History of Communications By bieberswag 200 Human messengers Human messengers on foot or horseback common in Egypt and China with messenger relay stations built. 500 Papyrus rolls Papyrus rolls and early parchments made of dried reeds - first portable and light writing surfaces. 530 Library The Greeks start the very first library. Nov 16, 776 Homing Pigeons First recorded use of homing pigeons used to send message - the winner of the Olympic Games to the Athenians. Nov 16, 1270 Encyclopedia The first encyclopedia is written in Syria. Nov 15, 1400 China on Bones Oldest record of writing in China on bones. Nov 15, 1775 Phonetic Alphabet Greeks use a phonetic alphabet written from left to right. Mar 2, 2022 Postal Service The very first postal service - for government use in China. Nov 15, 2900 New alphabet The Phoenicians develop an alphabet. Nov 15, 3000 Hieroglyphic The Egyptians develop hieroglyphic writing. Nov 15, 3500 Cuneiform writing The Sumerians develop cuneiform writing - pictographs of accounts written on clay tablets.