On this day (September 25) 1690, in the United States, Benjamin Harris publishes the first American magazine, called Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick, whose publication was the first and the last, as it was considered its content offensive.
Benjamin Harrisis known since 1673 in England (it is not known exactly when he was born), he was an editor closely linked to the Whig political movement who were parliamentarians against the more absolutist Tories.
Among his publications were many anti-Catholic pamphlets at a time of reform transition in England. With one of those published pamphlets he got into trouble and was jailed.
In 1686 he traveled to Boston where he opened a café, "London Coffee House", where he gave men and women access to foreign newspapers and books. He started printing various types of documents and decided to print a magazine; Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick.
The first issue of this magazine had three pages written with various news and a fourth blank so that anyone could include theirs by hand and pass them around. Unlicensed and not to the liking of the authorities, the magazine was shut down and Benjamin Harris jailed.
Not until 1704 did a magazine appear, John Campbell's Boston News-Letter, that managed to get past the first issue.
When he got out of prison, Benjamin Harris continued his coffee business and printing business with another partner. He ended up going back to London and continuing his publishing activity.
- have you seen my magazine?
- look, look...
- let's see... let's see...
- do you like it?
- but... but... and this joke?
- which one?
- "The king of England was very happy to finish a puzzle in 6 months because the box said 2 to 3 years."
- don't you like it?
- do you know we are from the British Empire?
- yes... of course... better to apologize...
- you better run...