Interesting article here on the birth of Yahoo News…

From Marketwatch.com…

If the mainstream media wanted a scapegoat to blame for Yahoo News’ enormous popularity, they could single out .

You see, when the beloved leader died, early in the morning on Aug. 9, 1995, Yahoo’s brain trust flew into action. According to Yahoo folklore, co-founder Jerry Yang and other top executives promptly got together and forever changed the philosophy of what had been a directory site.

“Jerry said, ‘We’ve got to do something,'” Neil Budde, who has been Yahoo News’ general manager since 2004, told me with a smile. Yahoo promptly constructed a page linking to the coverage of Garcia’s death.
“That was the genesis of the full coverage of Yahoo News,” Budde said.

(thanks, Jon!)