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The current Times Building, minus a later annex, rises behind a worker demolishing the paper's previous home in 1937, during the Harry Chandler era. Harry's sway was impressive, but one L.A. expert places the family's peak influence a few decades later under Norman and Dorothy Chandler.

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George R. Watson poses in front of small backdrop with a 4 x 5 Graflex and powder flash gun. Watson was a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times from 1917 to 1929. He returned to the Times during World War II, when many staff photographers entered military service.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Watson Family Photographic Archive

The Times' balloon was hauled around the Southland on a truck, then raised to allow a crewman to photograph the local points of interest.

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Jan. 1, 1900: Riding in the 11th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade is Maj. Gen William R. Shaftey, left, Pasadena Mayor George Patten, center, and Gen. Harrison Gray Otis, president and general manager of the Los Angeles Times. The driver is not identified. The carriage was drawn by a pair of white horses, and adorned with roses and an American flag.

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Dec. 31, 1901: Angels Flight on opening day at 3rd and Hill streets in downtown Los Angeles. The sightseeing tower was later demolished as Bunker Hill was developed.

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Nov. 15, 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."

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Venice, circa 1915. While not Venice, Italy, the Southern California version still offered gondolas, arched bridges and winding canals.

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Jan. 1, 1918: Rose Parade.The Adolphus Busch Estate float won first prize, class F, commercial float category. First prize was a $50 silver trophy and blue banner. This image was published in the Jan. 2, 1918, edition of the Los Angeles Times

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Nov. 11, 1918: Los Angeles newspapers were a hot item when word of Germany's surrender was announced. The Los Angeles Times printed more than 150,000 copies that day. This photo was published in the Nov. 12, 1918, Los Angeles Times.

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Sept. 20, 1919: Parade for President Woodrow Wilson in downtown Los Angeles.

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Feb. 11, 1921: The funeral cortege of Santo Juncio leaves San Gabriel Mission. Chief Youngturtle of the Chickasaw tribe (in the head-dress) is leading the native pallbearers carrying the coffin of the 106-year-old man.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Watson / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 22, 1923: Members of the Los Angeles Police Department parade on Broadway showing off their new uniforms. The Hall of Records and Los Angeles Times Building are in the background.

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Sept. 9, 1923: U.S. Navy ships are shown the day after fog, storm and radio confusion led seven destroyers to run aground at Point Arguello, north of Santa Barbara. Twenty-three sailors lost their lives.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Watson / Los Angeles Times

July 25, 1924: Cars line up for the opening of the 2nd Street tunnel connecting Hill and Figueroa streets.

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Workers clean up damage from the June 29, 1925, Santa Barbara earthquake.

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Mae West, in "Night After Night," moves her sex-symbol reputation from the New York stage to the movies.

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From left to right are Allen Hoskins (Farina), Joe Frank Cobb, Jackie Condon, Mickey Daniels, Johnnie Downs and Mary Korman. Members of the ensemble of child actors to star in Hal Roach's Our Gang series of comedy shorts hold their contracts. Assembled more for their physical characteristics than their acting experience, the changing groups of little performers and their mischievous antics began entertaining audiences in 1922, when the first troupe spun off the Sunshine Sammy comedies.

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A Red Cross worker helps outfit destitute children after collapse of St. Francis Dam. The dam collapsed just before midnight on March 12, 1928, sending a wall of water down the Santa Clara River bed. Hundreds were killed.

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Jan. 15, 1933: After working in fields, self-help cooperative members collect their wages in vegetables. With the arrival of the Great Depression, unemployment skyrocketed in Los Angeles County. Farmers could not afford to hire workers to harvest crops. Food spoiled as families went hungry. Both the unemployed and farmers benefited from the cooperative setup.

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1936: Leroy Norman, 15, crippled in both legs since childhood, makes the best of it in so-called jungle camp in the San Joaquin Valley, home for scores of out-of-work immigrants from Oklahoma and elsewhere.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Herod / Los Angeles Times

May 9, 1936: Suspects line up during a Los Angeles Police Department "show-up," now known as a lineup, as victims or witnesses try to identify alleged crime perpetrators.

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Jan. 1, 1937: Marshall Goldberg (No. 42), left, Pittsburgh halfback, is shown tearing off a gain against the Washington Huskies during the Rose Bowl Game. Max Starcevich, Washington's All-American guard, is No. 66. Lying prone on the ground is Bill Glassford, 10, Panther guard. Tony Matisi, Pitt tackle, is running interference for Goldberg. Pittsburgh won by the score of 21-0.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Strock / Los Angeles Times

July 17, 1937: More than 30,000 fans crowd the 22,000-seat Wrigley Field for a celebrity charity baseball game for Mt. Sinai Hospital. The Los Angeles Times caption reported the next day that "The overflow crowd was stationed in the outfield but no ground rules were necessary as none of the contestants was able to wallop the ball that far..." This panoramic view was made by a Los Angeles Times artist by combining three different prints shot by an unknown Times photographer.

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Jan. 31, 1938. Shirley Temple, a mere 9 years old but the top box office attraction of 1938, cuts the cake at a party celebrating the 55th birthday of president Franklin D. Roosevelt. A trainload of Hollywood stars and moguls traveled from California to the nation's capital for the event.

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Feb. 25, 1938: Firemen scatter as a gasoline tank on a burning truck explodes on Republic Street near Main Street in Los Angeles. Firemen H.M. Johnson, right, and J.H. Schoeffer, center were burned.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gordon Wallace / Los Angeles Times

March 3, 1938: Flooding in Southern California killed dozens. This bus became stuck at West 43rd Place near Leimert Boulevard.

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April 10, 1938: Frenchy Uhalt, Hollywood Stars outfielder, had plenty of moral support as he slid across plate in ninth inning with run that beat the San Francisco Seals, 4-3, in the double hitter opener at Wrigley Field yesterday. Uhalt scored from second on Tom Carey's single, barely beating Brooks Holder's throw to catcher Larry]Woodall, shown diving as Frenchy's toe flicks a corner of the plate. Note [Chink] Outen, [Fern] Bell and [Bill] Norman, Stars in background, making the "safe" signal. The umpire is Henry Fanning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Herod / Los Angeles Times

Jan. 28, 1940: The Huntington Beach coastline in 1940 was a forest of oil derricks. Oil discoveries in Huntington Beach, Long Beach and Santa Fe Springs in 1920 and 1921 drove massive drilling.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ted Hurley / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 20, 1940: Jackie Robinson, a four-sport star at UCLA, teamed with Kenny Washington in 1939 backfield, which faced USC before 10,303 fans.

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March 22, 1941: A group of 41 men, including actor James Stewart, in the foreground wearing the solid black tie, takes the oath to enter the Army. Stewart was the first top-ranked Hollywood star to enter military service during the United States' mobilization before World War ll.

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Time exposure of U.S. Army anti-aircraft unit using a searchlight during World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times

May 25, 1945: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall at Union Station upon their return to California after wedding in Ohio. Bacall is blowing on small whistle attached to her bracelet.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: L. Maxine Reams / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 11, 1943: Frank Sinatra with unidentified friends after arriving by train in Pasadena. The Times reported on Aug. 12, 1943, that RKO Pictures had provided starlets to pose with Sinatra at the train station.

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April 12, 1945: Betty Hutton and other starlets entertain troops at the Hollywood Canteen.

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Feb. 20, 1947: Explosion at O'Connor Electro-Plating Corp. building. Firemen, police officers and volunteer rescuers are combing the ruins, searching for victims still trapped beneath fallen bricks, timbers and whole sections of broken buildings. Compression blew out windows in nearby buildings and shattered glass in some structures more than a mile away, while the reverberating roar carried as far as San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Harbor. It was the worst blast in city's history.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Arnott / Los Angeles Times

April 5, 1947: Howard Hughes after a test flight of a plane he designed and built. This was the second XF-11 photo reconnaissance plane built. Hughes was almost killed when the first XF-11 crashed on July 7, 1946.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Phil Bath / Los Angeles Times

April 7, 1947: More than 25,000 worshipers gathered in Hollywood Bowl -- a setting more picturesque than ever before. Hours before the chimes began to ring at 5:30 a.m. thousands had found seats on the sloping tiers or on bordering hillsides. Trumpeters heralded the dawn.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 2, 1947: The "Spruce Goose," Howard Hughes' experimental wooden airplane, floats in Long Beach Harbor.

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Jan. 25, 1948: A Santa Fe diesel passenger locomotive hangs over Aliso Street after running off the end of the rails at Union Station.

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July 12, 1949: The battered fuselage and wing section of a C-46 Standard Airlines passenger plane lies on a mountainside near the Chatsworth Reservoir after it crashed, killing 35 people. Fourteen survived. The plane, which took off from LaGuardia Airport in New York, was bound for Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 28, 1949: Tree-lighting ceremony for 105-foot Christmas tree in Pershing Square.

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Feb. 6, 1950: Mickey Cohen looks over what's left of his large wardrobe after bomb shattered part of his Brentwood home and damaged neighboring residences.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: S. A. Hixson / Los Angeles Times

March 6, 1950: Elizabeth Taylor enters Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills for her marriage to Conrad 'Nick' Hilton Jr.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times

April 18, 1951: Gen. Douglas MacArthur gets a welcome home parade in San Francisco after being dismissed by President Truman.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

April 26, 1950: An X-1 piloted by Chuck Yeager drops from a B-50 to break the sound barrier one more time before being placed in the Smithsonian Institution.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Phil Bath / Los Angeles Times

April 11, 1952: A cross is raised on Puente Hill overlooking La Puente to be used for interdenominational Easter services. Six different denominations participated.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Ritchie / Los Angeles Times

April 28, 1952: Sgt. 1st Class Owen Marsh of North Hollywood leans out a bus window to pick up his wife, Evelyn, for a kiss before going to Ft. MacArthur, where he was discharged.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Q. Brown / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 25, 1952: Mrs. Rita M. Duarte is comforted by relatives at the funeral of her son, paratrooper Philip Duarte, 19, killed in the Korean War. Rita Duarte's oldest son, David M. Gonzales, died in 1945 during fighting in the Philippines. After rescuing three soldiers buried under debris, he was hit by enemy gunfire. President Harry Truman posthumously awarded Gonzales the Medal of Honor. David Gonzales was half brother to Phillip Duarte.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Delmar Watson / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 23, 1952: Republican vice presidential candidate Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, at the empty El Capitan Theatre, where he delivered his famous "Checkers" speech to TV cameras.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times

May 15, 1953: The Los Angeles arrives to a major welcome at Long Beach Municipal Pier B after an eight-month deployment in Korean waters.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wayne Cave / Los Angeles Times

June 27, 1953: Marilyn Monroe, left, and Jane Russell, co-starring in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," plant their hands in a slab of freshly poured cement in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

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Sept. 6, 1954: DeForrest "Moe" Most, 37, bottom, Art Kidder, 37, and Sandra Hollabaugh, 14, draw a crowd with their stunts at Santa Monica's Muscle Beach on Labor Day weekend.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Beebe / Los Angeles Times

Spectators watch the 1955 Rose Parade. It has rained 10 times in the Rose Parade 116-year-history, but the parade has never been canceled. Those rainy years are 1895, 1899, 1906, 1910, 1916, 1922, 1934, 1937, 1955 and 2006.

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July 17, 1955: Disneyland on opening day. The photo was taken looking north, with Harbor Boulevard on the upper right and the Santa Ana Freeway running across the top.

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A couple is photographed moments after learning that their 19-month-old child had been swept out to sea at Hermosa Beach. 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. His photograph appeared on the front page of The Times the next day. The image won the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for press photography; the Pulitzer committee called the photo "poignant and profoundly moving." But for Gaunt, the image was hard to bear at first, his daughter recalled in Gaunt's 2007 Times obituary.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Gaunt / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 11, 1955: Los Angeles Rams coach Sid Gillman is hoisted on the shoulders of Gene Lipscomb, left, and Don Paul, center, and Charley Toogood (No. 70) after a game against the Packers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Phil Bath / Los Angeles Times

March 19, 1956: Old Pacific Electric Red Cars sit at a Terminal Island junkyard, awaiting dismantling to become scrap metal. After World War ll, the Pacific Electric Railway system was slowly replaced by buses and freeways.

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June 28, 1957. "Jubilant Judy," read the caption that accompanied a photo from this assignment when it ran in the Los Angeles Times. But this previously unpublished image of Judy Garland preparing for a singing engagement at Los Angeles' Greek Theater seems to reflect a more ambiguous reality.

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Dec. 16, 1957: A pair of Air Force F-89 Scorpion interceptors fly low over a remote radar station on Santa Rosa Island after successfully repelling simulated enemy aircraft during a drill off the Southern California coast. Five Los Angeles Times staffers -- three writers and photographers John Malmin and Larry Sharkey -- were assigned to cover the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) test of Los Angeles-area defenses.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 16, 1957: Bob Hope gives actress Jayne Mansfield a lift as five USO troupes prepares to leave for overseas performances for the military. Johnny Grant, left, Hedda Hopper and Roscoe Ates look on. The troupes left from Burbank's Lockheed Air Terminal, later renamed Bob Hope Airport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times

April 18, 1958: Spectators line Broadway as Dodgers Manager Walter Alston, right, and coach Charlie Dressen ride in a caravan to their first game at the Coliseum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

April 18, 1958: Members of the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants face the peristyle end of Memorial Coliseum during playing of the national anthem before the Dodgers' first game in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ken Dare / Los Angeles Times

May 8, 1959: Authorities remove a woman from her Chavez Ravine home before construction of Dodger Stadium.

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Sept. 17, 1959: About 3,000 fans attend the ground-breaking ceremony for Dodger Stadium. During the event, several giant earth-movers plunged down a 200-foot slope, shoving tons of dirt ahead of them as spectators watched. Some people scooped up handfuls of dirt and packed it in souvenir cardboard boxes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harry Chase / Los Angeles Times

May 29, 1960: John Wayne relaxes at his Encino home during an interview with Los Angeles Times writer Jack Smith.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ray Graham / Los Angeles Times

July 19, 1960: The demolished bow of the destroyer Collett shows the force of the collision with the Ammen in fog off the Orange County coast. Eleven sailors on the Ammen were killed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times

April 27, 1961: Eli Grba of the Angels throws the first pitch during the home opener at Wrigley Field in South Los Angeles. The Twins beat the Angels, 4-2, in front of a small, opening day crowd of 11,931. The expansion American League Los Angeles Angels drew 603,510 fans during their first season.

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Nov. 7, 1961: Burned-out homes along Linda Flora Drive in Bel-Air. Hundreds of homes were lost in fires that swept Bel-Air and Topanga Canyon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Fontanini / 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 in Santa Monica as throngs of admirers try to get close.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Beebe / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 15, 1962: Cassius Clay raises his arms in triumph after knocking out Archie Moore in the fourth round of their match at the Sports Arena. Clay -- who in 1964 changed his name to Muhammad Ali -- had predicted that he would win in the fourth round.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

April 30, 1963: Singer Nelson Sardelli playfully kisses a scratch on the ankle of actress Jayne Mansfield. Earlier that day, Mansfield had attended a five-minute divorce hearing with husband, bodybuilder and actor Mickey Hargitay in a Mexico court.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lou Mack / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 13, 1965: National Guard troops secure a stretch of 103rd Street, dubbed Charcoal Alley, in Watts to help Los Angeles 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

Oct. 11, 1965: Dodgers, from left, Maury Wills, Sandy Koufax and Willie Davis celebrate after winning Game 5 of the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota Twins. In that game, Koufax pitched a four-hit shutout, striking out 10.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lou Mack / Los Angeles Times

April 18, 1966: Warren Beatty's embrace of his sister Shirley MacLaine temporarily separates them from the pop of the flashbulbs and the crush of the crowd at the 1966 Oscars ceremony.

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May 12, 1966: The skeleton of the 40-story Union Bank Square building rises over Bunker Hill Victorians in downtown Los Angeles. The high-rise was part of the Bunker Hill Redevelopment Project and was designed by architecture firm Albert C. Martin & Associates. It was completed in 1968.

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Feb. 24, 1967: On the set of "Dragnet," actor Jack Webb, left, who played Sgt. Joe Friday, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Dan Cook and associated producer Bob Cinader take a break. The LAPD worked closely with the television series, which some called a public relations machine for the department.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harry Chase / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 9, 1967: The Queen Mary arrives in Long Beach following a 39-day voyage from England. The city of Long Beach purchased the 31-year-old vessel, which was slated for the scrap heap, for $3.45 million to serve as its waterfront centerpiece.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 2, 1968: Clothing designer Rudi Gernreich onstage with models in swimsuits at the Los Angeles Fashion Group's Man of the Year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nelson Tiffany / Los Angeles Times

Escorts saluting caskets of Vietnam servicemen as they are unloaded from trains at Los Angeles Union Station, 1968

PHOTOGRAPH BY: R.L. Oliver / Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

June 5,1968: Ambassador Hotel busboy Juan Romero crouches next to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who was shot by Sirhan B. Sirhan. Five bystanders were also wounded.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Boris Yaro / Los Angeles Times

Jan. 13, 1969: Scandinavian Airlines System Flight 933 crashed about six miles offshore in Santa Monica Bay while on approach to Los Angeles International Airport. Fifteen aboard the plane were killed and 30 survived.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Fry / Los Angeles Times

May 5, 1969: Jerry West walks off the floor at the Forum after the Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics in the NBA finals for the sixth time in eight years. West scored 42 points in the 108-106 loss.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

March 2, 1970: Cleave Sharry plates Oscar statuettes in layers of copper, nickel and gold. For the 35th year, Dodge Trophies Inc. of Los Angeles made the 40 gold Oscars given out in 1970.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

March 23, 1970: Sculptor Claude K. Bell with his 45-foot- tall, 150-foot-long brontosaur in Cabazon next to Interstate 10. Bell, a Knott's Berry Farm sculptor and portrait artist, opened the Wheel Inn cafe in 1958. To attract customers, he began building dinosaurs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

April 14, 1970: Aerial photo of the cruise ship La Janelle after being driven against jetty just outside Port Hueneme during a storm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Jan. 31, 1971: A young man lies wounded after violence broke out during a Chicano demonstration in East Los Angeles. Friends of the man try to wave demonstrators away. One man was slain by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies. Twenty-five people, including seven law enforcement officers, were hurt. About 70 stores were damaged or destroyed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Browne / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 9, 1971: San Fernando Veterans Administration Hospital patients wait in the open for evacuation to other facilities after a magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit at 6:01 a.m. near Sylmar.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

March 17, 1972: The Lakers' Wilt Chamberlain gets off a finger roll for a basket against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Milwaukee Bucks. Abdul-Jabbar was called for a foul. The Lakers won, 123-107, despite 50 points by Abdul-Jabbar.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

April 24, 1973: From left, Leonard Nimoy (Spock), DeForest Kelley (Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy) and William Shatner (Capt. James T. Kirk) — stars of hit TV series “Star Trek” — record their voices in a Los Angeles studio for “Star Trek: The Animated Series,” which premiered in September 1973. A total of 22 episodes were produced and broadcast in 1973-74.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mary Frampton / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 21, 1973: Firefighters battle flames from a tanker truck that flipped over and exploded at the junction of the 405 and 101 freeways. The blast occurred at 1 p.m. and closed both freeways for almost six hours on a Friday afternoon. More than 100 police officers responded to deal with the traffic mess. The tanker's driver, Duane Schumm, was unhurt.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Fry / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 9, 1973: Elvis and Priscilla Presley leave Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica after their divorce is granted by a judge. As The Times reported the next day, they emerged from the court arm in arm, and Presley gave his ex-wife a friendly kiss before driving off. The couple, married in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967, agreed on a $1.5-million settlement.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Fry / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 8, 1974: A movie set of fake brownstone structures burns on "Boston Street" at the Burbank Studios ranch. The set was a total loss. The multimillion-dollar fire destroyed three soundstages and four movie sets.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Boris Yaro / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 6, 1974: Gov.-elect Jerry Brown talks with reporters at his campaign headquarters in Los Angeles shortly before giving his victory speech. In a close election, Brown defeated Republican Houston Flournoy by about 175,000 votes out of 6 million cast.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Meyer / Los Angeles Times

November 1975: A documentary film crew focuses on Arnold Schwarzenegger as he does a light workout at Gold's Gym in Venice before the International Federation of Bodybuilder's Mr. Olympia contest. On Nov. 9, 1975, Schwarzenegger won the Mr. Olympia crown - his sixth straight year. Then he retired from bodybuilding competition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harry Chase / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 8, 1976: Firefighters scatter after a saw ignites gas fumes at crash site of DC-6 in Van Nuys. Three trapped crew members of the Mercer Enterprises DC-6 charter plane died. Ten firemen were injured.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Boris Yaro / 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 in Inglewood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lou Mack / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 17, 1976: A helicopter searchlight illuminates wreckage in Los Angeles Harbor after an explosion aboard the oil tanker Sansinena. The nighttime blast split the 810-foot vessel in two and rocked the coastline, shattering windows in Costa Mesa 21 miles away. Six crewmen died and more than 50 people were injured. Two crewmen and a dock security guard were never found.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Gaunt / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 26, 1977: Los Angeles Rams defensive end Jack Youngblood walks the sidelines after the Minnesota Vikings scored a fourth-quarter touchdown to take a 14-0 lead in the NFL playoff game. Vikings won 14-7.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Mally / Los Angeles Times

June 22, 1978: Marine reservists training in an amphibious landing at Coronado capture one spectator -- a Navy specialist getting some rays after planting dummy explosives.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 1, 1979: Patty Hearst and Bernard Shaw outside her mother's home in Hillsborough.


March 20, 1979: The space shuttle Columbia, atop a modified 747, leaves Edwards Air Force Base for Florida. First launched on April 12, 1981, Columbia was the first operational space shuttle. The craft completed 27 missions. On the 28th mission, Feb. 1, 2003, Columbia broke up during re-entry with debris falling in Texas. The seven-member crew were killed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cal Montney / Los Angeles Times

July 17, 1979: New Lakers owner Jerry Buss poses in front of one of his new acquisitions -- the Great Western Forum in Inglewood. Buss had recently paid $67.5 million to Jack Kent Cooke for the Lakers, Forum, NHL's Kings and a 13,000-acre Kern County ranch. At the time, the purchase price was the highest single transaction in sports history.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dave Gatley / Los Angeles Times

Jan. 20, 1980: Fans of the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers trade cheers and beers outside the Rose Bowl before Super Bowl XIV. The pre-game tailgate parties were limited as 8,000 parking spaces were closed because of recent rains.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 13, 1981: During a press conference, President Reagan shows one of his boots following questions regarding a bubonic plague threat near his Santa Barbara ranch. Health officials recommended that residents tuck their pants into their boots -- providing protection after a bubonic plague infected rat was found near the ranch. In front of him are the economic tax relief bill and budget, which he signed while on vacation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jose Galvez / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 28, 1984: Michael Jackson holds an armful of Grammys, awarded for his "Thriller" album and other recordings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times

July 28, 1984: Rafer Johnson lights the Olympic torch at the Los Angeles Coliseum to begin the 1984 Olympics.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jayne Oncea / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 3, 1984: Mary Lou Retton becomes the media star of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles after winning the gold medal in all-around competition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

June 9, 1985: Coach Pat Riley is surrounded by jubilant Lakers and flying Champagne after beating the Celtics 111-100 in Boston to win the NBA championship in six games. The Lakers' Kurt Rambis, left, Riley, center, and Magic Johnson, right, celebrate.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 24, 1985: Richard Ramirez flashes a pentagram in a Los Angeles courtroom. Ramirez was convicted in assaults and murders by an attacker nicknamed the Night Stalker that terrorized the Los Angeles area. In many cases, he entered homes at night through open windows or doors. Spray-painted pentagrams were found in some of victims' homes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

June 14, 1987: The Lakers' Magic Johnson sprays Champagne on teammates and photographers during a locker room celebration after beating the Celtics 106-93 and winning the NBA championship.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Edwards / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 15, 1988: Kirk Gibson celebrates as he rounds the bases after his two-run pinch-hit homer off Oakland reliever Dennis Eckersley, giving the Dodgers a stunning 5-4 victory over the A's in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. The Dodgers trailed the A's, 4-3, in the bottom of the ninth when the sore-kneed Gibson hit it out of the park and then made his memorable gimpy jaunt around the bases.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times

April 30, 1992: On the second day of the Los Angeles riots, a man with a shopping cart full of diapers runs past a burning market on 3rd Street.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Jan. 17, 1994: The collapse of the second and third stories onto the first story at Northridge Meadows apartments in the Northridge quake killed 16 people and crushed cars.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rolando Otero / Los Angeles Times

Jan. 17, 1994: A man surveys the damage at the Northrige Meadows apartments after the partial collapse killed 16 people during the Northridge earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joel Lugavere / Los Angeles Times

Richard Nixon's funeral was attended by, from left, President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, former President George H.W. Bush and wife, Barbara; former President Ronald Reagan and wife, Nancy; former President Jimmy Carter and wife, Rosalynn; and former President Gerald Ford and wife, Betty.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

June 17, 1994: California Highway Patrol officers on the 91 Freeway chase Al Cowlings, driving a white Ford Bronco, and O.J. Simpson, who was hiding in the rear of the vehicle. The chase ended with Simpson's arrest at his Brentwood home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 28, 1997: A wounded Emil Matasareanu is checked by LAPD officer after the bloody North Hollywood bank shootout. Matasareanu died of his wounds.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Jan. 30, 1998: Marilyn Lane tries to shut the door as a large wave rushes into her Solimar Beach home in Ventura County. Eleven Ventura County beach homes were damaged by the combination of 15-foot tidal swells and a rainstorm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alan Hagman / Los Angeles Times

July 10,1999: Brandi Chastain exults after scoring the winning goal in the United States' 5-4 penalty-kick victory over China in the 1999 World Cup final in front of 90,185 at the Rose Bowl. The teams had played 120 scoreless minutes of regulation and overtime.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anacleto Rapping / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 10, 1999: Preschoolers hold hands as police officers escort them across the street after white supremacist Buford O. Furrow Jr. went on a rampage at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. Furrow wounded three children, a camp counselor and a receptionist, and killed letter carrier Joseph Ileto. He was sentenced to five life terms.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Bohrer / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 27, 2002: The Anaheim Angels win the World Series. The celebration is underway at the mound, with a pile of Angels on top of Troy Percival, and Scott Spiezio, right, overjoyed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

March 23, 2003: Actor Adrien Brody surprises presenter Halle Berry with a kiss after he won the Oscar for best actor for his work in "The Pianist" at the 75th annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian vander Brug / Los Angeles Times

Fireworks fly from the Walt Disney Concert Hall after the conclusion of the gala opening concert led by the L.A. Philharmonic's Esa-Pekka Salonen.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 8, 2001: Santa Ana winds create a dramatic golden spray off a small wave at sunset as a surfer glides down the face at the Huntington Beach Pier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 3, 2003: Alabama, left, and his girlfriend Mary Miranda get ready to bed down for the night along South Los Angeles Street in skid row. "Our goal is to keep a positive attitude and strive for a common goal, which is getting housing," said Alabama. The couple had been on skid row for six months.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

March 25, 2006: Thousands of protesters converge on City Hall in downtown Los Angeles demonstrating against a federal anti-immigration bill.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 22, 2007: Firefighter Jason Falarski battles to save a house in Poway. For many in San Diego County, the scene was reminiscent of the deadly 2003 Cedar fire. Several hundred thousand people evacuated their homes as wildfires flared across vast areas of the county, but the size of the exodus made escape impossible for some.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Laker Kobe Bryant celebrates his three-pointer against the Nuggets in Game 2 of the NBA playoffs at Staples Center. Bryant was named the NBA MVP for the first time in 2008.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Sept 12, 2008: Workers rescue passengers trapped inside a Metrolink rail car after a head-on crash with a Union Pacific freight train. The collision killed 25 people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 7, 2006: A view of the 110 Freeway slicing through downtown Los Angeles at sunset.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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From its inception on Dec. 4, 1881, the Los Angeles Times has been an integral part of this great city. Our metropolis has changed dramatically over the past 132 years, but one thing has remained constant: The Los Angeles Times has landed on doorsteps, computer screens and cellphones every single day. Our commitment to covering the news – the first draft of history, as Philip Graham famously called it – is unwavering.

Although the nature of photography has moved from the darkroom to the digital frontier, the power of images to capture historic events endures.

In this gallery, you’ll be treated to an unforgettable walk through the history of Southern California; the opening of the California Aqueduct, the rise of Hollywood, natural disasters and the political careers of presidents. The Los Angeles Times is one of the largest and most-decorated photo staffs in the world. Their work has been honored with five Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other awards.

Read the full story by editor Russ Stanton.

[For the Record, 8:30 a.m. Dec. 5: An earlier version misspelled the first name of Philip Graham as Phillip.]


  1. December 5, 2011, 12:30 pm

    It rained like crazy during the Tournament of Roses parade in 2006 as well.

    By: Randy P
  2. December 6, 2011, 11:48 am

    Your ads are too obsessive 😦

    By: abc
  3. December 6, 2011, 12:26 pm

    This made me want to buy a subscription! I've been waiting for that Times guys to be at the Pavilions on Melrose and Vine. Please let me know when he'll be there again to buy!

    By: dArinaA
  4. December 7, 2011, 10:22 am

    I love all these pictures. I would love to see an exhibit of these pictures in a museum setting.
    Can LA Times work something out with Getty, LACMA or Annenberg? Maybe even in your lobby.
    Thanks for the great work of reporting with lens.

  5. December 9, 2011, 1:19 am

    love time” everytime”

    By: J.J.J.E. Thelosen
  6. December 9, 2011, 4:01 am

    wow..this post is awesome…

    By: sangram27
  7. December 11, 2011, 2:29 pm

    Thanks for the memories.
    The Times has always been on top of things with excellent stories and photos.
    Happy 30th anniversary!

    George Vreeland Hill

    By: George
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  10. December 13, 2011, 7:20 pm

    Correction to Photo 100: the Hearsts lived Hillsborough, CA (not Mass.)

    By: fehlhaber
  11. December 26, 2011, 3:39 pm

    Awesome except for one thing:

    As we approached the present day, sport and celebrity photos became more abundant. Celebrity and sports photos are vain, cheap, and easy.

    You can't tell me that events that affect our daily lives aren't photogenic anymore. I think you're just not trying hard enough.

    By: nanan
  12. December 30, 2011, 8:13 pm

    Re: The photo of the returning service man on the bus and his wife: 60 years later – I was the returning from Korea sargent and my wife is still my wife.

    By: offffo

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