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Milestones in 20th Century Newspaper history
in Britain ....


The history of newspapers in the UK in the 20th century is a fascinating story of the emergence of new titles, technologies and formats, and the disappearance of old titles, mainly through mergers. Once famous national titles like the Daily Sketch (later to merge with the Daily Mail in 1971) and the News Chronicle are now less known by younger generations. British newspaper history is also almost as much about the stories of the newspaper bosses - the big personalities, such as Lord Rothermere, Lord Northcliffe and Robert Maxwell, amongst others, who had a big impact on the course of this history.
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  • Jan 17 1902 - launch of the Times Literary Supplement.
  • Nov 2 1903 - launch of the Daily Mirror - the first daily newspaper illustrated exclusively with photographs. The Mirror was a broadsheet newspaper until the 1950s.
  • March 2 1909 - launch of the Daily Sketch. (merges with the Daily Mail in 1971)
  • Jan 25 1911 - launch of the Daily Herald (1st newspaper to sell two million copies a day)
  • April 12 1913 - New Statesman founded
  • March 11 1914 - First half-tone photo in the Times newspaper: a 4 by 3 inch picture of the Rokeby Venus, damaged in a Suffragette demonstration (the first ever half-tone in a daily newspaper appeared in the New York Graphic in 1880).
  • 1915 - The Daily Mail launches 'Teddy Tail' - first UK comic strip.
  • March 14 1915 - the Sunday Pictorial launched (becomes the Sunday Mirror in 1963).
  • Dec 29 1918 - launch of the Sunday Express.
  • Nov 2 1924 - the Sunday Express publishes first crossword in a British newspaper
  • May 1926 - most newspapers cease publishing during the General Strike. The Government publishes the British Gazette and the TUC publishes the British Worker.
  • Jan 1 1930 - launch of the Daily Worker newspaper (becomes the Morning Star in 1966).
  • Feb 1 1930 - the first Times crossword appears (6 years after the first one appeared in Sunday Express).
  • June 2 1930 - the News Chronicle newspaper is formed by the merger of the Daily News and the Daily Chronicle. (merges with the Daily Mail in 1960).
  • Oct 18 1934 - the Daily Mail publishes the first photograph that was transmitted by beam radio (from Australia to London).
  • Oct 1 1938 - first issue of the Picture Post (last issue in 1957).
  • 1940 - Newsprint rationing is introduced.
  • Nov 26 1940 - death of Lord Rothermere.
  • Aug 24 1959 - the Manchester Guardian changes title to the Guardian, based in London.
  • Feb 5 1961 - launch of the Sunday Telegraph.
  • Feb 4 1962 - first issue of the Sunday Times magazine, known as the Sunday Times Colour Section.
  • 1964 - the Press Council replaces General Council of the Press.
  • Sept 6 1964 - the Observer colour supplement launched.
  • Sept 15 1964 - the Daily Herald becomes the Sun.
  • Sept 25 1964 - first issue of the Daily Telegraph.
  • May 3 1966 - the Times begins printing news on the front page.
  • 1969 the News of the World is bought by Rupert Murdoch.
  • Nov 17 1969 - Rupert Murdoch re-launches the Sun newspaper as a tabloid.
  • 1971 - Dail Sketch merges with the Daily Mail.
  • Nov 2 1978 - launch of the Daily Star newspaper.
  • Dec 1 1978 - publication of the Times and Sunday Times is suspended for 11 months.
  • Oct 31 1980 - the Evening News ceases publication and leaves London with just one evening newspaper.
  • 1981 - Rupert Murdoch buys the Times and Sunday Times.
  • May 3 1981 - the Sunday Express magazine launched.
  • Sept 6 1981 - first issue of the News of the World Sunday magazine.
  • 1982 - May 2 : the Mail on Sunday is launched: the first photocomposed national newspaper in Britain.
  • 1984 - Robert Maxwell acquires the Mirror Group.
  • 1985 - the Daily Telegraph is acquired by Conrad Black.
  • 1986 - News International moves the printing of all national titles to Wapping.
  • March 4 1986 - launch of the Today by Eddy Shah, sold as the first national colour newspaper.
  • Sept 14 1986 - launch of the Sunday Sport newspaper.
  • Oct 7 1986 - first issue of the Independent newspaper.
  • 1987 - the Today newspaper is acquired by Rupert Murdoch.
  • 1987 - Wendy Henry (News of the World) and Eve Pollard (Sunday Mirror) become the first woman editors.
  • Feb 24 1987 - the London Daily News (ceases publication on July 23rd).
  • Aug 7 1988 - first issue of Scotland on Sunday.
  • Aug 17 1988 - the Sport newspaper is launched, published on Wednesdays.
  • March 5 1989 - the Wales on Sunday newspaper is launched.
  • Jan 28 1990 - first issue of the Independent on Sunday.
  • May 11 1990 - Robert Maxwell launches the European (ceases publication on 14th December 1998).
  • 1991 - the Press Complaints Commission replaces the Press Council.
  • Oct 7 1991 - the Sport newspaper becomes daily.
  • Nov 5 1991 - Robert Maxwell dies.
  • 1993 - the Guardian Media Group acquires the Observer.
  • Nov 17 1995 - the Today newspaper stops publication (1st national newspaper title to cease publication since the Daily Sketch in 1971).
  • April 21 1996 - first issue of the Sunday Business paper.
  • March 15 1998 - first issue of Sport First, the UK's first national Sunday newspaper focused on sport.
  • Feb 7 1999 - the Sunday Herald newspaper is launched in Glasgow.

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