Here is your assignment, if you choose to play along (cue the Mission: Impossible! music):
(1) What is your birthdate?
(2) Find a newspaper from your hometown, or a nearby larger town or city, that was published on that date. What was the major headline on page 1 of that issue of the newspaper?
(3) Share your headline with us in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook post.
NOTE: For those who don't have access to digital newspapers behind a subscription wall, find FREE digital newspapers using Kenneth Marks' The Ancestor Hunt site at https://theancestorhunt.com/newspapers.html.
(4) Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook. Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your blog post on this post.
1. I was born April 9, 1962 in Los Angeles, California (East L.A., to be specific; I have my own theme song!).
2. I started my newspaper search on Chronicling America, because it's a free site that everyone has access to (your U.S. tax dollars at work!). I found two newspapers there published on April 9, 1962, but they were from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Not exactly my hometown; not even the right side of the country.
Next I tried Newspapers.com, because I have a subscription. I found two different isssues of the Los Angeles Times, a morning edition and a midday edition!
The top headlines for the morning edition:
• Cuba Price for Invaders: $62 Million or 30 Years
• French Voters OK Algera Cease-fire
• Blood Flows as Algeria Vote Wins
• Sino-Soviet Split Called 'Inevitable'
• Sailors Quit Ship, Taking Grain to Reds
The top headlines for the midday edition:
• Hounds Track Fleeing Convicts
• Border Gun Fight: Tourists See Norwalk Man Die
• Gunpowder Blast Kills 20; 500 Flee
• 2 Yanks Die, 2 Held in S. Viet-Nam
• Caliente Race Fans Panicked
• And a photo of Richard Burton in Rome
I found it interesting how different the stories were from the morning to midday.