The earliest regular newspapers of which we have record date back many centuries before the invention of printing to the Acta Diurna of the Roman Empire and the gazettes published in China during the first centuries of the Christian era.
The Germans were pioneers in printing, also printed newspapers. The first irregular news-sheets appeared in Cologne, Nuremberg and other cities within 50 years of the invention of modern printing machine in 1450.
The first regular newspaper in the English language was produced in Holland in 1620 by the English Puritans who later sailed to America in Mayflower. The first American newspaper, called Public Occurrences, was published in Boston on September 25, 1690, but was suppressed by the authorities before it could produce a second issue. The first regular American paper was the Boston News-Letter, which appeared in April 1704 and ran for more than 70 years.
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