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Today in Media History: Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski arrested in 1996

On April 3, 1996, the news media reported that Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski had been arrested. The Unabomber used mail bombs during the previous 17 years to kill three people and injure 29. In 1995 he agreed to desist from terrorist activities if the Washington Post or The New York Times published a copy of his manifesto. On … Read More
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Today in Media History: In 1917 President Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war

On April 2, 1917, the press reported that President Woodrow Wilson had asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany. Congress passed the war resolution four days later which brought the United States into World War I. Page one news from the Bisbee (Arizona) Daily Review: The International News Service described the reaction to the president's speech … Read More
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Today in Media History: In 1976 Steve Jobs started Apple and soon introduced the Apple-1 computer

On April 1, 1976, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne established the Apple computer company and soon introduced the Apple-1 computer. (The company was incorporated in January 1977.) "His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth writ large: Steve Jobs cofounded Apple in his parents’ garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985, returned to rescue it from near … Read More
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Today in Media History: Who won the 1988 Pulitzer Prizes? (You may recognize some of these names)

The Charlotte Observer wrote the following after it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service on March 31, 1988: "The Charlotte Observer won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for meritorious public service Thursday for revealing misuse of funds by Jim and Tammy Bakker`s PTL television ministry. ....Longtime Observer editorial cartoonist Doug Marlette, who now works for the … Read More
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Today in Media History: Coverage of the 1981 assassination attempt against President Reagan

On March 30, 1981, the news media reported on the assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan. The gunman, John W. Hinckley, attacked Reagan as the president walked to his car after addressing a group at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Page one from the California afternoon newspaper, the Santa Cuz Sentinel: Here is an excerpt from a Washington … Read More
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Today in Media History: In 1947, the press reported on the Hutchins Commission report

On March 27, 1947, the press reported on the Hutchins Commission report about the media. Robert M. Hutchins, the president of the University of Chicago, served as the chair of the 1940s Commission on the Freedom of the Press. Time magazine's Henry Luce suggested the creation of the commission and provided $200,000 in grants. They evaluated the print and broadcast … Read More
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Today in Media History: The press reports on the tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire

"It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City's history. On March 25th, 1911, a deadly fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York's Greenwich Village. The blaze ripped through the congested loft as petrified workers -- mostly young immigrant women -- desperately tried to make their way downstairs. By the time the fire burned itself … Read More
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Today in Media History: ABC's 'Nightline' began 35 years ago

Although its start can be traced back to an earlier program about the Iran hostage crisis, ABC's "Nightline" officially began 35 years ago today. Frank Reynolds anchored the ABC News program, The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage, which was launched on November 8, 1979, four days after the U.S. embassy in Iran was seized. When Reynolds left to cover … Read More
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Today in Media History: Indiana newspapers describe devastating 1917 tornado

On this date almost a century ago a tornado hit a small town in southern Indiana. People turned to newspapers for news about its destruction. "On March 23, 1917, a massive tornado swept through New Albany, cutting a path of destruction three miles long by a half-mile wide. Historic records indicate it was on the scale of an … Read More
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Today in Media History: 2 years after kidnapping, Patty Hearst convicted of armed robbery

The kidnapping of Patricia Hearst, the granddaughter of publisher William Randolph Hearst, was one of the biggest news stories of the 1970s. "....Patricia Hearst became a media celebrity after being kidnapped by a group of revolutionaries calling themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army. The kidnap victim transformed into a seemingly willing accomplice; over the months of her kidnapping, she participated … Read More
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Today in Media History: C-SPAN started 36 years ago

The C-SPAN television network began on March 19, 1979 with a live cablecast from the U.S. House of Representatives. Here is an excerpt from C-SPAN's history page: "....C-SPAN began with only four employees. Those four - Brian Lamb, Jana Dabrowski (Fay), Don Houle, and Brian Lockman - transmitted the television feed from the U.S. House of … Read More
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Today in Media History: News coverage of the 1944 eruption of Italy's Mount Vesuvius

Although it had to share the front page with news about World War II, the March 18, 1944 eruption of Italy's Mount Vesuvius was one of the biggest stories of the year. An article excerpt from the Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News: "The volcanic crater of Mt. Vesuvius exploded with a terrifying roar tonight, blanketing the countryside for 10 … Read More
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Today in Media History: Vietnam War era photo of returning prisoner of war and his family

On March 17, 1973, near the end of the Vietnam War, Associated Press photojournalist Slava Veder photographed the reunion of a released prisoner of war with his family. The "Burst of Joy" image, which was taken at California's Travis Air Force Base, would be awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1974. “….The minutes crept by like hours, she recalls, … Read More
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