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1929 Newspaper Headlines Summary

Some of the biggest 1929 newspaper headlines feature stories about convoluted politics on the continent, where dictators controlled Italy and Spain and communism was rife in the USSR. 1929 was the year of the Wall Street Crash which, although not the sole cause of the Great Depression, certainly worked to accelerate the global economic crash. The repercussions of the Wall Street Crash were felt in Britain, as stock markets throughout the world fell. 1929 newspaper articles tell the fascinating stories of this unstable time in history, of a year which would determine the economic instability of the next decade. A world influenza epidemic killed over 200,000 people worldwide, the horrific Valentine’s Day Massacre occurs, the Vatican becomes a sovereign state and Italy’s fascist government bans foreign words. 1929 was an eventful year all over the world, and you can learn all about it in one of our authentic 1929 newspapers.

DateEvent
10th January 1929“Tintin“, a comic book character created by Hergé, makes his debut. He goes on to be published in over 200 million comic books and sixty different languages.
13th January 1929Wyatt Earp, gunfighter and iconic figure in American folklore (b. 1848) dies.
15th January 1929Birth of Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1968).
17th January 1929“Popeye“, a comic strip character created by Elzie Crisler Segar, makes his debut.
14th February 1929St. Valentine's Day Massacre: Seven North Side Irish gangsters and rivals of Al Capone, are murdered in Chicago.
4th March 1929Herbert Hoover is inaugurated as the 31st President of the United States, succeeding Calvin Coolidge.
23rd March 1929Birth of Sir Roger Bannister, British athlete.
14th May 1929 Wilfred Rhodes takes his 4,000th first-class wicket during a stunning performance of nine for thirty-nine at Leyton.
31st May 1929The British general election returns a hung parliament; the Liberals will determine who has power.
8th June 1929Ramsay MacDonald founds a new Labour government.
25th July 1929Pope Pius XI emerges from the Vatican and enters St. Peter's square in a huge procession witnessed by about 250,000 people. This ends nearly sixty years of papal self-imprisonment within the Vatican.
8th August 1929The German airship ‘Graf Zeppelin’ begins an around-the-world flight that ends on 29th August.
24th October 1929Wall Street Crash of 1929: Three multi-digit percentage drops wipe out more than $30 billion from the New York Stock Exchange, causing a financial crisis.
1st November 1929An annular solar eclipse is seen around the world.
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