Newspapers in History

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 1704-04-24 1st continuously published newspaper in America - The Boston News-Letter published in Boston by John Campbell [1]
  • 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, Rhode Island, 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 Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser becomes the 1st successful daily newspaper in the United States
  • 1786-07-29 1st newspaper published west of Alleghanies, Pitts Gazette

Historic Publication

1789-09-12 Jean-Paul Marat publishes the first issue of his radical newspaper Le Publiciste parisien, later called L'Ami du peuple (The Friend of the People) in Paris

  • 1791-12-04 Britain's Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, first published

Historic Event

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

  • 1796-07-22 Cleveland, Ohio, founded by General Moses Cleaveland. Originally called 'Cleaveland', the public adopted the current name after a newspaper editor noticed the name was too long to fit on the page.
  • 1796-12-18 1st US newspaper to appear on Sunday (Baltimore Monitor)
  • 1803-03-05 First newspaper published in Australia the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser by government printer and ex-convict George Howe [1]
  • 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
  • 1820-07-01 1st edition of newspaper "Courrier de la Meuse" published in the Netherlands
  • 1821-08-06 1st edition of "Courrier of Pays-Bas" newspaper published in Brussels

Historic Publication

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

  • 1827-03-16 First US newspaper, "Freedom's Journal" owned and operated by African Americans begins publishing in New York City
  • 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

Historic Publication

1845-01-29 American writer Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" 1st published in The Evening Mirror newspaper (New York City)

Historic Event

1845-12-02 US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West, a widely held belief termed "manifest destiny" by newspaper editor John O'Sullivan

Historic Event

1846-01-21 1st edition of Charles Dickens' newspaper "The Daily News"

  • 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 San Francisco newspaper published (California Star)

Historic Publication

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

Historic Event

1848-06-01 Revolutionary newspaper "Neue Rheinische Zeitung" founded by Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and the Communist League in Cologne

  • 1850-01-26 1st German language daily newspaper in US published, NYC
  • 1852-09-11 Olympia Columbian is 1st newspaper published north of Columbia River

Historic Publication

1853-03-24 Anti-slavery newspaper "The Provincial Freeman" first published in Windsor, Ontario, edited by Samuel Ringgold Ward and Mary Ann Shadd Cary, first black woman publisher in North America

Historic Invention

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
  • 1854-10-23 English newspaper "The Times" gives precise British positions in Crimea during Crimean War
  • 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 US President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation is published in northern newspapers [1]
  • 1863-01-15 1st US newspaper printed on wood-pulp paper, Boston Morning Journal

Historic Event

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

  • 1864-10-04 New Orleans Tribune, 1st black daily newspaper, forms
  • 1865-03-02 British newspaper "Morning Chronicle" begins publishing
  • 1869-07-01 Dutch newspaper stamp tax repealed
  • 1873-01-11 1st livestock market newspaper published, Drover's Journal, Chicago
  • 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 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 held in Rochester, NY

World's First Motor Race

1887-04-20 Georges Bouton wins the world’s 1st motor race on a steam-powered quadricycle, a 'test' organised by French newspaper Le Velocipede

  • 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

Scientific Discovery

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

  • 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 in San Francisco
  • 1900-04-01 1st edition of Dutch newspaper "The People"
  • 1903-11-02 British newspaper "Daily Mirror" begins publishing
  • 1904-08-10 Dutch newspaper Volk fires gay journalist Jacob de Cock

Historic Publication

1905-05-02 French newspapers publish lists of Jules Verne's unpublished work

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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 are hostile, causing uproar in both countries

  • 1912-05-05 Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing (4/22 OS)

Historic Event

1913-01-12 After using other pseudonyms over the years, Josef Dzhugashvili signs himself as Stalin ("man of steel") in a letter to the newspaper Social Democrat

Historic Event

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
  • 1917-03-12 In the wake of the February Revolution, Communist Party members Joseph Stalin, Lev Kamenev and Matvei Muranov arrive in Petrograd (St Petersburg) and seize control of the Pravda newspaper
  • 1918-02-08 "Stars & Stripes,", weekly US armed forces newspaper, 1st published

Historic Event

1919-05-01 "L'Ordine Nuovo" Italian socialist weekly newspaper established in Turin by Antonio Gramsci, Angelo Tasca and Palmiro Togliatti

  • 1919-10-02 1st edition "Volkskrant" (People's newspaper) published in Neth
  • 1920-01-31 1st Ukrainian daily newspaper in US (NYC) begins publication
  • 1920-11-08 Rupert Bear by illustrator Mary Tourtel first appears in the Daily Express newspaper in the UK
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • 1791-04-12 Francis Preston Blair, American journalist and newspaper editor (Washington Globe), born in Abingdon, Virginia (d. 1876)
  • 1795-03-12 William Lyon Mackenzie, Canadian-American newspaper publisher, politician, and failed rebel leader, born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1861)

James Gordon Bennett

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

  • 1802-11-09 Elijah Parish Lovejoy, American newspaper publisher and abolitionist, born in Albion, Maine (d. 1837)
  • 1813-03-07 Judocus Smits, Dutch Catholic newspaper pioneer/founder (The Time)
  • 1813-05-23 Mason Brayman, American attorney, newspaperman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1895)
  • 1814-01-26 Rufus King, American newspaper editor, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1876)

Christopher Latham Sholes

1819-02-14 Christopher Latham Sholes, American newspaper man, politician and inventor of the typewriter, born in Mooresburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1890)

  • 1820-07-02 George Law Curry, American newspaper publisher and Governor of Oregon, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1878)
  • 1823-04-06 Joseph Medill, St John NB Canada, newspaper editor (Chicago Tribune)

Mary Ann Shadd Cary

1823-10-09 Mary Ann Shadd Cary, American-Canadian publisher and anti-slavery campaigner, 1st African American newspaper publisher ('Provincial Freeman'), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1893)

  • 1824-11-18 Franz Sigel, German teacher, newspaperman, politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Sinsheim, Baden, Germany (d. 1902)
  • 1828-02-22 Robert Alexander Cameron, American soldier and newspaper publisher (Union Army), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1829-10-27 Christopher Columbus Andres, American diplomat, newspaperman, author, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire (d. 1922)
  • 1832-11-22 George Henry Chapman, American newspaper editor, lawyer, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Holland, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1835-11-05 Moritz Szeps, Austrian journalist and newspaper publisher, born in Busk, Austrian Galicia (d. 1902)
  • 1838-08-17 Laura de Force Gordon, California lawyer, a prominent suffragette, and 1st woman to run a daily newspaper in the US (Stockton Daily Leader, 1874), born in North East, Pennsylvania (d. 1907)
  • 1843-08-23 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher, born in Montreal, Quebec (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 (Founder of Chicago Daily News), born in Hudson, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • 1849-07-05 William T. Stead, British newspaper editor (The Pall Mall Gazette - exposed child prostitution), born in Embleton, England (d. 1912)
  • 1850-08-03 Paulus Adrianus Daum, Dutch writer, founder and editor (Batavian Newspaper), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1898)
  • 1854-06-18 Edward Wyllis Scripps, American publisher who organized 1st major chain of newspapers in the US, born in Rushville, Illinois
  • 1857-02-17 Samuel Sidney McClure, Irish-American newspaper editor and publisher
  • 1862-12-26 Alexander Amfiteatrov, Russian-Italian journalist, newspaper editor, novelist, and historian, born in Kaluga, Russia (d. 1923)

William Randolph Hearst

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

  • 1866-02-24 Arthur Pearson, Wookey Somerset England, newspaper proprietor
  • 1868-04-26 Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, English newspaper (Daily Mail and Daily Mirror), born in London, England (d. 1940)
  • 1872-04-07 William Monroe Trotter, American newspaper editor and activist for African-Americans civil rights, born near Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 1934)
  • 1872-05-02 G. G. van der Hoeven, Dutch editor-in-chief (NRC newspaper), born in Brielle, Netherlands (d. 1955)
  • 1874-01-01 Frank Knox, American politician (Republican VP candidate 1936), newspaper editor and Secretary of the Navy during World War II, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1944)
  • 1875-02-27 Manuel Ugarte, Argentine diplomat, politician, newspaper owner, and author, born Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1951)
  • 1876-09-15 Frank Gannett, American newspaper publisher (Gannett), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1957)
  • 1879-05-25 William Maxwell Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, Canadian English newspaper publisher (Daily Express), born in Maple, Ontario (d. 1964)

H. L. Mencken

1880-09-12 Henry Louis Mencken, American newspaperman and critic (Prejudices), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1956)

  • 1881-08-20 Edgar Albert Guest, English-American poet and newspaperman, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1959)
  • 1884-06-07 Julius P. Hoste, Belgium minister and daily newspaper publisher (Last News), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1954)
  • 1886-08-12 Sir Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist and newspaper owner (d. 1952)
  • 1888-09-26 J. Frank Dobie, American folklorist and newspaper columnist, born in Live Oak County, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1888-12-07 Matthew Heywood Campbell Broun, 1st President of American Newspaper Guild
  • 1891-05-25 Robert Willem Pieter Peereboom, Dutch editor in chief (Haarlem Newspaper), born in Haarlem, North Holland, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • 1893-07-14 Clarence J. Brown, American newspaper publisher and politician (US Rep-R-Ohio 1939-65), born in Blanchester, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • 1894-10-26 John S Knight, American journalist and publisher (Knight Newspapers), born in Bluefield, West Virginia (d. 1981)
  • 1898-09-21 Tushar Kanti Ghosh, Indian journalist and world's oldest and 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)

Ed Sullivan

1901-09-28 Ed Sullivan, American newspaper columnist, and television host (The Ed Sullivan Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)

  • 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 Hermanus Doorn, Dutch journalist and resistance fighter (Orange Newspaper), born in Amsterdam (d. 1944)
  • 1910-10-11 Joseph Alsop, American political newspaper columnist (Men Around the President), born in Avon, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1911-01-09 Stafford WIlliam Somerfield, British newspaper editor, born in Barnstaple, Somerfield (d. 1995)
  • 1911-05-18 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist (d. 2001)
  • 1912-05-02 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate (Bild Zeitung), born in Altona, Hamburg, German Empire (d. 1985)
  • 1912-07-20 Thijmen Kuijt, resistance fighter/co-found newspaper (The Typhoon)
  • 1914-09-07 Ian Ball, Indian newspaper photographer, born in Dhariwal, India (d. 1995)
  • 1915-12-02 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers) (d. 2000)
  • 1917-06-16 Katharine Graham, American newspaper publisher (Washington Post), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918-06-02 Robert Manry, American copy editor of the Cleveland newspaper editor who sailed the Atlantic (Tinkerbelle), born in Landour, India (d. 1971)
  • 1920-11-01 James J. Kilpatrick, American newspaper journalist and columnist (60 Minutes), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2010)
  • 1922-05-02 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1922-11-28 Helen Copley, American newspaper publisher (The San Diego Union-Tribune), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • 1924-03-22 Al Neuharth, American newspaper founder (USA Today)
  • 1925-01-26 Claude Ryan, Quebec newspaper editor (d. 2004)
  • 1925-07-28 Bruce Matthews, Australian newspaper executive who worked for Rupert Murdoch, born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1996) [1]
  • 1925-08-11 Carl Rowan, American syndicated journalist (Chicago Sun-Times, Washington bureau), and diplomat, born in Ravenscroft, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • 1926-11-05 Leo Derksen, Dutch journalist (Telegraph/Sunday Newspaper), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • 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
  • 1934-01-26 Roger Landry, Quebec businessman and newspaper publisher
  • 1939-09-26 Judith Appelbaum, American magazine & newspaper editor and educator, born in New York (d. 2018)
  • 1942-08-24 Howard Jacobson, British novelist (The Finkler Question) and newspaper columnist, born in Manchester, England
  • 1942-10-18 Larry Pickering, Australian newspaper cartoonist
  • 1943-06-10 Simon Jenkins, British author and newspaper editor (Evening Standard, The Times), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1943-10-13 Mike Barnicle, American broadcast journalist and newspaper columnist, born in Worchester, Massachusetts
  • 1944-08-25 Conrad Black, Canadian-born British newspaper magnate, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1946-06-14 Ralph McAllister Ingersol II, American newspaper publisher (The New Haven Register), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948-12-08 Roscoe Nance, American sportswriter (USA Today; Mississippi’s first African American sportswriter at mainstream newspaper), born in Enterprise, Alabama (d. 2020)
  • 1949-01-18 Bill Keller, American newspaper editor (The Marshall Project)
  • 1949-02-05 David Sullivan, Welsh businessman & pornographer (Sunday Sport), born in Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • 1949-05-21 Andrew Neil, Scottish newspaper editor, (Sunday Times), born in Paisley, Scotland
  • 1952-05-11 Mike Lupica, American sports journalist and newspaper columnist (New York Daily News, ESPN), born in Oneida, New York
  • 1954-09-15 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian journalist and newspaper editor (Agos), born in Malatya, Turkey (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 (Chicago Tribune), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1965-03-30 Piers Morgan, English newspaper editor and TV personality (Daily Mirror, CNN), born in Newick, England
  • 1969-12-31 Dominik Diamond, Scottish presenter & newspaper columnist, born in Arbroath, United Kingdom

Famous Weddings

William Randolph Hearst

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

Famous Deaths

  • 1652-10-13 Abraham Verhoeven, Flemish printer/newspaper publisher, dies
  • 1837-11-07 Elijah Parish Lovejoy, American newspaper publisher and abolitionist, murdered at 34
  • 1852-11-28 Ludger Duvernay, French printer and newspaper publisher (b. 1799)
  • 1861-08-28 William Lyon Mackenzie, Canadian-American newspaper publisher, politician, and failed rebel leader, dies at 66
  • 1869-11-12 Gheorghe Asachi, Moldovia Romanian polyglot, author, humanist (1st newspaper in Moldavia), dies at 81

James Gordon Bennett

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

  • 1872-08-02 Judocus Smits, Dutch RC newspaper publisher (De Tijd), dies at 59
  • 1876-10-18 Francis Preston Blair, American journalist and newspaper editor (Washington Globe), dies at 85
  • 1878-07-28 George Law Curry, American newspaper publisher and Governor of Oregon, dies at 58

Mary Ann Shadd Cary

1893-06-05 Mary Ann Shadd Cary, American-Canadian publisher and anti-slavery campaigner, 1st African American newspaper publisher, dies of stomach cancer at 69

  • 1898-09-14 Paulus Adrianus Daum, Dutch writer, founder and editor (Batavian Newspaper), dies at 48
  • 1902-08-09 Moritz Szeps, Austrian journalist and newspaper publisher, dies at 66
  • 1907-04-05 Laura de Force Gordon, California lawyer, a prominent suffragette, and 1st woman to run a daily newspaper in the US (Stockton Daily Leader, 1874), dies at 68
  • 1912-04-15 William T. Stead, British newspaper editor (The Pall Mall Gazette), dies in the sinking of the Titanic at 62
  • 1918-05-14 James Gordon Bennett, Jr., American newspaper publisher (thought to have inspired the phrase "Gordon Bennett"), dies at 77
  • 1922-08-14 Alfred CW Harmsworth, 1st viscount Northcliffe/newspaper magnate, dies
  • 1923-11-26 Alexander Amfiteatrov, Russian-Italian journalist, newspaper editor, novelist, and historian, dies at 60
  • 1932-02-27 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher, dies at 88
  • 1934-04-07 William Monroe Trotter, American newspaper editor and activist for African-Americans civil rights, dies in a fall from his roof on his 62nd birthday
  • 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
  • 1940-11-26 Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, English newspaper (Daily Mail and Daily Mirror), dies at 72
  • 1943-01-11 Carlo Tresca, NY's Italian newspaper editor/anti-fascist, murdered
  • 1944-04-28 Frank Knox, American politician (Republican VP candidate 1936), newspaper editor and Secretary of the Navy during World War II, dies at 70
  • 1944-11-17 Johan Hermanus Doorn, Dutch journalist and resistance fighter (Orange Newspaper), dies at 34

William Randolph Hearst

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

  • 1951-12-02 Manuel Ugarte, Argentine diplomat, politician, newspaper owner, and author, dies at 79
  • 1954-02-01 Julius P. Hoste, Belgium minister & daily newspaper publisher (Last News), dies at 69
  • 1955-01-04 G. G. van der Hoeven, Dutch editor-in-chief (NRC newspaper), dies at 82
  • 1956-05-14 Robert Willem Pieter Peereboom, Dutch editor in chief (Haarlem Newspaper), dies at 64
  • 1957-12-03 Frank Gannett, American newspaper publisher (Gannett), dies at 81
  • 1959-07-17 Eugene Meyer, American businessman and newspaper publisher (b. 1875)
  • 1959-08-05 Edgar Albert Guest, American poet and newspaperman, dies at 77
  • 1964-06-09 [William Maxwell] Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, Canadian British newspaper owner (Leatherhead), dies at 85
  • 1964-09-18 J. Frank Dobie, American folklorist and newspaper columnist, dies at 75
  • 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)
  • 1971-02-21 Robert Manry, American copy editor of the Cleveland newspaper editor who sailed the Atlantic (Tinkerbelle), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1972-02-20 Walter Winchell, American journalist, gossip columnist, radio host, and narrator (the Untouchables), dies at 74
  • 1981-06-16 John S Knight, American journalist and publisher (Knight Newspapers), dies at 86
  • 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
  • 1989-06-17 Hy Gardner, American newspaper columnist (New York Herald Tribune, 1951-66), and television panelist, dies at 80
  • 1989-08-28 Joseph Alsop, American political newspaper columnist (Men Around the President), dies at 78
  • 1992-02-10 Mau Kopuit, Dutch editor-in-chief (New Israeli Weekly Newspaper), dies
  • 1992-08-15 Martha Blackburn, Canada newspaper publisher (London Free Press), dies at 48
  • 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
  • 1994-08-29 Tushar Kanti Ghosh, Indian journalist and world's oldest and longest serving newspaper editor, dies at 93
  • 1995-01-14 Stafford WIlliam Somerfield, newspaper editor, dies at 84
  • 1995-02-19 Ian Ball, newspaper photographer, dies at 80
  • 1996-10-24 Bruce Matthews, Australian newspaper executive who worked for Rupert Murdoch, dies at 71 [1]
  • 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)
  • 2004-08-25 Helen Copley, American newspaper publisher (The San Diego Union-Tribune), dies at 81
  • 2005-01-01 Hugh Lawson, 6th Baron Burnham, British newspaperman, dies at 73
  • 2006-02-27 Otis Chandler, American newspaper publisher (b. 1927)
  • 2006-05-10 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), dies at 84
  • 2007-01-04 Gren, Welsh newspaper cartoonist (b. 1934)
  • 2007-01-19 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian journalist and newspaper editor (Agos), shot by an assassin at 52
  • 2009-10-13 Stephen Barnett, American legal scholar who opposed the Newspaper Preservation Act of 1970 (b. 1935)
  • 2010-08-15 James J. Kilpatrick, American newspaper journalist and columnist (60 Minutes), dies at 89
  • 2011-03-04 Vivienne Harris, British businesswoman and newspaper publisher (b.c. 1921)

Ben Bradlee

2014-10-21 Ben Bradlee, American editor, journalist, newspaper executive (Washington Post), dies at 93

  • 2018-07-25 Judith Appelbaum, American magazine & newspaper editor and educator, dies at 78
  • 2020-01-09 Roscoe Nance, American sportswriter (USA Today; Mississippi’s first African American sportswriter at mainstream newspaper), dies at 71