Headlines in History: November 29, 1913

As you celebrate the day after Thanksgiving in a multitude of ways (exercising off the food, shopping off the food, eating more food), I hope the good cheer from yesterday carries over. I know there are people out there who don’t particularly care for holidays, as they bring about unnecessary stress or close contact with strained relationships. However, the great thing about Thanksgiving is that it doesn’t ask people to do anything more than give thanks. In a recent study on happiness, it was shown that people who take time to say thank you to a person who has influenced them have experienced a boost in overall happiness by 15-30 percent. So keep up your thanks giving, wage war on leftovers, and enjoy another edition of Headlines in History.

The Sun (NY, NY):

Humans have known about cancer since at least 1600 B.C. when Egyptian doctors attempted to stop the spread of breast cancer. Along with the description of the cancer, it was noted, “There is no treatment”.  When Marie Curie discovered radium in 1898, many theorized it could be used to kill the cancerous growths. With front page coverage in 1913, people were clearly aware of the disease and hopeful for a treatment that the Egyptians could not find.

Cancer Treatment

The Watchman and Southron (Sumter, SC):

A channel between England and France across the English Channel was first proposed in 1802. In 1913, it was more seriously considered by government officials, but it would not be until 1988 that construction on the tunnel we have today was begun in earnest.

Channel Tunnel


The Evening World (NY, NY):

The annual Army-Navy football game has been traditionally attended by the President of the United States. Since he is the Commander in Chief, and is in charge of all branches of the service, the president spends one half on each sideline to give an appearance of neutrality. Of course, some presidents make clear their biases, most notably JFK, an ardent Navy supporter.


The Tacoma Times:

For those of you who have ever wondered if you could do such a thing, in 1913, it seems a bit odd, but not impossible to mail a person.