4 December 1791

The first edition of The Observer, the world’s first Sunday newspaper, is published.

The Observer is a British newspaper that has been in publication since 1791, making it one of the oldest Sunday newspapers in the world. It is known for its liberal and progressive editorial stance. Originally established as The Observer and Commercial Advertiser, it went through various name changes before settling on The Observer in 1797.

The newspaper covers a wide range of topics, including news, politics, culture, and the arts. Over the years, The Observer has gained a reputation for its in-depth analysis and investigative journalism. It has been influential in shaping public opinion and has won numerous awards for its reporting.

The Observer is part of the Guardian Media Group, which also owns The Guardian newspaper. The two newspapers operate independently but share some resources and collaborate on certain projects. The Observer is published on Sundays and has a sister online platform, where readers can access articles, opinion pieces, and other content.

Throughout its long history, The Observer has undergone various changes in ownership and format, adapting to the evolving media landscape. It remains a prominent voice in British journalism, providing a platform for diverse perspectives and contributing to public discourse on important issues.