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23 May, 1995

The first version of MySQL, the popular RDBMS, was released by Swedish company MySQL AB on 23rd May 1995.

Created by Allan Larsson and Michael “Monty” Widenius and originally intended for personal use, MySQL came from mSQL. The developers basically created a new SQL interface and retained the mSQL API which lead others to use the database applications instead of its proprietary predecessor.

MySQL’s name comes from “My”, the name of daughter of Michael Widenius, and “SQL”.

As of now, MySQL runs on all popular operating systems and powers some of the best-known web applications like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and more. In March of 2014, MySQL became the second most widely used RDBMS in the world.