July 8, 2005 |
China on Thursday marked the 68th anniversary of the start of World War II fighting against Japanese invaders, commemorations that come at a time of tense relations with Tokyo. A senior Communist Party leader, Li Changchun, attended a ceremony at a war memorial near the Marco Polo Bridge southwest of Beijing, where Japanese soldiers attacked Chinese forces on July 7, 1937. A moment of silence was held for the millions of Chinese war dead, and 3,000 gray doves were released.
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February 9, 1994 |
So I'm on vacation last week, watching TV around midnight, when an infomercial came on commemorating this summer's 25th anniversary of Woodstock. (Can there be more compelling proof of our nation's spiritual decline than the fact that "Woodstock" and "infomercial" can now appear in the same sentence?) Maybe I over-invested in the revolution, but it just seemed a bit bourgeois that "operators are now standing by" to help me experience Woodstock all over again.
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October 2, 1993 |
In 1953, when Evelyn Briggs founded the Family Service Agency in Burbank, she had a hard time convincing city officials there was a need for a publicly funded agency to handle domestic problems. Back then, Burbank was a booming suburb with numerous defense-related factories founded during World War II. The city had the image of a vibrant, prosperous part of the Southern California dream.
April 3, 1999 |
Some clock in the soul always reminds them that the anniversary has come again. It was this month in 1965 when the men of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 appeared on the cover and in the pages of Life magazine in a famous, wrenching photo essay that helped awaken the nation to the reality of the Vietnam War. There's the handsome young helicopter crew chief, James Farley, shown with one hand on a jammed machine gun, the other seeming to hover powerlessly over a dying comrade.
April 25, 2002 |
The intersection of Florence and Normandie avenues is where the cameras will come this week to document the 10th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots. This is where the first rocks were thrown, the first injuries were recorded and the first loot was grabbed hours after four police officers accused of beating Rodney G. King were acquitted.
November 13, 1994 |
It was supposed to be the West Coast's answer to Woodstock--a free, unfettered music festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Co-sponsored by the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead, the event was envisioned as a perfect way to sing goodby to the '60s. But when the relocated concert took place at the Altamont Speedway east of the city on Dec. 6, 1969, it quickly sank into the annals of rock history as a colossal disaster.
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July 11, 1991 |
If the walls of the Polo Lounge could talk, a lot of people would be on the phone to their lawyers. Fifty years old today, the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel is as much stage and office as restaurant. In a town where breakfast is often a power play, careers have been made and unmade over the Polo Lounge's famous Dutch apple pancakes. Errol Flynn caroused here. Yves Montand romanced Marilyn Monroe here. Nixon aides John Mitchell, Bob Haldeman and John Ehrlichman learned of Watergate here.
October 21, 1995 |
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is the ultimate cult film. Though it bombed in its initial release in 1975, it has become the longest-running film in movie history, grossing more than $150 million. For almost two decades, devoted fans have flocked to Friday and Saturday midnight showings dressed as their favorite characters to interact and perform along with the film. The outrageous musical-comedy stars Tim Curry as a transvestite alien named Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
August 16, 2004 |
Japan marked the 59th anniversary of its World War II surrender on Sunday, caught between regret for the suffering it inflicted and resurgent nationalism that is pushing the country to become a global military power. "I renew our deep remorse and offer sincere condolences to the victims," Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said at a government ceremony at a cemetery for war dead in Tokyo.