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Jackie Robinson plays 1st MLB regular-season game...

Bombshell sets aviation record... Auschwitz commander hung...



Item # 584681

April 16, 1947

LEOMINSTER DAILY ENTERPRISE, Massachusetts, April 16, 1947 
 
* Jackie Robinson breaks racial barrier... 1st regular season game
*  Rudolf Hoess, Nazi commandant of Auschwitz is executed
* Milton Reynolds breaks aviation record in his "Bombshell"

* Texas City disaster (1st report)
* Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten (from Greece)


This authentic issue from 1947 has some of the most contrasting news to be found within one issue:

Baseball History:  Page 7 has the historic report of Jackie Robinson's 1st major league regular season game. The brief note includes, "Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn's Negro first baseman, and the first of his race to reach the majors since 1884, failed to get a hit... but his sacrifice-error play... set up the tying and winning runs."

Aviation History:  Page 6 has, "Hail 'Bombshell' When Record World Circling Trip Ends At New York," being the report of Milton Reynolds and his aircraft, "Bombshell", breaking the 'round the world' record set by Howard Hughes by several hours.

Tragedy (Calamity History):  The front page has a dramatic banner headline, "EXPLOSIONS RIP TEXAS CITY", with subheads (see photos). Nice to have on the same day of the disaster.

British Royalty History: The front of this issue also features a photo of "Princess Elizabeth" with the accompany article of the that the announcement of Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth) to Lt. Philip Mountbatten would occur the following week on the Princess' 21st birthday.

World War II & Jewish History:  The front page also has, "Nazi Hanged At Osweicim," being a report of the execution of Rudolf Hoess, the commandant of Auschwitz, by hanging. The coverage also mentions Gestapo Chief Heinrich Himmler, and mentions both of their complicit involvement in the death (gassing) of 2,000,000 at the camp.

This is a wonderfully historic newspaper.

Other news of the day throughout including sports and various advertisements. Complete in 10 pages, minor spine wear, but otherwise in nice condition.

Category: The 20th Century

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