Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate how The New York Times begins publishing on September 18th 1851.
The paper’s motto, “All the News That’s Fit to Print”, appears in the upper left-hand corner of the front page. Since the mid-1970s, it has greatly expanded its lay-out and organization, adding special weekly sections on various topics supplementing the regular news, editorials, sports and features.
The New York Times was founded as the New-York Daily Times on September 18, 1851, by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond, who was the co-founder of The New York Times along with George Jones.
Hard to believe the New York Times is been around so long, the newspaper shortened its name to The New-York Times in 1857.
It dropped the hyphen in the city name in the 1890s. On April 21, 1861, The New York Times departed from its original Monday–Saturday publishing schedule and joined other major dailies in adding a Sunday edition to offer daily coverage of the Civil War.
One of the earliest public controversies The New York Times was involved with was the Mortara Affair.
The Mortara Affair was based on, a kidnapping of a six year-old Edgardo Mortara from his parent’s apartment in Bologna Italy; because Church higher-ups had learned that the child had been secretly baptized by a maid five years earlier when he was seriously ill. Edgardo was whisked to Rome, “adopted” by Pope Pius IX, and eventually became a priest. Jewish organizations and international leaders protested to the Vatican and called for Edgardo to be returned to his parents, but the pope declared that canon law forbade non-Christians in the Papal States to raise a Christian child, even if the child was their own.
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The Times continued to utilize technology to expand its circulation, launching an online edition in 1995 and employing color photography in its print edition in 1997.
The publication introduced a subscription service called Times Select in 2005 and charged subscribers for access to portions of its online edition, but the program was discontinued two years later, and all news, editorial columns, and much of its archival content was opened to the public.
In 2006 the Times launched an electronic version, the Times Reader, which allowed subscribers to download the current print edition. The following year the publication relocated to the newly constructed New York Times Building in Manhattan.
Soon thereafter it began like many industry publications to struggle to redefine its role in the face of free Internet content.
In 2011 the Times instituted a subscription plan for its digital edition that limited free access to content.
As we celebrate today’s day to remember how the New York Times on September 18th 1851, began its publication.
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