Category Archives: Current Affairs

Stocks Dive in Frenzy, 1929

  Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale notes the role of politics in criticism of Police Chief James Davis.   Oct. 30, 1929: “An incredible stock market tumbled toward chaos today despite heroic measures adopted by the nation's greatest bankers.” What do … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions – Fourth Annual Archives Bazaar

  William Dotson of USC sends along a reminder of the fourth annual Archives Bazaar, which will be held Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5  p.m. at USC’s Davidson Conference Center. Admission is free. The bazaar, presented by L.A. … Continue reading

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Khrushchev Scolds L.A. Mayor

Sept. 20, 1959: Mayor Norris Poulson makes headlines for his remarks to Khrushchev. Photograph by Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times Sept. 19, 1959: Los Angeles Mayor Norris Poulson, above left, greets Nikita Khrushchev at Los Angeles International Airport. Are … Continue reading

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CIA ‘a Farce,’ Khrushchev Says

Oct. 4, 1959, Republic Corp. President Victor M. Carter describes comments made by Nikita Khrushchev during a tour of housing developments in the San Fernando Valley. Khrushchev told ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge that the Soviets had intercepted and read secret … Continue reading

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Khrushchev Arrives in L.A.!

Sept. 19, 1959: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev arrives in Los Angeles. Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department Four tiers of scaffolding are set up for photographers and TV cameras, which are already in place. Khrushchev's travels required three aircraft: … Continue reading

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Thug Clubs L.A. Woman

Sept. 2, 1949: Cub Scout wins cake contest!   I thought it would be fun to dip into the 1949 editions of the Mirror, if only briefly. At that time, Paul Coates was mostly covering nightclubs and had yet to … Continue reading

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Ignore Khrushchev, VFW Leader Says; Koufax Strikes Out 18!

Sept. 1, 1959: Vice President Nixon addresses the VFW convention being held in Los Angeles … VFW Commander in Chief John W. Mahan says of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's upcoming visit: "We ask Americans to ignore, with dignity, this man. … Continue reading

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Deputies Raid Spahn Movie Ranch; Booed by Fans, Wills Hits Grand Slam

Aug. 17, 1969: I suppose we at the Daily Mirror HQ should be talking about "Amerika" and how the military-industrial complex sucks the blood of the Woodstock Nation. But we're not. The only thing up against the wall here are … Continue reading

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Nixon Quits!

  Aug. 9, 1974, Paul Conrad on Richard Nixon's resignation. Nixon's resignation comes at an interesting time for the Daily Mirror because we're gearing up for the 1960 presidential race, awkwardly putting the end of the story before the beginning. … Continue reading

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Russian Leader to Visit L.A.! A.L. Wins All-Star Game

  Bruce Russell's editorial cartoon is appalling today, but this style is typical of the 1950s, when artists frequently relied on a small repertory company of characters that included the Peace Dove, the Russian Bear, Mr. A-Bomb, Uncle Sam, the … Continue reading

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U.S. to Accept Division of South Vietnam; Airport Proposed at Anaheim Stadium

NASA says a manned trip to Mars could be possible by 1981 … Dist. Atty. Edmund Dinis wants an inquest into the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, who drowned when Sen. Edward Kennedy's car went off a narrow bridge on … Continue reading

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A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Elite Spy Agency

  July 30, 1952: Look, the also-ran weekly rival to Life, runs a story about the elite, super-secret Central Intelligence Agency. The title, "Inside CIA," is a play on John Gunther's book "Inside USA" and its successors.

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Nixon Dedicates Sports Arena

July 5, 1959: Vice President Richard Nixon waves during the dedication of the Sports Arena. It has been a long time since anyone referred to the Los Angeles Sports Arena as a "marvel of modern design." But that was the … Continue reading

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City Hall Protest Over Chavez Ravine Evictions, April 14, 1959

  Chavez Ravine residents threatened with eviction survived another day in their homes. The Times published a short story with a terrible lead on the planned evictions to allow construction of Dodger Stadium: "It was the last of the ninth inning … Continue reading

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Mayor’s Aide Guilty of Selling Jobs, March 24, 1939

A line of Nazi tanks crosses into Czechoslovakia.  Head of Federal Reserve calls for a balanced budget. Joseph Shaw, brother former Mayor Frank Shaw, is convicted on 63 counts of selling jobs and promotions in the Los Angeles police and … Continue reading

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Jerry Lewis Plays First Base for Dodgers, January 18, 1959

I’m sure there’s a joke here someplace. The Times’ political power broker Kyle Palmer writes a glowing piece about biographies of Eisenhower and Nixon.    On the comics page, Stephen F. Austin straightens out some pesky Indians and Delilah gets … Continue reading

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Thousands in Los Angeles pray for peace, January 14, 1939

About 4,000 worshipers attend a Perpetual Novena for Our Sorrowful Mother at St. Vibiana’s Cathedral. People knelt in the aisles, in the doorways and outside praying for peace and for relief of the poor, The Times says. County Supervisor Roger … Continue reading

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Paul Coates — Mikoyan interview, January 13, 1959

Interview With Coates Russian Stars on TV Show By Paul V. Coates, Mirror News Columnist When President Eisenhower sits down with Soviet Deputy Premier Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan on Saturday to plan give-and-take with West Berlin and Germany, it’ll be Ike … Continue reading

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Voices — Richard Bergholz

Here’s a story by legendary Times political reporter Dick Bergholz, who died in 2000. From his obituary: When Richard Nixon lost his race for California governor and delivered his famous promise, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore,” every … Continue reading

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Stocks suffer worst day in 19 months; Rams rehire Allen, January 7, 1969

A 15-point drop in the Dow is Page 1 news in 1969. I wonder what they would think of today’s economic meltdown. Today in Baby Boomer nostalgia: Gordon Lightfoot makes his debut in Los Angeles. It took the Rams 12 … Continue reading

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