Timeline of technology

  • Jan 1, 1000

    human hand

    human hand
  • Jan 1, 1000

    The Abacus

    The Abacus
  • Jan 1, 1000

    The Astrolobe

    The Astrolobe
  • Period: Jan 15, 1000 to

    computer timeline

  • Napiers Bones

    Napiers Bones
  • Blaze Casline

    Blaze Casline
  • 1974 – Richard Nixon resigns, a result of Watergate coverage

    1974 – Richard Nixon resigns, a result of Watergate coverage
  • john peter zenger trial

    john peter zenger trial
  • firtst american magazine

    firtst american magazine
    The first magazine to be published in the American colonies was called The American Magazine. It began to be publicated on February 13, 1741 in Philadelphia and covered proceding of colonial government, in addition to moral, political and historical topics. Andrew Bedford was the publisher.
  • rise of the patty press

    rise of the patty press
  • bill of rights

    bill of rights
  • Alien and Sedition Acts passed

    Alien and Sedition Acts passed
  • Saturday Evening Post founded

    Saturday Evening Post founded
  • Jacards Lomb

    Jacards Lomb
  • – First African-American newspaper in U.S.: Freedom’s Journal

    – First African-American newspaper in U.S.: Freedom’s Journal
  • 1828 – First NativeAmerican newspaper in U.S.: Cherokee Phoenix

    1828 – First NativeAmerican newspaper in U.S.: Cherokee Phoenix
  • 1828 – Noah Webster publishes first dictionary

    1828 – Noah Webster publishes first dictionary
  • 1833s – New York Sun begins publication; rise of the Penny Press

  • 1844 – Samuel Morse granted patent for telegraph. First message, May 24: “What hath God wrought?” Second message: “Have you any news?”

  • 1848 – Associated Press founded

  • 1860-1865 – Civil War brings home “necessity” of news

  • 1877 – Thomas Edison invents the “talking machine”

  • 1888 – Edison lab develops movie camera

  • 1888 – George Eastman introduces the Kodak camera

  • 1888 – Heinrich Hertz transmits wireless sound waves

  • 1890 – Linotype machine introduced at newspapers

  • 1890s – first “New Journalism” period; “Yellow Journalism”

  • 1890s – Edison develops mass market phonograph

  • 1891 –Edison patents Kinetoscope – first parlor opens 1894 in New York

  • 1894 – Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World starts daily women’s page

  • 1899 – “Stunt girl” Nellie Bly circles the world

  • 1900s – Muckraking magazines

  • 1901 – Guglielmo Marconi sends and receives radio message across the Atlantic (Morse code, point to point)

  • 1905 – First “nickelodeon”

  • 1906 – Reginald Fessenden broadcasts voice

  • 1911 – Newsreels begin; continue into 1960s

  • 1912 – Titanic sinks; leads to Federal Radio Act of 1912

  • 1914-1918 – World War I propaganda, censorship, technology

  • 1915 – D.W. Griffith releases Birth of a Nation, first full-length film to significantly impact culture

  • 1917 – Charlie Chaplin becomes the first entertainer to earn $1 million

  • 1919 – RCA founded

  • 1920 – First radio stations in U.S. and Canada

  • 1920s – “Jazz Journalism” tabloids

  • 1922 – Reader’s Digest Magazine Founded

  • 1923 – Lee de Forest shows first talkie

  • 1923 – Time magazine debuts

  • 1923 – A.C. Nielsen company begins

  • 1923 – AT&T links two radio stations for first network

  • 1927 – FederalRadio Act sets up commission to regulate airwaves

  • 1927 – Philo Farnsworth applies for electronic TV patents

  • 1927 – The Jazz Singer released

  • 1928 – Academy Awards given for the first time

  • 1930s & 40s – “Golden Age of Movies”

  • 1933 – Eleanor Roosevelt insists on women-only press

  • 1934 – Federal Communications Commission

  • 1936 – England is first country with regular TV broadcasts

  • Life magizine depts/1936 – Life magazine debuts

  • 1938 – Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast

  • 1939 – TV is a hit at the World’s Fair

  • 1941 – Welles’s Citizen Kane released

  • 1942 – John H. Johnson starts Negro Digest

  • 1947 – Red Scare leads to congressional investigation of Holl

  • 1948 – Supreme Court hands down Paramount Decision

  • 1950 – Red Channels

  • 1950s Golden Age of Television

  • 1951 – I Love Lucy debuts

  • 1952 – FCC lifts “the Freeze” imposed in 1948

  • 1952 – Eisenhower runs 20-second campaign spot

  • 1953 – TV Guide magazine debuts

  • 1953 – Playboy magazine introduced

  • 1954 – Edward R. Murrow’s “See It Now”

  • 1954 – Elvis Presley discovered by Sam Phillips of Sun Records

  • 1958 – videotape introduced

  • 1959 – Quiz show scandal rocks television industry

  • 1960 – Kennedy-Nixon debate

  • 1963 – Network news expands from 15 minutes to 30 minutes

  • 1963 – Betty Friedan writes The Feminine Mystique

  • 1964 – New York Times v

  • 1964 – The Beatles first tour America

  • 1964 – The Beatles first tour America

  • 1967 – Congress passes Public Broadcasting Act; PBS formed

  • Late 1960s – Internet formed for exchange of ideas, not available to general public

  • 1969 – Neal Armstrong walks on moon; we see it on TV

  • 1969 – ABC introduces made-for-TV movies

  • 1965-1970s – Second “New Journalism” period; literary journalism; underground newspapers

  • 1970 – Feminists stage sit-in at Ladies Home Journal

  • 1972 – Ms. magazine launched

  • 1972 – Ms. magazine launched

  • 1972 – Life magazine died; came back as monthly from 1978 to 2000

  • 1972 – Boylan v. New York Times sex discrimination lawsuit filed

  • 1972 – Cigarette advertising banned from TV

  • 1974 – People magazine introduced

  • 1975 – Home Box Office (formed by Time, Inc. in 1972) begins satellite distribution of TV; Ted Turner starts first “superstation”

  • 1975 – Sony Betamax home videocassette recorder introduced

  • 1976 – Matsushita introduces VHS

  • 1979 – Sony Walkman appears in Japan

  • 1979 – Iranian hostage crisis leads to “Nightline” and loss by Jimmy Carter to a former radio broadcaster and movie actor

  • 1980 – “Who Shot J.R.?” on “Dallas” is first TV season-ending cliff-hanger

  • 1982 – USA Today begins publication

  • 1982 – Home shopping network debuts

  • 1983 – Sony introduces CD player

  • 1990s – Internet access opened to general public; changes everything

  • 1996 – Telecommunications Act of 1996 brings V-chip, deregulation, and dramatic increase in mergers and takeovers