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Sunday, 19 October 2014


The word diary comes from the Latin diarium ("daily allowance," from dies "day").

Throughout the short reign of Edward VI between 1547 and 1553, the young ruler kept a journal, a detailed diary recounting events in his kingdom. It is the earliest known diary extant in English

The earliest use of the word to mean a book in which a daily record was written was in Ben Jonson's comedy Volpone in 1605

In 1908 the Smythson company created the first featherweight diary enabling diaries to be carried about.

Inventor and architect Buckminster Fuller documented his life every 15 minutes from 1915 to his death in 1983 in his diary named 'Dymaxion Chronofile'. Ultimately, it contains 14,000 papers and is a staggering 82 metres high..

Reverend Robert Shields (May 17, 1918 – October 15, 2007) was a former minister and high school English teacher who lived in Dayton, Washington, USA.  His 37.5-million-word diary, the world’s longest, chronicled every five minutes of his life from 1972 until a stroke disabled him in 1997.

The first online diary is thought to be Claudio Pinhanez's "Open Diary," published at the MIT Media Lab website from 14 November 1994 until 1996.

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