175 years of the Akron Beacon Journal

  • Celebrating 175 years of the Akron Beacon Journal
    Today we are looking back …and forward. This section celebrates the Akron Beacon Journal’s 175th birthday and takes a look into the future of your source of essential local news and advertising content.
  • John S. Knight blazed the trail and left a legacy
    If you had a dollar for every time a Beacon Journal reader, writer or editor has complained that something in the newspaper sent John S. Knight “spinning in his grave,” you’d have almost as much cash as the Beacon Journal legend accumulated during his incredible half-century career.
  • Beacon Journal moves forward to capture changing audience
    If we are thinking about the next 175 years of the Beacon Journal, let’s put aside notions of home delivery on Mars or direct transmission of top stories to a chip in your brain. Maybe those things will happen, Maybe not. Nobody knows.
  • Al Fitzpatrick: Blazing a trail
    In the 1950s it was almost impossible for a person of color to get a job in the white-dominated newsrooms of America’s newspapers.
  • Timeline of Beacon Journal history
    April 15, 1839 — Hiram Bowen, backed by businessmen who want a Whig newspaper to campaign for creation of a county centered on Akron, publishes the first edition of the Summit Beacon.
  • Beacon Journal Pulitzer Prizes
    1968: Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for John S. Knight, for a selection of his Editor’s Notebook weekly columns, largely opposing the Vietnam War and defending the public’s right to protest. He had begun the column in 1936 and wrote it for four decades, “in a style that would range from the wistfully poetic to the angry and agonizing,” according to Knight biographer Charles Whited.




2014 marks our 175th birthday and to celebrate we want to share some of the most notable pages in our paper’s history. Take a look back at various historical moments featured in the Beacon Journal over the past 175 years. Click each link below to see images of our paper when each event occurred.

Barack Obama's presidential inauguration: Jan. 21, 2008
Cavaliers draft LeBron James: June 27, 2003
Bush defeats Gore: Nov. 8, 2000
Indians win first pennant since 1954: Oct. 17, 1995
John S. Knight dies: June 17, 1981
Iran releases U.S. hostages: Jan. 19, 1981
Fall of Saigon: April 30, 1975
Shootings by National Guard at Kent State: May 4, 1970
Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated: April 4, 1968
Astronaut John Glenn orbits Earth: Feb. 20, 1962
Atomic bomb dropped on Japan: Aug. 6, 1945
D-Day: June 6, 1944
Doodlebug Disaster: Aug. 1, 1940
Franklin Roosevelt elected president: Nov. 8, 1932
Akron Airdock dedicated: Nov. 8, 1929
Akron holds centennial celebration: July 20, 1925
Armistice Day: Nov. 11, 1918
Titanic sinks: April 15, 1912
Fire destroys Buchtel College: Dec. 20, 1899
Thomas Edison weds in Akron: Feb. 24, 1886
Abraham Lincoln is assassinated: April 15, 1865
Katrina hits Gulf Coast: Aug. 31, 2005
Terrorist attacks: Sept. 11, 2001
Start of a new millennium: Jan. 1, 2000
U.S. heads to war in Iraq: Jan. 16, 1991
Iran releases U.S. hostages: Jan. 19, 1981
Blizzard of 1978: Jan. 26, 1978
Richard M. Nixon resigns: Aug. 9, 1974
Neil Armstrong walks on the moon: July 21, 1969
John F. Kennedy is assassinated: Nov. 22, 1963
Sputnik is launched: Oct. 4, 1957
Victory in Europe: May 8, 1945
Pearl Harbor: Dec. 7, 1941
Prohibition repealed: Dec. 5, 1933
USS Akron airship dedicated: Aug. 8, 1931
U.S. stock market crashes: Oct. 29, 1929
19th amendment ratified: Aug. 18, 1920
Flood of 1913: March 23, 1913
Mob dynamites Akron City Hall: Aug. 22, 1900
USS Maine sinks: Feb. 15, 1898