On Saturday, November 10, 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, manager of the Guinness Brewing Company, hunted with friends in the Northern Mud tract along the Slany River in southeastern Ireland. But an unfortunate case - the hunters shot unsuccessfully, and several golden plovers did not hit the table. And in the evening, in the circle of friends gathered at the Carlsbridge House estate, a heated dispute broke out: whether this bird is the fastest in Europe. Unfortunately, there was not a single reference book that could remove the curiosity of these gentlemen.
In August 1954, a similar dispute arose over the black grouse, which seemed to them to fly even faster. Sir Hugh Beaver thought that there were hundreds of similar questions people from all over the world were probably discussing, and that there was no book to help resolve the record debate.
On September 12, 1954, Sir Hugh invited the Norris and Ross McHuerter brothers to an audience to see if their news agency could help organize such a directory. The publishing house of the new directory was opened in London and work on the first edition began. The first printed copy of the Guinness Book of Records on 198 pages was released on August 27, 1955, but by Christmas she topped the bestseller list. The Guinness Book of World Records has been reprinted in 37 languages and has won a place on its own pages as the most popular copyrighted publication. Thank you comrade Guinness for a good book and the same beer !!!
Source: Guinness Book of Records 1991