CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2000 |
John Florea, Life magazine photographer who chronicled the greatest battles of World War II and the greatest stars of Hollywood, then segued into a career as a television director, has died at the age of 84. Florea, who photographed the significant moments of both V-E Day and V-J Day, died Aug. 25 at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas. Working in Hollywood as a staff photographer for Life, Florea was in his darkroom developing pictures of actress Jane Russell on Dec. 7, 1941.
September 9, 1990
Thanks to Faye Fiore for the timely reminder (Times, Aug. 19) to all former Long Beach Ford employees that our old plant is, indeed, "near the end of the line." That plant really impressed me, a sailor stationed at the Naval Air Base on Terminal Island in 1942. It was then a U.S. Army supply depot with antiaircraft guns high on the roof by the big "Ford" sign. West of the plant was a fleet of barrage balloons protecting strategic L.A. Harbor. Discharged from the Navy after V J Day, I drove down to the plant to apply for a job at Ford.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2007 |
With the frightening wail of air-raid sirens, routine duck-and-cover drills and fallout shelters, the government prepared Americans for Japanese bombs during World War II and nuclear attacks during the Cold War. In the wake of the recent killing rampage at Virginia Tech, governments and institutions are debating how to warn people of emergencies today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1994
The U.S. Postal Service, asked by the White House and others to reconsider the controversial design of a commemorative stamp, has appropriately decided to abandon the mushroom-cloud image originally selected to mark the atomic bombings at the end of World War II. The stamp, one of the commemoratives scheduled to be issued next year to mark turning points in the war, depicted a composite of mushroom clouds created by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and by postwar tests.
March 31, 1989 |
Remember Alfred Eisenstaedt's photograph of the sailor impulsively kissing the nurse on V-J Day in the middle of Times Square in New York? Or Frank Capa's dramatically Goya-esque shot of a Spanish Loyalist fighter falling dead, his rifle upright in his hand? These and other remarkable journalistic images by famous and less-known photographers (mostly in non-vintage prints made during the lifetimes of the photographers) give "We Were There: 1933-1963" a grand historical vividness.
August 16, 1989
Retired Gen. Minoru Genda, architect of the fateful Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, which brought the United States into World War II, died Tuesday, ironically on the 44th anniversary of V-J Day. The pilot and politician was 84. He died of heart failure in Minami Takai Hospital where he had been a patient since Aug. 4, hospital spokesmen said. The facility is in Matsuyama on Shikoku, Japan's smallest main island.
December 24, 2003
Finally. The 75 or so old soldiers who gathered at the Veterans Affairs Ambulatory Care Center downtown Monday had waited close to 60 years for this day. They are among the 200,000 Filipino servicemen who volunteered for perilous missions as spies for the U.S. military during World War II and as part of anti-Japanese guerrilla forces fighting in mountains and jungles. When the war ended, they wanted what other soldiers got by right: medical benefits and veterans burial rights.
September 24, 1995 |
Neither the city nor the county knows exactly how many still exist, and nobody has any idea where all of them are located. According to the city's General Services Department, the oneguy with a map retired several years ago, and he took it with him. And the only working one in the county appears to be on Catalina, which uses it to call out the volunteer fire department.