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c. 3100 BC
Writing is developed, at Sumer, as cuneiform script on clay tablets
The empress of Japan, in a remarkable start to the story of printing, commissions a million copies of a Buddhist charm
The world's first known printed book, a Diamond Sutra, is commissioned by a Buddhist monk in honour of his parents
The concept of movable type for printing is pioneered in China, using fired clay, but it proves impractical
The rulers of Baghdad harness homing pigeons as postmen.
Koreans establish the first type foundry, casting movable type in bronze
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