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Groundbreaking for Dodger Stadium

September 18, 2009 |  4:00 am
Sept. 18, 1959, Chavez Ravine
Photograph by Harry Chase / Los Angeles Times

Ground-breaking for Dodger Stadium at Chavez Ravine.

Sept. 18, 1959, Cover
President Eisenhower quietly told the world today he is just as confident of the verdict of history as Soviet Chairman Khrushchev. "He is always saying ... history is going to decide between us," the president said. "I believe history, in the long run, is going to decide in favor of the free system."

A rally protesting Khrushchev's visit is planned for the Rose Bowl.
Sept. 18, 1959, Khrushchev
Los Angeles prepares for Khrushchev's visit.

Sept. 18, 1959, Madison Avenue

Capitalism and advertising can't exist without each other, Madison Avenue says.
Bruce Russell on Khrushchev's visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

Sept. 18, 1959, Comics

"I'll Bet I Make a Terrific President Some Day ... of the School Mothers' Club!"

Sept. 18, 1959, Metro
The Dodgers provide boxes so guests can take souvenir dirt from the groundbreaking at Chavez Ravine.


Sept. 18, 1959, Sports

The Dodgers beat the Reds, 4-3, making them tied for second with Milwaukee and two games behind the first-place Giants. The three teams have eight remaining games. 
Sept. 18, 1959, Hazing
Kappa Sigma was in difficulty in the fall of 1955 when a stripteaser complained that the "boys got out of hand" during a stag party, The Times says.

"Prohibition of hazing is a cardinal principal of our fraternity," says Kappa Sigma national President James E. Ivins. "The national officers extend heartfelt sympathy and deepest feelings of remorse to the bereaved."