Great historical events don’t always make for great headlines.
If there’d been newspapers in 1066 they’d likely have covered William the Conqueror’s landing in England.
But in 622 they would not have recorded Mohammed’s successful covert trip from Mecca to Medina before the Meccan authorities could assassinate him. It would have seemed like a minor religious troublemaker vanishing never to be heard from again.
Pretty soon they’d have been grabbing the biggest typeface they had to describe his actions, and they’d have needed it for most of the next 1400 years.
But at the time I’d pity the reporter trying to convince editors his quiet disappearance wasn’t a total non-story.
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