Today in The Times History

Historical Events

  • 1788-01-01 London's Daily Universal Registrar becomes the Times
  • 1814-11-28 The Times of London is for the first time printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by the German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer, signaling the beginning of the availability of newspapers to a mass audience.
  • 1854-10-23 The Times gives precise British positions in Crimea
  • 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
  • 1966-10-01 Newspaper magnate Thomson purchases "The Times"
  • 1975-07-20 India expels three reporters from The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and Newsweek because they refused to sign a pledge to abide by government censorship.
  • 1979-11-13 British newspaper "The Times" resumes publishing after 1 year

Famous Birthdays

  • 1776-02-23 John Walter II, chief proprietor (The Times, 1812-47), born in London, England
  • 1943-06-10 Simon Jenkins, editor (Times)

Famous Deaths

  • 1898-09-02 Hubert Howard, British journalist (Times), dies through friendly fire