Doister Wrote First the First English Comedy Play

Ralph Roister Doister wrote the first English five-act comedy play in doggerel and song Continue reading

First Written Secular Play

Dramatist Henry Medwall wrote the first English secular play Fulgens and Lucrece in 1490, Continue reading

William Smellie

William Smellie (5 February 1697 – 5 March 1763) was a Scottish obstetrician and medical instructor who practiced and taught primarily in London. Continue reading

Christine de Pisan

Christine de Pisan was the first professional female author, as a means to support three children following the death of her courtier husband in 1389. Continue reading

Encyclopaedia Britannica Published

The first English encyclopedia was published, Encyclopaedia Britannica aka A Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, containing short entries on a wide variety of subjects with longer essays on important topics Continue reading

Hebrew Language Was Revived for Modern Usage

Hebrew, the national language of the state of Israel was revived for modern use as daily speech following the Jewish Babylonian exile circa 586 BCE, and adopted as the official language of Israel in 1948. Continue reading

Aldus Manutius

Aldus Pius Manutius (/məˈnjuːʃiəs/; Italian: Aldo Pio Manuzio; 1449/1452 – 6 February 1515) was an Italian humanist, scholar, educator, and the founder of the Aldine Press. Manutius devoted the later part of his life to publishing and disseminating rare texts.

Aldus Manutius Published First Editions of Greek Classics

Aldus Manutius was Italy's first important printer to publish the Greek classics in March 1495. Continue reading

British Law Code Written in Prose

King Aethelberht I of Kent, England wrote the law code in prose style in 600. Continue reading

Sumerians Used Reed Stylus

Ancient Sumerians used sharpened reed stylus for inscribing on wet clay tablets in 3500 BCE. Continue reading