Standard Name: Murray, James
1 March 1879
James Murray was appointed editor of the new Oxford English Dictionary; soon afterwards he sent out 2,000 copies of a four-page invitation to volunteer readers who would collect words.
James Murray —editor since 1 March of what was to become the Oxford English Dictionary—issued an Appeal for readers to supply illustrative quotations.
1 February 1884
The first section (A-Ant) of A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles, also known as the Oxford English Dictionary, was published.
31 December 1927
The completion of the Oxford English Dictionary was announced, forty-eight years after James Murray became its editor.