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Pilot Dies When Plane Hits House in Compton

November 28, 2009 |  8:00 am
Nov. 28, 1959, Cover

Nov. 28, 1959: A plane crashes into a home at 519 W. Greenleaf in Compton.

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Nov. 28, 1959, Mink Jeans

Mink jeans? Are you serious?
Nov. 28, 1959, Freeways

Running freeways through the upper floors of existing buildings is a startling concept – but it’s not new. As envisioned in the 1930s, the Los Angeles freeway system was quite futuristic and this was one of the key concepts. Another component was parking structures inside all four circular ramps of each  exit/entrance cloverleaf. 

Nov. 28, 1959, Rostropovich

Mstislav Rostropovich plays the Shostakovich Cello Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Arturo Basile. Times critic Albert Goldberg says: "It is a big and exciting piece, of far greater substance and musical worth than the composer's recent Eleventh Symphony. Shostakovich seems to have found himself again in this work."

What's this? "Respighi's "Roman Festival" is "about the noisiest and emptiest piece of claptrap ever written for a symphony orchestra."

Nov. 28, 1959, Dotty

Chocolate cigarettes? Thanks, dad!

Nov. 28, 1959, Sports

USC hopes to defeat Notre Dame for the first time since 1939.

Braven Dyer writes: "You old-time football fans will recall the tremenders between Knute Rockne and Howard Jones. Four of their first six battles were decided by a total of five points. Played every other year back here after the Big Ten season closed, they drew national attention and kept students and faculty at Notre Dame in a dither of excitement the week of the game. David Condon, Chicago Tribune columnist who attended ND, recalls his freshman history class. On Saturday morning, his history professor opened the session by saying, 'You boys never have seen Southern California play. Let me diagram their offense for you.' And he strode to the blackboard and did so."