Washington Post in History

Historical Events

  • 1877-12-06 Washington Post publishes 1st edition
  • 1972-08-01 1st article exposing Watergate scandal by Bernstein and Woodward in "The Washington Post"
  • 1977-06-06 "Washington Post" reports US has developed neutron bomb
  • 1981-04-15 Janet Cooke says her Pulitzer award-winning story about an 8-year-old heroin addict is a lie, Washington Post relinquishes Pulitzer Prize on fabricated story

Historic Event

1992-11-22 Washington Post reports Oregon Senator Bob Packwood sexually harassed 10 women

  • 1995-09-19 The Washington Post and The New York Times publish the Unabomber's manifesto
  • 2016-03-09 Eighth Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by Univision and the Washington Post and held in Miami, Florida

Historic Event

2016-10-07 Washington Post releases videotape of Donald Trump boasting of groping and kissing women without consent

  • 2017-10-15 60 Minutes and The Washington Post publish story detailing how Congress passed a bill sponsored by Tom Marino that hindered the fight against the opioid crisis
  • 2017-11-09 Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls in "Washington Post" report

Music History

2017-12-31 Singer Lorde called a bigot in ad in Washington Post after cancelling show in Israel

Historic Event

2018-09-16 US Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accused of sexual assault in the 1980s in "The Washington Post"

Historic Event

2018-11-19 Ivanka Trump sent "hundreds" of emails from her personal account about government business, according to Washington Post report

  • 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
  • 2019-12-09 US officials "deliberately misled" the public on progress of the Afghanistan war, hid that it was a lost cause, according to The Washington Post analysis of the "Afghanistan Papers"
  • 2021-01-02 US President Donald Trump says to Georgia's secretary of state Brad Raffensperger "I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” in recording released by the Washington Post

Famous Birthdays

  • 1917-06-16 Katharine Graham, American newspaper publisher (Washington Post), born in NYC, New York

Ben Bradlee

1921-08-26 Ben Bradlee, American editor, journalist, executive (Washington Post), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2014)

  • 1930-12-27 Meg Greenfield, American Pulitzer Prize winning editorial writer (Washington Post; Newsweek), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1999)

Bob Woodward

1943-03-26 Bob Woodward, American author and investigative reporter (Watergate, CIA crimes), born in Geneva Illinois

Carl Bernstein

1944-02-14 Carl Bernstein, American investigative reporter who covered Watergate for the Washington Post, born in Washington, D. C.

  • 1947-10-11 Thomas Boswell, American sports columnist (Washington Post), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-11-03 Tom Shales, TV critic (Washington Post)
  • 1950-03-13 Charles Krauthammer, American conservative political commentator and psychiatrist (The Washington Post), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1958-11-19 Michael Wilbon, American sports analyst (The Washington Post), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Weddings

  • 1968-04-20 The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (24) weds fellow reporter Carol Honsa

Wedding of Interest

1976-04-14 The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (32) weds writer and director Nora Ephron (34) at a civil ceremony in Manhattan; divorce in 1980


Famous Deaths

  • 1999-05-13 Meg Greenfield, American Pulitzer Prize winning editorial writer (Washington Post; Newsweek), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2001-07-17 Katharine Graham, American publisher (The Washington Post during Watergate), dies at 84
  • 2007-01-17 Art Buchwald, American columnist and author (The Washington Post), dies at 81

Ben Bradlee

2014-10-21 Ben Bradlee, American editor, journalist, newspaper executive (Washington Post), dies at 93

  • 2018-06-21 Charles Krauthammer, American conservative political commentator and psychiatrist (The Washington Post), dies small intestine cancer of at 68

AssassinationJamal Khashoggi

2018-10-02 Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabian dissident, author, Washington Post columnist and editor in chief (Al-Arab News Channel), assassinated in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul at 59, reportedly on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman