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Will Rogers & Wiley Post death in 1935...
Item # 570700
August 23, 1935
THE SPRINGFIELD UNION, Massachusetts, August 23, 1935
* Will Rogers
* Wiley Post
* Airplane crash - funerals
This 30 page newspaper has two column headlines on the front page that include: "Millions of Americans Bow In Silent Farewell as Post And Rogers Rites Are Held" and more. (see)
Other news of the day throughout. Light browning, otherwise good.
wikipedia notes: An avid booster of aviation, Rogers undertook a flight around the world with a fellow Oklahoman, world-renowned aviator Wiley Post, in the summer of 1935. Post's plane, an experimental and nose-heavy hybrid of Lockheed Explorer and Orion, crashed south of Barrow, Alaska, on August 15, 1935 when its engine failed on takeoff, killing both men.
It may be difficult, with the passage of time, to fully comprehend the extraordinary place Rogers held in the minds and hearts of the American people at the time of his death. The outpouring of national grief over Rogers's passing is generally regarded to be the greatest such show of national mourning since the death of Lincoln some seventy years earlier. He was the nation's most widely read newspaper columnist, in the form of his daily "Will Rogers Says" telegrams and in his weekly column; his Sunday night half-hour radio show was the nation's most-listened-to weekly broadcast; and he had been the nation's #2 movie box office draw in 1933 (behind Marie Dressler) and #1 in 1934, ranking 2nd at the time of his death in 1935 only to Shirley Temple.
Category: The 20th Century