Picture special: 25 years of ground-breaking Independent front pages

As The Independent celebrates its 25th birthday Press Gazette salutes its record of newspaper design innovation with this look back over 25 front pages.

Independent timeline (source: The Independent)

Oct 1986: The Independent was launched with Andreas Whittam-Smith as editor, at City Road in North East London

April 1987: The Independent played a defining role in the Spycatcher affair

Jan 1990: The Independent on Sunday was launched with Stephen Glover as editor

June 1992: The Independent was the first national newspaper to make climate change a front-page issue

Aug 1994: Ian Hargreaves replaced Andreas Whittam-Smith as editor of The Independent

Dec 1994: Both papers moved to Canary Wharf at One Canada Place

May 1995: Independent News & Media and Mirror Group Newspapers became controlling shareholders of the Independent and The Independent on Sunday

Jan 1996: Charles Wilson was appointed as acting editor of The Independent

May 1996: Andrew Marr was appointed editor of The Independent

July 1996: Robert Fisk published the first of two interviews with Osama Bin Laden

Jan 1998: Rosie Boycott was appointed as editor of The Independent

May 1998: Simon Kelner was appointed editor of The Independent

Aug 1999: independent.co.uk website was launched

Aug 2000: The Independent and The Independent on Sunday moved to the Marsh Wall site in Docklands, East London

2002 – 2003: The Independent was the only quality national newspaper to oppose the Iraq war

Sept 2003: The Independent launched its compact edition alongside the broadsheet

May 2004: The Independent switched all editions to the compact format

May 2006: Bono edited The Independent for a special (RED) issue

25 Mar 2010: Alexander and Evgeny Lebedev confirmed they were to buy The Independent and The Independent on Sunday

May 2010: The Independent launched a national campaign around the general election to encourage the public to place votes without influence from media owners

Oct 2010: The Independent launched i, the compact quality daily that was the first national newspaper to be launched in 25 years

Dec 2010: Elton John edited The Independent & i for World AIDS Day

Feb 2011: The Independent & i overtook The Guardian’s print circulation

July 2011: Chris Blackhurst was appointed as the new editor of The Independent

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