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.