Huge demand for front pages with Osama bin Laden’s death crashes Web site of D.C.’s Newseum


The Newseum’s site began to crash early Monday morning as thousands looked for front pages with news of Osama bin Laden’s death. (By Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

At the Newseum in Washington, the museum’s Web site posts front pages of dozens of newspapers every day. It began to crash early Monday morning as many thousands of people in the United States and abroad were looking for front pages with news of Osama bin Laden’s death.

Paul Sparrow, senior vice president at the Newseum, says the site was processing more than 2,800 transactions per second when it crashed. Traffic started to peak at 3 a.m. Eastern time when Europeans woke to the news and again about 6 a.m.

Sparrow says newspapers offer an emotional snapshot in time while Web sites constantly change.

The Newseum is adding some bin Laden front pages and videos to its 9/11 gallery Monday.

See The Washington Post’s front page here.

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