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April 15, 2013 |
Sal Castro, a veteran Los Angeles Unified School District teacher who played a central role in the 1968 "blowouts," when more than 1,000 students in predominantly Latino high schools walked out of their classrooms to protest inequalities in education, died in his sleep Monday after a long bout with cancer. He was 79. Castro died at his home in the Silver Lake district, seven months after he was found to have stage 4 thyroid cancer, said his wife, Charlotte Lerchenmuller. In March 1968, Castro was a social studies teacher at Lincoln High School near downtown when he helped instigate the protests that became a seminal event in the development of the Chicano movement.
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July 28, 2001
Robert O. Lowery, the first African American to head the fire department of a major American city, died Tuesday in New York City. He was 85. Lowery was New York's first black fire commissioner. His tenure began as racial tensions divided both the Fire Department and the city. Appointed in 1965 by Mayor John V.
January 25, 1990
City Manager Karl Koski has announced he will retire June 30 from a public service career that spans three decades. Koski, 59, joined the city staff as an administrative assistant in 1961, a year after incorporation. He said he decided to retire to spend time with his family, travel and enjoy the outdoors. The City Council probably will begin with an in-house search for a new city manager, Koski said.
December 21, 1990 |
Marilyn Monroe's marriage contract to American playwright Arthur Miller fetched more than $14,000 on Thursday, Christie's auctioneers said. The ketubah, a Jewish wedding contract dated July 1, 1956, was witnessed in New York by Lee Strasberg, founder of New York's Actors' Studio. Monroe converted to Judaism for the marriage, Miller's second and her third. They divorced in 1961, the year before her death at 35.
December 21, 1985
The passing of home run king Roger Maris brings to mind a trivia question: In 1961, the year Maris hit 61 home runs, how many times was he walked intentionally? Zero. He was followed in the lineup by Mickey Mantle. It is ironic that the man whose record Maris broke, Babe Ruth, was, in his prime, occasionally walked intentionally with the bases loaded. GREGORY PEARSON Santa Monica
July 15, 1995
William T. O'Donnell, 72, former chairman and chief executive officer of Bally Manufacturing Corp. who transformed it from a pinball game maker into the world's largest manufacturer of slot machines. O'Donnell, who was chairman from 1961 until his retirement in 1980, also led the company into casinos and other entertainment ventures, including lotteries. He started with the Chicago-based firm in 1946, when it was known as Lyon Manufacturing Co.