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This Day in Boston History
September 25th, 1690
First Newspaper in America
this day Bostonians awoke to find their city home to America's first newspaper.
"Publick Occurrences, both Foreign and Domestick" promised to
return "once a month, or if any glut of occurrences happen, oftener."
The paper was published by Benjamin Harris, who had been jailed in London
for publishing seditious works. The Massachusetts establishment was no fonder
of his labors, particularily his lurid account of King Louis XIV's romantic
indescretions. It took only four days from his first paper's release for
Harris to banned from publishing again in Massachusetts.
It would be another fourteen years before a newspaper was undertaken again
in the colonies. In 1704 John Campbell published the Boston News-Letter,
America's second newspaper.