Happy birthday, Walt Disney: He was born December 5, 1901. Here he is riding with his granddaughter, Tammy Miller (daughter of the late Diane Disney Miller), in a now-defunct attraction at Disneyland. The photo accompanied an article on animals (mechanical and real) at the park that was published in the L.A. Times on June 13, 1960.
Photo: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library
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Today’s front page, honoring fallen president, Nobel laureate and international hero Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela’s inaugural address: Times reporter Emily Alpert put together a collection of notable videos from Mandela’s life, including a clip from the day he was released from prison; a montage of speeches assembled by the UN; an early TV appearance; and more.
"Only free men can negotiate. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated." —Nelson Mandela to then-South African President Pieter W. Botha, in 1985.
"Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together, and it is together that we will bid him farewell." —current South African President Jacob Zuma, announcing Mandela’s death today.
An article titled “8 Foes of Apartheid Get Life Terms in S. Africa" appeared in the L.A. Times on June 13, 1964. Here’s what the paper’s front page looked like on the day of Mandela’s release from prison, February 11, 1990. In December of that year, he spoke optimistically about South Africa’s future in this interview:
Q: What sort of South Africa do you envisage?
A: Very simple. It is a South Africa based on the Freedom Charter (a manifesto drawn up by the ANC and political allies in the 1950s), which is our basic policy; … a non-racial society where all population groups would enjoy equality before the law, and where all forms of racial discrimination were abolished. It is a South Africa where there will be a bill of rights defining the rights of citizens, a bill of rights that is entrenched by the ability of any person who considers his rights are threatened or violated to have access to an independent judiciary. It is a South Africa in which there will be political parties; where political dissent will not be dealt with in a way that shows a lack of patience and a lack of political tolerance.
Here’s Mandela’s obituary in the L.A. Times, by Deputy Managing Editor Scott Kraft, who covered Mandela as a reporter (you’ll see his byline more than once on the front page linked above); Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Bob Drogin, who described Mandela as “the most remarkable man I ever met” in a tweet today; and Johannesburg correspondent Robyn Dixon (who has also been covering today’s events on Twitter). More recommended reading: a timeline of Mandela’s life; a first-person account of growing up in a changing South Africa by Times photojournalist Jerome Adamstein; a recollection of his 1990 L.A. visit by columnist Patt Morrison; and Mandela’s own address to those assembled at a Cape Town rally upon his release from prison in February 1990.
Top photo: Mandela and his then-wife Winnie, along with L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley, on the steps of City Hall during a trip to Los Angeles on June 29, 1990. Credit: Los Angeles Times
Middle photo: Mandela holds up the key to the city that he was presented by Mayor Bradley, also on June 29, 1990. Credit: Los Angeles Times
Bottom photo: Mandela visits L.A.’s First AME Church on July 9, 1993. Credit: Los Angeles Times. More photos from Mandela’s life.
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Remembering Nelson Mandela
The renowned world leader and civil rights icon passed away today at the age of 95.
Mandela himself was reticent to indulge in the myth-making that surrounded him:
"In real life we deal not with gods, but with ordinary humans like ourselves: men and women who are full of contradictions, who are stable and fickle, strong and weak, famous and infamous," he wrote in a letter to his wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, from prison in 1979.
But his lifetime of action, and transformation from being branded a terrorist and imprisoned by his opponents to a universally-applauded hero for not just his homeland of South Africa, but the whole world, makes him more than one of those “ordinary humans.”
Read our full obituary of Mandela, or follow along Mandela’s incredible life in our timeline.
Photos: Kim Ludbrook / EPA, John Parkin / Associated Press, Jurgen Shadberg / Getty Images
The six-sided weather pattern currently sitting atop the planet’s north pole, which contains a gigantic hurricane - has been raging since 1981.
December 5, 1933: Prohibition Ends
On this day in 1933, prohibition ended with the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which achieved the mandatory three-fourths majority of states’ approval with support from Utah, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
Subsequently, the 18th Amendment was repealed after it was passed during the prohibition and temperance movements in the early 19th century. This activism initially stemmed from the concern about the effects of alcohol abuse.
Check out a video collection from Ken Burns’s Prohibition film to discover the rise and fall of the prohibition era.
Photo: Agents pour liquor into sewer following a raid ca. 1921 (Library of Congress).
A toast to the anniversary of Prohibition’s end! After work hours, of course.
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Today is the Los Angeles Times’ 132nd birthday (send cards to 202 W. First St., Los Angeles, 90012). To celebrate, here’s a 1937 Times photograph from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 55th birthday party. FDR was born Jan. 30, 1882 — about eight weeks after The Times.
On Dec. 4, 1881, the first edition of the paper carried reports on whaling, the goings-on in San Francisco, and a man who threw “a vial of vitriol” into a crowd. Two other items of note are a story about the trial of President Garfield’s assassin and a conversation about L.A.’s fire alarm system:
Photo credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library
Happy birthday, us! Here are some of those front pages Matt mentioned:
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For sale: A forgotten, dilapidated California ghost town
In 1851, gold was discovered in a remote part of California, and that find birthed Seneca, a mining town that now has no miners, no residents and little besides rusted motor homes and a bar.
Now, the land and everything on it, as broken-down and busted as it may be (save for the alluring Gin Mill bar), is up for sale on Craigslist for $225,000.
Photos: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times
2013’s top baby names: Sophia and Jackson
For those of you who aren’t fans of unconventional baby names, there’s good news - the top three girls’ names (Sophia, Emma and Olivia) and boys’ names (Jackson, Aiden and Liam) are pretty traditional picks.
And come to think of it, Sophia Jackson isn’t such a bad first and middle name combination.
Check out the full list here.
Photo: Vladimir Godnik / Getty Images
There’s a relatively long tradition, in the field of data visualization, of tracking the way we swear. This makes sense. Not only is it fun to track, but cursing is also conveniently specific as a data set; you’ve got your f-bombs and your double hockey sticks and your bodily functions, and, factoring in their permutations, you’re good to go. Plus, you don’t need much sophisticated sentiment analysis to ensure that your data are accurate: An f-bomb is pretty much an f-bomb, regardless of the contextual subtleties. As a result of all this, we, the public, get treated to sweary heat maps. And more sweary heat maps. And sweary interactive maps. There’s just something about big data and sailor-cursing that complement each other—like peanut butter and mothereffing jelly.
Traditionally, those maps are based on text—on swears that are typed into Facebook or, even more publicly, Twitter. Making a map of the sweariest states requires simply gathering geocoded posts, isolating the swears, and going from there.
Read more. [Image: Marchex]
And congrats to California, for being polite while swearing like sailors.
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Just look at all those toys available for $1! Who needs an X-Wii-Station-Box or whatever the kids play with these days? Stick horses, Yankee dump carts, double garages, fairy hay wagons and Billy Whiskers (“A good game for the grown ups as well as the children. Game board of heavy cardboard complete with spinner and directions.”) can all be yours for just $1!
Click the ad for a zoomable version — you don’t want to miss the limerick contest. Leave your best last lines in the notes below, and (if they meet the taste standards of a family newspaper) we’ll tweet them from latimespast or post them here. They’re more difficult than you might think!
There are only three weeks left until Christmas, so for those last-minute bargains, all you need is a time machine and a few bucks.
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Green energy could crash the national power grid
Not because of any sort of explosive danger, but because the U.S. power grid is built for the previous century’s sources of energy. The antiquated grid, already a persistent cause for concern for officials, simply may not be prepared for large-scale adoption of alternative sources of power:
Green energy is the least predictable kind. Nobody can say for certain when the wind will blow or the sun will shine. A field of solar panels might be cranking out huge amounts of energy one minute and a tiny amount the next if a thick cloud arrives. In many cases, renewable resources exist where transmission lines don’t.
Photo: Dennis Schroeder / National Renewable Energy Laboratory