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Jordan's King Hussein Visits L.A.; Rams to Play Night Game, April 4, 1959

April 4, 2009 |  6:00 am


The Times' art department retouched Neil Clemans' photo of Marlon Brando giving the finger to photographers. Let's see if we can get a copy of the original.

At left, King Hussein of Jordan waves to photographers in Palmdale after flying a Lockheed F-104D over the Mojave Desert. The Times emphasized that Hussein was "Islam's sworn foe of communism" and said he "scorned Soviet aid to the Middle East and offered a three-point plan to save the cradle of religion from the 'sweep of atheism.' "

 Communists and Peronists riot in downtown Buenos Aires ... Princess Grace's appendectomy is Page 1 news ... and Judge Martin Katz of Van Nuys asks a woman charged with advertising fortune telling whether she can predict his verdict. She couldn't. And Katz fined her $25.

And the weather? "Smog today."
Elizabeth Duncan is sentenced to die.
Hey, it's "On Stage" by Leonard Starr. Haven't seen that one in years.

1959_0404_rams  Even in Southern California, football fans deal with the weather.

The Rams announced plans for a Saturday night game to open the 1959 season. "For the last four seasons the Coliseum temperature has been in the high 80s," general manager Pete Rozelle said. "We feel that Ram fans would prefer a night game while the weather is still warm."

You have to wonder if Rozelle, the future commissioner, also was envisioning a future of night games and prime-time television audiences for the NFL.

--Keith Thursby