Note: Dates listed are for Deseret News milestones. Historical events may be listed chronologically between these dates.

1849 — A $61, secondhand Ramage press brought to Salt Lake Valley from Missouri River by Howard Egan.

Aug. 19: The New York Herald prints first reports of California gold discoveries, starting the Gold Rush.

1850 — June 15: First edition of the Deseret News printed in adobe territorial mint office.

Sept. 9, Congress creates Utah Territory; Oct. 23-34, first national Women's Rights Convention held in Worcester, Mass.; "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a national best-seller.

1851 — Another hand press added.

California becomes a state; Wells Fargo founded.

1854 — First papers printed on homemade paper to alleviate severe shortage.

Nurse Florence Nightingale is a heroine of the Crimean War in Europe; quinine first used to fight malaria.

1858 — News moves to Fillmore for four months as President James Buchanan sends federal troops to quell supposed rebellion in territory.

Lincoln/Douglas debates are held prior to Illinois Senate race; Queen Victoria sends first trans-Atlantic cable to President Buchanan.

1860 — Pony Express riders "speed" news from Missouri to the News in six days. Special one-page "Pony" editions printed; first sports story appears regarding London boxing match.

U.S. Census records 31,443,321 population ; Dec. 20, South Carolina secedes from the Union, preliminary to U.S. Civil War.

1861 — Completion of intercontinental telegraph enhances more timely news.

April 11, Fort Sumter, S.C., fired upon by Union forces; civil war declared.

1864 — Hoe cylinder press supplants old newspaper hand presses.

The motto "In God We Trust" first appears on American two-cent pieces; Red Cross founded at Geneva Convention.

1865 — Regular semi-weekly editions published.

April, surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee ends Civil War; Lincoln assassinated April 15; in England, Lewis Carroll publishes "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."

1867 — Deseret Evening News daily is started for city subscribers; semi-weekly continues for rural subscribers.

Alaska purchased from Russia for $7.2 million; Christopher Sholes invents typewriter; Karl Marx publishes "Das Kapital."

1870 — Mormon Tribune, later Salt Lake Tribune, becomes greatest competitor to the News. Typewriters introduced to newsroom.

Donkey is accepted as symbol of Democratic Party; 15th Amendment ensures voting rights for all males, regardless of color; Charles Dickens dies.

1878 — Telephones facilitate newsgathering.

First commercial telephone exchange founded in New Haven, Conn.; first electric light company established in New York City.

1880 — News editor Charles W. Penrose begins bitter plural marriage debates with C.C. Goodwin of the Tribune.

James Garfield elected president, assassinated following year; Edison patents electric light; Sherwin-Williams develops standard formula for paint.

1883 — News builds its own paper-making mill in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Building burned 10 years later.

Brooklyn Bridge opens; Krakatoa volcano erupts in Java, killing 30,000; experiments leading to fountain pen conducted.

1890 — News obtains Bullock press.

LDS Church ends practice of polygamy; Battle of Wounded Knee leaves 153 Sioux dead; Vincent Van Gogh commits suicide.

1892 — News printed under private ownership of Abraham H. and John Q. Cannon family on lease from church, then reverts to church ownership.

Diesel patents the first internal combustion engine; Marconi develops radio telegraphy.

1893 — Three-column print of LDS temple accompanies dedication report, including largest headline to date.

Anti-diphtheria vaccine first used; Hawaii taken over by U.S.; Rudyard Kipling publishes "The Jungle Book."


Roentgen discovers X-rays; first American comic strip, "Katzen- jammer Kids," begins; first modern Olympics held in Athens, Greece.

1896 — Utah becomes a state.

1898 — First sports page, "The Sporting World," printed.

Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium; Spanish-American War fought in Cuba after U.S. warship Maine is sunk.

1899 — Christmas News introduced; first half-tone photo reproduction appears in an advertisement.

The World Exhibition opens in Paris; Spanish-American War rages in Philippines; U.S. implements gold standard.

1900 — Photos of Scofield Mine disaster begin era of locally generated news photos.

Zeppelin balloon airship makes maiden flight; Irish writer Oscar Wilde dies.

1903 — News moves to new home on southwest corner of Main and South Temple streets.

"Kit Carson," first wild West movie, opens; Orville and Wilbur Wright make first airplane flight.

1911 — "Old Betsy," 50-horsepower press, installed.

Mexican Civil War begins; Norwegian Roald Amundsen beats British explorers to South Pole. Structure of atom described.

1916 — News begins publishing regular comics panel, "Just Kids."

World War I devastates Europe, U.S. joins battle following year; Jeanette Rankin becomes first female in Congress.

1920 — News introduces first rotogravure section in Mountain West.

U.S. refuses to join United Nations, later reverses position; Prohibition begins.

1922 — Deseret News licensed to operate KZN, first commercial broadcasting operation between the Mississippi Valley and the Pacific Coast. The station later became KSL Radio.

British Broadcasting Co. makes first broadcast; Mussolini becomes dictator in Italy.

1926 — News moves to quarters on Richards Street, begins using teletypes.

Hirohito becomes emperor of Japan; A.A. Milne publishes "Winnie the Pooh"; impressionist artist Claude Monet dies.

1931 — The newspaper's Church News initiated with April General Conference of LDS Church.

Wiley Post and Harold Gatty make first flight around the world; inventor Thomas A. Edison dies. Empire State Building opens.

1934 — With an air crash near Salt Lake City, impetus grows for on-the-scene photo coverage.

Radar is invented; National Industrial Recovery Act implemented in effort to end Great Depression.

1935 — News begins using wire photos.

Social Security Act signed; Alcoholics Anonymous established in New York City.

1936 — Giant Hoe press installed, capable of color reproduction.

"Gone With the Wind" published by Margaret Mitchell; U.S. athlete Jesse Owens is star of Berlin Olympics.

1937 — Long-running Swen Teresed (Deseret News backwards) column initiated.

Dirigible Hindenburg explodes, crashes in flames; Wallace Carrothers invents nylon.

1944 — Serviceman's edition of the Church News begun.

Battle of the Bulge fought as World War II begins to ebb; in U.S., meat rationing ends.

1947 — Huge expansion program undertaken, almost doubling Deseret News subscriptions in one year. Several special-interest sections inaugurated. News joins Los Angeles Times and Oregon interest to purchase Hawley Pulp and Paper Mill in Oregon.

Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Israel: Marshall Plan initiated to speed post-war recovery in Europe; Jackie Robinson breaks color barrier in baseball.

1948 — News becomes seven-day newspaper, launches rotogravure magazine; Ski School opens.

Pacifist Mahatma Gandhi killed by assassin; Harry S. Truman stages political upset and is re-elected president; Alger Hiss indicted as spy.

1950 — Big 100th anniversary special with numerous sections.

First kidney transplant performed in Chicago; Sen. Joseph McCarthy begins hunt for communists in government.

1952 — Newspaper Agency Corp., joint operating company, founded in partnership with Tribune.

G.I. Bill of Rights signed; U.S. finishes with most medals in Helsinki Summer Olympics.

1959 — Salute to Youth program begun in cooperation with Utah Symphony to spotlight young musicians.

Hawaii becomes 50th state; rock musician Buddy Holly dies in plane crash; Castro comes to power in Cuba.

1961 — News writer Robert D. Mullins honored with Pulitzer Prize for coverage of murder-kidnap case in southern Utah.

Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin first to orbit Earth; civil rights protests rock U.S.; Berlin Wall goes up in Germany.

1962 — Sterling Scholars program begins to honor outstanding high school academics.

John Glenn first American to orbit planet; Marilyn Monroe dies; Telstar transmits first TV signals from space.

1963 — Last News Extra focuses on John F. Kennedy assassination.

President Kennedy slain in Dallas, followed by shooting of suspect Lee Harvey Oswald; Martin Luther King Jr. gives "I have a dream" speech.

1968 — News moves to building at 34 E. 100 South.

Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. fall prey to assassins; USS Pueblo seized by North Koreans; Civil Rights Act signed.

1970 — Advertising for X- and R-rated movies discontinued; first annual marathon race held.

Deaths of four Kent State University climaxes campus student unrest; rock star Jimi Hendrix dies at 27; Census records more than 205 million Americans.

1972 — News adopts photo composition, ending hot lead process; first Utah paper to publish complete New York and American stock exchanges.

President Nixon makes historic trip to China; seven Watergate conspirators indicted; astronauts bring rock samples from moon.

1979 — Newspaper in Education program launched.

America's worst nuclear accident occurs at Three Mile Island; Mother Teresa wins Nobel Prize for humanitarian efforts.

1982 — NAC contract renewed for 30 years.

First permanent artificial heart implanted in University of Utah hospital; Columbia makes first space shuttle flight.

1983 — News swaps typewriters for computers; Sunday edition reinstituted; 10K race added to marathon.

Beirut bombing leaves 216 U.S. Marines dead; final episode of popular "M*A*S*H " TV program viewed by 125 million.

1990's — Photos transmitted by electronic signal; digital cameras added to equipment.

USSR crumbles with ethnic warfare after breakup of Yugoslavia; Bosnia, Kosovo take world spotlight in inter-racial war.

1995 — Crossroads Information Network links reader to News computers, soon to be supplanted by popular Web site.

Bombing of Oklahoma City federal building kills 168, stuns nation; Utah named 2002 Olympic Winter Games site.

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1997 — News moves into new, ultra-modern, technologically innovative quarters at 30 E. 100 South after hiatus in older quarters. on Regent Street.

Princess Diana killed in auto crash; Hong Kong returned to China; Scottish researchers clone sheep; O.J. Simpson declared guilty of murder in civil trial.

2000 — News observes 150th anniversary.

Note: Dates listed are for Deseret News milestones. Historical events may be listed chronologically between these dates.

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