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Governor Gerry Gains Ground

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

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England’s The Daily Courant Debuts

England’s first national daily newspaper, The Daily Courant, is published for the first time on this date in 1702.

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Carl Rowan Comments on Libraries

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Elephants Remember

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.

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60 Minutes Debuts

On this date in 1968, 60 Minutes, a news-magazine television program, debuted on CBS.

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Franzen Featured on TIME Magazine Cover

  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.

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A Star Extinguished

On this date in 1981, The Washington Star ceased operations after 128 years of publication.  

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Zola Flees France

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

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Mencken Mocks “Monkey” Trials

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

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He’s the Guy They Called “Deep Throat”

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.

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