2005: You Tube is Launched
YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, three former employees of PayPal on this day in 2005. However, the very first YouTube video wasn’t uploaded until April 23rd. The 18 second video, “Me at the Zoo,” featured Karim at the San Diego Zoo and can still be viewed on the website. To this day, the video has received over 13,500,000 views. By July of 2006, YouTube was receiving over 65,000 videos a day and over 100 million videos were being viewed each day. In April 2011, YouTube stated that about 30% of all the videos posted made up about 99% of views on the site.
- 1894: Jack Benny (actor)
- 1934: Florence Henderson (actress)
- 1946: Gregory Hines (actor)
- 1948: Teller (magician)
- 1960: Meg Tilly (actress)
- 1972: Rob Thomas (singer)
- 1992: Freddie Highmore (actor)
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