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4 January 2009

Bitcoin block 0 created, genesis block.

Timestamp : 2009-01-04 02:15

4 January is Bitcoin Day

en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Genesis_block The coinbase parameter contains, along with the normal data, the following text:

    The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks

This was probably intended as proof that the block was created on or after January 3, 2009, as well as a comment on the instability caused by fractional-reserve banking.

The detail "second bailout for banks" could also suggest that in a supposedly liberal and capitalist system, rescuing banks like that was a problem for Satoshi. The chosen topic could hint at bitcoin's purpose.