9 Sep 2008

Reading the past with Google News Archives

Google has teamed up with several newspapers to make their archives searchable via it's news portal. This means that for some searches you can actually see and search through scanned version of newspapers as they were seen as early as there were newspapers!

For example,see the news article about the first moon landing ever (shown in the screenshot on the right).

Using this is simple
  1. Go to Google News archive search at:


  2. Search for something that has some historic relevance, say "India independence" (without the quotes
  3. In the search results, look for the ones from "Google News Archive" (example screenshot below)

  4. Click the result to see the scanned archive page. The screenshot below shows an article in the newspaper published on March 16, 1946

I think the history buffs will like this one!

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