Masters blog: Local paper isn't always Masters focused

Jack Nicklaus watches his putt drop for a birdie on the 17th hole at Augusta National on April 13, 1986 in Augusta, Ga. The shot gave him the lead and he went on to win his sixth Masters title.

Jack Nicklaus watches his putt drop for a birdie on the 17th hole at Augusta National on April 13, 1986 in Augusta, Ga. The shot gave him the lead and he went on to win his sixth Masters title.

— The Augusta Chronicle has been covering the Masters Tournament since they first teed it up in 1934. That was the year that Horton Smith won what is now the most famous golf tournament on the planet.

As part of the paper's coverage this year, the Chronicle is offering a digital look at the front page of the paper the day after each Masters ended.

Being a history buff, seeing front pages of old newspapers is interesting.

How interesting you ask?

Well only 10 times was the main headline of the paper something other than about the Masters winner.

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1935: President Approves Work Relief Act

This was one of the main provisions of FDR’s New Deal and included the creation of the WPA.

1936: Over 150 Killed In Gainesville Storm; Tornadoes Claim 300 Lives In South

An F4 tornado touched down just south of Gainesville, Ga. and would eventually merge with another funnel coming from the west in downtown Gainesville. The Gainesville storms, spawned from the same weather system that created the Tupelo tornado, would cause more extensive physical damage ($13 million). More than 1,600 people would be injured in Gainesville and throughout Hall County and more than 750 houses were damaged or destroyed. Most experts agree that the total number of lives lost in these storms was significantly higher.

1939: Britain Pushes Program Inpertrubed by Fuehrer

World War II wouldn’t start until September 1, when Germany invaded Poland but during the spring and summer of 1939, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain would continue to hope for peace under his theory of appeasement.

1941: German Bombers Blast Belgrade As Balkan War Gains Momentum

From October 1940 until March 1941, the Italians attempted to invade Greece. But once it was clear that the Italians could not get the job done, the Germans stepped in and also invaded Yugoslavia (Operation 25) and would receive unconditional surrender by of the Yugoslav forces by April 17th.

1942: India Prepares For Invasion

By the spring of 1942, the Axis powers had gained what would be its largest foothold of land during the war. The possible invasion of India could come from its border with Burma or through the Middle East, neither would occur.

1947: Compromise Offered in Phone Wage Row

Labor-management relations deteriorated during World War II. The war ended and fed-up workers threatened a nationwide strike in 1946. The strike was averted thirty-five minutes before the deadline. A year later AT&T and its companies resisted all compromise, flatly refusing any wage increase. On April 7, 1947, the first nationwide Bell System strike began.

1954: Voters to decide fate of super-road today

Planning for Georgia 400, a state highway connecting the north Atlanta and Lake Lanier regions, began in 1954.

1967: Sloppy wiring, poor design blamed for Apollo tragedy

Apollo 1 was the first manned mission of a program that was eventually to go to the moon. On January 27, at Launch Pad 34 at Cape Canaveral, all three members of the mission – Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee – were killed. The final report about the tragedy was issued in April.

1970: Apollo 13 crew’s lives in danger

Apollo 13th was the seventh manned mission in the Apollo program and third to land on the moon. Launched on April 11, the fate of the crew was in serious question when an oxygen tank exploded two days after launch.

1972: Byrnes dies at 92

James F. Byrnes was a former congressman, Senator, Justice of the Supreme Court and Secretary of State and lastly the 104th governor of South Carolina from 1951-1955.

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The other headlines were all Masters related. Here are some of the more interesting ones:

1940: Demaret Clinches Masters; 10,000 Follow Final Round

1952: Sam Snead wins Masters as rivals blow chances

1957: Ford wins Masters with sizzling finish

1961: Gary Player “sweats out” momentous Masters win

1964: Another green coat for Arnie’s wardrobe

1968: Goalby gains Masters title, De Vicenzo errs on score

1977: Watson outguns Nicklaus for Masters championship

1986: Jack’s back, roars out of pace with 65 for sixth Masters title

1992: Made-in-America Masters: Couples wins green Jacket

1994: Ole’, Olazabal

1996: Shark Skinned

1997: Historic

2001: A slam of his own

2004: Finally Phil

2009: Three, two, won

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A side note, from 1973 onward, every main front-page headline was about the Masters winner. In 1997, when Tiger Woods won his first green jacket, the front page had its first color photograph of Woods with the classic fist pump and his traditional Sunday red.

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