Here are 14 newspaper headlines that document history’s most important moments—headlines so momentous that anyone reading them knew that the world as they knew it had been changed irrevocably.
They’re the ones that generated the largest headlines, the greatest change, the most vivid memories, the most immediate impact.
The front page of the April 16, 1912 evening edition of the Boston Globe, detailing the Titanic disaster.
Dr. Einstein Is Dead. The Washington Daily News, Monday, April 18th, 1955
The Daily Telegram. November 11, 1918: “World War is Over”
Harbor Attack. Honolulu Star newspaper headlines. December 7, 1941.
May 8, 1915: The New York Herald reports the sinking of the Lusitania.
The iconic front page detailing coverage of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima dated August 8, 1945.
The front page of a Stars and Stripes newspaper on Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 1945.
Black Tuesday. October 29, 1929 – The Stock Market Crash and beginning of the Great Depression.
Daily News front page August 9, 1974, Headline: NIXON RESIGNS.
Daily News cover. 16.May 1945.
Prohibition Ends at Last. Daily Mirror December 5, 1933.
Man Walks on the Moon. Daily Mirror 21st July 1969.
The zeppelin disaster.
Daily News front page the day after the assassination.