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From the Archives: 1958 fog closure of Los Angeles International Airport

This photo by staff photographer John Malmin appeared in the Jan. 30, 1958, Los Angeles Times. The image won best metropolitan spot news photo of the year in the California-Nevada Associated Press competition. A story in the Los Angles Times on Jan. 30, 1958, reported on the fog: Fog threw a 1,000-foot-deep...

  • From the Archives: Stuntwoman Kitty O'Neil takes a plunge off the Valley Hilton

    From the Archives: Stuntwoman Kitty O'Neil takes a plunge off the Valley Hilton

    During filming for an episode of the television show “Wonder Woman,” stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil took a record plunge at the Valley Hilton in Sherman Oaks. An extended caption in the Feb. 13, 1979, Los Angeles Times reported: It wasn’t a plane. It wasn’t a bird. It wasn’t even Wonder Woman. It was...

  • From the Archives: Hurricane Liza devastates La Paz, Mexico

    From the Archives: Hurricane Liza devastates La Paz, Mexico

    Around midnight on Sept. 30, 1976, Category 4 Hurricane Liza slammed into La Paz in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Staff writer Patt Morrison reported in the Oct. 3, 1976, Los Angeles Times: LA PAZ, Mex.––Only 24 hours after Hurricane Liza stormed through the dirt streets of the city, La Paz was...

  • From the Archives: Holding a tiger by the tail

    From the Archives: Holding a tiger by the tail

    A photo taken Sept. 29, 1966, shows a 300-pound tranquilized Bengal tiger named Henry being dragged by Dr. Charles Sedwick to a level spot. Henry needed to be moved for a vaccination and blood test. His 200-pound mate, Hilda, received the same treatment. The old Griffith Park Zoo was preparing...

  • From the Archives: 'Lady of the Lake' statue

    From the Archives: 'Lady of the Lake' statue

    The “Lady of the Lake” is 14 feet high and is made of poured concrete. It was funded through the Federal Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) in 1934. The sculpture currently is located at the edge of Echo Park Lake. A similar photo to the above image appeared in the June 1, 1934, Los Angeles Times....

  • From the Archives: Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Warmth, Don Rickles

    From the Archives: Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Warmth, Don Rickles

    Don Rickles couldn't miss the event — Dec. 12 being Frank Sinatra's birthday. As reported by Abby Sewell for the Los Angeles Times Hollywood Star Walk, Rickles had heckled Sinatra for years: … Rickles is a famous “insult comic” who, early in his career, made a name for himself by heckling tough-guy...

  • From the Archives: Statue of Sen. Stephen M. White gets moved

    From the Archives: Statue of Sen. Stephen M. White gets moved

    Sen. Stephen M. White is known as the father of Los Angeles Harbor. While serving in the United States Senate from 1893 to 1899, White helped procured a federal appropriation for construction of the deep-water harbor in San Pedro. After White passed away in 1901, the statue of him was commissioned....

  • From the Archives: gas main explodes in Long Beach on the Fourth of July

    From the Archives: gas main explodes in Long Beach on the Fourth of July

    A Long Beach apartment building was destroyed in an explosion and resulting fire on the Fourth of July in 1973. Four residents of the building were injured. This photo accompanied a story in the July 5, 1973, Los Angeles Times reporting: A gas main explosion set off an apartment house fire in Long...

  • From the Archives: Ku Klux Klan images from 1920s Southern California

    From the Archives: Ku Klux Klan images from 1920s Southern California

    During the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan was very active in Southern California - especially in the city of Inglewood. Three of these images from the Los Angeles Times archives are related to an April 22, 1922, KKK raid in Inglewood that left one man dead. In a May 30, 1999, article, Cecilia Rasmussen...

  • From the Archives: Capturing O.J. Simpson on film as 1995 'not guilty' verdicts are read

    From the Archives: Capturing O.J. Simpson on film as 1995 'not guilty' verdicts are read

    Myung J. Chun, now a Los Angeles Times staff photographer, was the pool photographer working the remote camera in the courtroom when the O.J. Simpson murder trial verdicts were announced. Chun writes: The Simpson verdict photos on Oct. 3, 1995, were the result of months of hard work, great planning...

  • From the Archives: Fashionable Pedestrians

    From the Archives: Fashionable Pedestrians

    This photo was published in the Jan. 3, 1950, Los Angeles Times MidWinter Edition as part of a photographic history of Los Angeles. The accompanied headline announced, "Century's Early Years Brought Trolleys, Traffic and (Ah!) Fashion." The caption under the photo above reported, "Ah, the hustle-bustle...

  • From the Archives: Monkey business starring two chimpanzees

    From the Archives: Monkey business starring two chimpanzees

    Two chimpanzees, owned by John A. Haeseler, played with a typewriter for a 10-picture layout in the Feb. 2, 1936, Los Angeles Times Sunday Rotogravure photography section. Most of the images were taken with a special high-speed camera. The first image in the layout, reproduced above, had the following...

  • From the Archives: Gold prospector 'Lucky' Blackiet

    From the Archives: Gold prospector 'Lucky' Blackiet

    ‘Lucky’ Blackiet is one of those great characters who appear, then disappear, from the pages of the Los Angeles Times. The photo at left above accompanied a short story on Blackiet in the April 6, 1934, Los Angeles Times: A broken pair of buggy wheels accounted for the visit to Los Angeles yesterday...

  • From the Archives: Red Cross Day at Hollywood Park

    From the Archives: Red Cross Day at Hollywood Park

    The stars attended a charity fundraiser at the track for the Red Cross. Times sports writer Paul Lowry reported the next morning: Red Cross day brought a crowd of 18,500 persons to Hollywood Park yesterday afternoon and tossed records into the discard right and left. The returns to the mercy fund...

  • From the Archives: Donald Duck's 50th anniversary

    From the Archives: Donald Duck's 50th anniversary

    This photo by Times staff photographer Con Keyes was not published until June 9, 1984 – Donald Duck Day in Los Angeles. In a Los Angeles Times Calendar Section article, writer Charles Solomon reported: Today is Donald Duck Day in Los Angeles: Mayor Tom Bradley has issued a proclamation honoring...

  • From the Archives: Customized Volkswagen Beetles

    From the Archives: Customized Volkswagen Beetles

    Here’s four images from the Volkswagen folder in the Los Angeles Times print archive. Back when VW Beetles seemed to be 10% of the vehicles on L.A. freeways, only the customized Bug stood out. Enjoy Scott Harrison See more from the Los Angeles Times archives here

  • From the Archives: Martians destroy Los Angeles City Hall

    From the Archives: Martians destroy Los Angeles City Hall

    Los Angeles Times staff photographer Phil Bath, using a high-speed 35-millimeter camera, was present during special effects filming for the movie "War of the Worlds." Four of these photos were published in the May 9, 1952, Los Angeles Times. An accompanying story explains: The City Hall was blasted...

  • From the Archives: 1985 Mexico City Earthquake

    From the Archives: 1985 Mexico City Earthquake

    In 2010, on the 25th anniversary of the quake, Los Angeles Times writer Daniel Hernandez wrote in a La Plaza blog post: Mexico City on Sunday marked 25 years since a powerful earthquake devastated the Mexican capital, killing thousands and sparking a grassroots civilian rescue effort that helped...

  • From the Archives: Humphrey Bogart returns to L.A. with young bride Lauren Bacall

    From the Archives: Humphrey Bogart returns to L.A. with young bride Lauren Bacall

    Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall met during filming of 1944’s “To Have and Have Not.” They were married May 21, 1945, at the home of Bogart’s close friend Louis Bromfield near Lucas, Ohio. Journalists greeted the couple upon their return by train to Pasadena. This image by photographer L. Maxine...

  • From the Archives: Bas-relief on the Los Angeles Stock Exchange building

    From the Archives: Bas-relief on the Los Angeles Stock Exchange building

    On Nov. 18, 1955, the Los Angeles Times started publishing the Know Your City photography series. Readers were invited to guess the “familiar buildings, parks, statues, bridges and other objects” during the 250-part series. This bas-relief on the Los Angeles Stock Exchange Building was number 42...

  • From the Archives: Plunked in the back by a pitch

    From the Archives: Plunked in the back by a pitch

    Down 12-3 in the top of the eighth, Hollywood Stars manager Fred Haney selected infielder Jim Baxes to pitch. Times staff writer Al Wolf explains: Hopelessly beaten, Fred Haney used the occasion for a bit of experimenting. He pitched Jim Baxes in the eighth inning…. The slingshot-armed infielder,...

  • From the Archives: Aircraft boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

    From the Archives: Aircraft boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

    Since 1946, part of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson has served as an aircraft storage and preservation center for the U.S. military. Currently, the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group has about 4,400 aircraft at the “boneyard.” At the facility, some aircraft are preserved...

  • From the Archives: A mountain of red cars

    From the Archives: A mountain of red cars

    After World War ll, the Pacific Electric Railway system was slowly dismantled -- replaced by buses and freeways. As reported in the March 19, 1956, Los Angeles Times, many of the cars were broken up for scrap: A host of ghosts hovers over a monumental boneyard on Terminal Island in Los Angeles...

  • From the Archives: Actress Sally Long goes to traffic school over 30 mph speeding violation

    From the Archives: Actress Sally Long goes to traffic school over 30 mph speeding violation

    Actress Sally Long had been arrested for a speeding — 30 mph — on Santa Monica Boulevard. Her punishment: traffic school taught by Judge Louis P. Russill. A story in the Oct. 21, 1926, Los Angeles Times reported: Sally's going to be a good girl now. She, meaning Sally Long, motion-picture actress,...

  • From the Archives: In 1979, no more cruising on Whittier Boulevard

    From the Archives: In 1979, no more cruising on Whittier Boulevard

    Growing crowds and rising violence led the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to shut down the weekend tradition known as cruising Whittier Boulevard. Staff writer Joy Horowitz reported in the Aug. 8, 1979, Los Angeles Times: ...Whittier Blvd. on a Saturday night. It’s an odd ritual–a cross...

  • From the Archives: 1923 LAPD Parade

    From the Archives: 1923 LAPD Parade

    Sporting new uniforms and gold badges, the Los Angeles Police Department’s 1923 parade was led by Chief Louis D. Oaks and the Police Band. Also in the parade were mounted traffic officers, motorcycle officers and police ambulances. One of the parade highlights, as reported in the next day's Los...

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