Key Events in Media History

  • Jan 1, 1440

    The Printing Press

    The Printing Press
    In 1440, Johannes Gutenberg created the first printing press, which made the distrubution of books much easier. The printing press was the biggest way of printing until the late 20th century. Since the printing press books, magazines, and newspapers have become avaliable for everyone around the world to enjoy. Source:
  • The First Photograph

    The First Photograph
    In 1814, Joseph Niepce takes the first photograph. However, it takes eight hours for the photo to process. In the next 200 years though, photography has advanced very much. Smaller, digital cameras and large professional cameras capture photos in miliseconds. The first photograph broke the barrier and allowed moments to be caught when they happened. History could now be stored in visual form, rather than just written form. Source:
  • The Record Player

    The Record Player
    The record player was first invented by Thomas Edison in 1877. A few years later, Emile Berliner expaned on Edison's idea and patented the record player in 1896. This was a key event because it was the first time music was avaliable for purchase and enjoyment of everyone. The record player evolved into CD's and music-purchasing off the Internet with programs such as iTunes. Source:
  • Motion Pictures

    Motion Pictures
    The Lumiere brothers are credited with creating the first motion picture camera and projecting their work on December 28, 1895. This invention began the motion picture era. Motion pictures are now a large form on entertainment for people today. Movie theatres in towns modernized the brothers' first screening. Stores like Blockbuster and programs like Rogers on Demand made it possible to view movies in their own home. Source:
  • First Radio Broadcast

    First Radio Broadcast
    In 1898, Guglielmo Marconi made a sports event the first "public" radio broadcast. He went on to establish a radio link between Britain and France, and then the USA. Radio broadcasting is very important now because people can get news from all over the world on different stations. It is easy to listen to music and the news. Today, there are more than 33, 000 radio stations around the world. Source:
  • Colour Television

    Colour Television
    Although television had been around for a while, colour television was a big deal when it became avaliable in people's homes. The company RCA broadcasted colour television on Dec. 17, 1953. Colour television is now viewed by millions around the world each day. Many people would not watch as much television if the shows were not in colour. Source:
  • The First Video Game

    The First Video Game
    In 1958, William Higinbotham created the first video game ever. It was called, "Tennis for Two." Many others developed video games that could be played on TV sets and computers. Nowadays, we have many different game consoles, such as Playstation, Wii, Nintendo. Video games are a very popular form of entertainment. Today, people can communicate with others around the world while playing video games, and the need for controllers is gone. Source:
  • The Cell Phone

    The Cell Phone
    After the idea of the cell phone began in 1947, Martin Cooper of Motorola phone company created the first actual cell phone in 1973. Cell phones are a necessity for daily life in the world today and they have grown and evolved into more compact with designs and are also much smarter. Source:
  • The Birth of Apple Software

    The Birth of Apple Software
    On April 1, 1976, the first home computer was introduced by a new company called Apple. The computers went on to be very successful, and it spawned a bunch of new creations by Apple. Today we have Mac computers, MacBooks, iPad's, iPod's, and iPhones. The Apple company has changed the way we view media and how we communicate with the world today. Apple allowed us to carry our music, e-mail, and Internet in our pockets in a compact and modern way. Source:
  • The First mp3 Player

    The First mp3 Player
    The first mp3 player was created after many tries in the 1980's. Tomislav Uzelac of Advanced Multimedia Products (AMP), created the first successful mp3 player. The player held about 32 MB of memory. The mp3 players were much more easier to carry around than a Walkman. Downloading music would become much more popular rather than purchasing CD's and popular devices like the iPod have grown out of this invention. Source: