March 15, 1998 |
When Thomas "Pete" Ray's B-26 bomber was shot down by Cuban antiaircraft batteries near Playa Giron on April 19, 1961, he wasn't there. So said the CIA. And for decades, the U.S. government publicly denied that a top-secret squadron of civilians recruited from the Alabama Air National Guard ever existed, let alone was on a CIA mission to bomb Cuba in one of the agency's best-kept and most humiliating secrets.
October 15, 1991 |
Think of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris and the year 1961 comes to mind. Think of Willie Kirkland, Willie Tasby, Ken Hunt and Steve Bilko, and what might come to mind is, "Who?" Mantle and Maris' pursuit of Babe Ruth's home run record, 60 in a season, overshadowed a host of other exploits in 1961, the first year of baseball's first expansion. But although the feats of Kirkland, Tasby, Hunt and Bilko didn't match the magnitude of Maris' 61 home runs, they achieved brief, shining moments.
May 13, 2001 |
Arriving to a hero's welcome Saturday, Ed Blankenheim said he still recalls the hatred on the faces of the men and women who surrounded and burned his bus in Alabama 40 years ago. Blankenheim, 67, one of the original Freedom Riders, rode in a bus caravan Saturday re-creating the event. He broke down in tears at a Birmingham museum when he saw a replica of the Greyhound bus that had been firebombed in Anniston. "Everything came back to me--the ugliness, the hate," Blankenheim said.
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