The Press: The Old Lady's New Face

Only eight times in its 181-year history did the Times of London deign to put news on Page One. Nelson's triumph at Trafalgar made it, though not Wellington's victory at Waterloo. The British general strike of 1926 got front-page treatment; not the outbreak of World War II. Winston Churchill never made the first page while he was alive; only his death put him there. Aside from those few departures from tradition, Page One has been devoted to notices and classified advertisements: secretaries looking for work, wives imploring their husbands to return, Tibetan refugees seeking funds to build a monastery in India.

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