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Family Killed in Kansas Farm Town

November 16, 2009 |  6:00 am
 Nov. 16, 1959, In Cold Blood

"The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call 'out there.' Some seventy miles east of the Colorado border, the countryside, with its hard blue skies and desert-clear air, has an atmosphere that is rather more Far West than Middle West. The local accent is barbed with a prairie twang, a ranch-hand nasalness, and the men, many of them, wear narrow frontier trousers, Stetsons, and high-heeled boots with pointed toes. The land is flat, and the views are awesomely extensive; horses, herds of cattle, a white cluster of grain elevators rising as gracefully as Greek temples are visible long before a traveler reaches them."

--Truman Capote, “In Cold Blood.”

Nov. 16, 1959, Cover
Nov. 16, 1959: Intentionally avoiding a direct endorsement until the Republican National Convention, Republican leaders show their support for Vice President Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential race.

Nov. 16, 1959, Toys for Tots

Monte Montana! Ty Hardin! Jerry Mathers!

Nov. 16, 1959, Ferd'nand

Ferd’nand invents the Man Cave.

Nov. 16, 1959, Sports

Back when stock cars were really stock. Elmer Musgrave wins a 100-lap race at Ascot Stadium in a 1958 Pontiac. Rodger Ward is second in a 1958 Ford.