On February 1, 1884 the Oxford English Dictionary made it’s debut!
Check out this site for an interesting overview.
Have you ever been to their website? There are loads over interesting games to play and articles to read. It’s not like a regular dictionary that only gives you the current meaning of the word. It gives you the background of the word, where it came from, and when it was used too! Your local library may have a subscription to the whole site. If they don’t, tell them they should.