Thursday Open Line

Three important dates in American newspaper history occurred in September. These anniversaries span more than three centuries. On September 15, 1982, USA Today began publishing. Critics at the time said the idea of a national newspaper was doomed to failure — now, USA Today is one of the country’s largest-selling dailies. On September 18, 1851, the New York Times issued its first edition. And, on this date in 1690, the first newspaper in America was published for one day in Boston before being shut down by British authorities unhappy with its content. Although the industry is struggling, there are 7,600 publishers of daily, weekly or other periodical newspapers in the U.S., employing over 231,000 people. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at