Newspapers are primary proof of the significant events that happened throughout history. News can definitely lose its context as time passes, but newspapers remain to set facts straight. Few newspaper headlines are so memorable that we can’t seem to forget even after centuries. Here are ten newspaper headlines that left a huge mark in history:


1. The Titanic {16th April 1912}

New York Times: “Titanic Sinks Four Hours After Hitting Iceberg” [16th April 1912]

The RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner owned by the White Star Line. It sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, after colliding with an iceberg while on its maiden journey from Southampton to New York City. More than 1,500 people died out of a total of 2,224 people on board, making it one of the deadliest single ship sinkings in history and the deadliest peacetime sinking of a superliner or cruise ship. The disaster, which drew a lot of public attention in the aftermath, has since been a major historical event.

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Titanic departing Southampton on 10 April 1912

This was one of the few accurate headlines that appeared the day after the Titanic sank. Journalists at other publications were still in denial that a ship supposed to be unsinkable could have failed so badly. The Daily Mirror reported, “Everyone safe,” and the Daily Mail, “No lives lost.”


2. The End of Wold War I {11th November 1918}

Times Leader: Peace, Greatest War of All Time [11th November 1918]

The Great War ended at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Germany, short on manpower and supplies and facing invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad wagon outside of Compiégne, France, at 5 a.m. that morning.

Nine million soldiers died, and 21 million were injured in the First World War. Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, and the United Kingdom each lost about a million or more lives. A total of five million citizens died as a result of disease, famine, or exposure.


3. Hiroshima {7th August 1945}

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The Greenville News: Atomic Bomb Hits Japs [7th Agust 1945]

On August 6 and 9, 1945, the United States dropped two nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, the majority of whom were civilians. This still remains the only time nuclear weapons have been used in a war.


4. The End of World War II {8th May 1945}

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The Daily Mail: “VE Day- It’s All Over” [8th May 1945]

On May 7, 1945, the German High Command, General Alfred Jodl, signed the unconditional surrender of all German forces, East and West, at Reims, in northeastern France. It marked the end of the War and Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

Under the headline “The War in Europe is Over!” the New York Times published an Associated Press piece reporting: “[The Germans] were asked sternly if they understand the surrender terms imposed upon Germany and if they would be carried out by Germany. They answered Yes. Germany, which began the war with a ruthless attack upon Poland, followed by successive aggressions and brutality in internment camps, surrendered with an appeal to the victors for mercy toward the German people and armed forces.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt LibraryNazi Col. Gen. Alfred Jodl, center, signs the instrument of surrender ending Nazi Germany’s involvement in World War II in Rheims on May 7, 1945.

5. Einstine’s death {18th April 1955}

Dr. Einstein Is Dead. The Washington Daily News, Monday, April 18th, 1955

Albert Einstein died of an abdominal aortic aneurysm in April 1955. He had asked for his body to be cremated. Still, during his autopsy, Princeton pathologist Thomas Harvey took his famed brain and retained it in the hopes of unraveling the mysteries of his genius.

In 1905 Einstein mathematically proved the existence of atoms and thus helped revolutionize all the sciences through the use of statistics and probability. He was one of the main brains behind the atomic bomb, created by splitting an atom by dropping a particle on the nucleus of an atom.


6. Kennedy dead {22nd November 1963}

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Chicago Tribune: “Assassin Kills Kennedy: Lyndon Johnson Sworn In” [22nd November 1963]

In Dallas, Texas, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated. His brother, Robert Kennedy, was assassinated at a Los Angeles hotel five years later. Following the incident, the Daily Mirror’s headline read: “Thank you, God! Not this time!”

The final Newark Star-Ledger’s edition of Saturday, November 23, 1963, utilized its largest typeface to report what the entire world already knew: President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated, and Lyndon B. Johnson had been sworn in President of the United States. Newspapers all around the country carried the same headline.


7. On The Moon {21st July 1969}

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Evening Standard: “The First Footstep” [21st July 1969]

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon. As he touched the ground, he famously declared: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Man on the Moon

He and Aldrin walked around for three hours. They did experiments. They picked up bits of moon dirt and rocks. They put a U.S. flag on the moon. They also left a sign on the moon. The two astronauts returned to orbit, joining Collins.


8. Nixon Resigns {9th August 1974}

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The New York Times: “Nixon Resigns” [9th August 1974]


President Richard Nixon addressed the American public from the Oval Office on August 8, 1974, to announce his resignation from the presidency due to the Watergate scandal. Nixon’s resignation was the culmination of what he referred to in his speech as the “long and difficult period of Watergate.”

“By taking this action,” he said in a solemn address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”

Nixon became the only President to ever resign from office. Gerald Ford later pardoned him, but he was never truly forgiven.


9. John Lennon Dead {9th December 1980}

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Los Angeles Times: “Beatle John Lennon Slain” [9th December 1980]

At 10.49 pm December 8, 1980, on the day preceding this headline running, John Lennon, the English singer, formerly of the Beatles, was shot in the back four times by Mark David Chapman, an American Beatles fan from Hawaii who had been stalking him for 3 months, in the archway of The Dakota, his New York City house.

Chapman claimed that Lennon’s lifestyle and public remarks enraged him, particularly his well-recognized remark that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus” and the lyrics of his subsequent songs “God” and “Imagine.”


10. Princess Diana’s Death {31st August 1997}

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Los Angeles Times: “Princess Diana, Friend Killed in Paris Car Crash” [31st August 1997]

In the early hours of August 31, 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died from injuries sustained in a car accident in Paris’ Pont de l’Alma tunnel. Dodi Fayed, her partner, and Henri Paul, the driver of the Mercedes-Benz W140 S-Class, were both pronounced dead at the site.

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According to the BBC, the chaotic behavior of the paparazzi trailing the automobile may have contributed to the incident. In 1999, a French investigation determined that Paul was fully responsible for the disaster. He lost control of the vehicle at high speeds while intoxicated and under the influence of prescription drugs.