May 17, 1933. David Lawrence produces the first issue of a weekly newspaper called the United States News. This is the successor to the United States Daily, which had run since 1926. The 16-page paper (dated May 13-20) costs 5 cents and is devoted primarily to federal government activities in Washington. The publication’s offices are at 2201 M St., NW.
Dec. 3, 1934. The first Washington Whispers column is published.
Jan. 5, 1940. The United States News changes format from a newspaper to a magazine.
1944. U.S. News breaks ground on a new headquarters building at 24th and N streets.
May 23, 1946. World Report, a separate weekly magazine devoted entirely to international news, is introduced.
Jan. 16, 1948. Lawrence combines his two publications to form U.S. News & World Report.
Sept. 24, 1948. Margaret Chase Smith is the first woman to appear on the cover.
Nov. 28, 1952. The first News You Can Use column is published.
1956. U.S. News expands into a new headquarters building at 2300 N St., NW. It’s next door to the old building, which remains in use and is connected to the new space by a corridor.
1957. A medical office opens in the headquarters building. A full-time doctor and nurse provide staff with annual physicals and emergency care.
1958. Circulation of U.S. News & World Report passes the 1 million mark. The magazine now costs 25 cents an issue.
1961. The magazine now has nine international bureaus: London; Paris; Bonn, West Germany; Rome; Beirut; Tokyo; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Ottawa, Ontario; and Mexico City.
June 30, 1962. U.S. News & World Report becomes an employee-owned company. Through profit-sharing and promissory notes, employees were able to buy the remainder of company stocks held by the Lawrence family to become sole owners of the publication. They were so successful that they managed to pay off the notes in five years instead of 15.
1966. Circulation reaches 1.5 million. The magazine now costs 35 cents an issue.
1968. The U.S. News Book Division launches with a 25-volume series of paperbacks on topics ranging from communism to the moon landing to investment tips. Future titles produced by this group include “200 Years: A Bicentennial Illustrated History of the United States,” “Vietnam Order of Battle” and a multivolume series on the human body.
1969. Executive editor Owen L. Scott retires from the position he’d held since 1938. He’s succeeded by Howard Fleiger.
1970. Ben J. Grant becomes executive vice president of the magazine.
Feb. 11, 1973. David Lawrence, the founder of U.S. News & World Report, dies at the age of 84. Howard Flieger succeeds him as editor.
1973. Circulation passes the 2 million mark. The magazine now sells for 50 cents.
July 15, 1974. The first issue published with the Atex electronic composition system is released. The revolutionary technology, which was developed to the specifications of U.S. News, allows work to move electronically throughout the production process.
1975. The U.S. News Washington Letter is launched.
April 1976. Following Howard Flieger’s retirement, Marvin Stone becomes editor.
1978. William G. Dunn is named publisher as John Sweet becomes president of the company.
1979. Ben F. Phlegar becomes executive editor.
1980. U.S. News opens a bureau in Denver, expanding its network of domestic news bureaus to eight. (The others are New York, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Atlanta.)
1981. James H. McIlhenny becomes company president. John Sweet serves as chairman of the board until his retirement the following year.
June 1, 1982. Ground is broken for a new headquarters building at 2400 N St., NW, in the West End. In a ceremony the following spring, the building’s cornerstone is laid by then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.
May 1983. U.S. News holds its 50th anniversary celebration at the Sheraton Washington.Summer 1983. A weekend fire strikes the U.S. News library.
Nov. 28, 1983. U.S. News & World Report begins its rankings of American colleges and universities.
December 1983. U.S. News moves into its new building.
Oct. 12, 1984. Publisher and real estate developer Mortimer B. Zuckerman buys U.S. News & World Report.
October 1984. Zuckerman makes several key appointments: Harold Evans as editorial director, Fred Drasner as vice chairman (later president and CEO) and James Glassman as executive vice president for business operations.
March 1985. Shelby Coffey III is named editor.
April 1985. Richard C. Thompson becomes publisher.
March 1986. David Gergen is named editor.
Aug. 30, 1986. U.S. News correspondent Nicholas Daniloff is detained by Soviet authorities under suspicion of espionage. He was imprisoned for 13 days and held as a parolee for 17 more until high level negotiations, including a letter from Ronald Reagan to Mikhail Gorbachev, were successful in bringing him home.
Fall 1987. “America’s Best Colleges” becomes a newsstand guidebook.
Nov. 2, 1987. The graduate school rankings debut in the magazine.
September 1988. Roger Rosenblatt becomes editor.
June 12, 1989. The Supreme Court declines to hear Foltz v. U.S. News & World Report, a case stemming from a dispute over the value of employee-owned shares in the years prior to the company’s 1984 sale.
October 1989. Husband-and-wife team Michael Ruby and Merrill McLoughlin are named co-editors.
April 30, 1990. Hospital rankings appear in the magazine for the first time.
June 4, 1990. Saddam Hussein is on the cover as “The Most Dangerous Man in the World” two months before the invasion of Kuwait. The cover story is later honored by the Overseas Press Club of America.
1990. This is the last known year that employees could choose a ham, a turkey or a grocery gift certificate for their holiday bonus.
1991. Joseph Galloway’s “Vietnam Story” wins the National Magazine Award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Writing. The article would later be expanded into the bestselling book “We Were Soldiers Once… and Young.”
1991. U.S. News surpasses Newsweek in total ad pages.
January 1992. Thomas R. Evans is named senior vice president and publisher.
1992. The book “Triumph Without Victory: The Unreported History of the Persian Gulf War,” by a team of U.S. News reporters, is released.
1992. U.S. News overtakes Time in total ad pages. Cover price is now $2.50.
1993. U.S. News ventures onto the Internet, providing content to CompuServe Information Service for the next two years.
May 2, 1994. The first full newsstand version of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” hits shelves.
Nov. 6, 1995. The magazine launches a website, www.usnews.com, where readers can find articles from the print edition of U.S. News & World Report.
September 1996. James Fallows takes over as editor. Soon after, he adds the serial comma to the stylebook.
August 1997. The D.C.-based business offices move to New York and consolidate with those of the New York Daily News.
May 1998. Eric Gertler is promoted to chief operating officer.
June 1, 1998. U.S. News & World Report publishes the first issue with its Web address on the cover.
June 1998. Thomas R. Evans becomes president and publisher.
August 1998. Steve Smith is named editor.
December 1998. U.S. News moves to 1050 Thomas Jefferson St., NW, in Georgetown.
April 19, 1999. U.S. News produces its first complete issue using TeamBase, entering the PC age and retiring the Atex system.
January 2000. Bill Holiber becomes publisher of U.S. News & World Report.
2000. The first paid advertising appears on usnews.com.
May 2, 2001. The National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online goes to usnews.com.
June 2001. Brian Duffy is named editor.
Sept. 13, 2001. U.S. News publishes a 58-page magazine within 56 hours of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
2003. “23 Days of Terror,” a book by Angie Cannon and the staff of U.S. News & World Report, chronicles the investigation of the Beltway sniper attacks.
October 2004. Bill Holiber becomes president of U.S. News & World Report.
Aug. 2, 2005. Michael Barone is the first U.S. News writer to enter the blogosphere.
October 2005. Kerry Dyer is named publisher of U.S. News & World Report.
Oct. 10, 2005. The first issue that ranks “America’s Best Health Plans” is released.
December 2005. U.S. News starts using Omniture for site analytics, and it records 1.6 million unique visitors and 15.1 million page views on usnews.com for the month.
Sept. 11, 2006. U.S. News goes live on T-Mobile, providing tidbits of U.S. News content free to mobile customers.
April 2007. Brian Kelly becomes editor.
Oct. 1, 2007. The first “Best Places to Retire” issue is released.
Oct. 5, 2007. The rankingsandreviews.com site launches with its first category, Best Cars and Trucks.
Dec. 10, 2007. The “America’s Best High Schools” rankings are launched.
April 2008. Space for reader comments is added on usnews.com.
June 9, 2008. The U.S. News Media Group is formed, reflecting the organization’s evolution from a weekly magazine to a multiplatform digital publisher of news and analysis.
June 10, 2008. U.S. News content goes live on Amazon’s Kindle.
Sept. 24, 2008. An expanded Opinion section on usnews.com is unveiled, including the new Thomas Jefferson Street blog.
November 2008. U.S. News’s first list of the “World’s Best Colleges and Universities,” which ranks 200 universities worldwide, is launched.
Dec. 5, 2008. Biggest single audience day on usnews.com: “Best High Schools” brings in 2.2 million visitors.
Dec. 18, 2008. The last regular biweekly issue of U.S. News & World Report is published. From now on it will be published about once per month.
Jan. 23, 2009. The U.S. News Weekly debuts with a cover story on the first Obama inauguration.
March 2009. The first ranking of “America’s Best Nursing Homes” debuts.
June 2009. The first listing of the “Best Places to Live” is produced.
April 2010. A new section, Travel, launches on the Rankings & Reviews website.
December 2010. The final magazine edition of U.S. News & World Report is released. Newsstand price for the last issue is $4.99. Editor Brian Kelly writes that “This is the last monthly print issue of U.S.News & World Report, but it is by no means the last of U.S. News.”
June 7, 2011. The first annual ranking of “Best Diets” launches.
June 2011. New York operations move to 4 New York Plaza.
January 2012. The “Top Online Education Programs” rankings debut.
June 2012. U.S. News and co-presenters Innovate+Educate and STEMconnector host a major conference in Dallas devoted to STEM education.
September 2012. U.S. News’s first e-book, “How to Live to 100,” is released.
October 2012. The New York offices are flooded in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. After the building is deemed uninhabitable, operations are temporarily moved to the Daily News printing plant in Jersey City, N.J.
January 2013. For the first time, monthly traffic on usnews.com surpasses 100 million page views and 20 million unique visitors.
March 2013. U.S. News retires its own stylebook (and the serial comma) and switches to AP.