January 31, 2021
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⟶ Updated 18 Nov 2019 ⟶
List of edits
1791 The Observer is published for the first time on Sunday 4 December 1791.
1814 William Innell Clement purchases the Observer,
1870 Julius Beer, a wealthy businessman, buys the Observer and appoints Edward Dicey as editor
1908 James Louis Garvin becomes editor
1909 circulation has increased to 40,000
1919 JL Garvin’s famously prophetic editorial on the Treaty of Versailles following the end of World War I states “The Treaty left the Germans ‘no real hope except in revenge”
1956 The Observer’s position as the first national newspaper to write against the Government
1964 The Observer Colour Magazine is launched.
1993 Guardian Media Group buy the Observer, effectively saving it from closure and Jonathan Fenby is appointed editor
2005 The Observer launches the first Sunday newspaper weblog
2010 The Observer relaunches as a four section paper
2012 The iPad edition of the Observer is launched
1993 In June, the Observer, the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, is purchased from Lonrho plc.
1936 Ownership of the Manchester Guardian is transferred to a trust to protect the newspaper from crippling death
1857 Lewis Doxat, Clement’s editor, retires and is succeeded by Joseph Snowe
1861-1865 The Observer sides with the North during the American Civil War
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