Clearly it isn't a question, but it seems somehow appropriate that the original author of the C programming language be commemorated in some fashion on StackExchange, and Programmers is the least off-topic site.
This is already being address on Meta Stack Overflow with respect to a message on the network.
Personally I didn't think that the Steve Jobs message was appropriate, but I don't own the network.
As to your question about asking a question, then no, that wouldn't be appropriate at all. At best it's too localised.