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Rocket on Moon; Russia Jubilant

September 14, 2009 |  5:00 am
Sept. 14, 1959, Khrushchev Ad

Mr. Khrushchev is not coming to the United States to offer significant concessions or recant his lifelong enmity toward us and our values. He is coming prepared to score a propaganda victory, with confidence in his ability to arouse false hopes, weaken our resolves and cause us to make substantial concessions. He must not succeed in such a mission.

Sept. 14, 1959, Times Extra

Vice President Richard Nixon urges Americans not to get overly "excited or hysterical" about the Soviet moon shot. ... and dress designer Gilbert Adrian dies.

 Sept. 14, 1959, Reaction

 Sept. 14, 1959 Letter

At left and above, people from all walks of life voice their dismay over Khrushchev's visit.

Sept. 14, 1959, Moon
A University of Michigan astrophysicist doubts the Soviets actually hit the moon.

Setp. 14, 1959, Comics
"Little Do These Simple, Unsophisticated Folks..."

Sept. 14, 1959, Sports

The pennant race was on at the Coliseum.

The Dodgers fell two games out of first place after a 4-3 loss to the Pirates. Wally Moon homered over the screen in left, but Johnny Podres gave up three home runs. The Times' Frank Finch referred to the Pittsburgh shots as rodent raps or gopher balls. Learn something new every day.

There were only 12 games left for the Dodgers.

--Keith Thursby