Four years ago on Wednesday, July 23, was the birth of one of the world's hottest bands, One Direction. This entire week has just been a 1D fan fest, with thousands of the band's admirers tweeting obsessively about the anniversary.
On Wednesday morning, Niall Horan broke the internet when he tweeted a sweet, heartfelt thanks to his good-looking cohorts.
"Thank you lads, we've had a great time so far, you are family to me now , not just band mates! Love you."
Thank you lads ,we've had a great time so far, you are family to me now , not just band mates ! Love you pic.twitter.com/IdUHD3vFnf— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) July 23, 2014
The reaction was swift and immediate, with fans across the globe freaking out even harder.
WHO NEEDS A BOYFRIEND WHEN U HAVE NIALL HORAN TO TELL U HOW SPECIAL U ARE EVERYDAY AND THAT HE LOVES YOU #4YearsOfOneDirection— (@isparklehoran) July 23, 2014
#ThankYou1DFor the memories, the songs, the smiles, the happiness, the lives saved, the dreams, the faith. Thank you for everything!— 4 years ¨̮ (@Zayn_MyHero) July 23, 2014
TODAY IS THE DAY THAT WE WILL ALWAYS TELL OUR CHILDREN THAT HOW PEOPLE T WHOLE WORLD CAME TOGETHER CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BESTEST BAND— natalie, 4 years ¨̮ (@Louebear) July 23, 2014
After than, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson all tweeted their congrats to each other, any hope that 1D Twitter fans had of talking about anything else vanished.
Some things haven't changed though I'm still great at spilling things down my shirt pic.twitter.com/TuTqKshvIl— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne) July 23, 2014
Happy four years everyone can't believe it's been that long thank you so much everybody crazy how things have turned out I love you— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne) July 23, 2014
4 years. Thank you to everyone who is involved in this. I feel so lucky to be part of it. Everyone who has worked with us thank you..— Harry Styles (@Harry_Styles) July 23, 2014
4 years !! It's so cliche to say but it simply would not have been possible without every single one of our fans ! You have been incredible!— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) July 23, 2014
Over the last four years, the boy band has released three albums – Up All night, Take Me Home and Midnight Memories-- all of which debuted at No. 1. The group also won two MTV Video Music Awards and were named 2012's Top New Artist by Billboard.
Happy 4th Anniversary One Direction!