Democracy Dies in Darkness

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It’s Express’ 15-year anniversary! Take a look at some of our historic covers.

August 3, 2018 at 11:45 AM

It’s our birthday, and we’re almost old enough to drive!

Fifteen years ago this Saturday (Aug. 4 was a Monday in 2003), the first edition of Express hit the streets.

A lot has happened since then. iPhones replaced BlackBerrys, Facebook replaced actual face time, and we’ve gone from Bush to Obama to … whatever it is that’s happening right now.

We’re proud of what we’ve done over the past 15 years, and we’re as dedicated as ever to bringing you the day’s news each morning — seriously when necessary but with a touch of humor whenever possible.

Most of all, we’re grateful to you for sticking with us all these years. To commemorate the milestone, we’ve chosen one cover from each year, marking some of the most memorable moments for the region, the country, the world — and Express. As always, thanks for reading.

08.04.03: Express, a publication of The Washington Post, debuts

11.04.04: President George W. Bush wins re-election over John Kerry

08.31.05: Hurricane Katrina ravages New Orleans and Gulf Coast

11.06.06: Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein sentenced to death

04.17.07: Gunman kills 32 people at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

11.05.08: Barack Obama becomes first African-American president

11.30.09: Express debuts redesign featuring magazine-style covers

04.30.10: Oil spills into the Gulf of Mexico from destroyed BP oil rig

05.04.11: U.S. forces kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan

11.07.12: President Obama wins re-election over Mitt Romney

08.06.13: Jeff Bezos agrees to buy The Washington Post and Express

08.04.14: Express debuts redesign — and current look — of the paper

09.22.15: Pope Francis brings D.C. to a halt during visit to the city

11.11.16: President Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump

11.03.17: Sexual assault allegations topple careers of powerful men

06.08.18: The Capitals win D.C.’s first major sports title since 1992

Plus, a bonus cover!

06.25.13: NSA leaker Edward Snowden was nowhere to be found, but Rusty the red panda was found after escaping the National Zoo.

What was your favorite Express cover? Tweet us at @WaPoExpress.

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