Wikipedia reaches one million German entries
DDP/The Local · 27 Dec 2009, 17:13
Published: 27 Dec 2009 17:13 GMT+01:00
The milestone marks the rampant growth of the popular internet reference resource in German, which is Wikipedia’s second-largest language after English.
However, it is not yet clear what the millionth entry will be: an article about the US gardener Ernie Wasson could be deleted due to its low relevancy to German readers. An alternative might be an article on the German speed skater Robert Seifert.
The very first German Wikipedia entry was submitted on May 12, 2001. Since then, the encyclopaedia has become immensely popular in the German-speaking world. Only English, with more than three million entries, is larger.
Wikipedia offers information in more than 184 different languages.
Milestones for Wikipedia in German
1st entry: Polymerase-Kettenreaktion on May 12, 2001
10,000th entry: Löwenzahn on 24. Januar 2003
50,000th entry: Honorius I February 8, 2004
100,000th entry: Kiebitz (Art)/Opel Laubfrosch June 13, 2004
250,000th entry: Mönchgut on June 28, 2005
500,000th entry: Janina Korowicka November 23, 2006
750,000th entry: Johann Friedrich Bahrdt May 17, 2008
1,000,000th entry: Ernie Wasson or Robert Seifert on December 27, 2009