2006 is a big year for the US National Library of Medicine and its medical information services. MEDLINE, NLM's flagship database debuted October 27, 1971.
PubMed was first released in January 1996 as an experimental database.
2006 also marks the 170th anniversary of NLM, since its 1836 founding as the Library of the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army.
October 1, 2006 was the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Library of Medicine Act, which moved the Armed Forces Medical Library to the Public Health Service and rechristened it the National Library of Medicine.
Here are some comparisons betwwen MEDLINE 1971 and MEDLINE 2006:
In 1971,MEDLINE featured 239 indexed journals. By 2006, that number has grown to 4,928.
In 1971, MEDLINE served 25 users. In 2006, MEDLINE/PubMed will average 77 million unique visits in 2006 and about 800 million searches.
In 1971, MEDLINE was available via dial-up telecommunications. In 2006, the site is available to anyone on earth via the World Wide Web.
URL for more detail: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/medline_35th_birthday.html