The first edition of The Boston Globe was published on March 4, 1872. Now, 150 years later, we're marking the occasion with a look back through 15 decades of coverage. You’ll find stories on topics both serious and light, staff remembrances, and historical moments from a vast trove of archival material. Maybe you’ll see something you remember. Maybe something your great-grandparents would have. This is the beginning of a conversation with readers, with more to come in the months ahead.
Recent Headlines in Globe 150
March 4 named ‘Boston Globe Day’
Mayor Michelle Wu signed a proclamation making March 4, 2022, “Boston Globe Day,” in commemoration of the publication’s 150th anniversary. Watch the video message and read the proclamation.
Devra First on how Joyce Chen and Julia Child changed cooking forever
Plus, the very first reader recipe the Globe ever published, and the column that got 1.75 million letters.
James Brown helps a city in pain, the ‘Cheers’ finale, and more arts milestones
A look back at significant moments in arts coverage, including major art heists and poetry on the front page for a fallen president.
38 big stories from 150 years of Boston Globe coverage
Lizzie Borden’s trial, WWII, busing, the Catholic Church scandal, and the Marathon bombing are just some of the historic events covered in the Globe’s pages in the 150 years since its inaugural issue.
Advice for staying safe in a pandemic from the 1918 Globe, plus more tips from the archives
A selection of how-to advice from pages of the paper past. Plus, see if you can answer these questions submitted to Ask the Globe.
How business and political power have changed in Boston
A look back at when a group of businessmen pulled strings from “the Vault,” to the emerging power structure that’s becoming more representative of the citizens it serves.
A note from CEO Linda Henry and publisher John Henry
As we celebrate the Globe’s sesquicentennial, we have a tremendous amount of gratitude for our history and excitement for our future.
Play this Boston Globe crossword puzzle from 1917
Can you complete this 104-year-old crossword?