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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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Today in media history: The dial telephone was 1896 cutting-edge technology

Here are four events that happened on this date and a trivia question. August 20, 1896 A patent is filed for one of the most important devices in the history of reporting: the dial telephone. The following clip from the 1940 journalism movie "His Girl Friday" reminds us how reporters used this cutting-edge technology. August 20, 1920 … Read More
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Today in media history: Soviet hard-liners stage coup against Gorbachev

Here are three events that happened on this date and a trivia question. August 19, 1848 The New York Herald is the first newspaper on the U.S. East Coast to report on the discovery of gold in California. August 19, 1991 Conservative Soviet hard-liners stage a coup against president Mikhail S. Gorbachev. On the ABC News … Read More
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Today in media history: The 1969 Woodstock music festival

Here's news about the Woodstock festival and a trivia question. August 18, 1969 An estimated 400,000 music fans watch the last day of the Woodstock festival. Rolling Stone magazine correspondent Greil Marcus describes the event: They came to hear the music, and they stayed to dig the scene and the people and countryside. Any time, no matter who … Read More
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Today in media history: CBS TV network news begins

Three events that happened on this date and a trivia question. August 15, 1896 William Allen White, editor of the Emporia (Kansas) Gazette, writes his famous editorial: "What’s the Matter with Kansas?" August 15, 1948 Although a local version began earlier, the network edition of the "CBS Television News" began on this date in 1948. Douglas … Read More
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Today in media history: News bulletins announce the end of World War II

Here are three events that happened on this date and a trivia question. August 14, 1945News bulletins announce the end of World War II.  WASHINGTON -- Japan surrendered unconditionally Tuesday night, bringing an end to World War Two -- the bloodiest conflict mankind has known. Peace came to the … Read More
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Today in media history: In 1961, Berlin Wall construction begins

Here are three events that happened on this date and a trivia question. August 13, 1961 One of biggest news stories during the Cold War was the Berlin Wall. Construction of the wall began on this date in 1961. When Germany marked the 50th anniversary of the wall in 2011, the UK Telegraph posted the following … Read More
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Today in media history: Did Thomas Edison make the first journalism movie in 1898?

Here are three events that happened on this date and a trivia question. August 12, 1898The Spanish-American War came to an end on this date in 1898. Newspapers and magazines sent reporters, artists, and photographers to Cuba and various embarkation cities during the conflict. The war is often connected to the term " … Read More
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Today in media history: The beginning of ABC News

Here are four events that happened on this date and a trivia question. August 11, 1924Calvin Coolidge becomes the first U.S. president to appear in a sound newsreel. August 11, 1929 Babe Ruth hits his 500th home run. The story appears on the Cleveland Plain Dealer's … Read More
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Today in media history: President Nixon resigns

News about President Nixon's 1974 resignation and a trivia question. August 8, 1974  In the early evening CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite reports that President Nixon will announce his resignation.  At 9 p.m. President Nixon delivers a televised resignation speech from the White House Oval Office. Read More
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Today in media history: TV networks broadcast Watergate hearings

Four events that happened on this date and a trivia question. August 7, 1973 The last of the Watergate hearings airs on network TV. PBS broadcast the Watergate hearings in their entirety during the summer of 1973. ABC, CBS and NBC rotated their live coverage. Ten years after the last hearing aired on August 7, 1973, PBS … Read More
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Today in media history: Web introduced to the public

Four events that happened on this date and a trivia question. August 6, 1945On this date the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. About a year later The New Yorker devotes its entire issue to the story "Hiroshima" by John Hersey. He later publishes it as a book. Read More
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