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1845 Chronokey Chronomedia index
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January 1  Samuel Morse opens a 50-mile electric telegraph line from Washington to Baltimore using his code for messages.  
June  Michael Faraday discovers that a ray of light polarised in a particular plane can be diverted by the presence of a magnet.  
•  Electric telegraph on the Paddington-West Drayton line in London is used to apprehend a wanted man.  
•  Baron Franz von Uchatius, an Austrian military officer, patents his Wheel of Life principle.  
•  The Times has by far the largest daily circulation of any British newspaper, selling up to 26,000 copies.  
•  Electric Telegraph Company formed in Britain to collect and distribute news as well as providing a general telegraphy service.  
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•  The Daily News is founded in Britain, using presses that can print 5,000-6,000 copies an hour. > 1868
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•  F C Bakewell invents the 'copying telegraph' using synchronous sequential scanning.  
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November 1  First railway bookstall is opened at Euston station, London by W H Smith. > 1860
•  British publisher George Routledge launches the Railway Library of quality novels and non-fiction, of which 1,300 titles are published in the ensuing 50 years. The idea is similar to that developed in Germany by Tauschnitz.  
•  First postal collection boxes are installed in Belgium, 10 years before the idea is introduced in the USA. The UK has already introduced the penny post.  
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February 14  In New York Matthew Brady takes the first photograph of a serving US president, James Polk.  
mid year  Frederick and William Langenheim buy the US rights to Fox Talbot's photographic system and open a studios in five states but the business fails as daguerrotypes achieve a dominant market position.  
•  Combination of Daguerreotypes and Phenakistiscope is proposed by Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau.  
•  Electric clock patented by Charles Shepherd in UK.  
•  Telephone device is invented by Italian Antonio Meucci at Havana, Cuba, using electrical impulses—but not very effectively. Meucci files for a patent in 1871
•  Émile Littré begins to compile a dictionary of the classical French language. > 1859
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