In the never-ending list of firsts, one of it happened on this day in the year 1992. A photograph was uploaded on the Internet for the first time on July 18, 1992.
Les Horribles Cernettes, or The Horrible CERN Girls, was an all-female parody-pop group, self-labelled as “the one and only high energy rock band”, formed by CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) employees and who performed at CERN events. The group was photographed at the CERN Hardronic Festival, by Silvano de Gennaro, an analyst in the Computer Science department at CERN, who also wrote additional songs for the groups.
“Back in 1992, after their show at the CERN Hardronic Festival, my colleague Tim Berners-Lee asked me for a few scanned photos of ‘the CERN girls’ to publish them on some sort of information system he had just invented, called the ‘World Wide Web’. I had only a vague idea of what that was, but I scanned some photos on my Mac and FTPed them to Tim’s now famous ‘info.cern.ch’. How was I to know that I was passing an historical milestone, as the one above was the first picture of a band ever to be clicked on in a web browser!” de Gennaro has been quoted on a now archived CERN Web page.
Angela Higney, Michele de Gennaro, Colette Marx-Neilsen, Lynn Veronneau formed the band and produced humorous songs, which are now freely available on their website.