September 18, 1851: The New York Times is born
It goes without saying we live in a digital world. When was the last time you checked your Instagram or updated your Facebook status? Probably within the last few minutes — maybe even seconds. What about the last time you picked up a newspaper and actually sat down to read it? You can see where we are going with this.
One publication trumps the rest
Like you could never fathom cheating on your favorite taco place or not replaying your favorite song for the millionth time, The New York Times has simply always been pretty much the gold standard of publications.
This newspaper is coveted around the world, and it even contains some killer comics and advice columns. Literally, everyone wins. But this paper had some humble beginnings — believe it or not. We all have to start somewhere.
The founders didn’t have it all together
Initially put together by journalist Henry Jarvis Raymond and his cohort-banker George Jones, not everything about the first edition of this paper went as planned.
Initially named The New-York Daily Times, Raymond planned on having on having the first issue ready on September 16, 1851. He even made a public announcement about the release a whopping three months beforehand.
Unfortunately — in natural journalism fashion — this didn’t at all happen.
Better late than never
The first printed copies were not released until two days later, on September 18, 1851.
Even though there was a nerve-wracking delay, Raymond was ready to celebrate.
Afraid his newspaper creation would be an utter flop, Raymond thought of the most reasonable move he should make next.
“I’ll allow I could use a glass of something,” he said to his partner-in-crime George Jones.
Given his liquid-courage, the paper was obviously a monumental success. After receiving over 125 Pulitzer Prizes, it’s safe to say that Raymond can rest easy. His paper wasn’t a dud after all. Phew.