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TODAY IN HISTORY - 21 MARCH


• 630 – Byzantine emperor Heraclius restored the True Cross to Jerusalem.

• 1800 – After being elected as a compromise candidate after several months of stalemate, Pope Pius VII was crowned in Venice with a temporary papal tiara made of papier-mâché.

• 1916 – Bismillah Khan's Birth Day, Indian shehnai player (Death On 2006)
 

• 1871 – Founder of the German Empire Otto von Bismarck was proclaimed as its first Chancellor.

• 2006 - The social media website Twitter launched with the first tweet by co-founder Jack Dorsey.

Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called "tweets".

Registered users can read and post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them. Users access Twitter through the website interface, SMS or mobile device app. Twitter Inc. is based in San Francisco and has more than 25 offices around the world.

Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass and launched in July 2006. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with more than 100 million users posting 340 million tweets a day in 2012. The service also handled 1.6 billion search queries per day. In 2013, Twitter was one of the ten most-visited websites and has been described as "the SMS of the Internet". As of May 2015, Twitter has more than 500 million users, out of which more than 332 million are active.






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