Nixon in Panorama City: November 29, 1956


  Not long after VP Richard M. Nixon and his boss, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, won the 1956 election, Nixon and wife Pat toured Southern California. Introduced by Congressman Edgar W. Hiestand (R), a staunch anti-Communist and a member of the John Birch Society, Nixon spoke to an enthusiastic shopping center crowd under a banner sign which…

The Barbara Jean Jepsen Murder: January 31, 1956.


On January 31, 1956, Barbara Jean Jepsen, an 18-year-old married woman, was found stabbed to death by her husband Joe Earl Jepsen inside their unit at 15050 Victory in Van Nuys. The murder of the young woman shocked the city. Photos of the crime scene exteriors are kept in the USC Digital Archives and offer a glimpse…

1956 Van Nuys Family Home Movies


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeqUmeuchMc The arrival of record player, kids dancing in the yard, adults frolicking and laughing, this is Van Nuys 57 years ago as seen in this Munnecke Family Home movie.

1956: Van Nuys


 People handing campaign posters to children in swimming pool.Location:Van Nuys, CA, USDate taken:September 1956Photographer:J. R. EyermanNote the electric microphone and speaker placed at water's edge while a child swims in the pool.

1956: Construction of the San Diego Freeway


In 2011, we are living amidst a big construction project on the San Diego Freeway which will add new lanes and which has also torn up vast sections of Westwood near Wilshire and Sunset along Sepulveda. The USC Digital Archives has photographs of the 1956 beginnings of the San Diego Freeway, when bulldozers and explosives…