Communication History Timeline

Timeline created by sberkov
In History
  • Jan 1, 1200

    Inca Empire 1200-1600 CE

  • Jan 1, 1450

    1450 Gutenberg Invents the Printing Press

    1450 Gutenberg Invents the Printing Press
  • Jan 1, 1532

    Spanish Invasion of Incan Empire

  • Dec 11, 1532

    Spanish Invade Incan Empire

  • First English Language Sheets Appear in Amsterdam

  • Puritans Settle in Massachusetts

  • Ben Franklin Arrives in Philadelphia

  • Stamp Act

    New taxes imposed on stamps by Parliament. Paper expensive. Start of anger against Parliament in the colonies, "taxation without representation."
  • Declaration of Independance Signed

    Declaration of Independance Signed
  • Alien and Sedition Acts

  • 1835-39 Louis Daguerre Perfects Copper Plate Imaging

  • U.S. Mexican War

    1846-1848. Gained CA.
  • First Interconnection Treaty Signed

    The first telegraph interconnection treaty was signed between Prussia and Austria. Messages could now be sent from Vienna to Berlin.
  • Three Main Narratives in the Press

    The Abolitionist Press: slavery is a moral evilThe Unionist Press: the Union must be preservedThe Secessionist Press: personal liberty and private property are moral goods
  • Underwater Telegraph Cable Between France and England

    Paid for by the governments of France and England, the General Oceanic and Subterranean Electric Printing Telegraph Company laid one of the first long-distrance underwater telegraph cables. The first message was transmitted in 1852 between London and Paris.
  • George Archer Perfects Glass Plate Imaging

  • Civil War Begins

    Civil War Begins
    Starts at Fort Sumpter
  • Transcontinental Telegraph Line Completed

  • Emancipation Proclamation

  • New York Draft Riots

    Riots in response to men being drafted into war.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Bloodiest battle of the Civil War
  • The Black Press

    Press that was a forum for black dissent.
  • Civil War Ends

    Bloodiest war in American History, most U.S. casualties ever.
  • Edison Invents Electric Light

  • Alexander Bell Recieves First Patent for the Telephone

  • Thomas Edison Gets First U.S. Patent for Audio Recording

    Thomas Edison Gets First U.S. Patent for Audio Recording
  • Women Work as Telephone Switches

  • George Eastman Invents Celluloid Film Imaging

  • Lumiere Brothers Perfect Edison's System

    Perfected the process of filming and projecting moving images.
  • Writing Originates in Crete 1900 BCE

  • First American Feature Film

    First American Feature Film
    The Great Train Robbery MovieThe Great Train Robbery
  • Ships Crash Off Nantucket Coast, Most Lives Saved by Radio

    When ships Republic and Florida crashed off the coast of Nantucket, the distress signals sent by operator Jack Binns for both ships saved most of the 1,200 people on the ships.
  • Radio Act of 1912

    This act was passed soon after the sinking of the Titanic. It required that all radio operators, amateurs as well, be licensed and barred anyone but those specifically allowed from transmitting messages on main commercial and military wavelengths.
  • World War I

    1914-1918
  • FTC Established

    Federal Trade Commission. Established in part to regulate advertising.
  • The Creel Committee

    1917-1919. The engineering of consent was Creel's idea that by developing specific ideas and disseminating them to public, it could influence public opinion. Using propaganda as the mechanism.
  • 1918 Sedition Act

    One of the first acts of War censorship.Prohibitted "disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language" to be printed etc.
  • Panel Switches Become Popular

  • Number of Female Manufacturerers Increases Significantly

    The number of femal telephone swtichers more than double from 1900 to 1920. The number rose from 256 in 1900 to 800 in 1920.
  • NBC Established

    NBC Established
    David Sarnoff establishes NBC, National Broadcasting Corporation.
  • CBS Created

    CBS Created
    Colombia Broadcasting System
  • Radio Act of 1927

    Gave government control of all channels and uses of radio for the "public interest, convenience, and neccessity."
  • Financial Crisis

    Start of the Great Depression. Per capita income drops almost 30% by 1932. Salary decrease of 40%.
  • Hays Code Adopted

    Moral censorship guidelines
  • The New Deal.

    1933-1936. Put in place by Roosevelt. Created in response to the Depression: Relief, Recovery, Reform.
  • Anschluss

    Murrow, CBS Talk relation in Europe, broadcasts live the arrival of Hitler in Vienna, Austria after the Nazi Annex.
  • 1939 Television Introduced at RCA World Fair

  • Office of Censorship during World War II

    1939-1945. Established Code of Wartime Practices. Oversaw the "voluntary" censorship of the press. Only violated a couple of times.
  • D-Day

    D-Day
    Allies invade Western Europe.
  • Rise of Rock'n'Roll

    Little Richard-LucilleAllan Freed plays Rhythm and Blues, music by black musicians, on the radio. Becomes popular with white teenagers.
  • Murrow's See It Now Broadcasts

    One of Murrow's See It Now ShowsTalked about McCarthy, who was an anit-communist, socialist zealot.
  • Vietnam War

    1955-1975
  • Transitor and Printed Circuit Boards Invented

  • Writing Originates in Central America 600 BCE

  • Pentagon Papers Released in NYT

    A collection of papers from the DOD documenting war efforts during Vietnam War. Showed that the Johnson administration had lied to the public and Congress.
  • Watergate Affair

    1972-1972. Nixon had bugged the White House and was later forced to turn over the tapes. Also caught involved in the break in by five men into the Democratic National Convention.
  • Kent State University Protest

    Kent State University Protest
    Students protest Vietnam War. National Guard tried to subdue crowd and ended up killing 4 students.
  • Peter Zenger Tried for Sedition/Libel

    One of the first cases regarding libel in print media.
  • Reagan Elected President

  • Operation Urgent Fury

    Invasion of Grenada. First U.S. press blackout.
  • Operation Desert Storm

    Gulf War, in response to Iraq invasion of Kuwait. Under President H.W. Bush
  • AT&T Replaces American Bell as Parent of Bell Systems

    Bell Systems properties included regional operating companies, long lines, and Western Electric.
  • Edison's Kinetoscope

    Edison's Kinetoscope
  • RCA Established

    Radio Corporation of America. Regulated what was allowed on the radio.