The Sunderland Echo is an evening provincial newspaper serving the
Sunderland, South Tyneside and East Durham areas of North East England. The
newspaper was founded by Samuel Storey, Edward Backhouse, Edward Temperley
Gourley, Charles Palmer, Richard Ruddock, Thomas Glaholm and Thomas Scott
Turnbull in 1873, as the Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette.
Designed to provide a platform for the Radical views held by Storey and his
partners, it was also Sunderland's first local daily paper. The inaugural
edition of the Echo was printed in Press Lane, Sunderland on 22 December
1873; 1,000 copies were produced and sold for a halfpenny each. The Echo
survived intense competition in its early years, as well as the depression
of the 1930s and two World Wars. Sunderland was heavily bombed in the Second
World War and, although the Echo building was undamaged, it was forced to
print its competitor's paper under wartime rules. It was during this time
that the paper's format changed, from a broadsheet to its current tabloid
layout, because of national newsprint shortages.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
German composer Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his Fifth Symphony, currently
one of the most popular and well-known compositions in all of European
classical music, at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna.
American Civil War: Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the
Sea ended with the capture of Savannah, Georgia.
Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping uses the opening of the Third Plenum of the
11th CPC Central Committee to launch economic reform and opening up.
Romanian Revolution: After a week of bloody demonstrations, Ion Iliescu took
over as President of Romania, ending the Communist dictatorship of Nicolae
Burhanuddin Rabbani of the Northern Alliance handed over power in
Afghanistan to the interim government headed by Hamid Karzai.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
ursine (adj) 1. Of or relating to bears.
2. Having the appearance or characteristics of a
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The holiness of the real
Is always there, accessible
In total immanence. The nodes
Of transcendence coagulate
In you, the experiencer,
And in the other, the lover.