History of Communications

  • 200

    Human messengers

    Human messengers
    Human messengers on foot or horseback common in Egypt and China with messenger relay stations built.
  • 500

    Papyrus rolls

    Papyrus rolls
    Papyrus rolls and early parchments made of dried reeds - first portable and light writing surfaces.
  • 530


    The Greeks start the very first library.
  • Nov 16, 776

    Homing Pigeons

    Homing Pigeons
    First recorded use of homing pigeons used to send message - the winner of the Olympic Games to the Athenians.
  • Nov 16, 1270


    The first encyclopedia is written in Syria.
  • Nov 15, 1400

    China on Bones

    China on Bones
    Oldest record of writing in China on bones.
  • Phonetic Alphabet

    Phonetic Alphabet
    Greeks use a phonetic alphabet written from left to right.
  • Postal Service

    Postal Service
    The very first postal service - for government use in China.
  • New alphabet

    New alphabet
    The Phoenicians develop an alphabet.
  • Hieroglyphic

    The Egyptians develop hieroglyphic writing.
  • Cuneiform writing

    Cuneiform writing
    The Sumerians develop cuneiform writing - pictographs of accounts written on clay tablets.