Published: 15th January 2021
#ThrowBackToday: Wikipedia celebrates two decades of existence with a virtual party and you are all invited!
In today's #TBT, we express our collective gratitude for Wikipedia which has helped us through many assignments and research. And they are also throwing a party and you surely don't want to miss this
The free online encyclopedia that we all depend on irrevocably, Wikipedia was launched on January 15, 2001. And this year is all the more special because it celebrated its 20th birthday. And they are throwing a party! A virtual one, of course. The non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, is the host and you are all invited. Catch the YouTube livestream on January 15 at 16:00 UTC on youtu.be/PzGAGfSObOw
Wonder worships King
I'm sure you would agree
What could fit more perfectly
Than to have a world party on the day you came to be
These were the lyrics that American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder crooned in a bid to rally for a national holiday to be declared to honour the memory of Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist Martin Luther King on his birth anniversary. So it was only fitting that the musician revisited the Happy Birthday song and rallied with it on January 15, 1981. What a way to demand a fitting honour.
But it wasn't on this day that Wonder's love for the king surfaced. It was a decade-long quest for the musician. Such was the impact and legacy of Martin Luther King. “If it doesn’t happen this year, we must do it next year and again and again and again until it happens,” declared the record producer with determination at one of the press events.