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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for Sept. 15: Newspaper Firsts


WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 -- Following is the daily “Profile America” feature for Sept. 15 from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America for Thursday, Sept. 15. The newspaper world marks three important anniversaries this month. America’s first newspaper -- Public Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick -- was published for one day in Boston in 1690, before being shut down by displeased British authorities. In 1851, the New York Times issued its first edition. And on this day in 1982, USA Today began publishing. Critics said the idea of a national newspaper was doomed to failure. Now, USA Today is the country’s largest-selling newspaper. There are 1,456 daily newspapers in the U.S.; of these, 917 publish Sunday editions. California has the most dailies at 91, followed by Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania. Find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at

Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2005, p. 479/488/500; Statistical Abstract of the United States 2004-2005, t. 1124, 1126,


Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments ready to air on a monthly CD or on Internet at (look under the “Newsroom” button). For further information, contact Rick Reed at 301-763-2812, fax at 301-457-3670, or e-mail at


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