Full Name: Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg
Why Famous: Gutenberg invented the movable printing press, one of the most significant and consequential inventions in the history of mankind. With this he started the Printing Revolution, and ordinary people could now gain access to information and knowledge usually reserved for the privileged. This played a key role in the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Age of Enlightenment, and the scientific revolution.
Gutenberg thus introduced the era of mass communication, and brought in the modern period in human history. With his invention he created the Gutenberg Bible, which is acclaimed for its quality.
Birthplace: Mainz, Electorate of Mainz, Holy Roman Empire
- 1455-02-23 Johannes Gutenberg prints his first Bible (estimated date)
- 1455-03-12 First record of Johannes Gutenberg's Bible, letter dated this day by Enea Silvio Piccolomini refers to the bible printed a year before
- 1978-06-09 Johannes Gutenberg's Bible, the first book produced using the printing press, (1 of 21 complete versions) sells for $2.4 million, London