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Source: www.theguardian.com


Once upon a time, 224 years ago, there were no Sunday newspapers. Indeed, we were all left to ponder what could be going on until Monday rolled around. But then, on December 4, 1791, The Observer published and became the world’s first Sunday newspaper. Somehow we doubt it came with full pages of Sunday funnies that we get today. (Does anyone actually understand what’s going on in Prince Valiant, by the way?) The original publisher, W.S. Bourne, hoped to find his fortune in the newspaper business, but instead wound up in debt. Both he and his brother attempted to sell The Observer to the government despite initial inclinations to remain editorially independent. The government refused, but did agree to subsidize it. The catch? They wanted influence over the content. But hey! On the upside it’s now the UK’s only full color Sunday newspaper.