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The World Clock is 10 years old

The World Clock was first released on November 7, 1995 and now celebrates 10 years.

1995 – 1998

The World Clock in April 1996
The oldest backup still available - from April 1996.
A full screen dump is available.

The first version of the World Clock was developed during a period of just two days and did not include Daylight Saving Time on its release date. However, this was quickly fixed in January 1996. The first release featured a list of current times with approximately 120 cities. Initially it was available in Norwegian only but the English version was implemented on November 19, 1995.

During the World Clock's first years, the service ran on the author's Unix account at the University of Trondheim (later renamed NTNU).

The first external visitor viewed the service at 1995-11-07 16:03:54 UTC. The page had a total of only nine(!) visitors on the first day and 20 visitors during the next day, and traffic stayed at that level for the rest of November.

In December 1995, it was listed on Yahoo, which provided an increase in traffic and more international visitors. Its popularity increased during the next few years. The URL back then was http://www.stud.unit.no/USERBIN/steffent/verdensur.pl.

1998 – 2005

In May 1998, timeanddate.com became available online after one year of development. The service aimed to replace the old version of the World Clock and other services that were still on the university account. It featured more cities and new services such as The Personal World Clock and Meeting planner. More services and enhancements were added on the website during these years. More details are listed on the Updates page.

The future

The World Clock will be further enhanced in the coming years and most of these enhancements will be based on user requests.