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Historical Events

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2004-02-04 Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • 2012-05-29 Facebook's problematic public listing could cost those involved $115 million from technical glitches

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2016-09-08 Billy Corgan announces a new solo album, recorded with producer Rick Rubin, via a Facebook live video

Musician Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan
  • 2016-09-21 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan pledge $3 billion to medical research to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century"
  • 2017-05-25 Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg receives an honorary degree from Harvard University, after dropping out in 2004
  • 2017-06-27 Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook has reached 2 billion monthly users

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2017-10-15 Actress Alyssa Milano's tweet “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’" prompts flood of replies across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Actress and Activist Alyssa Milano
Actress and Activist
Alyssa Milano
  • 2018-03-21 Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg admits they "made mistakes" after data on 50 million users is harvested by Cambridge Analytica
  • 2018-03-26 US Federal Trade Commission confirms it will investigate Facebook over privacy concerns
  • 2018-04-10 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg begins testifying before US Congress about data use and security
  • 2018-05-22 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is questioned by members of the European parliament in Brussels in wake of its security scandal
  • 2018-07-26 Facebook has the single worst day of any public company on the stock market - losing 19% or $119 billion market value
  • 2018-07-31 Facebook discloses and removes Russian-linked network of sites attempting to interfere in American politics

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2018-08-06 Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify remove conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms

CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki
  • 2018-09-25 Instagram’s co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger resign from Instagram and parent company Facebook
  • 2018-09-28 Up to 50 million Facebook accounts hacked due to a code weakness
  • 2019-02-18 British parliamentary committee issues scathing report on Facebook, accusing company of breaking privacy laws, calling for new regulations
  • 2019-03-06 Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg reveals plans to turn the social media platform into a more "privacy-focused platform"
  • 2019-03-17 Facebook removes 1.5 million videos of the Christchurch mosque shootings in first 24 hrs after the attack, although only 1.2 million blocked at upload
  • 2019-03-27 Facebook bans white nationalism and white supremacy following criticism that Christchurch terrorist able to live-stream his attack

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2019-05-02 Facebook bans Alex Jones (InfoWars), Milo Yiannopoulos (ex-Breitbart), Louis Farrakhan (Nation of Islam), Paul Nehlen and Laura Loomer for hate speech

Religious Leader Louis Farrakhan
Religious Leader
Louis Farrakhan
  • 2019-05-08 Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes argues that Facebook should be split up and regulated in "New York Times" Op-Ed essay
  • 2019-06-03 US federal government departments and Congress begin anti-trust investigations into large tech companies including Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon
  • 2019-07-24 Facebook agrees to pay $5 billion fine, largest ever for violating consumer privacy, to the US Federal Trade Commission
  • 2019-10-21 Facebook says it has taken down four state-backed disinformation campaigns, three from Iran, one from Russia in addition to dozens earlier this year

Famous Birthdays

  • 1945-04-22 Donald E. Graham, American businessman (Graham Holdings Company, Facebook), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Person of interestSheryl Sandberg

1969-08-28 Sheryl Sandberg, American technology executive (COO Facebook) and author (Lean In), born in Washington, D.C.

Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook Executive
Sheryl Sandberg
  • 1983-11-26 Chris Hughes, American businessman and co-founder of Facebook, born in Hickory, North Carolina

Person of interestMark Zuckerberg

1984-05-14 Mark Zuckerberg, American internet entrepreneur and co-founder of Facebook, born in White Plains, New York

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

2012-05-19 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (28) weds his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan at a small ceremony in Palo Alto, California

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg