#TBT: This day in Dayton through the 20th century

By Vivienne Machi, Staff Writer

Did you think Oct. 29 was a particularly momentous day in history?

Among many events, some notable happenings on this day include Boris Pasternak refusing the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958, the U.S. Supreme Court ordering an end to school segregation in 1969, and last year this writer’s home team, the San Francisco Giants, earning their place in MLB history, winning their third World Series title in five years. Dynasty, baby!

But what were local Daytonites reading about on the Oct. 29ths of yore? Peeking through the Dayton Daily News’  archives for today turned up some rather interesting discoveries. Check out the headlines for Oct. 29 for each decade of the 20th century.

Oct. 29, 1900

The Dayton Evening Herald front page, Oct. 29 1900. Dayton Daily News archives.

The Dayton Evening Herald front page, Oct. 29 1900. Dayton Daily News archives.

If only we could still write headlines this short, succinct, and mysteriously descriptive. “A Busy Day.” “A Vassar Rally” “Pop Tired Out.” “Walked eight miles” Wishing that the top two headlines were actually one that read “Attacked by bees, Alvord captured.”

Oct. 29, 1910

The Dayton Evening Herald front page, Oct. 29 1910. Dayton Daily News Archives

The Dayton Evening Herald front page, Oct. 29 1910. Dayton Daily News Archives

Sorry, Wright Brothers. Guess it just wasn’t your year. According to wrightstories.com, their childhood friend and fellow flyer, Walter Brookins, was injured while flying a new Wright Bros. plane, “The Baby Grand,” at the International Aviation Tournament at Long Island’s Belmont Park.

Oct. 29, 1920

The Herald Oct. 29 1920 front page. Dayton Daily News archives.

The Herald Oct. 29 1920 front page. Dayton Daily News archives.

Guess E.G. Burkam wasn’t worried about a politically correct culture back in 1920. His editorial condemnation of rumors that circulated stating that President Warren G. Harding had African-American blood would never fly in this day and age.

Oct. 29, 1930

The Herald's Oct. 29, 1903 front page. Dayton Daily News archives.

The Herald’s Oct. 29, 1903 front page. Dayton Daily News archives.

Oct. 29 was a bloody day all over the world in 1930. Eight out of 17 headlines (including “Late Sports”) have some sort of violent or criminal intrigue.

Oct. 29, 1940

The Dayton Herald Oct. 29, 1940 front page. Dayton Daily News Archives

The Dayton Herald Oct. 29, 1940 front page. Dayton Daily News Archives

A sobering front page listed the first  local men to be selected for President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s World War II military draft.

Oct. 29, 1950

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The Dayton Daily News Oct. 29, 1950 front page. Dayton Daily News archives.

It’s a huge shame our microfilm machine doesn’t pick up photos very well, because that photo caption “Want a lion for a pet?” makes us really want to see the picture!

Oct. 29, 1960

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The Dayton Daily News Oct. 29, 1960 front page. Dayton Daily News archives.

Amid all of the international political intrigue, our own sister newspaper The Dayton Daily News gets some love for its fantastic women writers and editors.

Oct. 29, 1970

The Dayton Daily News Oct. 29, 1970 front page. Dayton Daily News archives.

The Dayton Daily News Oct. 29, 1970 front page. Dayton Daily News archives.

Again with the wild feline ads! How could you not go to the Cincinnati Zoo after seeing this adorable tiny leopard pic?

Oct. 29, 1980

Dayton Daily News Oct. 29, 1980 front page. Dayton Daily News archives.

Dayton Daily News Oct. 29, 1980 front page. Dayton Daily News archives.

You may even remember getting this paper. Carter vs. Reagan: did you think it was a toss-up?

Oct. 29, 1990

Dayton Daily News Oct. 29, 1990 front page. Dayton Daily News archives.

Dayton Daily News Oct. 29, 1990 front page. Dayton Daily News archives.

Politics, politics politics. Another that you may remember glancing at over your morning coffee exactly 25 years ago. Already, Kentucky was looking toward marijuana legalization.

Oct. 29, 2000

Dayton Daily News Oct. 29, 2000 front page. Dayton Daily News archives.

Dayton Daily News Oct. 29, 2000 front page. Dayton Daily News archives.

The 2000 election was a hotbed of controversy from the national down to the local level. And covering it for you were some faces we still see around the office and in our newspapers, including Jim Bebbington, Laura A. Bischoff, and Ken McCall.


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