NYT headlines from 50 years ago today

The New York Times gives paying customers access to its sprawling archives, and hooo boy is it easy to get carried away. In a fit of curiosity, I read some of the greatest stories of December 29, 1961. The newspaper of the day was a very small sample from a separate era: When JFK was present, the civil rights movement gained traction. magnitude and the Cold War intensified. Here are some titles:

Strike avoided in public transport; The 15-cent rate is retained– 15 cents! Can you believe it! If the pizza principle holds up, a slice of New York will probably cost you the same amount.

Former First Lady Edith Wilson has died December 28, the day of what would have been her husband’s 105th birthday. She was 90 years old.

Kennedy to seek permission to buy UN bonds– President Kennedy wanted to buy up to half of the $ 200,000,000 bond issue planned by the United Nations to finance “peace and security operations in Congo and the Middle East”. The Congo was particularly unstable politically at the time – it was newly independent from Belgium. In addition, the United States had recently supported a coup to replace elected leader Lumumba, who had Communist ties, with pro-Western leader Mobutu.

– United States sues to overturn Louisiana voting test law– Fifty years ago, the Department of Justice asked a federal court to overturn a Louisiana law requiring voters to pass a “test of constitutional interpretation.” In the lawsuit, the Justice Department said the purpose of the laws was to “maintain white political supremacy and racial segregation.”

– American colleges accused of disregarding educational goals– A book by Dr Nevitt Stanford accuses higher education of being a “business enterprise” and an “upper middle class watchdog”. The same could be said in 2021 (sigh).

-An American father will ask the reds to release his son– Edgar Pankey, the father of a 20-year-old American student serving a two-year sentence in an East Berlin prison, flew to Berlin in hopes of getting East German authorities to release his son .

Church closures in the Soviet Union– Cue the pearls that cling! 1,500 Soviet churches closed in 1961.

Girls in toy land– “A Soggy Row of Die-hards” lined up outside Rockefeller Plaza to see Walt Disney’s Babes in Toyland, released two weeks earlier.

– “Fashions to please men in 62 “- On the women’s side, the articles were aging like milk. The Times declares that “1962 will undoubtedly be the year when men finally approve of women’s fashion.” In: feminism, youth, emphasized breasts and belted waist. Out: “tough architecture look.”

1961 sets a record for cigarette smoking– Americans were smoking more than ever and the United States was making cigarettes to keep pace. Including exports, the United States produced 528 billion cigarettes!

There was so much more, from articles to classifieds to puzzles. Back then, a one-year postal subscription cost $ 51.50.

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