On This Day

Newspapers in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • 1923-10-19 Beierse government refuses to prohibit NSDAP newspaper Völkischer Beobachter

Historic Event

1924-12-31 Italian Fascist Mussolini orders the suppression of opposition newspapers

  • 1929-01-07 "Buck Rogers" sci-fi comic strip's 1st appearance in a newspaper
  • 1932-07-01 NY newspaper Evening Standard goes bankrupt

Historic Event

1933-02-03 German Minister Hermann Goering bans social-democratic newspaper Vorwarts

  • 1933-02-15 Social-democratic newspaper "Vorwarts" banned again in Berlin
  • 1933-02-16 Catholic newspaper Germania warns against Nazis and communists
  • 1933-02-19 Prussian minister Goering bans all Catholic newspapers
  • 1933-03-31 1st newspaper published on pine pulp paper, "Soperton News" (Ga)
  • 1935-12-09 Walter Liggett American newspaper editor and muckraker killed in gangland murder.
  • 1936-01-01 1st newspaper to microfilm its current issues, NY Herald Tribune
  • 1936-01-30 New owners of baseball's Boston Braves survey newspaper journalists to pick a new team nickname; known as 'Bees' in 1940 but return to 'Braves' in 1941
  • 1937-03-25 Washington Daily News is 1st US newspaper with perfumed advertising page
  • 1938-07-01 The South African Press Association (SAPA) is established as a non-governmental institution by South Africa's major newspapers to facilitate the sharing of news, both national and international
  • 1939-01-16 Daily newspaper comic strip "Superman" debuts
  • 1940-08-15 1st edition of Jewish Weekly newspaper in Amsterdam (under Nazis)
  • 1940-08-31 1st edition of illegal opposition newspaper Free Netherlands
  • 1941-01-21 British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned
  • 1941-04-11 Jewish Weekly newspaper taken control by Nazis
  • 1941-10-16 "Gordo" comic strip (by Gus Arriola) 1st appears in newspapers
  • 1943-01-30 Illegal opposition newspaper Loyal begins publishing
  • 1943-02-18 1st edition of Dutch resistance newspaper "Trouw"
  • 1943-09-27 Dutch opposition newspaper "The Slogan" publishes KZ-Lower letter
  • 1944-01-05 The Daily Mail becomes the first transoceanic newspaper.
  • 1944-02-20 Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers
  • 1944-10-01 Newspaper editor Alejandro Córdova assassinated in Guatemala
  • 1945-04-27 World War II: The Völkischer Beobachter, the newspaper of the Nazi Party, ceases publication
  • 1945-06-30 17-day newspaper strike in NY begins
  • 1945-10-27 1st edition of Elseviers Weekly newspaper (Elseviers Magazine)
  • 1949-11-15 KRON-TV channel 4 in San Francisco, California (NBC) begins broadcasting; call letters a nod to the owners other business, The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper
  • 1950-09-04 "Beetle Bailey" comic strip debuts in twelve newspapers
  • 1954-03-20 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania)
  • 1956-01-09 Abigail Van Buren's [Pauline Phillips] "Dear Abby" advice column 1st appears in newspapers
  • 1956-02-01 Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking
  • 1957-01-09 Dutch Newspaper Society expels communist daily paper "Truth"
  • 1958-01-13 US newspaper "Daily Worker" ceases publication
  • 1962-02-04 Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game
  • 1962-12-08 114-day newspaper strike begins in NYC
  • 1963-04-01 NYC's newspapers resume publishing after a 114 day strike
  • 1963-10-16 NY newspaper "Mirror" last edition
  • 1963-11-16 Toledo, OH newspaper strike began
  • 1964-09-15 Final edition of socialist British newspaper "Daily Herald"

Historic Publication

1965-03-20 Civil and Women's Rights Activist Dorothy Height has her first column published in the weekly African-American newspaper called the "New York Amsterdam News"

  • 1965-12-17 Largest newspaper-Sunday NY Times at 946 pages (50 cents)
  • 1966-10-01 Newspaper magnate Thomson purchases "The Times"
  • 1969-01-02 Once influential daily sports newspaper, 'Soviet Sport' declares Czech super-star distance runner Emil Zatopek a "public enemy" after he supports democratic wing of the Communist Party at start of the Prague Spring
  • 1969-07-07 German newspaper Der Spiegel reveals Bishop Defregger of Munich is a war criminal

Music History

1969-09-23 Northern Star and Illinois Univ newspaper start rumors that Paul McCartney is dead

  • 1970-05-14 NYC local newspaper "Our Town" begins publishing
  • 1970-10-26 "Doonesbury" comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers
  • 1970-11-17 British newspaper Sun puts 1st pinup girl on page 3 (Stephanie Rahn)

Historic Event

1976-09-24 Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst sentenced to 7 years for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. Released after 22 months by US President Jimmy Carter

  • 1979-11-13 British newspaper "The Times" resumes publishing after 1 year
  • 1985-09-08 "USA Weekend's" 1st issue, appears in 255 newspapers
  • 1986-03-05 "Today" tabloid launched (Britain's 1st national colour newspaper); it folded in 1995
  • 1986-06-27 South African Journalist and founder of the 'New Nation' newspaper, Zwelakhe Sisulu is abducted; he was released 721 days later on 2 December 1988
  • 1986-10-07 First edition of new British newspaper "Independent" published
  • 1988-01-13 Supreme Court rules (5-3) public school officials have broad powers to censor school newspapers, plays & other expressive activities
  • 1989-01-03 Russian newspaper Izvestia gets its 1st commercial advertisement
  • 1989-04-03 "Sunrise" a Gannett newspaper begins publishing for Bronx
  • 1990-09-17 Newspaper Guild votes 242-35 to keep NY Post publishing
  • 1991-03-30 Last issue of Dutch Newspaper "Vr˜e Folk" (Free People)
  • 1991-04-02 Rotterdam Daily Newspaper begins publishing
  • 1991-06-13 The National, 1st all-sports daily newspaper, ceases publication
  • 1992-03-14 Soviet newspaper "Pravda" suspends publication
  • 1993-07-07 Prodigy announces it will offer Cox newspapers

Historic Event

2000-02-13 The last original "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies

  • 2001-09-29 The Syracuse Herald-Journal, a U.S. newspaper dating back to 1839, ceases publication
  • 2005-09-30 The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
  • 2007-01-19 Armenian Journalist Hrant Dink assassinated in front of his newspaper's office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast.

Historic Publication

2013-06-05 The first article based on NSA leaked documents by Edward Snowden are published by the Guardian Newspaper in the UK

  • 2014-12-19 The Guardian newspaper calls 2014 'The year the people stood up'

Historic Event

2015-01-07 Terrorist attack on the offices of satirical newspaper "Charlie Hebdo" in Paris kills 12 (including Jean Cabut and Stéphane Charbonnier), injures 11

  • 2015-07-18 "The Sun" newspaper in Britain controversially publishes old picture and video of Queen Elizabeth giving Nazi salute in 1933
  • 2017-11-24 18 women accuse Jean-Claude Arnault with ties to the Nobel Prize Committee of sexual assault and harassment in Swedish Dagens Nyheter newspaper
  • 2018-06-28 Lone gunman attacks offices of Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, killing nine
  • 2018-08-02 Tokyo Medical University revealed to have been tampering with female entrance exams to ensure under 30% accepted, by Japanese newspaper "Yomiuri Shimbun"

Sports History

2018-09-10 Australian newspaper the "Herald Sun" criticised for "racist" cartoon of American tennis star Serena Williams

  • 2018-11-02 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; Day 1 winners: Bulletin, Newspaperofrecord, Jaywalk, Line of Duty, Game Winner
  • 2018-11-13 Kristine E. Guillaume is named the first black woman to head prestigious Harvard student newspaper "The Crimson"

Historic Event

2019-09-15 UK PM Boris Johnson compares himself to Marvel Hulk character in newspaper interview "The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets" about UK exiting the EU

Film & TV History

2019-10-01 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sue British newspaper The Mail on Sunday claiming it published her private letter

  • 2019-10-21 Australia's biggest newspapers all blank out their front pages in protest against press restrictions

Film & TV History

2020-11-02 Johnny Depp loses libel case against UK newspaper "The Sun", which called him a "wife-beater", said he assaulted wife Amber Heard

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020-12-15 UK newspaper "The Sun" publishes recording of Tom Cruise berating his film crew for breaking COVID-19 protocols


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