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New York Daily News: 19 Attention-Grabbing Headlines

Looking back at the tabloid spirit of an NYC institution.

Facing financial pressures familiar to many newspaper journalists across the country, the New York Daily News (now owned by Chicago-based conglomerate Tronc) on Monday announced massive layoffs that will reduce its staff by half. The famed city tabloid, which has been publishing since 1919, has won 11 Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of important local stories, on everything from NYPD abuses to deadbeat landlords. But in the city that never sleeps, it's also famous — and often infamous — for its tabloid instincts and bold headlines that make even the busiest New Yorker do a double take at the newsstand. Here, a look back at some of those classic attention-grabbers over the years.

JANUARY 13, 1928 New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images JANUARY 13, 1928 Pairing a provocative image with a blaring headline has long been in the New York Daily News playbook. For this front page, a reporter is said to have tied a camera to his leg to capture the moment Ruth Snyder was electrocuted at Sing Sing prison. DECEMBER 3, 1969 New York Daily News/NY Daily News via Getty Images DECEMBER 3, 1969 Among the reasons the tabloid is beloved in its city: its pull-no-punches take on the news. Here, coverage of the "kooks," including Charles Manson, behind the 1969 murder of actress Sharon Tate and others in California.

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SEPTEMBER 21, 1973 New York Daily News/NY Daily News via Getty Images SEPTEMBER 21, 1973 Summing up the result of the "Battle of the Sexes," a much-hyped tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs (a.k.a. "the Lip"). OCTOBER 30, 1975 New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images OCTOBER 30, 1975 Perhaps the most famous headline in Daily News history was a critique of President Ford's decision denying New York City the federal assistance it needed to avoid bankruptcy. DECEMBER 13, 1990 New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images DECEMBER 13, 1990 The legal saga of mob boss John Gotti was a popular ongoing story in New York, and the Daily News was among the outlets who dubbed him "Teflon Don." MAY 20, 1992 New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images MAY 20, 1992 The Daily News often covered the culture wars, here succinctly conveying the message then-VP Dan Quayle had for the sitcom "Murphy Brown" and its plotline of a single woman having a baby. JANUARY 26, 1995 New York Daily News/NY Daily News via Getty Images JANUARY 26, 1995 In addition to local news, the tabloid also covered the major national stories that had everyone's attention — including the O.J. Simpson murder trial. JUNE 9, 2007 New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images JUNE 9, 2007 The Daily News' angle on socialite Paris Hilton's courtroom woes probably echoed the thoughts of many New Yorkers. MAY 2, 2011 New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images MAY 2, 2011 Reporting on the death of Osama bin Laden. JUNE 2, 2011 New York Daily News/NY Daily News via Getty Images JUNE 2, 2011 Disgraced politician Anthony Weiner's various sex scandals provided ample fodder for wordplay. JULY 15, 2013 New York Daily News/NY Daily News via Getty Images JULY 15, 2013 Featuring a hoodie, a symbol of the early Black Lives Matter movement, after a controversial acquittal in the killing of unarmed Trayvon Martin. OCTOBER 1, 2013 New York Daily News/NY Daily News via Getty Images OCTOBER 1, 2013 In recent years, photo illustrations have expressed the sentiments of Daily News editors, who put a clever spin on the political drama "House of Cards" with a photo of then-House Speaker John Boehner. JANUARY 13, 2015 New York Daily News/NY Daily News via Getty Images JANUARY 13, 2015 Another disgraced New York politician (Sheldon Silver), another play on a pop-culture title ("Silver Linings Playbook"). JULY 2, 2015 New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images JULY 2, 2015 Covering the Tiger Woods cheating scandal as it unfolded. JANUARY 15, 2016 New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images JANUARY 15, 2016 Responding with a middle finger to Senator Ted Cruz, a presidential candidate who'd condemned "New York values." MARCH 20, 2013 New York Daily News/NY Daily News via Getty Images MARCH 20, 2013 America's gun violence epidemic is an issue on which the Daily News has been incredibly vocal — particularly following Congress' failure to pass an assault weapons bill after the massacre at Sandy Hook. MAY 7, 2015 New York Daily News/NY Daily News via Getty Images MAY 7, 2015 And let's not forget a few classic sports headlines too — including this one, about Tom Brady's "Deflategate" scandal. DECEMBER 9, 2015 New York Daily News DECEMBER 9, 2015 Long before he was even the Republican nominee for president, the Daily News kept its critical eye on Donald Trump and his rhetoric.



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