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    Thanks to all the students who participated in #ConstitutionDay2014 by reading the #preamble at the #newseum! (at Newseum)

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    Thirty two years ago today, USA Today published its inaugural edition. Launched by Al Neuharth, the paper was an instant sellout on the streets in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. Today, USA Today is one of the most widely circulated newspapers in the United States.

    Apart from creating USA Today, Neuharth was also the founder of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum. Neuharth was chairman of the Freedom Forum from 1991 to 1997 and was a trustee of its predecessor, the Gannett Foundation, from 1965 to 1991, serving as chairman from 1986 to 1991.

    You can check out this first edition prototype of USA Today in the Newseum’s News Corp. News History Gallery!

    Credit: Gift, Charles W. Nutt

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    "To my sister, unborn nephew and niece and my brother-in-law, I miss you so much" #neverforget #911 (at Newseum)

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    80 years ago today, one of the most acclaimed American comic strips “Li’l Abner” made its debut. The recurring “Li’l Abner” comic strip, created by Al Capp in 1934, focused largely on groups of hillbillies and villains living in a Kentucky mountain village. Beginning in the Depression era, the comic strip satirized powerful individuals in America with sharp, sometimes bawdy humor. The insightful humor of “Li’l Abner” along with its distinctive illustrative style drew millions of more intellectual Americans that hadn’t read comic strips to do so in the post-war years. “Li’l Abner” became so popular that it was eventually featured in hundreds of newspapers and had a circulation estimated at 60 million.

    Artifact: Newseum Collection

    Cartoons can be powerful yet amusing tools to reach the American public and sway opinion. While some cartoons are more satirical, like “Li’l Abner,” others make us laugh at and love the characters within. Comic strips are a beloved part of newspapers, and we celebrate them and their endearing stars in our Funny Pages exhibit.

    Revisit some of your favorite comic strips with us at the Newseum.

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    40 years ago tomorrow, Richard M. Nixon became the first U.S. president to resign the office.

    Artifact: Loan, The Washington Post

    The House Judiciary Committee had begun hearings three months earlier to impeach Nixon, who had been accused of covering up his role in the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters at Washington’s Watergate hotel and office complex.

    For months, the Watergate scandal pitted The Washington Post against the 37th president of the United States. The Post's stories ultimately brought in the rest of the news media. Congress and the courts also investigated. Throughout the ordeal, Nixon repeatedly denied any wrongdoing or any knowledge of the burglary. Emotions ran high among the public during the ordeal. People even used bumper stickers, like the one below, to voice their positions in the ongoing public debate about Nixon and the presidential administration.

    Artifact: Newseum Collection

    "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook," Nixon said during a 1973 televised question-and-answer session with Associated Press managing editors.

    The “smoking gun” that destroyed Nixon’s presidency was a secret tape recording of Nixon released to the special prosecutor four days before his resignation. The tape revealed that Nixon not only knew of the cover-up from the beginning but also tried to stop the CIA from investigating it. Below is a sketch of the jury in Nixon’s trial listening to the tapes as well as a sketch of the release of the verdict.

    Artifact: Gift, Janis L. Wilson, Esq., and Samuel B. Rogers

    Artifact: Gift, Janis L. Wilson, Esq., and Samuel B. Rogers

    The Post, whose reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein doggedly uncovered the Watergate crime, earned the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for public service for its Watergate coverage.

    On September 8, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted Nixon a full and absolute pardon for any federal crimes he may have committed in office. Even Ford’s appointment as president following Nixon’s resignation couldn’t escape satire, as seen in the poster below.

    Artifact: Loan, The Washington Post

    Many of the above artifacts, as well as the infamous taped door that tipped off a security guard to catch the Watergate burglars, are on display at the Newseum. Visit and check out some of these pieces of history in our News Corporation News History Gallery.

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