The oldest surviving daily newspaper is the Wiener Zeitung of Austria. It was first printed in 1703.

Jean-Dominique Bauby, a French journalist suffering from “locked-in” syndrome, wrote the book “The Driving Bell and the Butterfly” by blinking his left eyelid – the only part of his body that could move.

The first color photograph was made in 1861 by James Maxwell. He photographed a tartan ribbon.

The first book published is thought to be the Epic of Gilgamesh, written at about 3000 BC in cuneiform, an alphabet based on symbols.

The world’s libraries store more than a 100 million original volumes.

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