1949 Newspapers

Take a look through our historic newspaper archive and explore the extensive collection of publications which document the history of 1949 within their pages.

An historic newspaper is a fabulous gift idea for any history fanatic, or simply a great way to commemorate a birthday or anniversary. Our archive contains the largest collection of authentic newspapers in the world, and includes publications such as The Sun, The Times and The Telegraph.

Original 1949 Newspapers
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Original 1949 Newspapers

1949 Newspaper Headlines

Are you wondering what happened in the year 1949? What caught the interest of readers all over the world? Find out with our 1949 newspaper articles which document all the most shocking stories from the time. This was the year that Apartheid began in South Africa, paving the way for a system of institutionalised racial segregation that would be in place for almost 50 years. Europe began to prosper finally, after years of misery in the aftermath of World War II. Consumer society made everything bigger and better, and products and services were introduced which would give way to the consumer and pop culture society of the next decade. The Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb, George Orwell’s 1984 was published, and the National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed.

Why not have a look at a full breakdown of the year 1949 in our 1949 timeline?

1st February 1949
The rationing of clothes ends in Britain after the Second World War.

2nd March 1949
The B-50 Super fortress ‘Lucky Lady II’ lands in Fort Worth, Texas under Captain James Gallagher. It had completed the first ever non-stop around-the-world aeroplane flight, refuelling four times.

31st March 1949
The former British colony of Newfoundland and Labrador joins Canada as its tenth province.

18th April 1949
Éire is formally renamed the Republic of Ireland.

5th May 1949
The Council of Europe is founded, as the Treaty of London is signed.

8th June 1949
George Orwell’s book “Nineteen Eighty-Four” is published. The novel has a large impact on the English language, as terms such as ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Room 101’ become commonly used. The book also becomes famous for its prophetic insight into an increased presence of governmental surveillance and control.

6th September 1949
The United Kingdom government devalues the pound sterling from $4.03 to $2.80, leading to many other currencies dropping value.

1st October 1949
The People’s Republic of China is officially proclaimed.

7th October 1949
The Democratic Republic of Germany (DDR) is officially established.

15th November 1949
Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte are executed for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi.

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Customer Trustpilot product review 5 star rating December 2 2020

Enjoyed reading what happened on the day I was born. The paper arrived in a display box which will where the paper will be kept.

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Amazing! Just what I hoped for and more. Great value for money. Lovely trip down memory lane for my grandad!

joe goldby Trustpilot product review 1 star rating December 2 2020

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  • Historic Newspapers Team December 2 2020

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Ben Trustpilot product review 5 star rating December 2 2020

Lovely old paper to read

Lavinia Bradley Trustpilot product review 3 star rating December 1 2020

Very disappointed. Only 3 pages and was very disappointed as it was to be a special gift but I have now had to go and find something else. It did arrive in a lovely box but as the box was virtually empty even that looked a bit ridiculous. If you had made contact with me and perhaps suggested an additional paper , I would have very happily paid for an additional copy of another paper.

  • Historic Newspapers Team December 2 2020

    Thank you for your review.

    We are sorry to hear this.

    We will always provide you with your requested newspaper as it was printed on your selected date. As you have ordered a 1940’s date, during the Second World War, all newspapers were affected by the national rationing and therefore every newspaper only consisted of a few papers. The newspaper rationing continued until the early 1950’s. When you received your newspaper you should have received a card within the gift box to stating this information.

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