Main newspaper headlines from the year you were born
Long before live broadcasts of social media reports and creepy tickers glued to the bottom of 24-hour cable news channels, the world got its news from the newspapers. Today, Stacker examines major newspaper headlines from the past 100 years, ranging from women’s suffrage and world wars to the impeachment of President Trump and COVID-19.
Greener’s Law states, “Never fight a man who buys ink by the barrel,” a sentiment designed to convey the power of editing. Newspapers have overthrown corrupt presidents, exposed wartime wrongdoing, and shattered the presumption of benevolence associated with powerful religious institutions. They have also connected generations of average people to the world around them and provided vital information that the public otherwise would not have had.
From World Series victories to epic naval battles, from pop culture revolutions to true revolutions, the events that shape the world have long been told through newspaper stories – and the main entry point for every story is the headline. . Great headlines speak for themselves, and long before online bloggers made the headline more important than the article itself, carefully chosen words written in the active voice and printed in large bold type compelled the reader to continue reading.
The day the local newsagent shouted “Extra! Extra!” passers-by eager to gobble up the latest news is a thing of the past, yet the classic newspaper – the beacon of the free press enshrined in our Constitution – continues to stain its fingers every morning across the country and the world. Likewise, story editors selected for front-page, above-the-fold, and bold headline coverage continue to drive the news cycle.
Here’s a look at the headlines that have captured the moment, spread the word and helped shape public opinion over the past 100 years.
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