From the Archives: Richard Nixon arrives at Los Angeles International Airport

Aug. 2, 1960: Republican Presidential nominee Richard Nixon and his wife Pat are hemmed in by a crow
Aug. 2, 1960: Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, are hemmed in by more than 3,000 well-wishers after leaving plane at Los Angeles International Airport.
(Los Angeles Times Archive / UCLA)

On Aug. 2, 1960, Vice President Richard Nixon traveled to Whittier to officially launch his campaign as Republican nominee for the presidency. The week before, in Chicago, he won the party’s nomination.

The next morning’s Los Angeles Times reported Nixon, who “flew into Los Angeles from Reno, landing at 5:10 p.m., managed to crowd into his busy schedule a planeside reception.”

After holding a news conference, Nixon rushed to Whittier College. Then in front of a crowd of 20,000, Nixon gave his opening campaign speech.

Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy defeated Nixon in the 1960 presidential campaign. Nixon won the presidency in 1968.

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