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15 Historic Newspaper Front Pages That Will Help You Relive the past

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Whether it’s online, actually holding the paper, or even scanning through microfiche for hours on end, I love seeing what was going on throughout history and how it was reported.

It’s endlessly fascinating! To me, at least.

Here are 15 newspaper covers from historic days throughout American history.

One note: the dates listed are the day the newspaper published, which don’t always match the day the incident took place.

Enjoy.

1. April 17, 1912: The Titanic sinks.

2. October 1, 1955: James Dean killed in a car wreck.

3. September 25, 1957: Troops escort nine African-American students into Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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On September 25, 1957, nine African American students entered the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, escorted by military troops ordered by President Eisenhower. The Arkansas governor had previously refused to enforce integration of the school, and the troops were to protect the students from the crowd of protesting white segregationists outside the school. The highly charged situation made newspaper front pages around the United States, including this paper from Ohio. (Mansfield News-Journal, 09.25.1957). . . . . . @mansfieldnewsjournal #LittleRockNine #BlackHistory #ArkansasHistory #historybuff #historylover #historygeek #historynerd #historylesson #ushistory #historygram #oldnewspaper #newspaper #newspapers #newspaperclipping #newspaperarticle #historicalnewspapers #otd #onthisday #thisdayinhistory #todayinhistory

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4. September 16, 1963: Four little girls are killed in a church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.

5. September 6, 1901: President William McKinley is shot by an assassin in Buffalo, New York.

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You know about the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations, but did you know President William McKinley was also killed in office? He was shot in the chest and abdomen on September 6, 1901, while shaking hands at a public reception at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. After the shooting, McKinley at first appeared to be recovering but took a turn for the worse and died on the 14th. .. The shooting happened around 4 p.m. on the 6th, but evening edition newspapers–like this issue of New York's Evening World–were able to publish the news that same day. (The Evening World, 09.06.1901). . . . . . #newyorkhistory #historybuff #historylover #historygeek #historynerd #historylesson #ushistory #historygram #oldnewspaper #newspaper #newspapers #newspaperhistory #newspaperclipping #newspaperarticle #historicalnewspapers #otd #onthisday #thisdayinhistory #todayinhistory

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6. September 1, 1939: German troops invade Poland, marking the beginning of World War II.

7. August 6, 1962: Marilyn Monroe found dead in her home in Los Angeles.

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Actress and cultural icon Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her LA home on August 5, 1962. The toxicology report revealed she had died from a barbiturate overdose–commonly believed to have been suicide. However, conspiracy theories about the cause of her death abound. .. Because of Monroe's level of fame, her sudden death made newspaper front pages both inside and outside the United States. In fact, the circulation levels of many newspapers increased that month, attributed to the public's fascination with Monroe's death. (Los Angeles Times, 08.06.1962). . . . . . @latimes #marilynmonroe #hollywood #historybuff #historylover #historygeek #historynerd #historylesson #ushistory #historygram #oldnewspaper #newspaper #newspapers #newspaperclipping #newspaperarticle #historicalnewspapers #doyouremember #otd #onthisday #thisdayinhistory #todayinhistory

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8. July 28, 1945: A plane crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City. 14 people eventually died.

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On July 28, 1945, a plane crashed into the Empire State Building in a deadly accident. The B-25 Mitchell bomber was flying low in heavy fog with poor visibility when it struck the building near the 79th floor, killing 14 people. .. This Brooklyn newspaper quoted an eye-witness as saying, "The plane hit and I saw it silhouetted against the flames. The engines had jettisoned forward into the building. For a second the plane was outlined, then the whole thing burst into a livid pillar of flame. Then there was the explosion which shook me like nothing has shaken me before." (Brooklyn Eagle, 07.29.1945). . . . . . #nychistory #newyorkhistory #empirestatebuilding #historybuff #historylover #historygeek #historynerd #historylesson #ushistory #historygram #historical #historicalphotos #oldnewspaper #newspaper #newspapers #newspaperclipping #newspaperarticle #historicalnewspapers#otd #onthisday #thisdayinhistory #todayinhistory

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9. July 23, 1934: “Public Enemy #1”, gangster John Dillinger is killed by police outside a movie theater in Chicago.

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85 years ago today, on July 22, 1934, John Dillinger was killed by federal agents in Chicago. At the time of his death age 31, Dillinger was America’s Public Enemy Number 1 and the most infamous bank robber of his era. .. The news of his slaying made nearly every newspaper front page in the United States–and made Canadian front pages as well, as shown by this paper from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. (Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, 07.23.1934) . . . . . #chicagohistory #historybuff #historylover #historygeek #historynerd #historylesson #ushistory #historygram #oldnewspaper #newspaper #newspapers #newspaperhistory #newspaperclipping #newspaperarticle #historicalnewspapers #otd #onthisday #thisdayinhistory #todayinhistory

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10. November 22, 1963: President John F. Kennedy shot dead in Dallas

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11. July 21, 1969: Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon.

12. July 12, 1914: Babe Ruth makes his big league baseball debut.

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Babe Ruth played his first major league baseball game on July 11, 1914, with the Boston Red Sox. He was just 19 years old at the time. This photo comes from the Boston Globe's coverage of his debut, which described Ruth as having "a natural delivery, fine control and a curve ball that bothers the batsmen, but has room for improvement and will, undoubtedly, become a fine pitcher." (Boston Globe, 07.12.1914). . . . . . @bostonglobe #baberuth #baseball #baseballhistory #sportshistory #historyiscool #historyisfun #vintagepics #vintagephotography #vintagephotos #oldphoto #oldpic #historical #historicalphotos #oldnewspaper #newspaper #newspapers #newspaperhistory #newspaperclipping #historicalnewspapers #otd #onthisday #thisdayinhistory #todayinhistory

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13. July 3, 1937: Pilot Amelia Earhart goes missing at sea.

14. April 19, 1906: San Francisco is rocked by a massive earthquake that kills up to 3,000 people.

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This historic San Francisco newspaper front page tells of the destructive 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, which struck on April 18 and killed 3,000 people. .. The destruction of the city from earthquake and fire was widespread. So three of San Francisco's newspapers–the Call, the Chronicle, and the Examiner–joined forces to print a combined edition (pictured here) the day after the disaster using the presses of the Oakland Tribune. (The Call-Chronicle-Examiner, 04.19.1906) . . . . . #sanfranciscohistory #californiahistory #historybuff #historylover #historygeek #historynerd #historylesson #ushistory #historygram #oldnewspaper #newspaper #newspapers #newspaperhistory #newspaperclipping #newspaperarticle #historicalnewspapers #otd #onthisday #thisdayinhistory #todayinhistory

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15. August 9, 1974: President Richard M. Nixon resigns.

That’s what I call a trip down memory lane.