Essay: What Really Mattered

Any man who gets to be the managing editor of the New York Times can safely be described as a man blessed with self-confidence. E. Clifton Daniel, now 75, demonstrated that quality anew last week when he ventured to name the ten most important headlines of the 20th century. He took this bold gamble in connection with an international project called Chronicle of the 20th Century, for which Daniel served as an editor and which undertakes to tell the history of the era in headlines and quasi news stories. Daniel's top ten:

1) MAN'S FIRST FLIGHT IN A HEAVIER-THAN-AIR MACHINE (Dec....

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