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Topics in Chronicling America - New Century Celebrations, 1900-1901

"GREETINGS TO THE NEW-BORN CENTURY," announces the San Francisco Call of January 1, 1901. It’s the dawn of a new century, but which dawn, Jan. 1, 1900, or Jan. 1, 1901? Revelers celebrate both. On that same day Harriet Hubbard Ayer wrote in the Evening World: "Hail to the woman of the twentieth century, with her bright, roughish eyes, her blowing hair, her radiant health and magnificent spirit," although the century was only one day old. 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 ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

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Important Dates:

  • January 1, 1900 Only some Americans celebrate the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, due to debate over when the new century begins.
  • January 1, 1901 Some Americans celebrate the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th. By now it has certainly begun.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] New Year, celebrate, century
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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