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.
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January 27, 1995 |
For Helen Rieder of Tujunga, the terrifying flashbacks come when a woman shouts at her. For Paula Lebovics of Encino, it's when she hears the sounds of boots or sees men in uniform. For Vernon Rusheen of Woodland Hills, it's when he takes a train. All three are Jewish survivors of Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp liberated 50 years today by Russian troops. A half century later, the most mundane moments in everyday life can still trigger the most terrible memories.
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September 2, 1997
The San Fernando Mission's bicentennial has inspired a host of events both religious and secular that will begin this weekend. Friday * Couples who were married at the San Fernando Mission or who are celebrating milestone anniversaries are invited to renew their vows in an interdenominational ceremony from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Memory Garden in Brand Park, 15174 San Fernando Mission Blvd., across from the mission. There is no registration fee, but reservations are required.
July 2, 2007 |
The threat on the lawyer's fancy letterhead arrived at the scruffy offices of Straight Arrow Publishers in San Francisco in early November 1967. The note warned a young entrepreneur named Jann S. Wenner to abandon his new venture: "The use of the name Rolling Stone is clearly an attempt to confuse the public," was the terse message from the attorney for a certain British rock band. "Unless you immediately cease and desist...." Wenner did not cease and desist.
October 18, 1986
Joan Rivers consistently drew lower ratings than Johnny Carson during the first week of their talk-show war, the A.C. Nielsen Co. reported Friday. Carson's "Tonight Show" on NBC attracted about three viewers for every two watching "The Late Show" with Rivers on the Fox Broadcasting Co. The ratings were from 12 large cities where both programs are playing. Figures for the entire nation are not yet available. Since its Oct. 9 debut, Rivers' show has averaged a 5.
March 31, 2001 |
The pop, pop, pop of gunfire outside a Washington hotel 20 years ago sent the lives of those at the scene ricocheting in different directions. Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy, who took a bullet meant for President Reagan, is a police chief in a Chicago suburb. His heroism that day, March 30, 1981, underpinned a campaign for statewide political office a few years ago.
January 28, 1997 |
The families of the three Apollo 1 astronauts killed in a launch pad fire 30 years ago gathered in the rain Monday to remember their courage and contributions to America's race to the moon. It was the first public ceremony in decades in memory of Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White II and Roger Chaffee, who died inside their burning capsule on Jan. 27, 1967. "It's still a sad thing, it really is.