80 Years Of Newsweek Covers That Explained The World

The iconic weekly magazine announced Thursday it’s killing its print edition.

1. In 1933, the first Newsweek cover was born.

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2. Its only competition was Time magazine. Genius.

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3. But even on Dec. 7, 1941, publishing once a week made it tough to get breaking news on the cover.

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4. That didn’t stop circulation from rising in the ’40s.

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5. Victory.

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6. Followed by lots of fun and the Baby Boom.

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7. Of Which Aaron Sorkin Would Approve.

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8. Until an American tragedy marks the end of an era.

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9. And begins a new one, with some pretty great music.

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10. (Though we never really shook our lingering suspicions…)

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11. Because it happened again.

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12. And again.

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13. Yet that didn’t really stop us.

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14. Demanding what was always ours.

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15. Shooting for the, uh, stars. Or at least the moon.

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16. Though the sky worked, too.

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17. Of course, we all remember that in the ’60s, lots of us we were flying very, very, very, very, very, very, very, yerv, very, vrey, verrrrrry high………….

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18. A crash was to be expected, and one happened on Kent State’s campus in 1970.

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19. Woodward and Bernstein got to the bottom of it all.

(The duo worked for the Washington Post, which used to own Newsweek, btw.)

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20. Thankfully there were lots of distractions, like this hit show starring Rob Reiner, the director of When Harry Met Sally.

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21. This music was also a hit.

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22. This fashion designer was a hit.

Her husband, Barry Diller, now owns the magazine.

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23. This guy was A Big Hit

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24. So what to expect in the ’80s? Not this.

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25. Or this.

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26. We did love this.

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27. But 41 really didn’t love this.

Then Vice President Bush gave access to the Newsweek reporter during an election year because he expected it would be a positive profile. It wasn’t.

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28. Lots of people we loved still tragically died from this, and we swore to all them that we would find a cure.

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29. The decade ended with Chinese students and workers in Tianemen Square.

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30. The covers took us through the scandals and tragedies of the ’90s.

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35. In 1996, Newsweek editors promised Hillary this was going to be a positive story about her. It wasn’t.

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36. And then in 1998, Newsweek broke this story.

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40. And Bill was really pissed at Newsweek. So he gave access to Time in 1999.

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41. We made it to 2000.

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42. And everyone had a glorious 19 months to be stuck in pre-9/11 thinking, a time when bad movies got made and bad covers got picked and THAT seemed like the real catastrophe.

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46. But if we’re being honest, we kind of freaked out and panicked and did some very dumb things.

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48. That being said, Newsweek has always reminded us there are lots of dangerous foreigners out there.

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51. But Newsweek has always been there to remind us that Jesus is out there, too.

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52. And to point out The Next Big Thing

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53. And the Next Really Big Thing!

In Dec. 2004, Obama appeared on Newsweek’s cover a month after he was elected to the Illinois senate. It was the future president’s first national magazine cover. Good call Mark Whitaker!

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54. Yes, always searching for the really big things.

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55. With occaisional controversy.

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56. Newsweek was there to close this chapter with us.

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57. And got Andrew Sullivan to write awesome new covers. Rock.

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58. Because the Newsweek cover at its best always captures our most historic moments as a people.

Written by BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins

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59. Cultural moments, as well.

Though they should have gotten Brett Easton Ellis to write this one

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60. And in a world without any more Newsweek covers to turn the page for us, to mark new chapters, to remind us of what’s possible, and what’s next…

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Special thanks to Sam Register, who keeps the best Newsweek Tumblr account around. Check it out.

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With additional research by Rebecca Elliott.

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Disclosure: Hastings worked for Newsweek from 2002-2008. He still loves the place.

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