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Today in media history: The 1901 assassination and funeral of President McKinley

On September 9, 1901, the press continued to report on the status of President William McKinley after he was shot on September 6th at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley would not survive and died on September 14. The assassin, Leon Czolgosz, was executed the following October. McKinley was one of the first presidents to appear on movie … Read More
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Today in media history: 'NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw' begins

Although he co-anchored with Roger Mudd starting in 1982, Tom Brokaw began anchoring the "NBC Nightly News" as a solo anchor on September 5, 1983. His last broadcast came on December 1, 2004. Video: "Tom Brokaw's Road to NBC Nightly News - Oprah's Master Class - Oprah Winfrey Network." "Brokaw began his journalism career in 1962 at KMTV … Read More
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Today in media history: Newsies start delivering papers in 1833

On September 4, 1833, 10-year-old Barney Flaherty answers an ad in the New York Sun and becomes one of the first newsies, or newsboys to distribute newspapers. "The first unemployed person to apply for a job selling Suns in the streets was a ten-year-old boy, Bernard Flaherty, born in Cork. Years afterward two continents knew him as Barney Williams, Irish … Read More
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Today in media history: Pierre Omidyar starts eBay

AuctionWeb, an online auction website that would later be known as eBay, was founded by Pierre Omidyar on September 3, 1995. Posted below is an excerpt from one of the first AuctionWeb messages. Hello folks, Here is the current listing of non-computer items for auction at AuctionWeb: http://www.ebay.com/aw/ All items are offered by the individual sellers, and anyone … Read More
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Timeline of Katharine Weymouth and The Washington Post

The Graham family connection to The Washington Post began on June 1, 1933 when Eugene Meyer, the great-grandfather of Katharine Weymouth, bought the paper at a bankruptcy sale for $825,000. We have compiled this short timeline about Weymouth and The Post as a reminder of the most interesting chapters in the history of the Graham dynasty's relationship with its former … Read More
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Today in media history: Continuing coverage of Princess Diana's death and funeral

On September 2, 1997, the major news story continued to be the death of Princess Diana. She, along with her companion Dodi Fayed and their driver, were killed August 31st. They were traveling in a Paris tunnel near the Eiffel Tower. Questions arose immediately whether attempts by the paparazzi to photograph the couple may have led to their high-speed … Read More
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Today in media history: 'The Workingmen's Picnic' and other early Labor Day reports

What was the news coverage like for the first Labor Day celebrations? The Library of Congress and its "Chronicling America" collection gives us some newspaper examples and this description of the first parade: On September 5, 1882, some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City to participate in America's first Labor Day parade. After marching from City Hall, past … Read More
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Today in media history: Reporting the tragic story of Hurricane Katrina

On August 24, 2005, a tropical storm is given the name Katrina. It hits Florida and after growing in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Katrina makes landfall 60 miles southeast of New Orleans on the morning of August 29th. (Video from National Geographic: "Hurricane Katrina Day by Day") The New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Biloxi-Gulfport Mississippi … Read More
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Today in media history: Dr. Martin Luther King's 1963 'I Have a Dream' speech

August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech to an estimated 200,000 people on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. Time Magazine reports: "I have a dream," King cried. The crowd began cheering, but King, never pausing, brought silence as he continued. "I have a dream … Read More
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Today in media history: New York Post reports the British have attacked Washington, D.C.

Here are two events that happened on this date and a trivia question. August 27, 1814 The New York Post reports that the British army has attacked Washington, D.C. The invasion became one of the key military engagements during the War of 1812. According to the book, "Encyclopedia of American Journalism," "The American press played an important … Read More
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Today in media history: Reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew

Three events that happened on this date and a trivia question. August 25, 1835 The New York Sun reports that astronomer Sir John Herschel has discovered life on the moon. The "Great Moon Hoax" is described in the following excerpt: The first installment of the moon hoax appeared in the August 25, 1835 edition of the New … Read More
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