Monday, April 01, 2019

20 Years Ago on Apr. 1, 1999 -- 3 U.S. Soldiers Missing, Captured

April 1, 1999: We didn't do April Fools Day jokes (lingering affects of the April Fools Day 1996 prank where the AOL Welcome Screen announced that NASA had discovered proof of life on Jupiter); even if we did, it would have gotten displaced by news that 3 U.S. soldiers had gone missing while patrolling in Macedonia, close to the Yugoslavian border:

Not sure why I took another screenshot:
For the PM update, we updated the headline block with confirmation that the soldiers had been captured by Serbian forces, complete with photo:
[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

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