1,400 BC

1400 BC
Scribes in Ugarit appear to have originated the "Ugaritic alphabet" around 1400 BC; 30 letters, corresponding to sounds, were inscribed on clay tablets; although they are cuneiform in appearance, that is impressed in clay with the end of a stylus, they bear no relation to Mesopotamian cuneiform signs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugarit