Sun History

September 18, 2005

1837: Arunah Shepherdon Abell, a journeyman printer from Rhode Island, publishes the first issue of The Sun on May 17.

1847: On April 10, The Sun is first to report to President Polk the surrender of city of Vera Cruz, assuring a U.S. victory in the Mexican War.

1851: The Sun Iron Building opens Sept. 13, The five-story structure's design made it the forerunner of the contemporary skyscraper.

1888-1895: Mary Garrettson Evans was The Sun's first female reporter, she later was director of the Peabody Preparatory School.

1901: After selling for many years at a penny a copy, a Sunday edition of The Sun sells for two cents.

1904: Annie Oakley sues The Sun for libel in April, setting nearly two years later for $516.40.

1906: Henry Louis Mencken begins working at The Sun as Sunday editor, earning $40 a week.

1924: The first foreign bureau opens in London in two top rooms in Fleet Street near St. Paul's Cathedral, but soon moved to 40 Fleet Street.

1950: On Christmas Eve, The Sun opens its offices at the current location, 501 N. Calvert Street.

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