Everyone makes mistakes, even august newspapers. We all remember the Pennsylvania paper that apologized 150 years later for saying that the Gettsyburg Address was a piece of forgettable hogwash, right?
Well, this is a doozy, unearthed by the "Historical Pics" Twitter feed on Saturday. It seems that, in 1924, the New York Times reported that the world could breathe a sigh of relief: Adolf Hitler was out of jail and he was no big deal anymore! In fact, the paper wrote, Hitler was set to "retire":
"No longer to be feared", New York Times article about Adolf Hitler's release from prison, on this day in 1924. pic.twitter.com/MTbzTR1uUX
— Historical Pics (@HistoricalPics) March 30, 2014
If only Hitler had done what the Times said he would probably do, and gone off to be a chastened fascist vegetarian painter somewhere in the Austrian countryside.
Of course, he didn't do that.
(h/t Grant Podelco)