November 12 - 1937: Cape Cod daily newspaper closes

1916: 70,000 hear Billy Sunday
Sunday's acrobatic antics smacked of a vaudeville show.

1937: Cape Cod "Colonial" daily newspaper ends its one year press run

The Cape Cod Colonial leaves the field to Cape Cod Times

11-12-8-cc-colonial-daily-f_264This week in 1937 the Cape's daily newspaper ceased publication. The small item on right below ran in newspapers across America which was still struggling through the depths of the Great Depression.

The Colonial had been published since October of 1936.

Let's hope that history doesn't repeat itself, although the internet has already closed dozens of daily newspapers like the Christian Science Monitor, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Detroit News and Free Press, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Portland Oregonian. since March of 2007.

Our present daily, the Cape Cod Times, was first published by businessman J.P. Dunn and Basil Brewer on October 19, 1936 as the Cape Cod Standard-Times, and was distributed jointly on the Cape inside The New Bedford Standard-Times until the end of 1970.

The first issues were printed in a converted automobile dealer's garage on Elm Street in Hyannis, now a bus garage.

Less than a year after the paper made its debut, plans were announced for the construction of the present building at 319 Main Street, which opened in early 1938.

1916: 70,000 drawn to Billy Sunday religious rally

On this day in 1916 55,000 people came to hear Billy Sunday preach in Boston. An overflow crowd of 15,000 had to be turned away from the temporary tabernacle that had been erected on Huntington Avenue.

Baseball star-turned evangelist

During the next ten weeks, the baseball star-turned evangelist drew an estimated 1,500,000 to his Boston meetings.

His acrobatic antics, colorful language, frank discussion of sexual mores, and retinue of performers smacked of a vaudeville show.

But his masterful preaching moved many to commit their lives to Jesus.

Sermons helped pass Prohibition

Billy Sunday led countless crusades across the nation. The sermons against the evils of alcohol that he delivered in Boston, long remembered as among his most powerful, helped win passage of the constitutional amendment that made prohibition the law of the land.

See "Everything Else Which Happed Today" including in 1439 Plymouth, England, becomes the first town incorporated by the English Parliament. In 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers departed Plymouth for the New World and established Plymouth Colony – the second English settlement in what is now the United States of America.


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