The Times in History

Historical Events

  • 1785-01-13 John Walter publishes 1st issue of "The Times" of London
  • 1788-01-01 London's Daily Universal Registrar becomes the Times
  • 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
  • 1854-10-23 English newspaper "The Times" gives precise British positions in Crimea during Crimean War
  • 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
  • 1886-02-23 "The Times" of London publishes world's 1st classified ad
  • 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 refuse 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
  • 1929-06-18 James Bishop, English editor (deputy editor of The Times), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1931-05-04 Thomas Stuttaford, British doctor and medical columnist (The Times), born in Norfolk, England
  • 1943-06-10 Simon Jenkins, British author and newspaper editor (Evening Standard, The Times), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1958-02-01 Kevin McCarra, Scottish sports journalist (The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday, The Times), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2020)

Famous Deaths

  • 1898-09-02 Hubert Howard, British journalist (The Times), dies through friendly fire
  • 2020-10-24 Kevin McCarra, Scottish sports journalist (The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday, The Times), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 62

Famous Journalists