House moving (1960s)

House moving (1960s)

Moving a house? An Aug. 28, 1966, article in The Times gives some background: All over Southern California there are opportunities to buy houses for the moving … houses which stand in the way of such building projects as shopping…
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Cats and Dogs Dressed as People (1910s)

Cats and Dogs Dressed as People (1910s)

Harry Whittier Frees (1879–1953) was an American photographer who created novelty postcards and children’s books based on his photographs of live, posed animals. He dressed the animals and posed them in human situations with props, often with captions; these can…
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Life in Japan in the 1950s

Life in Japan in the 1950s

Japan continued to experience Westernization in the postwar era, much of which came about during the occupation, when American soldiers were a common sight in many parts of the country. American music and movies became popular, spurring a generation of…
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Baldwin Hills Dam collapse (1963)

Baldwin Hills Dam collapse (1963)

The Baldwin Hills Dam collapsed with the fury of a thousand cloudbursts, sending a 50-foot wall of water down Cloverdale Avenue and slamming into homes and cars on Dec. 14, 1963. Five people were killed. Sixty-five hillside houses were ripped…
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Winter Olympics in the Past

Winter Olympics in the Past

The Winter Games have evolved since its inception. Sports and disciplines have been added and some of them, such as Alpine skiing, luge, short track speed skating, freestyle skiing, skeleton, and snowboarding, have earned a permanent spot on the Olympic…
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Sansinena disaster in San Pedro (1976)

Sansinena disaster in San Pedro (1976)

A helicopter searchlight illuminates wreckage in Los Angeles Harbor after an explosion aboard the oil tanker Sansinena. The nighttime blast split the 810-foot vessel in two and rocked the coastline, shattering windows in Costa Mesa 21 miles away. Six crewmen…
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Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932)

Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932)

Freaks is a rarity, a horror film that horrifies rather than frightens. It was slated on its release in 1932, has been blamed for the downhill career trajectories thereafter of the key players, and was banned in many countries for…
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New York City in the 70s

New York City in the 70s

Since the 1970s and 1980s, photographer Arlene Gottfried has captured the beastly city of New York in all its glory, from the muscle men of Brighton Beach to the sartorialists of Coney Island and the glam rockers of Madison Square…
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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

On September 9, 1966, Life magazine featured a story on Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., the rising boxing star who’d recently changed his name to a moniker more familiar to sports devotees — Muhammad Ali. At this point, Ali had already…
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New York World’s Fair in 1939

New York World’s Fair in 1939

The 1939–40 New York World’s Fair, which covered the 1,216 acres (492 ha) of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was the second largest American world’s fair of all time, exceeded only by St. Louis’s Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. Many countries around…
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Pasadena Police

Pasadena Police

Growing up with a father on the police force, William Valentine experienced a childhood slightly different from his peers. He observed life-threatening scenarios and witnessed his first dead body before the age of eight years old. Years later, in 1984, as…
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Behind The Scenes: Steven Spielberg

Behind The Scenes: Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg (born December 18, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Spielberg is consistently considered as one of the leading pioneers of the New Hollywood era, as well as being viewed as one of the most popular…
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Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968

Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968

On the night of 20–21 August 1968, the Soviet Union invaded the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic in order to halt Alexander Dubček’s Prague Spring political liberalisation reforms. In the operation, codenamed Danube, approximately 500,000 troops attacked Czechoslovakia. Approximately 500 Czechs and…
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