Headline — Good Friday Earthquake Hits Anchorage, Alaska

Headline in History - Good Friday Earthquake Hits Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Earthquake
The second strongest earthquake ever recorded rumbled out of Prince William Sound in Alaska fifty years ago this month, on March 27, 1964. Anchorage, 75 miles northwest of the epicenter, was hardest hit by the quake which at its peak measured 9.2 on the Richter scale. Tremors and tidal waves reverberated down the west coast of Canada and the United States. Smaller tidal waves were noticed as far away as Hawaii and Japan, but the most severe damage occurred in Crescent City, California, where 12 people were killed.

Known as the Good Friday Earthquake, the day on which it occurred, it lasted 3-4 minutes. Aftershocks reached into the thousands over the next three weeks and did not entirely stop for a year afterward. Several articles on the front page of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner two weeks later on April 16, report on continued damage in flooded communities, uprooted glaciers on Mt. McKinley, and more quakes in Fairbanks and Anchorage. Children told of their experiences during the “earth quick” alongside an article about Anchorage’s $50-million plan to rebuild.

Map of Alaska EarthquakeNewspapers in the Lower 48 were quick to speculate on death tolls and many hundreds were feared dead. While the physical devastation was enormous, the loss of life was comparatively small—115 in Alaska plus 16 tidal wave-related deaths in Oregon and California—because of the state’s low population density. No lives were lost in British Columbia, but Canadians organized disaster relief for those who lost property. Maps of the disaster were printed in this Indiana newspaper, and the Santa Cruz Sentinel published a page of disaster photos.

When the earth and ocean get shaken as they did in Alaska’s Good Friday Earthquake, you can count on finding news headlines around the country and around the world. You can find more historical accounts of the 1964 earthquake on Newspapers.com.

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New and Updated —
Irish Newspapers

Content Update

Port newsNewspapers.com recently added a new country to the list of where our papers are published: Ireland. A few cities covered include Carlow, Dublin, Kilkenny, and Waterford, with Dublin offering the most titles. At this time, publication years range from the late 18th to the late 19th century, and over fifteen new titles are featured.

Most of the papers, like many in their day, have advertisements concentrated on the front page and are brimming with local news items on the inside. The papers also regularly update their readers with news from around the world. The Irish perspectives can sometimes appear different to an American reader. If you’re interested in “Catholicity in New York” in 1853, The Waterford News offers a correspondent’s exposé that also includes updates for churches in St. Louis, Cincinnati, New Orleans, and San Francisco.

lywood Town HallThe Irish Times, published in Dublin, has a long legacy of reporting quality news. In this 11 February 1886 edition, many of the articles report on a Great Panic in London where rioters forced shops to close and general mayhem ensued. On the other end of the publishing spectrum, The Dublin Builder is a specialty title, later known as The Irish Builder. It often featured construction designs and sketches of buildings, as it reported on “architectural, archaeological, engineering, sanitary, arts and handicrafts.”

Waterford is a vital port city so news of ships arriving and sailing are regular features in every issue. That last clipping is shared with other important news pertaining to its citizens: births, marriages, and deaths. Likewise, The Freeman’s Journal in Dublin prints the vital news of its citizens in most issues. If you had an ancestor living among the gentlemen, clergy, freemen, and freeholders of Dublin in 1785, you may find his name on a long list (upwards of 600) signing this address to the King.

Agricultural adsCarlow, located midway between Dublin and Waterford, is the county town of County Carlow. It has a rich agricultural history so the front-page ads revolve around items like hay spice, sheep dip, and butter colouring. Like the other papers, the inside pages include death notices, help wanted ads like this one seeking a midwife at £25 per annum, and signs of hard times like Dr. O’Neill’s report of overcrowding in the poorhouse.

These newspapers from another era and another country are brimming with insights on different cultures, customs, and perspectives of the world. Enjoy browsing Newspapers.com‘s new collection of issues of newspapers in Ireland and keep watching for future editions coming soon.

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50 Years Ago Beatlemania Hits the U.S.

Headline in History - Beatlemania

The Beatles are Coming
On February 7, 1964, four young British musicians brought mayhem and haystack hairdos to New York’s Kennedy Airport and a throng of 3,000 delirious, shrieking, hooky-playing youngsters. The Beatles invasion drove teenage girls crazy and made front-page news around the country days before most Americans even knew who they were. The band’s first two hits, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You” were released in the States only weeks before the Beatles arrived, yet their popularity was enough to catapult the group into the hearts of American teens.

Today, the events of fifty years ago are imprinted in newspapers, recalled fondly by baby boomers, and appreciated by those who have enjoyed the Beatles since. When we think of the Beatles, many remember their famous appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. While it was the most iconic moment of their first visit to the U.S., there were many more memorable appearances of the Fab Four—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr—during their two-week stay. Forgotten by many, Cynthia Lennon, John’s wife at the time, kept a low profile even though she toured with them.

The Beatles on SullivanThe Beatles packed the Coliseum in Washington, DC, on February 11 where they rocked the capital’s teenage set. They played Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 12 where Happy Rockefeller attended the concert with her children and professed to be a fan. Reviewers credited the performance as “awesome.” Insect-related terms were rampant as newspapers declared that the Beatles Infest Carnegie Hall and warned Beware! A Snapping Beatle when Ringo took photos in New York’s Central Park.

Most Americans over the age of nineteen were puzzled by the popularity of the Beatles and remarked that they were a mystery to an elderly viewer watching them on TV. However, Arthur Fiedler, conductor of the Boston Pops, and 69 at the time, admitted that the noise of the Beatles is great. The press asked British teenager, Hayley Mills (17 at the time), to explain the popularity of the Beatles. She said they were “simply marvelous” but thought “those silly girls are absolutely revolting.”

Teenagers Greet The BeatlesLater in their stay, the Wacky Beatles hit Miami Beach, where they were described as “mop-topped” and “shaggy-heads.” Interestingly, the article just below it reported on an older rock icon, Elvis Presley (29 at the time), trying to give away his yacht, formerly owned by FDR.

Our cultural memory gives us many connections to the Beatles’ 1964 visit to the U.S. Contemporary newspapers help us all, no matter our age, remember what it was really like back then, even if we weren’t there. Read more about the Beatles’ American invasion on Newspapers.com with this saved search, or create one of your own.

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An eclectic mix of new and updated North Carolina Papers

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Odds and EndsThis month’s content update highlights a rather eclectic assortment of newspapers supporting interests as diverse as shipbuilding, farming, aging soldiers, and temperance. They’re all found in Newspapers.com‘s rapidly growing collection of publications from North Carolina.

The Friend of Temperance is a weekly, family newspaper “devoted to temperance, morality and literature.”” As expected, its editors had plenty to say about alcohol, referred to in one article as “the water of death,” being sold through “vice and misery generating institutions.” But, there are also many literary columns typical of the 1860s and 70s, as well as brief and pithy odds and ends, where we learn that women with hazel eyes make the most agreeable companions.

Our Living and Our Dead is a post-Civil War literary and historical periodical with a regular front-page column of Southern War Poetry. Self-described as featuring testimony from the battlefields it offered up North Carolina regimental histories, extracts from the adjutant general’s books, and reports on which regiments were lacking histories. In a July 1873 issue, the Nicknames of Cities were published as a lighter piece, reflecting how much has changed in over 140 years.

pure and dignified literatureThe Progressive Farmer is a weekly farm and home newspaper for the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida. On the front page of every issue is a large photo and a table of contents demanding, “Don’t Fail to Read.” And you’ll want to, for if you don’t turn the pages, you may miss out on articles about dipping chickens for lice where Uncle Jo recommends using a kerosene emulsion. Or, you may be interested in learning what represents leisure for the farm woman where “a hundred Virginia girls tell how she might get it.” Leisure, that is. (Spoiler alert: It helps to be organized and understand priorities, even back in 1914.) A similar, earlier publication also appeals to both sexes, but it seems that women were more of the target audience for The Field and Fireside, a paper “devoted to all the highest and noblest purposes of pure and dignified literature.” It even advertised for polite southern literature with an eye-catching graphic.

marriagesOur last eclectic title, The North Carolina Shipbuilder, was published during World War II for employees of the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company. Like The Canal Record a newspaper we wrote about last month, it is purely a company publication. Articles include news of employees—marriages, obituaries, joining the serviceinspiring company moral boosters, and photos of women pipe coverers.

Enjoy exploring many more intriguing titles from North Carolina and the other forty-nine U.S. states on Newspapers.com.

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Newspapers.com Tips, Hints, and Helps

Most of us perform our favorite searches over and over, hoping to find new information about people or events we’re particularly interested in. At Newspapers.com, we make it easy for you to save those searches so you can repeat them more easily in the future. And, even better, we will email you to let you know when new papers are added that contain matches for your saved searches.

It’s all done via the “Save/Notify” button in the upper right corner of every search results page, just below your user name. Let’s say you’re interested in contemporary reports in Massachusetts newspapers about the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg.

Davenport Democrat

After you perform the search, simply click the “Save/Notify” button on your search results page. Once clicked, the button will read “Saved” and you can click it again if you decide to “Unsave” it.

Davenport Democrat

Now, as millions of pages are added to the site each month, you will not have to redo the search yourself to catch the most recent additions. Newspapers.com will do it for you and send an email when you have a new match for that specific search.

You can edit your saved search at any time as it appears on your profile page. To get there, click on your user name and choose “Your Profile” and you’ll see not only your clippings and saved searches, but also papers and people you’re following. You can click on any red link in that search box to return to the relevant search results page.

Davenport Democrat

By default, your saved searches are set up for notifications and will be available for others to see. If you’d rather make a search private, locate your saved search and click the pencil icon to edit it.

Davenport Democrat

Click the gear icon at the bottom of the popup window to view your options. You can uncheck “Public” to make your search private, and you can uncheck “Notify me of new matches” to opt out of being notified when new papers are added with relevant matches—although we’re not sure why you’d want to override such a nifty and convenient feature. You can also add a description of your search to help you find it more easily in the future.

If you have a particular search you find yourself doing repeatedly, choose the Save/Notify feature on Newspapers.com so you’ll know when we’ve added something you may be interested in.

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1924 Winter Olympics Chamonix, France 25 January – 5 February

Headline in History - 1st Winter Olympics

Olympic Opening Ceremony 1924
Ninety years ago this month, the first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France. The games took place January 25 through February 5, 1924, and were a bit different from what we’ve become accustomed to in recent decades. The competitive spirit flourished, however, as nations vied for bronze, silver, and gold in just over a dozen events. Out of 300 athletes, women participated only in figure skating. Future “figure-skating phenomenon” Sonja Henie was one of those first female Olympians, but she was only 11 years old in 1924 and finished last.

While most people, including the press, used the term “Olympics” at the time, it was officially known as “International Winter Sports Week.” Later, the International Olympic Committee designated the 1928 games at St. Moritz as the second Winter Olympics and therefore recognized the 1924 games as the first.

Skaters were the first U.S. athletes to travel to Chamonix, sailing aboard the President Monroe just after New Year’s Day, as this was long before commercial air travel allowed a speedier journey. While Scandinavian countries dominated the games, North Americans did well on the ice, with the U.S. taking gold in speed skating and silver in the women’s fancy skating competition. Canada won in hockey, beating the U.S. team and apparently thrilling spectators as related in this play-by-play story of the final game. Previously, the Yanks amazed the hockey crowd with their tremendous speed against the British while the Canucks ran wild on the Chamonix ice when they beat the Slovakians 30-0.

US Hockey amazes
Results were broadcast from the Eiffel Tower daily, using “modern methods.” Several headlines from those first Olympics may seem familiar to modern spectators. Written in the style of the day, stories covered the opening ceremonies and the threat of a thaw melting ice venues and creating a muddy ski jumping course. And, of course, disputes and controversies were prevalent. The ski jumping technicality was revisited in 1974 when Anders Haugen was ultimately awarded the bronze. Great Britain won the curling competition and most of the skiing competitions were dominated by Norway. Ultimately, the U.S. came in fourth overall, losing to Great Britain by one point in the series, while Norway won the 1924 Winter Olympics and Finland came in second place.

There’s a handy list of Olympics dates and locations through 2006, provided by the Library of Congress. It may help you in your search on Newspapers.com for highlights of the first twenty Winter Olympics to see how some of your favorite hometown athletes may have fared on snow or ice. These historic snippets are an intriguing introduction to the upcoming—thoroughly modern—2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi next month.

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Recipes for the Holidays

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The Chestnut Man
“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire …” Favorite foods and holiday recipes conjure up warm memories of sharing special times with family and friends at this time of year. At Newspapers.com, we’ve added a modern touch to the recipe box overflowing with yellowed newspaper clippings, and bring you a few vintage recipes to try this season via digital clippings online.

Venture beyond simply roasting chestnuts and try chestnut puree, stuffing, or pudding. They’re among eight alternatives offered in a 1902 article. Photos of the chestnut man roasting chestnuts and children eating chestnuts accompany a 1910 alert about a doomed harvest that threatened Thanksgiving temptations that year.

President Harrison's Christmas DinnerRecipes from the social leaders of our nation’s capital in 1889 include Mrs. Harrison’s Sausage Rolls and Mrs. Miller’s Mince Pie. The menu from the President Harrison’s Christmas Dinner includes terrapin and Blue Point oysters, which sound tantalizing, but we’ll pass on the stewed celery.

Even though Hanukkah 2013 has passed, potato latkes can satisfy cravings throughout the year. While Aunt Sophie’s Fruit Compote and Bimuelos add a perfect sweet addition to any holiday menu.

The best plum pudding is one of many variations in an 1892 Atlanta Constitution article which also features a drawing of someone serving the pudding “à la fifteenth century.” Christmas plum pudding joins venison and fruitcake in holiday recipes published by the Galveston Daily News in 1910, while cranberry pudding won first place in a 1930 holiday recipe contest in Huron, South Dakota.

WassailWassail is a British holiday tradition, but who would imagine it being incorporated into Christmas Wassail Bread? To continue with the modern twist, be sure to check out the Cranberry Christmas Tree Cake on the same page.

“There is a certain charm about a little home candy frolic in Christmas week,” according to an 1897 column offering recipes for peanut caramels, chocolate cream drops, and almond candy. Are we hungry yet!?

Enjoy these vintage recipes in your own holiday test kitchen or look for a few of your own. Place your favorite recipe name or ingredient in the search box at Newspapers.com and discover old or new traditions to add to your holiday menus. Adjust the date settings and see how far back in history your favorite holiday indulgence may take you.

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Wacky News Headlines

Wacky Headlines on Newspapers.com

Flying Suacers Headline
Headlines are designed to capture our attention, so when the subject of a headline also arouses our curiosity due to its outrageousness, we’re easily drawn into the story—exactly what the editors want!

A few of the wackier headlines and stories we’ve come across report on quirky news items and tales which often stretch the imagination. In 1947, “America’s Newest Guessing Game” was What Are Those Flying Saucers, Where Are They From, Where Do They Go? The accompanying article is quite fanciful and an image of the saucer in question is captioned as having everything but “the cup and a man from Mars in the cockpit.”

Flying machines, built right here on Earth, were close to becoming reality in the early 20th century. This imaginative contraption by William C. Horgan was invented to fly—although not very far—the year before Wilbur and Orville Wright’s historic and successful flight. Horgan apparently practiced along Chicago’s Garfield Boulevard at 4 o’clock every morning. He was ultimately caught and questioned by police and thus his invention became headline-worthy news.

Crazy Swordfish HeadlineThe summer of 1911 was so hot that New England fishermen reported that swordfish were made crazy by the heat. Other bizarre animal news featured a farmer who discovered a live scorpion in one of his sick cows after he was obliged to kill it and put it out of its misery. Sometimes the oddities are buried within otherwise innocuous news like a report of the delivery of a small alligator via parcel post, found in the Central Pennsylvania Fish and Game Conservation Association’s weekly “More Fish, More Game” column. Its name? Mrs. Al. E. Gator.

There are also sensational, ubiquitous tales of ape boys, weird werewolves, and Sasquatch sightings. And, every now and then the dead come back to life as one Chicago morgue keeper discovered in September 1885 when one of his “stiffs” woke up in the dead house.

Egg RiotsWe could create delicious baked goods by combining ingredients featured in some headlines of the past. While the passage of time has dulled the tragedy of Boston’s famous molasses flood of 1919, it’s intriguing to imagine what it must have been like to watch a wall of molasses wash down city streets. Banana ink is one of the tropical fruit’s many uses in a 1912 article in the El Paso Herald, while egg riots in Germany led to the arrest of twelve women and a declaration of martial law in 1919.

At Newspapers.com you have a daily opportunity to uncover wacky headlines of your own and stories too bizarre to be true in thousands of historical newspapers online. We encourage you to clip them when you find them so others can enjoy the wackiness of it all.

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Historical Headline – 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of John F. Kennedy November 22, 1963

50th Anniversary of Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Headline Kennedy Killed
Where were you fifty years ago this month when you first heard news of the assassination of President Kennedy? Many people learned of the Dallas shooting almost immediately via radio or television, or as news spread quickly by word of mouth. Newspapers rushed to press and we gripped each page in disbelief as stunning reports were printed. Newspapers published on that fateful day and the days that followed remind us now of how the nation reacted and mourned.

Today, half a century later, we can read those same newspapers, beginning with headline news of the assassination on November 22, 1963, and following with related events for days and weeks beyond. Through historic newspapers, we recall the grief that settled upon our nation and spread to the world.

Most afternoon editions carried major headlines in tall, bold letters on that tragic Friday, rivaling few historic headlines of the past. Entire front pages were devoted to the news and associated stories. As deadlines loomed, newspapers quickly pushed other stories aside to publish any news they could find room for in order to satisfy their readers. A photo of protests in Houston the previous day with “no incidents” remained on the first page of The Charleston Daily Mail next to breaking news of the assassination.

Kennedy Assasination HeadlineSome papers, like The Daily Messenger in Canandaigua, NY, and The Ludington Daily News in Michigan broke custom and printed bold headlines above their newspapers’ titles. Others, like the Lake Charles American-Press in Louisiana, completely rearranged its traditional front-page layout to fit in headlines and photos. Some headlines were short, yet filled half a page, while others were comprehensive. Some used abbreviations to bring all the details into one header, yet may have been too hasty by overlooking a spelling error.

Of course, it was the news stories accompanying the headlines that transfixed the nation and the world. These events need no retelling here. Read the newspapers of the day! Facts emerged quickly, succeeding events continued to dominate the headlines, and for days afterward it seemed as if the world’s news revolved around America’s grief.

The photos printed then remain in our memories today. On the day following the assassination, many newspapers carried the photo of a grim Lyndon Johnson as he was sworn in aboard the presidential plane, the young widow, Jacqueline Kennedy, by his side, her face registering shock and sadness.

John-John salutes at funeralOn the following Monday, images of the Kennedy’s funeral shared the page with the famous photo of Ruby shooting Oswald. However, the most poignant photo of that day was of John Kennedy, Jr., known as John-John, as he saluted his father’s casket. It was John’s third birthday. His sister, Caroline turned six, two days later.

Place the exact date—22 November 1963—into advanced search on Newspapers.com within the specific date field, then choose Search to find additional headlines. In the calendar on the left of the search results page, click on each date in succession to reveal the front pages of newspapers as they progress through the events that followed. The thumbnail images provide a microcosm of historic headlines surrounding the JFK assassination.

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There’s a new video tutorial available in the Newspapers.com Help Center. “Searching Newspapers.com” joins “An Introduction to Newspapers.com” and demonstrates effective ways to search for people and historical events in the millions of pages available on the Newspapers site.

Searching Newspapers.com” shows how to narrow a search by date and location, how to add a range of dates to your search criteria, how to save a search so you can be notified if new results are added, and how to alter a search without starting from scratch. It also explains the limitations of placing search terms within quotation marks.

Both video tutorials are about five minutes in length and are full of useful tips. You may want to pause or navigate backward and forward so you can review the steps more thoroughly. They are accompanied in the Help Center by many other help topics like clipping, following a paper or person, using profile pages, and printing and downloading an image or clipping. Send us your feedback and let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to see explained more fully through a video tutorial.

View the new search tutorial video today!

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