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Historical Events

Historic Event

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

Appointment of Interest

2008-10-04 Mark Zuckerberg announces the appointment of Google executive Sheryl Sandberg as Facebook COO

  • 2012-05-29 Facebook's problematic public listing could cost those involved $115 million from technical glitches
  • 2015-08-24 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces that for the 1st time 1 billion people logged into Facebook

Music History

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

  • 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

Film & TV History

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

  • 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

Film & TV History

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

  • 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

Film & TV History

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

  • 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

Film & TV History

2019-11-22 Sacha Baron Cohen says if Facebook existed in the 1930s it would have run Hitler's ads on his "solution to the Jewish problem", in speech to Anti-Defamation League summit

  • 2021-01-07 Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg blocks President Donald Trump from Facebook and Instagram till January 20, following suspension of his other social media accounts the previous day
  • 2021-02-18 Facebook blocks users in Australia from accessing news sites in response to proposed new laws for tech companies to pay to show news content

Historic Event

2021-05-05 Donald Trump's ban from Facebook upheld by the company's Oversight Board for a further six months

  • 2021-10-04 Global outage of Facebook and its apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, for six hours
  • 2021-10-28 Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook will change its corporate name to Meta amid increased public scrutiny over leaked internal documents

Famous Birthdays

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

Sheryl SandbergSheryl Sandberg (53 years old)

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

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

Mark ZuckerbergMark Zuckerberg (38 years old)

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

Famous Weddings

Mark Zuckerberg

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