The newspaper was invented in Rome in the year 59 B.C. The first newspaper, "Acta Diurna," was a daily account of senate proceedings that was published for the citizens.
The first regular, weekly newspaper was published in Antwerp in the year 1605. The oldest continuously operating newspaper in the world as of 2014 is Sweden's "Post-och Inrikes Tidningar," which has been in print since 1645. The first newspaper to be published in America was "Publick Occurences," which began in 1690. At the height of the industry in the late 19th century, there were more than 5,000 newspapers in circulation throughout the country. Today, there are just under 1,500 newspapers in the United States, with a total circulation of about 55 million.