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This Day in Boston History
April 24th, 1704
First Successful American Newspaper
John Campbell, a
bookseller and Postmaster of Boston, supplied written
news letters to the governors of the New England colonies for at
least a year before he made use of the printing press.
On this day he began using the printing press to produce a double-sided
single page which he sold to the public weekly. Known as the Boston
News-Letter, it was America's first continuously-published newspaper.
In the early
years of its publication the News-Letter was filled mostly with news
from London, journals detailing the intrigues of English politics, and
a variety of events concerning the European wars. The rest of the newspaper
was filled with items listing ship arrivals, deaths, sermons, political
appointments, fires, and accidents.