You can use historical newspapers to find out how issues and events were reported during a specific time in history.
International Newspaper Archives
There are some online publicly available international newspaper collections as well.
European Newspaper Archives Links to (mostly) free European newspaper archives. Includes British, Irish, Welsh, German, French, Dutch, and other collections. From Xooxle Answers.
International News: Historical Archives. Newspaper collections from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the rest of the world excluding Europe and the U.S.
Newspapers at the Center for Research Libraries. Database of more than 12,000 titles of U.S. and foreign newspapers (current and restrospective) held by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago. Because the Rutgers Libraries are members, CRL will lend copies of newspapers (usually on microfilm) to Rutgers researchers .