Death of Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press
The death of Johannes Gutenberg occurred on 3 February 1468 in Mainz.
Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg, his full name, was born c. 1398 in Mainz. In approx. 1439 he invented a mechanical printing press using moveable type. This was later, in 1476, introduced into England by William Caxton. The invention of the printing press is regarded as one of the most important developments in the history of mankind as it allowed the fast dissemination of written texts.
More information on Johannes Gutenberg:
Tejvan Pettinger, ‘Biography of Johannes Gutenberg’, Biography Online (28 December 2012). URL: http://www.biographyonline.net/business/j-gutenberg.html [accessed 27 December 2014]