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In 1968, a fledgling band called Iron Butterfly released an album featuring a decidedly unorthodox acid-rock song that rambled on for 17 minutes and included a 2 1/2-minute drum solo. Executives at the band's label, Atlantic Records, cringed at the prospect of marketing an album whose title track took up the entire side of a vinyl LP and came with the tongue-twisting title "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." Efforts to persuade the San Diego-based group to edit its opus proved futile.
January 3, 2000
The last original "Peanuts" daily cartoon, a message from Charles M. Schulz to his readers, appears today on Page E5. Beginning tomorrow in the same spot, "Peanuts Classics" will debut. The strips will reprise Schulz's work beginning with 1974, a year that the United Media syndicate said was chosen because it features the strip's well-known original characters as well as those introduced in later years, such as Woodstock and Peppermint Patty. The final original Sunday cartoon will appear Feb.
August 8, 1999 | Associated Press
In 1974, the year President Nixon resigned: * Inflation was 12.3%. * Unemployment was 5.6%. * Top song was "Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack. * Oakland Athletics beat Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 in the World Series. * Gasoline passed the 50-cent mark to reach 58 cents a gallon. A loaf of bread was 39 cents. * Best Picture was "The Sting."
December 27, 1985
Thirteen people were killed in California traffic accidents during the 30-hour Christmas holiday, and 581 people were arrested for investigation of drunk driving, the California Highway Patrol said. The generally low figures for accidents and arrests from 6 p.m. Tuesday to midnight Wednesday were attributed to the mid-week Christmas holiday, CHP spokeswoman Susan Cowan-Scott said. "It's actually not a whole bunch," she said, of the 581 drunk-driving arrests statewide.
August 3, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A doctor besieged for nearly three weeks by protesters said he is more committed than ever to keeping his Wichita, Kan., abortion clinic open. Dr. George Tiller, 49, has been the target of Operation Rescue protests since July 15. About 1,516 arrests later, protesters continue to block the parking lot of his clinic nearly every day. "If I'm OK on the inside, what people say on the outside does not make much difference," he said.
May 16, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A team of elderly Chinese jazzmen who stopped playing their favorite music for 30 years after their country's communist revolution will be honored guests at the 16th Sacramento Dixieland Jubilee, May 26-29. Members of the Peace Hotel Old Jazz Band played in Shanghai before the 1949 revolution, having learned jazz by listening to Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller records, and from the few American bands that visited China. The Chinese group will be one of 15 foreign bands playing at the Sacramento jazz show, which began with 21 jazz groups and 8,000 visitors when it was launched in 1974.
July 30, 1994
Rosa Chacel, 96, a novelist and poet who was one of Spain's most prolific writers. Miss Chacel married Spanish painter Timoteo Perez Rubio and spent six years in Rome before returning in 1927 to Madrid, where she became noted for her dense and compact narrative style. She wrote her first novel, "Two-Way Station," in Rome and published it in 1930 in Spain. In 1938, as Gen.
June 28, 1986
Robert T. Campion, 65, the longtime chairman and chief executive of Lear Siegler, will retire Aug. 15 and be replaced by current president Norman A. Barkeley, the company announced Friday. Campion became chief executive of the Santa Monica-based firm in 1971, when revenue was in the $500-million range, and became chairman in 1974. Last year, sales totaled $2.4 billion from its broad range of aerospace, automotive and industrial products.
February 1, 2006 | From Reuters
"Evita" came full circle Tuesday with Andrew Lloyd Webber announcing plans to revive the '70s musical in London with Argentine star Elena Roger in the lead role. Roger, a fan of Madonna in the film version, was born in 1974, the year that Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice started work on what was to become one of their most successful musicals. Lloyd Webber said he had no plans to write new songs for the show, which opens in June.
September 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Joachim Fest, a journalist and historian who wrote one of the best-regarded biographies of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, has died. He was 79. Fest, who worked closely with Hitler's architect Albert Speer on his memoirs, died Monday at his home in Kronberg of unspecified causes, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported Tuesday. Fest worked at the newspaper for two decades before leaving in 1993.
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