For those of you who don't remember, the Web was announced to the world on August 6, 1991 by Tim Berners-Lee on the alt.hypertext newsgroup. You were a subscriber, weren't you?
Berners-Lee wrote back:
The WorldWideWeb (WWW) project aims to allow links to be made to any information anywhere. The address format includes an access method (=namespace), and for most name spaces a hostname and some sort of path. [...] The WWW project was started to allow high energy physicists to share data, news, and documentation. We are very interested in spreading the web to other areas, and having gateway servers for other data. Collaborators welcome!"