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Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
MDN at 130

Because 2009 is the 130th anniversary of The Marshall Democrat-News, staff writer Kathy Fairchild wrote a series of history articles, casting a wide net to gather the significant events of the ninth year of each decade (1879, 1889, 1899, etc.) to show the state, national and international context in which local events were happening.

MDN at 130: 2009 sees 1st black president, health care debate, 'miracle on the Hudson' in top news (01/08/10)
The year 2009 began with the nation embroiled in the same ugly financial situation it was in at the end of 2008. The stock market was down and showed few signs of coming to life in the near future. In fact, the only thing going up in a big way was unemployment, which has continued to rise...
MDN at 130: Reagan era ends; local news again dominates MDN front page in 1989 (01/06/10)
In his final weekly radio address to the nation before leaving office in January 1989, President Ronald Reagan told listeners, "Believe me, Saturdays will never seem the same. I'll miss you." New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner would certainly miss Reagan, who exercised a presidential pardon before he left office to erase 14 criminal counts of conspiracy and obstruction of justice against Steinbrenner that dated from one of Richard Nixon's presidential campaigns...
MDN at 130: Some things stay the same: Gov. bailouts, bioterror, oil prices and AIDS were in the news 30 years ago, too (01/05/10)
If Rip Van Winkle had fallen asleep in 1979 and awakened in 2009, he wouldn't have felt entirely out of place, at least when it came to some aspects of the news. Chrysler Corporation, under the new leadership of Lee Iacocca, asked for and got a federal bailout in 1979. And Ford Motor Company, in financial difficulty, closed 13 factories and dropped its work force from 191,000 to 101,000 employees...
MDN at 130: 1969: With nation in turmoil, national news dominates local front page (01/04/10)
There isn't much doubt that 1969 was one of the most tumultuous years in recent American history. The U.S. conquered space July 19 when civilian astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped down on lunar soil in "one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong, accompanied by Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, spent most of the next 24 hours on the moon's surface, including a 2-1/2 hour exploration, while the world watched in awe. Both men will celebrate their 80th birthdays this year...
MDN at 130: 1959 saw new states join U.S., Castro take control of Cuba (12/31/09)
In 1959, the U.S. became two states larger, when Alaska achieved statehood Jan. 3, and Hawaii joined the union Aug. 21. Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro marched into Havana on Jan. 1, ousting Fulgencio Batista, who had run the country since 1952, enriching himself and his cronies as he did so. ...
MDN at 130: 1949: Baby Boom, post-war prosperity gain momentum (12/30/09)
Three million babies were born in 1949, the third year of what has come to be called the "Baby Boom." Born between 1946 and 1964, the Boomer generation was the product not just of G.I.s returning from the war that ended in 1945, but also of the slightly older mothers who had delayed childbirth during the Depression. It was a powerful combination of circumstances that eventually produced 76 million babies, and in 1949, it was just getting started...
MDN at 130: Death of prominent Saline Countian dominates local news Monday, Jan. 2, 1939 (12/29/09)
Most of the news in 1939 appeared to be about two things: the developing war in Europe and the movies. There were other things going on, of course, but it's these two topics that dominate discussion of the last few hundred days before the carnage of World War II...
MDN at 130: Deadly flu pandemic held world in its grip 90 years ago (12/18/09)
As 1919 began, the world was still recovering from the influenza pandemic, which killed more than 20 million people worldwide. Although the influenza strain did not originate in Spain, it was nevertheless named the "Spanish" flu. Estimates indicate that as many as 30 percent of Americans were infected and 600,000 died. ...
MDN at 130: 1929 saw births of Martin Luther King Jr., Yasser Arafat and Audrey Hepburn (12/18/09)
Until the epic crash of the stock market late in the year, 1929 had been a pretty good year. In fact, the 1920s had been good years for the U.S., generally. Electricity was increasingly available, which led more consumers to purchase appliances both large and small that required electricity. Industrial production increased. Henry Ford was producing cheaper cars, and more people could afford them. It wasn't called "The Roaring 20s" for nothing...
MDN at 130: Movers and shakers of 20th century arrive on the scene in 1909 (12/16/09)
What do the late Senator Barry Goldwater, the late "King of Swing" Benny Goodman, and night baseball have in common? They were all born in 1909. Arizona's Goldwater, who ran against Lyndon Johnson in the 1964 presidential campaign, was soundly defeated, but in the end, it was the 1964 election which marked the end of the Democratic party's hold on the formerly "solid South." Columnist George Will remarked years later, "It took 16 years to count the votes (in the 1964 election), and Goldwater won.". ...
MDN at 130: 1889 newspaper merger creates Democrat-News (12/15/09)
It was in 1889 that The Saline County Democrat and The Marshall Daily News joined forces to become The Daily Democrat-News, beginning the current history of the longest-running newspaper in Marshall. Notable births in that year included Adolph Hitler, Charlie Chaplin, Edwin Hubble, Robert Taft, Jean Cocteau and historian Arnold Toynbee, who once said of the United States, "America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair."...
MDN at 130: 'A splendid little war' abroad tops local news early in 1899 (12/15/09)
As was the case with many small newspapers across the U.S., stories provided by Associated Press, founded in about 1846, allowed Marshall's hometown paper to carry national news. Marshall's Weekly Democrat News for Jan. 14, 1899, printed a story on the front page headlined "Crisis seems at hand, Philipinos Show no Signs Whatever of Backing Down."...
It's our anniversary (12/11/09)
Geneaology can be an inexact science, with missing pieces, odd tangents, ambiguous information and sources of questionable reliability. The newspaper business in Saline County was unsettled and somewhat chaotic in the mid-19th century, so tracing the lineage of The Marshall Democrat-News presents similar challenges, but we've settled on 1879 as the year we celebrate as the paper's founding...
MDN at 130: Among the births 130 years ago -- The Democrat-News (12/11/09)
Even looking only at births during 1879, the year was notable. Comedian W.C. Fields made his debut in Philadelphia. Josef Stalin was born in the Russian province of Georgia, and Leon Trotsky was born in Yanovka, Ukraine. Albert Einstein was born in Germany...