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April 29, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
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.
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 | CATHY CURTIS
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.
April 1, 2003
Re "On Oscar Night, a Kiss Is More Than Just a Kiss," by Drew Limsky, Commentary, March 28: Lighten up! Adrien Brody's gesture was the highlight of the show and surely not meant as a diminution of Halle Berry. I choose to believe he would have done the same no matter the presenter's racial origins or beauty quotient. Please allow the man the exuberance of a moment he earned through hard work and dedication to his craft. Eloise Harris Villa Park Note to Limsky and to Wilda L. White (letter, Calendar, March 29)
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 | Mary Melton
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.
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