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What Was the Top News Story From The Year You Were Born?

There have been some truly incredible news stories over the past 70 years, events that have changed the way we live and the way we see the world. The world had changed more in recent history than at any other time in history. From spaceflight to international conflicts, the events that made headlines shaped the world. Check out the biggest news stories from the year you were born!

1945 V-J Day

Victory Over Japan Day on August, 15, 1945 was one of the biggest news stories of the year, alongside the restructuring of Germany, the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the death of FDR. Most of the news stories of 1945 focused on the war, but victory was truly a cause for celebration. The official surrender and treaty took place on September 2, 1945.

1946 Nuremberg Trials

19 Nazi officials were tried and found guilty during some of the most widely discussed trials of the 20th century. 3 were acquitted, but the world waited each day to hear what would be the fate of the men who had so bolding disregarded the humanity and rights of millions of people.

1947 Indian Independence

Headlines around the world were focused on the newly-gained independence of India and Pakistan from British rule. The new nations rocked the world with headlines of their freedom from one of the most powerful governments by use of peaceful protests and mass walk outs.

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1948 Arab-Israeli War

Soon after Israel became a nation, the Arab-Israeli War broke out and made the front page of most newspapers. Lasting for about 1 year, this conflict has set the tone of relations between Israel and Palestine for decades.

1949 NATO Formation

Top news story the year you were born

President Truman and Secretary of State Dean Acheson discussing NATO policies. Via/ National Archives

NATO formation takes place, with 12 countries included. Today NATO includes 28 nations. The Cold War treaty was intended to protect European nations in the event of Russian invasion.

1950 Korean War Begins

When North Korean Communist forces invade South Korea, the Korean was began in June of 1950 and lasted another 3 years.

1951 Seoul Is Captured

Top news story the year you were born

American and Korean troops try each other’s ration packs. Via/ Flickr

With control of Seoul passing back and forth in a series of conflicts between Communist Korean forces and UN forces, the Korean War made headlines constantly.

1952 Appointment of Queen Elizabeth

Elizabeth Windsor becomes Queen Elizabeth after her father, King George V passed away. Her reign has been the longest in British history.

1953 Korean War Ends

The Korean War armistice is signed in July, after a frustrating 3 years of battle, avoiding a more serious escalation of international war.

1954 Marilyn Monroe Announces Divorce Plans

Top news story the year you were born

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Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio elope and then file for divorce all within the same year. The announcement of their divorce was hard for all parties involved, and many fans felt especially down-hearted as well.

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