Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the launch of People magazine, with actress Mia Farrow gracing the front cover of the March 4, 1974, issue. To celebrate the inaugural edition of one of the country’s most popular weekly magazines, check out this retro trivia board game from the Newseum collection!
From the box:
“The rich. The famous. The powerful. They’re today’s people — making today’s news. Everyone wants to know as much about them as possible. And most likely, you’re no exception.
But how much do you really know about today’s famous people?
Adapted from the ever-popular People Weekly magazine, this fast-paced, fascinating game is sure to provide the answer whenever the question is fun.”
Credit: People Weekly: The Trivia Game with Personality, Parker Brothers, 1984, Newseum Collection
Today marks the 21st anniversary of the start of the 50 day standoff between federal agents and David Koresh’s Branch Davidian community near Waco, Texas. On February 28, 1993 The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raided Koresh’s compound searching for illegal weapons. The raid went south, with four ATF agents and five Davidians killed in the gunbattle. Soon after, the FBI was brought in but Koresh refused to surrender. Under political and media pressure, the FBI was authorized by the U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno to use tear gas to end the standoff, resulting in a massive fire. In all, 80 Davidians died, including 25 children. News reports questioned the FBI’s tactics suggesting that the FBI agents caused the fire, however, a government inquiry ultimately exonerated the FBI from any wrongdoing.
At the Newseum is FBI agent Jim McGee’s body armor, flight suit, helmet and leather boots. McGee received the FBI Medal of Valor – the bureau’s highest award for bravery – for his rescue of a Branch Davidian woman, who had jumped from the burning building, and then, disoriented, wandered back inside. McGee ran after her and dragged her from the building, which moments later collapsed.
Credit: James P. Blair/Newseum/Courtesy SSA James A. McGee, retired FBI/HRT
Each February, we celebrate Black History Month, an annual celebration of notable contributions African Americans have made in U.S. history. To this day, Frederick Douglass remains one of these prominent figures as he dedicated his life to fighting for equality and justice for African Americans, women and minority groups. Committed to achieving freedom for all, Douglass took on many roles as an abolitionist, advocate for equal rights, newspaper editor and government official.
Image credit: Library of Congress
On display at the Newseum is Frederick Douglass’ pocket watch and a reprint of Douglass’ third and final autobiography: “Life and Times of Frederick Douglass,” (1893) which was first published in 1881. Douglass wrote his first autobiography in 1845, after audiences who had heard his anti-slavery speeches doubted that he had ever been a slave.
Artifacts are from the Newseum collection
100 Years Ago Today: The First Crossword Puzzle
In the Dec. 21, 1913, editions of the New York World, the earliest known crossword puzzle appeared. By the mid-1920s, the game was a national obsession. The first puzzle used a single list of clues, instead of today’s “across” and “down.”
Original photo from the Newseum’s News History Gallery.
Today’s Top 10 Front Pages: “Madiba is Dead”
The image of just one man appears nearly universal on front pages across the globe today. Nelson Mandela, a former political prisoner who became president of South Africa, and one of history’s most influential world leaders, died Dec. 5 at age 95. Today’s front-page photographs and headlines reflect his grace and distinction.
De Standaard / Brussels, Belgium
The Mercury / Durban, South Africa
Los Angeles Times / Los Angeles, Calif.
Hartford Courant / Hartford, Conn.
El Colombiano / Medellin, Colombia
Northwest Florida Daily News / Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser / Honolulu, Hawaii
Chicago Tribune / Chicago, Ill.
Poughkeepsie Journal / Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Standard-Speaker / Hazleton, Pa.
Today in News History:
On Nov. 29, 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed a commission headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.
The Warren Commission’s report was released to the public almost a year later on Sept. 27, 1964. It stated that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing the president and injuring Texas Governor John Connally. The report also stated that Jack Ruby acted alone in killing Oswald in the basement of the Dallas police headquarters on Nov. 24, 1963. The findings of the report have been challenged to this day.
All photos are from the Newseum collection:
- White House reporter Sid Davis’s personal copy of the Warren Commission’s report
- An excerpt of the report underlined by Davis
- The Monday Sept. 28, 1964 front page of the New York Herald Tribune, the day after the report was made public
Here are two front pages marking the holiday from the Sunday, Nov. 20, 1910 issues of the New York Tribune magazine and newspaper. It’s interesting to note that jack-o’-lanterns were included in the festivities back then (and that young children apparently did the carving all on their own). That might not be the only thing that modern readers would find unusual in a paper today; but at least we can rest assured that Americans have always loved Thanksgiving.
Photos from the Newseum collection.
Today in News History:
On Nov. 25, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
All photos are from the Newseum collection.
Note: The drum, set of drumsticks and Army dress uniform hat were used by a member of a military drum corps that accompanied President Kennedy’s casket during his funeral procession. They are on display in the Newseum’s “Three Shots Were Fired” exhibit, open until Jan. 5.