The Forty-Niner was first published on Nov. 11, 1949, less than two months after the establishment of Los Angeles-Orange County State College in an apartment building at 5401 E. Anaheim St.
Originally, The Forty-Niner was an 8 1/2-by-14 inch typewritten, mimeographed paper of four pages issued every other Friday.
On March 5, 1950, the Forty-Niner was issued as a typeset newspaper of four pages with a four-column format. The paper’s first photograph was also printed in this Volume I, No. 8 issue.
On June 26, 1950, The Forty-Niner published Volume I, No. 15, its first issue under the renamed school of Long Beach State College.
The Forty-Niner became a weekly tabloid newspaper, published on Fridays, in fall 1960.
The Forty-Niner then became a semi-weekly paper in 1964, publishing every Tuesday and Friday under the renamed school of California Sate College at Long Beach.
On Sept. 27, 1968, the newspaper was first published as a daily-issued Tuesday through Friday. The Forty-Niner still retained its name, despite being a daily publication. The newspaper would add Monday to the publishing schedule on April 17, 1972. And on Sept. 3, 1976, the newspaper became the Daily Forty-Niner.
In Sept. 1994, the Daily Forty-Niner published online for the first time.