Exactly 50 years ago today, Soviet Premier and Cold War Villain Nikita Khrushchev was denied a visit to Disneyland
. He was in Southern California as part of a cross-country tour of the U.S.A.*
(Can you imagine an enemy of the US doing that today?). The reasons for the denial? Security Logistics and Time Limitations
(you have to devote a whole day for The Magic Kingdom). Instead, he visited a sound stage at 20th Century Fox (shooting "Can Can")
and a housing development in a San Fernando Valley suburb
. The next day, he got a warmer, but semi-stunned, reception in San Luis Obispo, CA
. Not the only place that welcomed him. Farmers in Coon Rapids, Iowa were happy to show off American agriculture
in an event recently commemorated.
*Look Inside book at Amazon link for more content. Also lots more coverage in the L.A. Times' Nostalgia Blog)
L.A. building Rocked By Explosion
A large residential building was rocked by an explosion and erupted in flames Friday. There was no immediate word on whether anyone was hurt.
The blast hit the building in the Encino area of the San Fernando Valley about 11 a.m., Fire Department spokesman Bob Collis said.