Daily newspaper The Times is founded. It originally runs under the title The Daily Universal Register before switching to its current name in 1788.
Publisher John Walter founds (and edits) The Daily Universal Register in 1785 after opening a printing house so as to make use of a new, more efficient form of typography established by Henry Johnson. Three years later, in 1788, Walter changes the paper’s name to The Times after growing increasingly annoyed at the colloquial omission of ‘Universal’ from his original title. The Sunday Times is founded in 1821.
The paper breaks ground, taking a pioneering role in the sourcing of continental news stories, and becoming the first newspaper to actively report on war and unrest by sending war correspondents to areas of trouble and conflict.
In 1931, the newspaper commissions Victor Lardent and Stanley Morison to design a serif typeface which is called Times New Roman. The font remains one of the most widely-used typefaces, though The Times itself no longer uses it. The paper runs in broadsheet format until 2004, when it switches to compact size as a way of appealing to commuters and attracting a younger audience. The Sunday Times still runs as a broadsheet.