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Cult leader killed in bombing of religious compound, December 10, 1958

December 10, 2008 |  6:00 am

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American history presented as a lavish pageant, the only film directed by Anthony Quinn, who took over from the ailing  Cecil B. DeMille. With a great score by Elmer Bernstein.

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An ad published in The Times shortly before the explosion.
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Gardena OKs 7th poker parlor.

Krishna Venta, seven of his followers and two former members are killed in a suicide bombing at the Fountain of the World compound in Box Canyon near Chatsworth.


"Bits of flesh were found scattered through the area. The remains of the victims were virtually unidentifiable."

A Ventura County sheriff's official says Ralph J.S. Muller and Peter Dumas Kamenoff left two rambling, hourlong tape recordings in which they promised to "bring Krishna to justice." The blast was so powerful that a woman who lived a mile away was knocked out of bed, The Times said.

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County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn announces plans to build an art museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Hancock Park. 

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As one of its last acts, the Pacific Coast Conference lifts sanctions against the UCLA athletic program. UCLA was put on athletic probation in 1956 after revelations that athletes were receiving illegal payments.

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