Salvador Dali, Landscape, 1981
John Olson: Frank Zappa with his parents Francis and Rosemary, 1970 (Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Today is the Los Angeles Times’ 132nd birthday (send cards to 202 W. First St., Los Angeles, 90012). To celebrate, here’s a 1937 Times photograph from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 55th birthday party. FDR was born Jan. 30, 1882 — about eight weeks after The Times.
On Dec. 4, 1881, the first edition of the paper carried reports on whaling, the goings-on in San Francisco, and a man who threw “a vial of vitriol” into a crowd. Two other items of note are a story about the trial of President Garfield’s assassin and a conversation about L.A.’s fire alarm system:
Photo credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library
Happy birthday, us! Here are some of those front pages Matt mentioned: