National Geographic


The National Geographic Society was incorporated on this day, 27 January 1888, at the Cosmos Club on Lafayette Square, Washington DC, and the first issue of its magazine was published in October of that year, eight months later. The magazine has been published monthly ever since, a total of 1,536 issues. The Society still funds and promotes much useful research although its journal, formerly The National Geographic Magazine but now simply the National Geographic, was purchased by Rupert Murdoch last year.