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Image description: The World Wide Web turns 25 today, and although the USA.gov website hasn’t been around that long, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at what our site used to look like.

The first picture shows USA.gov in 2014 with a look and feel that’s probably familiar to you.

The middle picture shows USA.gov in 2007.

The last picture shows the FirstGov.gov website in 2004. USA.gov used to be called FirstGov.gov before it changed it’s name and URL.

You can learn more about the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web and the impact it has had on society in this report from the Pew Research Center.

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From the National Archives:

Talk About Full Service…


A NATO E-3A Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft from NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, West Germany, refuels from a KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft during a training mission. The plane is one of eighteen such aircraft providing surveillance for member nations as directed by NATO’s Airborne Early Warning Force commander, 02/19/1988

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From the National Archives:

Talk About Full Service…

A NATO E-3A Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft from NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, West Germany, refuels from a KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft during a training mission. The plane is one of eighteen such aircraft providing surveillance for member nations as directed by NATO’s Airborne Early Warning Force commander, 02/19/1988

Image description: The Beatles visited the United States 50 years ago, landing in New York on Feb. 8, 1964.

From the National Archives:

Still excited about the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ Visit to America?

Be sure to check the rest of our series from their historic 1964 visit:

  1. Screaming fans at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport
  2. John Lennon & George Harrison wave to the crowd as they exit the plane
  3. Paul McCartney approves of fans’ signs
  4. Hamming it up at an airport press conference
  5. Mugging for photographers in Central Park

All excerpted from Universal Newsreel Volume 37, Issue 12, 02/10/1964, via Media Matters » This Week in Universal News: The Beatles Come to America

What’s your earliest Beatles memory?

There were 2.4 million black veterans in the U.S. in 2012. Find more numbers, in honor of Black History Month.

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From the National Archives:

"ODD NUMBERS TODAY"

"On January 31, 1974, an odd-numbered day, motorists with odd-numbered license plates could obtain gasoline at this station. The limit was 15 gallons. 01/1974"
David Falconer, photographer. From the series: DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977 

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From the National Archives:

"ODD NUMBERS TODAY"

"On January 31, 1974, an odd-numbered day, motorists with odd-numbered license plates could obtain gasoline at this station. The limit was 15 gallons. 01/1974"

David Falconer, photographer. From the series: DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977