October 1, 1888
The birth of National Geographic

In October of 1888, National Geographic magazine was born. The magazine was irregularly published until 1896 when it became a monthly. The early issues were centered on geography, oceanography, geology, and the history of exploration. In 1905, Gilbert Grosvenor, the first full time editor of the magazine, made a risky decision by filling 11 pages of the magazine with photographs, and by 1908, 50% of the magazine’s space was dedicated to photographs. The magazine is still known for its stunning photography.