August 6, 1994 |
Since actress Sharon Tate was slain in her Benedict Canyon home, at least 18,335 people have been murdered in the city of Los Angeles. But no killers have become as notorious as the bizarre cult members responsible for the gruesome slaughter of Aug. 9, 1969. While Tate's husband, film director Roman Polanski, was in Europe, the pregnant actress and four visitors were beaten, stabbed and shot. The word PIGS was scrawled on the front door in Tate's blood.
September 18, 1994 |
Who would've thought that any performing group could gain in stitutional longevity by living on the fly? But when the Groundlings throw open their Melrose Avenue doors Monday, they begin several straight days of partying to the theme of 20 years of risky business in that most perishable of forms, improvisational comedy. Twenty years of organized silliness on the high wire of making it up as you go along.
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January 17, 2004 |
Ten years ago today, the 13-story Panorama Towers shook and rocked and cracked along with the rest of Los Angeles, damaged but not destroyed by the Northridge earthquake. Though the Panorama City building was salvageable, repairs stalled and the tenants all moved on. Today the building remains almost as it was then, an empty space behind a mosaic of plywood sheathing. A simple sign announces: "For sale/lease/Build to Suit."
October 9, 1988 |
The Weekly Reader, the little newspaper read by generations of American schoolchildren, celebrates its 60th birthday this fall, still going strong with 9 million readers. It will mark the occasion with "60 Years of News for Kids," a book of stories from past editions and aimed at the two-thirds of American adults who grew up reading it. The modest periodical first hit grade-school desks in 1928. "Poor Boys Who Made Good Are Now Running for the Highest Office in the World!"
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August 9, 1992 |
For 40 years, they have been wandering in the sand. They part the sea with their surfboards each day before dawn, and then the mystical, white-haired men proceed to walk on water. The Bible, though, has nothing to do with it. This is about the beach, plain and simple. Surfing is their passion; volleyball, cards and Polynesian music their pastimes. A small stretch of shoreline just south of the San Diego County line is their home. After all, it has been in the family for three generations.
July 27, 1991 |
"I made two bad mistakes in life," Phil Miller says. "I went to Vietnam and I walked away from a job that I loved." Miller, a 43-year-old Air Force veteran, is doing fine these days as a Boston defense consultant. But the job that he walked away from still haunts him like a stormy romance he wishes he'd never broken off. As a younger man, Miller was part of a national fraternity of professionals who prided themselves on their unique ability to bring order out of chaos.
September 30, 1990 |
A chain of low hills began to rise. Moving plates beneath the earth's crust pushed them skyward. They climbed imperceptibly at first, fractions of an inch over centuries. On the western flank of the central range, a river accelerated into a torrent. The crashing water cut a narrow, V-shaped canyon out of the granite. Twenty-three million years passed. An icecap enshrouded the summit of the range. Tongues of ice streamed down into the canyon. The ice thickened.
August 9, 1995 |
Television loves to lob talking heads at anniversaries. Well, not just any anniversaries, only those for events judged to be epic. And not just any of those anniversaries, either. Never three-year anniversaries, seven-year anniversaries or 11-year anniversaries, but always one-year anniversaries, multiples of 10-year anniversaries and also 25-year anniversaries. Why 25? A quarter of a century somehow seems more significant than, say, 26 years.
July 19, 1994
In a year of mostly uncomfortable World War II anniversaries, Germany celebrates one with pride: the 50th anniversary of the July 20, 1944, attempt to assassinate Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Chancellor Helmut Kohl will give a speech Wednesday to mark the day that military officers placed a bomb in Hitler's East Prussian headquarters. It killed four people and destroyed the headquarters, but Hitler survived. The commemoration is surrounded by controversy.
June 17, 1993 |
More than 1 million blacks boycotted work Wednesday, shutting down major cities on the anniversary of the 1976 student uprising against apartheid. Many businesses either closed or tried to make do with a skeleton staff of white workers, particularly in the larger cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.