infringe their copyrights).

However, NBC later changed its tune and proposed that YouTube would promote its fall’s TV lineup. This deal paved the way for profitable partnerships with other content providers.

  • Acquisition by Google in October, 2006

Seeing the potential in what they called ”the next step in the evolution of Internet”, Google acquired the rapidly growing video-sharing platform for $1,65 billion.

  • Launching its Partner Program in May, 2007

By taking this step, YouTube allowed everyday people get paid for their viral content. Thus, some users have succeeded in turning their hobbies into lucrative businesses, earning six-figure incomes from YouTube.

  • Earning even more widespread recognition in 2009

With the 111th U.S. Congress launching its official Congressional YouTube channels in January 2009, many American citizens gained access to the government like never before, and YouTube became mainstream. The Vatican followed the lead and launched its own YouTube channel a month later.

  • Launching YouTube Live in April, 2011

By doing so, YouTube entered the broadcast business and started streaming a wide range of live content, from concerts and the royal wedding to news coverage and the Olympics.

  • Reaching its first one billion-hit video in December, 2012

The Korean pop artist’s video for ”Gangam Style” brought in more than 1.3 billion views for YouTube, becoming its #1 most-watched clip (surpassed by ”Despacito” with over 6.8 billion views as of June 2020).

That year was huge for the video-sharing platform for other reasons too, as it became the go-to place for the presidential election coverage in August, 2012.

About the YouTube History Timeline

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⛵ Jules Verne Timeline

Jules Verne Timeline

February 8, 2018, marks 190 years since the birth of Breton science fiction pioneer Jules Verne. Widely regarded as a visionary writer, Verne contributed over 50 romans scientifiques that were unlike anything written before – or since – and which have inspired generations of inventors, scientists and explorers. To commemorate the author’s 190th birthday, let’s take a journey to the past and explore his life and work.

The Jules Verne Timeline lays out some of the events and milestones in the life of the French writer, including a few of his most renowned novels. While Verne is acclaimed in most of Europe as one of the 19th century’s major authors, he does not enjoy (or hasn’t until recently) the same reputation in English-speaking countries, where he was often seen as a mere writer of children’s books. This happened largely because the early English translations of Verne’s work were flawed, to say the least, often bearing little resemblance to the original writing.

The translators repeatedly watered down the author’s texts, cut out descriptive passages (even 40% of the original), committed ludicrous mistakes, or rewrote sections that conflicted with their political, social or religious views. These poorly-written English versions of Verne’s work were widely reprinted (and can be still found in print today), making the novels seem like nothing more but trivial adventure stories with no literary value. It was only in the 1960’s that American scholar Walter Miller compared the standard English translations to their original counterparts and recognized the damage that was done.

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Facebook History Timeline

Facebook History Timeline

On February 4, 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched a social website called “The Facebook” from his dorm room at Harvard. Soon, what started as a private network for college students became a worldwide phenomenon, everyone from teens to grandmothers using it to catch up with friends and get their news. As Facebook is turning 14 this Sunday, here’s a look back at some of the milestones that helped shape the social media behemoth we know today.

The Facebook History Timeline illustrates important events, achievements, and releases in the history of the social networking platform, from the day the service was launched to its 14-year anniversary.

Released in February 2009, the “Like” button is probably one of the simplest Facebook features, but it’s come to be the one that defines it. This makes it a little surprising that Zuckerberg kept giving it a thumbs down when the concept was proposed, determining the team to consider it a “cursed project.” The idea of an approval button first came to life in 2007 under the form of the “Awesome” button, but it took almost two years until it was finally launched, as the CEO was worried it will overshadow the Comment and Share features.

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