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On this date in 1812, the Boston Gazette publishes a political cartoon that coins the term “gerrymander.” Gerrymander refers to the practice of establishing oddly shaped electoral districts designed to help incumbents win reelection. The term is a mash up … Continue reading
England’s first national daily newspaper, The Daily Courant, is published for the first time on this date in 1702.
In 1874, Thomas Nast’s cartoon of an elephant in Harper’s Weekly is the first important use of that animal as a symbol of the United States Republican Party.
On this date in 1968, 60 Minutes, a news-magazine television program, debuted on CBS.
On this date in 2010, Jonathan Franzen became the first author to appear on the cover of TIME Magazine since Stephen King’s cover in 2000.
On this date in 1981, The Washington Star ceased operations after 128 years of publication.
On this date in 1898, French novelist Emile Zola fled France following his libel trial over his letter, J’Accuse . . .! In the letter, which was published on the front page of Paris’s L’Aurore, Zola accused the French Army … Continue reading
On this date in 1925, journalist H.L. Mencken narrowly missed being ridden out on a rail from Dayton, Tennessee. Mencken was in Dayton to write his scathing articles about the famous Scopes “monkey” trials. John Scopes, a substitute teacher, had … Continue reading
On this date in 2005, Vanity Fair publishes an article revealing that Mark Felt, a former FBI special agent, was the whistle-blower known as “Deep Throat” in the Watergate scandal.