1702 - March 11 : Daily
Courant founded, first daily paper. Ceased
publication in 1735.
1704 : Weekly Review
founded by Daniel Defoe.
1706 : Evening Post,
first evening newspaper, founded.
1709 : Tatler founded
by Steele and Addison.
1710 : Examiner
founded, with Swift briefly as editor.
1711 : Spectator
founded by Steele and Addison.
1770. Lady's Magazine
1785 - Jan 1 : Daily
Universal Register founded by John Walter I.
Became the Times on 1 January 1788.
Britain's oldest surviving newspaper with
continuous daily publication.
1791 - Dec 1 : Observer
founded: oldest surviving Sunday newspaper.
1817 - Jan 25 : Scotsman
1821 - Feb 18 : New Observer
launched. Became the Sunday Times on 20
1841 - July 17 : Punch
founded. Ceased publication in 1992; re-launched
1846 - Jan 21 : Daily News
launched, edited by Charles Dickens.
1865 - Feb 7 : Pall Mall
Gazette launched. Merged with Evening
Standard in 1923
1888 - Jan 9 : London
Financial Guide launched. Became Financial
Times on 13 February.
1893 - Jan 2 : Financial
Times first appears on pink paper.
1896 - May 4 : Daily Mail
launched by Harmsworth (later Lord Northcliffe).
1897 - June 23 : Largest news
illustration ever printed by any daily paper in
this country, of the Diamond Jubilee procession,
published in Daily Mail.
1902 - Jan 17 : Times
Literary Supplement launched.
1903 - Nov 2 : Daily Mirror
launched by Harmsworth. First daily illustrated
exclusively with photographs.
1924 - Nov 2 : First crossword
in a British newspaper, in the Sunday Express.
1964 - Sept 15 : Daily
Herald becomes the Sun.
1969 - Nov 17 : Sun
re-launched as a tabloid by Rupert Murdoch.
1981 : Rupert Murdoch buys the Times
and Sunday Times.
1986 - March 4 : Today
launched by Eddy Shah, first national colour
1987 : Today bought by
1987 : First women editors of
national newspapers in modern times: Wendy Henry
(News of the World) and Eve Pollard (Sunday
1991 - Oct 7 : Sport
1995 - Nov 17 : Today
ceases publication: first national to close since
the Daily Sketch.
1999 - March 16 : Metro
launched: a daily newspaper distributed free to
travellers on the London Underground.