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USC Fraternity Pledge Dies During Hazing; Dodgers Lose

September 17, 2009 |  4:00 am
Sept. 17, 1959, Astronauts

Sept. 17, 1959: Buried on an inside page are some names that will soon be famous --  Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Alan Shepard and Wally Schirra. Deke Slayton is the only one missing of the Mercury 7 astronauts. 

Sept. 17, 1959, Cover

Richard Swanson, a 21-year-old dental student at USC, chokes to death on a piece of raw liver during pledge hazing at the Kappa Sigma house on Fraternity Row. Some members were expelled and the fraternity was closed, but beyond that very little was done except some soul-searching and accusations that an official was blocking an inquiry because he was a USC graduate. Unless you count a riot that began when fraternity members hanged  USC President Norman Topping in effigy because he tried to impose rules that required the Greeks to get average grades.

Sept. 17, 1959, Khrushchev
"The ice of the cold war ... has started to crumble" as a result of his visit to America, Khrushchev says..

Sept. 17, 1959, Interview
"I think one of the facts which characterize the position of the Jewish people in our country is the fact that among the persons who took foremost part in the launching of the rocket to the moon the representatives of the Jewish people hold a place of honor.... The question of a man's religion is not asked in our country. It is a matter for the conscience of the person concerned. We look upon a person as a person," Khrushchev says.

Sept. 17, 1959, Pictures

Sept. 17, 1959, Speech
"The Soviet Union stands for the development of relations between states on the basis of the principles of peaceful coexistence. These principles were bequeathed to us by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the great founder of the Soviet state. And we are true to these principles."

Sept. 17, 1959, Nixon
This story has nothing to do with Nixon and the Bible, an item that appears on the cover rather than the runover, but it's a grabber headline.
Sept. 17, 1959, Cartoon
Bruce Russell on the Constitution vs. Marxism.

Sept. 17, 1959, Translate
What Khrushchev said: ""We have plenty of dead cats we could fling at you."

Sept. 17, 1959, Translate
Translation: "If there is a desire that our discussion here take that turn, of course, we for our part could think of quite a few questions of a similar character."

Sept. 17, 1959, Gene Sherman
Gene Sherman writes about a molestation victim and sex offenders.

Sept. 17, 1959, Sports Good news, bad news for the Dodgers. They reached 2 million in home attendance for the first time in franchise history but lost to the Reds, 7-4.

The Dodgers slipped into third place, two games behind the Giants. Charlie Neal hit two home runs and Wally Moon added another shot but it wasn't enough.

--Keith Thursby