New York Times in History

Historical Events

  • 1851-09-18 New York Times starts publishing (2 cents a copy)
  • 1870-11-27 The New York Times dubs baseball "The National Game"

Historic Event

1871-10-27 Democratic leader of Tammany Hall NY, Boss Tweed is arrested after the NY Times exposes his corruption

  • 1896-08-18 Adolph Ochs (39) buys NY Times
  • 1897-02-10 NY Times begins using slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print"
  • 1899-01-03 1st known use of the word "automobile", appears in an editorial in The New York Times
  • 1904-04-08 New York City changes the name of Longacre Square to Times Square, in honor of The New York Times’s move to the area

Historic Event

1909-09-06 New York Times headline announces American explorer Robert Peary had discovered the North Pole 5 months earlier

  • 1920-01-13 NY Times editorial (falsely) reports rockets can never fly
  • 1930-03-07 NY Times agrees to capitalize the n in "Negro"
  • 1930-07-13 David Sarnoff reports in NY Times "TV would be a theater in every home"

Baseball Record

1934-07-14 NY Times erroneously declares Babe Ruth 700 HR record to stand for all time

  • 1950-05-19 NY Times reports of worlds smallest & dumbest mechanical brain
  • 1951-06-11 NY Times reports the NYC subway will auction off things found
  • 1952-08-17 "Fallout" 1st used (NY Times)
  • 1964-03-09 Supreme Court issues NY Times vs Sullivan decision: public officials must prove malice to claim libel and recover damages

Music History

1964-03-22 Barbra Streisand appears on the cover of NY Times Magazine section

  • 1965-12-17 Largest newspaper-Sunday NY Times at 946 pages (50 cents)
  • 1967-01-14 New York Times reports Army is conducting secret germ warfare experiments

Historic Event

1969-03-31 "The New York Times" reviews "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut on its publication saying ""you'll either love it, or push it back in the science-fiction corner"

Sports History

1969-12-24 Curt Flood writes to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn refusing to accept the Cardinals’ right to deal him and in favor of free agency [1]

  • 1970-02-27 NY Times (falsely) reports US army has ended domestic surveillance
  • 1970-09-21 New York Times starts first modern op-ed page
  • 1971-06-13 "The New York Times" begins publishing excerpts from the Pentagon Papers, classified documents on the long history of the U.S. in Vietnam
  • 1971-09-28 NY Times reports growing interest of white youth in black gospel music
  • 1973-05-11 Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed
  • 1973-09-06 New York Times reports almost all Superfectas run at Yonkers, Roosevelt & Monticello from Jan-Mar of 1973 were fixed

Historic Publication

1980-10-27 William Safire’s column entitled "The Ayatollah Votes" is published in the New York Times, and was later quoted in a campaign ad for Ronald Reagan in that year's presidential election

  • 1981-02-13 Longest sentence published by "The New York Times" - 1286 words
  • 1982-03-01 NY Times raises its price from 25 cents to 30 cents
  • 1982-05-03 NY Times reports that military will get 25% of NASA's budget

Historic Event

1987-09-02 Donald Trump takes out a full page NY Times ad lambasting Japan

  • 1989-04-19 Central Park Five: Violent rape of jogger Trisha Meili in NYC's Central Park becomes one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s. Five teenagers are wrongfully convicted and spend between 6-12 years in prison.
  • 1995-04-02 Sunday NY Times raises price from $2.00 to $2.50
  • 1995-09-19 The Washington Post and The New York Times publish the Unabomber's manifesto
  • 2004-05-26 The New York Times publishes admission of journalistic failings, claims its flawed reporting and lack of skeptism during buildup to 2003 Iraq War helped promote belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
  • 2012-10-26 China blocks the New York Times from searches and social media in response to an investigation into Premier Wen Jiabao

Sports History

2013-11-03 Bobby Orr's autobiography "Orr: My Story" debuts at the #8 position on The New York Times best seller list for nonfiction

Historic Publication

2017-10-05 "The New York Times" publishes investigation into sexual harassment behaviour by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein

  • 2017-11-09 Five women detail sexual misconduct by comedian Louis C.K. in "New York Times" report
  • 2018-01-15 Fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber are suspended from magazines including Vogue, after allegations of sexual harassment in "The New York Times"
  • 2018-08-19 Weinstein accuser Asia Argento is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 17-year old in article by "The New York Times"
  • 2018-09-05 Anonymous senior White house official opinion piece "I am part of the resistance inside the Trump administration" published by the New York Times
  • 2018-10-25 Google says it has fired 48 people for sexual harassment after New York Times reveals Android creator Andy Rubin got $90 package when let go for sexual harassment
  • 2019-01-14 US President Donald Trump denies he is a Russian agent after NY Times article states the FBI started an investigation and the Washington Post raised issues over a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin
  • 2019-02-14 Singer Ryan Adams accused of sexual misconduct towards younger upcoming female singers in a report by "The New York Times"
  • 2019-05-08 Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes argues that Facebook should be split up and regulated in "New York Times" Op-Ed essay

Music History

2019-06-11 "The New York Times" reveals an estimated 500,000 song titles, including masters of Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald, lost in 2008 warehouse fire on Universal backlot in Los Angeles

  • 2019-08-14 "The 1619 Project" produced by Nikole Hannah-Jones, to examine legacy of slavery in America, launched in "The New York Times Magazine"
  • 2019-09-16 Guantánamo Bay is the world's most expensive prison at US$13 million per prisoner according to investigation by "The New York Times"

COVID-19

2020-03-26 American cases of COVID-19 exceed all other countries on this date, with 81,578 cases and 1,180 deaths (New York Times)

  • 2020-04-23 Ecuador's COVID-19 death toll is then one of world's highest per capita after 7,600 more deaths than usual (503 official toll), in report by "The New York Times"
  • 2020-05-24 The New York Times prints front page with nearly 1,000 names of people who have died from COVID-19, as the US toll nears 100,000
  • 2020-06-26 New York Times says Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked forces to kill US and coalition troops in Afghanistan
  • 2020-09-27 Details of President Donald Trump's tax returns released by the New York Times showing he paid $750 in income tax (2016 & 2017) revealing "chronic losses and years of tax avoidance" [1]

Film & TV History

2020-11-25 The New York Times names its "25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (so far)", with Denzel Washington at No. 1 [1]

Historic Event

2021-06-11 Pulitzer Prizes awarded to Katori Hall for drama, The New York Times for pandemic coverage and special citation for Darnella Frazier for recording the murder of George Floyd

  • 2021-09-07 US records more than 40 million cases of COVID-1, daily cases at 161,000 (5 September), daily deaths at 1,560 with hospitalizations averaging 102,000 per day (NY Times figures)
  • 2021-10-11 Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden steps down after The NY Times details emails in which he made homophobic and misogynistic remarks; earlier reports alleged racist statements about a union leader

Famous Birthdays

  • 1852-02-21 [James] Burner Matthews, US playwright/critic (NY Times)
  • 1863-10-19 John Huston Finley, Ill, editor (NY Times (1937-38)
  • 1885-06-29 Virginia Pope, American fashion editor (New York Times), born in Chicago (d. 1978)

Brooks Atkinson

1894-11-28 Brooks Atkinson, American drama critic (The New York Times), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1984)

  • 1903-06-21 Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (NINA, NY Times), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1904-07-31 Arthur Daley, American sportswriter (NY Times-Pulitzer 1956), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1909-11-03 James Reston, American journalist (New York Times), born in Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1918-11-05 George Sheehan, American doctor, athlete and author ("Running & Being: The Total Experience," NY Times best seller), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1993)
  • 1919-06-19 Pauline Kael, movie critic (NY Times, For Keeps)
  • 1920-09-04 Craig Claiborne, American food columnist (NY Times Cookbook), born in Sunflower, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1922-05-02 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1924-07-27 Vincent Canby, American movie critic (NY Times), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1925-05-12 John Simon, American author, literary and theater critic (NY Times), born in Subotica, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
  • 1925-08-14 Russell Baker, American columnist, author and humorist (NY Times), born in Loudoun County, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • 1926-02-05 Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, American publisher (NY Times), born in NYC, New York
  • 1926-06-18 Tom Wicker, American columnist (covered assassination of JFK for NY Times) and author, born in Hamlet, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1927-03-27 Anthony Lewis, American columnist (NY Times) and author (Gideon's Trumpet), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1927-05-13 Clive Barnes, American drama critic (NY Times, NY Post)
  • 1929-03-13 Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer (New York Times), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)

William Safire

1929-12-17 William Safire, American political columnist (NY Times) and speech writer (Nixon), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)

  • 1934-04-10 David Halberstam, American journalist, historian and author (Pulitzer 1964), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1937-04-08 Seymour Hersh, award-winning investigative reporter (NY Times), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1938-09-09 Don Hogan Charles, American photographer and first African-American photographer hired by The New York Times, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1941-10-17 Earl Thomas Conley, American country singer ("Too Many Times"), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • 1952-08-26 Will Shortz, American crossword editor (New York Times), born in Crawfordsville, Indiana

Paul Krugman

1953-02-28 Paul Krugman, American economist and New York Times columnist (Nobel Prize in Economics 2008), born in Albany, New York

  • 1956-09-08 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • 1963-10-03 Dan Goldie, American tennis player and author ("The Investment Answer", #1 NY Times bestselling book), born in Sioux City Iowa
  • 1964-07-22 Don Van Natta, Jr., American journalist (New York Times), and broadcaster (ESPN's "Backstory"), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1968-09-26 Anthony Shadid, New York Times foreign correspondent and two time Pulitzer winner, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2012)

Famous Deaths

  • 1974-01-03 Arthur Daley, American sportswriter (NY Times-Pulitzer 1956), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • 1978-01-16 Virginia Pope, American fashion editor (New York Times), dies at 92

Brooks Atkinson

1984-01-14 Brooks Atkinson, American drama critic (The New York Times), dies at 89

  • 1993-07-05 Harrison E Salisbury, American journalist (NY Times), dies at 84
  • 1993-10-21 Sam Zolotow, US theater critic (NY Times), dies at 94
  • 1993-11-01 George Sheehan, American doctor, athlete and author ("Running & Being: The Total Experience," NY Times best seller), dies of prostate cancer at 74
  • 1995-12-06 James Reston, American journalist (New York Times), dies at 86
  • 2000-01-22 Craig Claiborne, American food columnist (NY Times Cookbook), dies at 79
  • 2000-09-15 Vincent Canby, American movie critic (NY Times), dies at 76
  • 2003-01-20 Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (NINA, NY Times), dies at 99
  • 2006-05-10 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), dies at 84
  • 2012-02-16 Anthony Shadid, New York Times foreign correspondent and two time Pulitzer winner, dies from asthma at 43
  • 2015-02-12 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), dies of cancer at 58
  • 2016-06-25 Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer (The New York Times), dies at 87
  • 2017-12-15 Don Hogan Charles, American photographer and first African-American photographer hired by The New York Times, dies at 79
  • 2019-01-21 Russell Baker, American columnist, author and humorist (NY Times) dies at 93