Newspapers in History

Historical Events

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  • 1620-12-02 English language newspaper "Namloos" begins publishing in Amsterdam
  • 1656-01-08 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)
  • 1690-09-25 Publick Occurrences, first newspaper in the American colonies (Boston), publishes first & last edition
  • 1702-03-11 1st English daily newspaper "Daily Courant" publishes
  • 1704-04-17 1st successful US newspaper; published in Boston by John Campbell
  • 1704-04-24 "Boston News-Letter" 1st successful newspaper in US, forms
  • 1704-05-01 Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper advertisement
  • 1743-07-18 1st half-page newspaper ad is published (NY Weekly Journal)
  • 1754-05-09 1st newspaper cartoon in America-divided snake "Join or Die"
  • 1762-08-22 1st female (Ann Franklin) US newspaper editor, Newport RI, Mercury
  • 1767-07-03 Norway's oldest newspaper still in print, Adresseavisen, is founded (first edition published this date).
  • 1774-08-10 1st Surinam newspaper (1st Wednesday Suriname) begins publishing
  • 1780-03-26 1st British Sunday newspaper appears (British Gazette & Sunday Monitor)
  • 1783-05-30 Benjamin Tower of Philadelphia publishes 1st daily newspaper in US
  • 1784-09-21 1st daily newspaper in America (Pennsylvania Packet & General Advertiser)
  • 1786-07-29 1st newspaper published west of Alleghanies, Pitts Gazette
  • 1787-10-27 Federalist letters start appearing in New York newspapers
  • 1791-12-04 Britain's Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, first published

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1793-12-09 Noah Webster establishes New York's 1st daily newspaper, the "American Minerva"

Lexicographer Noah Webster
Lexicographer
Noah Webster
  • 1796-12-18 1st US newspaper to appear on Sunday (Baltimore Monitor)
  • 1812-12-11 1st newspaper on Curacao (Curacao Gazette & Commercial Advertiser)
  • 1813-09-04 First US religious newspaper (Religious Remembrancer (Christian Observer))
  • 1814-11-28 The Times of London first printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer - makes newspapers available to a mass audience
  • 1817-08-18 Gloucester, Mass, newspapers tells of wild sea serpent seen offshore
  • 1820-07-01 1st edition of newspaper "Courrier de la Meuse" published
  • 1821-08-06 1st edition of "Courrier of Pays-Bas" newspaper published in Brussels

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1824-07-24 Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper publishes results of 1st public opinion poll, with a clear lead for Andrew Jackson

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 1827-03-15 Freedom's Journal, 1st Black newspaper, publishes
  • 1827-03-16 1st US black newspaper, "Freedom's Journal" (NYC), begins publishing
  • 1828-02-21 1st American Indian newspaper in US, "Cherokee Phoenix", published
  • 1830-05-20 1st railroad timetable published in newspaper (Baltimore American)
  • 1830-10-01 General Trade Journal newspaper begins publishing in Amsterdam
  • 1831-01-02 Liberator, abolitionist newspaper, begins publishing in Boston
  • 1833-09-03 New York Sun begins publishing (1st daily newspaper)
  • 1834-02-18 1st US labor newspaper, "The Man", published, NYC
  • 1836-07-30 First English language newspaper published in Hawaii
  • 1838-11-03 The Times of India, world's largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce
  • 1842-05-14 Illustrated London News; the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, begins publication
  • 1846-02-05 "Oregon Spectator" is 1st newspaper to be published on the West Coast
  • 1847-01-01 Neth's Haarlem's Current newspaper starts publishing
  • 1847-01-09 1st SF newspaper published (California Star)

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1847-12-03 Frederick Douglass publishes first issue of his newspaper "North Star"

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Abolitionist
Frederick Douglass
  • 1850-01-26 1st German language daily newspaper in US published, NYC
  • 1852-09-11 Olympia Columbian is 1st newspaper published north of Columbia R
  • 1853-05-14 Gail Borden, land surveyor, newspaper publisher, and inventor, patents his process for condensed milk
  • 1853-09-24 Northern Daily Times, 1st provincial daily newspaper, starts in London
  • 1856-10-07 Cyrus Chambers Jr patents folding machine that folds book & newspapers
  • 1861-02-27 US Congress authorizes 1st stamped newspaper wrappers for mailing
  • 1862-09-23 Lincoln's Emancipation is published in Northern Newspapers
  • 1863-01-15 1st US newspaper printed on wood-pulp paper, Boston Morning Journal

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1863-02-03 Samuel Clemens first uses the pen name Mark Twain in a Virginia City newspaper, the "Territorial Enterprise"

Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain
  • 1864-10-04 New Orleans Tribune, 1st black daily newspaper, forms
  • 1865-03-02 British newspaper "Morning Chronicle" begins publishing
  • 1866-09-04 1st Hawaiian daily newspaper published
  • 1869-07-01 Dutch newspaper stamp tax repealed
  • 1873-01-11 1st livestock market newspaper published, Drover's Journal, Chicago
  • 1875-09-11 1st newspaper cartoon strip
  • 1876-01-15 "Die Afrikaanse Patriot", the first newspaper in Afrikaans, is published in Paarl
  • 1878-01-28 Yale Daily News published, 1st college daily newspaper
  • 1878-04-02 1st issue of Rotterdam's Newspaper
  • 1878-09-25 British physician Dr. Charles Drysdale warns against the use of tobacco in a letter to The Times newspaper in one of the earliest public health announcements on the dangers of smoking
  • 1880-02-01 The first edition of theatrical newspaper The Stage is published.
  • 1881-02-13 The feminist newspaper La Citoyenne is first published in Paris by the activist Hubertine Auclert.
  • 1884-11-22 T Thomas Fortune starts NY Freeman (NY Age) newspaper
  • 1886-01-15 Weekly Herald, 1st newspaper in Vancouver, BC, publishes 1st issue
  • 1887-02-16 1st newspaper convention (Rochester NY)
  • 1890-01-21 1st issue of Propria Cures, Amsterdam student-weekly newspaper
  • 1892-08-13 US black newspaper "Afro-American" begins publishing from Baltimore
  • 1893-11-19 1st newspaper color supplement (NY World)
  • 1895-10-02 1st cartoon comic strip is printed in a newspaper

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1896-01-05 "Die Presse" newspaper (Germany) publicly announces Wilhelm Röntgen's discovery of X-rays and their potential for new methods of medical diagnoses in a front-page article

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Wilhelm Röntgen
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Wilhelm Röntgen
  • 1897-04-22 NYC Jewish newspaper "Forward" begins publishing (still active)
  • 1897-12-09 Activist Marguerite Durand founds the feminist daily newspaper, La Fronde in Paris.
  • 1900-02-16 1st Chinese daily newspaper in US publishes (Chung Sai Yat Po-SF)
  • 1900-04-01 1st edition of Dutch newspaper "The People"
  • 1904-08-10 Dutch newspaper Volk fires gay journalist Jacob de Cock
  • 1904-11-02 British newspaper "Daily Mirror" begins publishing

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1905-05-02 French newspapers publish lists of Jules Vernes unpublished work

Novelist Jules Verne
Novelist
Jules Verne
  • 1905-05-05 Robert S Abbott published 1st issue of newspaper "Chicago Defender"
  • 1907-03-24 The first issue of the Georgian Bolshevik newspaper Dro is published.

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1908-10-03 Pravda newspaper founded by Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky

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1908-10-28 The English Newspaper the Daily Telegraph prints an interview with Germany's Emperor Wilhelm II, who characterises himself as personally friendly to Britain but suggests the German people people are hostile, causing uproar in both countries

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • 1912-05-05 Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing (4/22 OS)
  • 1914-11-15 Italian socialist Benito Mussolini founds newspaper Il Populo d'Italia
  • 1915-06-26 Germany suppresses "Vorwarts" newspaper after it called for peace
  • 1918-02-08 "Stars & Stripes,", weekly US armed forces newspaper, 1st published
  • 1919-10-02 1st edition "Volkskrant" (People's newspaper) published in Neth
  • 1920-01-31 1st Ukrainian daily newspaper in US (NYC) begins publication
  • 1921-05-05 Miniature newspaper published (Brighton Gazette 10 x 13 cm)
  • 1923-02-08 German NSDAP Volkischer Beobachter newspaper becomes a daily
  • 1923-10-19 Beierse government refuses to prohibit NSDAP newspaper Völkischer Beobachter

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1924-12-31 Italian Fascist Mussolini orders the suppression of opposition newspapers

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1932-07-01 NY newspaper Evening Standard goes bankrupt

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1933-02-03 German Minister Hermann Goering bans social-democratic newspaper Vorwarts

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1933-02-15 Social-democratic newspaper "Vorwarts" banned again in Berlin
  • 1933-02-16 Catholic newspaper Germania warns against nazis/communists
  • 1933-02-19 Prussian minister Goering bans all Catholic newspapers
  • 1933-03-31 1st newspaper published on pine pulp paper, "Soperton News" (Ga)
  • 1935-12-09 Walter Liggett American newspaper editor and muckraker killed in gangland murder.
  • 1936-01-01 1st newspaper to microfilm its current issues, NY Herald Tribune

Famous Birthdays

  • 1791-04-12 Francis Preston Blair, newspaper editor (Washington Globe)

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1795-09-01 James Gordon Bennett, Sr., American newspaper publisher (New York Herald), born in Keith, Scotland (d. 1872)

Founder of the New York Herald James Gordon Bennett
Founder of the New York Herald
James Gordon Bennett
  • 1802-11-09 Elijah P Lovejoy, American newspaper publisher/abolitionist
  • 1813-03-07 Judocus Smits, Dutch Catholic newspaper pioneer/founder (The Time)
  • 1819-02-14 Christopher Sholes, Mooresburg Penn, newspaper man, politician and inventor of the typewriter
  • 1820-07-02 George Law Curry, Newspaper publisher and Governor of Oregon (d. 1878)
  • 1823-04-06 Joseph Medill, St John NB Canada, newspaper editor (Chicago Tribune)
  • 1823-10-09 Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Publisher and anti-slavery campaigner, 1st African American newspaper publisher ('Provincial Freeman'), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1829-09-12 Charles Dudley Warner, American writer and newspaperman (Being a Boy), born in Plainfield, Massachusetts
  • 1843-08-23 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher (d. 1932)
  • 1846-05-14 Arnold Kerdijk, Dutch lib politician/founder (Social Weekly newspaper)
  • 1848-03-24 Honoré Beaugrand, Quebec journalist and newspaper publisher (La Patrie) (d. 1906)
  • 1848-08-22 Melville E. Stone, American newspaper publisher (d. 1929)
  • 1850-08-03 Paul A Daum, Dutch writer/founder/editor (Batavian Newspaper)
  • 1857-02-17 Samuel Sidney McClure, Irish-American newspaper editor/publisher

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1863-04-29 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)

Newspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst
Newspaper Publisher
William Randolph Hearst
  • 1866-02-24 Arthur Pearson, Wookey Somerset England, newspaper proprietor
  • 1868-04-26 Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere/Newspaper publisher
  • 1872-04-07 William Monroe Trotter, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, newspaper editor and African-American rights activist
  • 1876-09-15 Frank E Gannett, newspaper publisher (Gannett), born in Rochester, New York

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1880-09-12 Henry Louis Mencken, American newspaperman/critic (Prejudices), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
Journalist and Critic
H. L. Mencken
  • 1881-08-20 Edgar Albert Guest, poet/newspaperman, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1882-08-16 Pierre H Ritter Jr, Dutch literary/head (Utrecht Newspaper)
  • 1884-06-07 Julius P Hoste, Belgium minister/daily newspaper publisher (Last News)
  • 1886-08-12 Sir Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist and newspaper owner (d. 1952)
  • 1888-09-26 J. Frank Dobie, American folklorist and newspaper columnist (d. 1964)
  • 1888-12-07 Matthew Heywood Campbell Broun, 1st President of American Newspaper Guild
  • 1891-05-25 Robert W P Peereboom, Dutch editor in chief (Haarlem Newspaper)
  • 1893-07-14 Clarence J. Brown, Newspaper publisher and politician (d. 1965)
  • 1898-09-21 Tushar Kanti Ghosh, world's oldest/longest serving newspaper Editor
  • 1899-11-24 Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (d. 1966)
  • 1901-02-20 Cecil H King, Irish/British daily newspaper publisher (Daily Mirror)
  • 1904-08-17 Mary Cain, American newspaper editor and politician (d. 1984)
  • 1905-01-19 Oveta Culp Hobby, government official/newspaper publisher/CEO (Houston Post)
  • 1908-01-27 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (Hearst Newspapers) and 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, (d. 1993)
  • 1910-04-26 Johan Doorn, Dutch journalist/resistance fighter (Orange Newspaper)
  • 1910-04-29 John Beavan, newspaper editor
  • 1910-10-11 Joseph Alsop, political newspaper columnist (Men Around the President)
  • 1911-01-09 Stafford WIlliam Somerfield, British newspaper editor
  • 1911-05-18 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist (d. 2001)
  • 1912-05-02 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate
  • 1912-07-20 Thijmen Kuijt, resistance fighter/co-found newspaper (The Typhoon)
  • 1915-12-02 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers), (d. 2000)
  • 1917-06-16 Katharine Graham, newspaper publisher (Washington Post), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-11-28 Helen Kinney Copley, newspaper publisher
  • 1924-03-22 Al Neuharth, newspaper founder (USA Today)
  • 1925-01-26 Claude Ryan, Quebec newspaper editor (d. 2004)
  • 1925-04-11 Pierre Péladeau, Canadian businessman and newspaper editor (Quebecor) (d. 1997)
  • 1925-07-28 Bruce Matthews, newspaper executive
  • 1925-08-11 Carl Rowan, gun-toting newspaper columnist (Wash Post)
  • 1925-08-27 Viscount Rothermere, newspaper owner
  • 1926-11-05 Leo Derksen, Dutch journalist (Telegraph/Sunday Newspaper)
  • 1927-05-27 Jan Blokker, Dutch writer/journalist (VPRO, People's Newspaper)
  • 1928-12-17 Marilyn Beck, newspaper columnist
  • 1929-07-15 Larry Lamb, newspaper editor
  • 1930-04-02 W Hambleden Smith, English newspaper magnate
  • 1934-01-26 Roger Landry, Quebec businessman and newspaper publisher
  • 1939-09-26 Judith P Appelbaum, magazine & newspaper editor, educator
  • 1942-08-24 Howard Jacobson, British novelist and newspaper columnist
  • 1942-10-18 Larry Pickering, Australian newspaper cartoonist
  • 1943-10-13 Mike Barnicle, American newspaper columnist
  • 1944-08-25 Conrad Black, newspaper magnate
  • 1946-06-14 Ralph McAllister Ingersol II, American newspaper publisher, born in NYC, New York
  • 1949-01-18 Bill Keller, American newspaper editor
  • 1949-02-05 David Sullivan, English softporno/newspaper publisher (Sunday Sport)
  • 1954-09-15 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (d. 2007)
  • 1954-10-14 Carole Malone, English newspaper columnist
  • 1958-01-06 Themos Anastasiadis, Greek journalist, television presenter and newspaper editor
  • 1963-07-14 Phil Rosenthal, American newspaper columnist
  • 1965-08-17 Robert Manry, Cleve newspaper editor/sailed the Atlantic (in craft)
  • 1965-12-28 Martine Robine, newspaper writer/Miss Junior Miss-France (1984)
  • 1969-12-31 Dominik Diamond, Scottish presenter and newspaper columnist
  • 1972-07-19 Adriaan J Zoetmulder, author/director (Eindhovens Newspaper)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1903-04-28 Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst (40) weds Millicent Veronica Willson (21) in New York City

Newspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst
Newspaper Publisher
William Randolph Hearst

Famous Deaths

  • 1652-10-13 Abraham Verhoeven, Flemish printer/newspaper publisher, dies
  • 1852-11-28 Ludger Duvernay, French printer and newspaper publisher (b. 1799)
  • 1869-11-12 Gheorghe Asachi, author/humanist (1st newspaper in Moldavia), dies

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1872-06-01 James Gordon Bennett, Sr., American newspaper publisher (New York Herald), dies at 76

Founder of the New York Herald James Gordon Bennett
Founder of the New York Herald
James Gordon Bennett
  • 1872-08-02 Judocus Smits, Dutch RC newspaper publisher (De Tijd), dies at 59
  • 1876-10-18 Francis Preston Blair, newspaper editor (Washington Globe), dies at 85
  • 1878-07-28 George Law Curry, Newspaper publisher and Governor of Oregon (b. 1820)
  • 1898-09-14 Paul A Daum, writer/founder/editor (Batavian Newspaper), dies
  • 1911-10-29 Joseph Pulitzer, American newspaperman, dies in Charleston, SC
  • 1918-05-14 James Gordon Bennett, Jr., American newspaper publisher (b. 1841)
  • 1922-08-14 Alfred CW Harmsworth, 1st viscount Northcliffe/newspaper magnate, dies
  • 1932-02-27 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher (b. 1843)
  • 1935-12-09 Walter Liggett, American crusading newspaper editor and muckraker (b. 1886)
  • 1940-07-19 Samuel H Chang, US newspaper magnate, murdered in Shanghai
  • 1943-01-11 Carlo Tresca, NY's Italian newspaper editor/anti-fascist, murdered

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1951-08-14 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), dies at 88

Newspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst
Newspaper Publisher
William Randolph Hearst
  • 1954-02-01 Julius P Hoste, Belgium minister/newspaper publisher, dies at 69
  • 1957-12-03 Frank E Gannett, newspaper publisher, dies at 81
  • 1959-07-17 Eugene Meyer, American businessman and newspaper publisher (b. 1875)
  • 1959-08-05 Edgar Guest, US poet/newspaperman, dies at 77
  • 1964-06-09 Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook/newspaper owner (Leatherhead), dies
  • 1965-11-08 Dorothy Kilgallen, American newspaper columnist (b. 1913)
  • 1966-12-08 Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)
  • 1968-01-26 Merrill C. Meigs, American newspaper publisher (b. 1883)
  • 1981-06-16 John S Knight, US newspaper magnate, dies at 86
  • 1982-02-08 John Hay Whitney, US newspaper magnate, dies at 76
  • 1982-06-01 Hendrik Algra, Newspaper publisher/Dutch MP (ARP), dies
  • 1984-05-06 Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (b. 1904)
  • 1985-09-22 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate (Bild Zeitung), dies at 73
  • 1987-04-17 Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers (b. 1901)
  • 1987-12-27 Geoffrey D Lloyd, Chairman of the guild of British Newspaper editors (b. 1933)
  • 1988-08-15 Barry Bingham Sr, US daily newspaper publisher, dies at 82
  • 1989-06-19 Hy Gardner, newspaper columnist, dies at 80
  • 1992-02-10 Mau Kopuit, Dutch editor-in-chief (New Israeli Weekly Newspaper), dies
  • 1992-08-12 Patricia Harmsworth, Lady Rothermere, [Bubbles], English socialite and actress, dies at 59
  • 1992-08-15 Martha Blackburn, Canada newspaper publisher (London Free Press), dies
  • 1992-09-05 Irving Allen Lee, actor (Newspaper Boys), dies of AIDS at 43
  • 1993-05-14 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (Hearst Newspapers) and 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 85
  • 1994-08-18 John Beavan, newspaper Editor, dies at 84
  • 1994-08-29 Tushar Kanti Ghosh, longest serving newspaper editor, dies at 93
  • 1995-01-14 Stafford WIlliam Somerfield, newspaper editor, dies at 84
  • 1996-10-24 Bruce Matthews, newspaper executive, dies at 71
  • 2000-12-18 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers), dies at 85
  • 2001-04-03 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist, dies at 89
  • 2004-02-09 Claude Ryan, Canadian newspaper director and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2005-01-01 Hugh Lawson, 6th Baron Burnham, British newspaperman (b. 1931)
  • 2006-02-27 Otis Chandler, American newspaper publisher (b. 1927)
  • 2006-05-10 A. M. Rosenthal, American newspaper editor (b. 1922)
  • 2007-01-04 Gren, Welsh newspaper cartoonist (b. 1934)
  • 2007-01-19 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (b. 1954)
  • 2009-10-13 Stephen Barnett, American legal scholar who opposed the Newspaper Preservation Act of 1970 (b. 1935)
  • 2011-03-04 Vivienne Harris, British businesswoman and newspaper publisher (b.c. 1921)