What the world was talking about in 1800s.
Now, January 1st of each year means media outlets showing the largest and best firework displays around the globe.
World was much different in 1800s - here are 5 New York Times headlines from the 19th century.
1863, January 1st amidst the civil war, the headlines said 'the War in Arkanasas', 'the rebel camp shelled across the Arkansas'
General Blunt is quoted as saying
"My long range guns are now shelling the rebel camp across the river. If the enemy does not retreat during the night, I shall...offer them battle.
An 1878 January 1st headline covered the Russo-Turkish war and Russians advance on Sophia. The report further detailed the Turks' retreat after they burned the town.
On 1883, January 1st, a report on foreign trade made it to the front pages. Among other fascinating facts, it noted that 41% of foreign trade was with England, Ireland and Scotland. Today, that list is completely different with Canada, China and Mexico being the largest US trade partners. Interestingly, petroleum which is one of the top US imports today is not even mentioned; rather the report notes a significant increase in petroleum exports.
The front page of the New York Times on January 1st, 1988 had a large ad by the O'Neils store. It mentioned their annual clearing sales which would take place on January 3rd, 1888. Among the items promoted were night dress at 49 cents, 69 cents, and 98 cents.
On January 1st, 1891, senators were arguing over the 'force bill' and timing of its passage. The 'force bill' was intended to protect voting rights of African Americans. 122 years later, the nation is having a different conversation with President Obama in the middle of it.