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Monitor timeline

Ten decades of product evolution and broadening reach

By Compiled by Leigh Montgomery, Stephanie Frueh / November 25, 2008



November 1908: The Christian Science Monitor is founded as a daily newspaper in Boston, Mass., by Mary Baker Eddy. Its first editor is Archibald McLellan.

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1920: The Monitor joins several other newspapers in developing distribution of worldwide news via radio, beginning AM transmission in February 1922, adding programming seven years later, and expanding to shortwave broadcasts by late 1935.
May 1938: Color printing is first used in the news section, with one color added. (Three-color printing would be tested in 1948.)
September 1943: The Monitor joins the Mutual Broadcasting System to broadcast “News From Everywhere.” The 15-minute weekday show, on Mutual’s American Network, is the first nationwide news program to use the resources of an international newspaper.
October 1960: Daily “London Edition” of newspaper is launched.
February 1971: Microfilm containing eight pages of The Christian Science Monitor is carried by Apollo 14 commander Alan B. Shepard to the moon.
October 1973: The paper switches to weekday publication, eliminating a Saturday edition.
January 1974: Pages are sent by fax to remote plants – at an average speed of five minutes per page – eliminating the need to fly plates to presses in Chicago and California.
November 1974: Weekly “International Edition” is launched, replacing a limited “London Edition.”
April 1975: Format changes from broadsheet to “compact” tabloid format.
April 1977: The Christian Science Monitor Radio News Service offers short radio segments to radio stations around the world.
October 1983: A relaunch standardizes all editions, eliminating several regionals.
January 1984: “MonitoRadio Weekend Edition” makes its debut on American Public Radio.
July 1984: “Conversations With The Christian Science Monitor” offers half-hour in-depth interview programs to commercial radio stations in the US.

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