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First YouTube video uploaded in 2005


On 23/04/2005 the first ever YouTube video was uploaded. The 18 second video was created by Jawed Karim, one of the founders of YouTube. In the video titled ‘Me at the zoo’ Karim is seen in front of an elephant. Whilst the video is not a masterpiece, it has still been viewed 227 million times as of 2022.

HIV Virus is discovered in 1984

The virus that causes AIDS was discovered in 1984 by French virologists Luc Montagnier and Françoise Barré-Sinouss. Both men were awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery.

Roy Orbison was born on this day in 1936

Roy Orbison. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Singer and songwriter Roy Orbison was born on 23 April 1936. The singer is well known for his hits, including Pretty Woman and You Got It. He also founded The Traveling Wilburys, a supergroup with many famous names, including Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, George Harrison and Bob Dylan.

Shakespeare is born on this day and died on the same day too! The infamous playwright lived to the ripe old age of 52, and was born in 1564.

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