The ups, downs and ups of BBC News online

It's 15 years since the BBC News website launched. At the time, in 1997, there were fewer than eight million people online in the UK, a figure which has mushroomed to more than 50 million today.

This chart shows how global traffic to BBC News online has grown, alongside some key technological milestones. Click on the links to see front pages from major stories over the last decade and a half.

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Clinton impeached

Clinton impeached

Jill Dando murdered

Jill Dando murdered

Gore-Bush election

Gore-Bush election

9/11 attacks in the US

9/11 attacks

Queen Mother dies

Queen Mother dies

War in Iraq

War in Iraq

Beslan school siege

Beslan siege

7 July terror attacks

7 July attacks

Saddam Hussein executed

Saddam Hussein executed

Gordon Brown becomes PM

Gordon Brown becomes PM

Barack Obama becomes first black president

Barack Obama becomes first black president

General Election 2010

General Election 2010

Death of Bin Laden

Death of Bin Laden

Royal pregnancy

Royal pregnancy

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