The Phoenicians develop an alphabet.
to 2900 BC
The Sumerians develop cuneiform writing - pictographs of accounts written on clay tablets.
The Egyptians develop hieroglyphic writing.
Greeks use a phonetic alphabet written from left to right. 1400 BC
Oldest record of writing in China on bones.
The first encyclopedia is written in Syria.
The very first postal service - for government use in China. 776 BC
First recorded use of homing pigeons used to send message - the winner of the Olympic Games to the Athenians. 530 BC
The Greeks start the very first library.
Papyrus rolls and early parchments made of dried reeds - first portable and light writing surfaces. to 170 BC
Human messengers on foot or horseback common in Egypt and China with messenger relay stations built. to 100 BC
Sometimes fire messages used from relay station to station instead of humans. Ads
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Romans establish postal services.
Heliographs - first recorded use of mirrors to send messages by Roman Emperor Tiberius. 100
First bound books
Tsai Lun of China invents paper as we know it.
First wooden printing presses invented in China - symbols carved on a wooden block. 1049
First movable type invented - clay - invented in China by Pi Sheng. 1450
Newspapers appear in Europe.
Johannes Gutenberg invents a printing press with metal movable type. 1560
Camera Obscura invented - primitive image making.
First daily newspaper - Leipzig.
Englishmen, Henry Mill receives the first patent for a typewriter. 1793
Claude Chappe invents the first long-distance semaphore (visual or optical)...
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