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Topics in Chronicling America - World War I Armistice

Front page headlines announce that the war is over and crowds throng the streets in New York and other cities on November 7, 1918 to celebrate...except the United Press report is erroneous and the devastating Great War is not quite over. Armistice is declared four days later on November 11, 1918, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, a day now celebrated as Veterans Day. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


Picture of the Evening World with "War Over" headline

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Important Dates:

  • November 7, 1918. Several newspapers prematurely announce the end of World War I, triggering exuberant street celebrations. Other newspapers do not accept an erroneous United Press report and instead state that the war’s end is near.
  • November 8-10, 1918. Newspaper coverage focuses on the progression toward armistice, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s abdication, and revolution in Germany. A few newspapers continue to carry false announcements of war’s end.
  • November 11, 1918. The true armistice goes into effect at 11:00 AM, Paris time (6:00 AM Eastern time).

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] armistice, war, end, over, surrender, peace.
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.
  • Select “Show only front pages” to focus on front page headlines and major articles.

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