Media History

Looking Back at Media

Every now and then it’s a good idea to look back and see how far media has come. Here’s a list of some of the more memorable moments through the 19th Century:

3100 B.C. – Sumerian “writing” system on clay tablets
2000 B.C. – Phoenician alphabet
1900-1800 B.C. – Semitic alphabet in Egypt
540 B.C. – Public library in Athens
105 A.D. – Chinese paper (didn’t arrive in West for centuries)
1450 – Gutenberg press (leads to Protestant Revolution, among other things)
1665 – Oxford Gazette (first English-language newspaper) in England
1704 – First successful American newspaper: The Boston News-Letter
1827 – First African-American newspaper in U.S.: Freedom’s Journal
1828 – First Native American newspaper in U.S.: Cherokee Phoenix
1844 – Samuel Morse granted patent for telegraph. First message, May 24: “What hath God wrought?”  Second message: “Have you any news?”
1848 – Associated Press founded
1877 – Thomas Edison invents the “talking machine”
Thank you University of Idaho for this list.

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