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April 2, 1954: A couple are photographed moments after learning that their 19-month-old child had been swept out to sea. That morning, Times photographer Jack Gaunt was at his beachfront home when he heard a neighbor shout, “Something’s happening on the beach!” Gaunt grabbed his Rolliflex camera and headed toward the shoreline.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Gaunt / Los Angeles Times

March 21, 1967: Comedian Don Knotts, best known for his character Barney Fife on the CBS series “The Andy Griffith Show,” tries to transfer success onto the silver screen with “The Reluctant Astronaut.”

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Judd Gunderson / Los Angeles Times

June 5, 1968: Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy lies on the floor at the Ambassador Hotel moments after he was shot in the head. He had just finished his victory speech upon winning the California primary.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Boris Yaro / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 10, 1949: Actor Robert Mitchum, in his cell at the Wayside Honor Farm near Castaic, served out his 60-day sentence on a marijuana charge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bruce H. Cox / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 13, 1965: National Guard troops secure a stretch of 103rd Street, dubbed Charcoal Alley, in Watts to help authorities restore order. The riots, sparked by the arrest of a black motorist for drunk driving, lasted for six days. After the violence, 34 people, 25 of them black, were dead and more than 1,000 were injured.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

Jan. 12, 1989: President Reagan gives a final salute to service members during a farewell ceremony outside Washington.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bernie Boston / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 16, 1976: Sonny and Cher clasp hands playfully in their first joint concert appearance in three years. Their performance was part of the annual KHJ Christmas benefit at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lou Mack / Los Angeles Times

June 22, 1940: Actress Shirley Temple appears at a two-hour nationwide radio benefit for the American Red Cross Mercy Fund. More than 50 celebrities, including Bing Crosby and Mickey Rooney, helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to help war refugees in Europe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gordon Wallace / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 6, 1954: DeForrest “Moe” Most, 37, bottom; Art Kidder, 37; and Sandra Hollabaugh, 14, draw a crowd with their stunts at Muscle Beach on Labor Day weekend.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Beebe / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 19, 1962: To cap off a 33-hour visit to Los Angeles, President Kennedy takes an impromptu dip at the beach as throngs of admirers try to get close.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Beebe / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 3, 1995: O.J. Simpson mouths "thank you" to the jurors after being found not guilty in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Myung J. Chun / Pool Photo

Nov. 20, 1970: Homeless man Clint Wescott, 54, scans a batch of mail addressed to him at his headquarters under the Fourth Street bridge at Flower Street. Wescott, who more than once refused $20,000 that was due him, was not much interested in the messages except those that occasionally contained a dollar bill or two — enough to buy him some wine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

July 16, 1951: Actress Madge Meredith celebrates her 30th birthday with her release from Tehachapi prison. Gov. Earl Warren pardoned her after 2-1/2 years behind bars because of questions about the evidence in her trial for kidnapping her business manager Nicholas D. Gianaclis.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Q. Brown / Los Angeles Times

May 24, 1970: … and action! Actors play victims of a bombing on Hollywood Boulevard as startled residents watch from the side. The scene was part of a movie shoot for “Alex in Wonderland,” which starred Donald Sutherland and Ellen Burstyn.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Cormier / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 5, 1913: More than 40,000 people gathered at the north end of the San Fernando Valley to watch the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. The Times headline the next day: “Silver Torrent Crowns the City’s Mighty Achievement.”

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

June 22, 1978: Marine Reservists during amphibious landing training capture one spectator — a Navy specialist getting some rays after planting dummy explosives.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times

November 1975: A documentary film crew focuses on Arnold Schwarzenegger as he does a light workout at Gold’s Gym before the International Federation of Bodybuilders' Mr. Olympia contest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harry Chase / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 14, 1920: Aviator Frank Clark flies his plane off of the roof of the 10-story Railway Building at 11th Street and Broadway downtown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Watson / Watson Family Archive

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For a more in-depth look at From the Archives posts, use this link.

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