May 22, 1962 - Former Vice President Richard M. Nixon has committed himself to face his opponent on a national television panel in his fight for the California governorship, he said today. Many observers felt that Mr. Nixon suffered in his televised debates with John F. Kennedy in the 1960 national election campaign, but Mr. Nixon indicated he was unafraid of facing incumbent Democratic Gov. Edmund G. Brown before TV cameras. He said he had agreed to debate Mr. Brown on the “
Jan. 24, 1962 - California Governor Edmund G. Brown (pictured center in 1959) formally became a Democratic candidate for a second term today with an attack on former Vice President Nixon. In a speech, Gov. Brown accused Mr. Nixon of having labeled Sacramento, the state capital, as merely “a whistle stop on the line to Washington.” The Governor declared that Californians would not permit Mr. Nixon “to convert the Governor’s chair into Nixon-for-President national headquarters.
Dec. 2, 1961 - Richard M. Nixon declared today that “second-rate” Democrats must be voted out of office in California. The former Vice President, a candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination next June, pledged “a crusade for new leadership to see to it that California will not be first in crime, first in high taxes, and first in bungling bureaucracy.” “We need first-rate government,” he said. “The second-raters, from Gov. Brown down, must be retired from jobs which
Nov. 10, 1961 - A fire safety engineer, flown from Boston to the scene of major fires in the Los Angeles area, reported today that wood shingles had been a factor in the destruction. Mr. Percy Bugbee said, “Firefighters at the scene report in many instances fire spread spread so rapidly over a wood shingle roof that the home could not be saved. In contrast, fire-resistant roofing frequently gave them a chance to knock down the blaze before serious damage was done.” Mr. Bugbee
Nov. 8, 1961 - Firemen battled to keep control of two big brush fires in Los Angeles County today. The toll of homes destroyed, some of the city’s finest, had reached 456. Some homes were still threatened. All but nine of the houses destroyed were in the Bel-Air and Brentwood districts, where millionaires and movie stars reside. The nine exceptions were in Topanga Canyon. Firemen said they had saved 7,500 homes in the path of the fires, the worst in Southern California histor
Nov. 6, 1961 - Former Vice President Richard M. Nixon was working on his book, “Six Crises,” when he and a researcher noticed the flames of the disastrous Los Angeles fire near the Nixons’ rented Brentwood home. Mr. Nixon climbed on the roof and sprayed with a hose until flames crept within 200 yards and firemen ordered him to leave. He returned home later and recovered the manuscript of his book. The former Vice President said he also recovered clothes, records of his conver
Nov. 6, 1961 - The most destructive fire in Southern California history raged through the Hollywood Hills unchecked today. The blaze, fanned by high winds, destroyed at least 200 homes, fire officials said. The flames damaged and endangered hundreds of other homes, many valued above $100,000 and containing rare works of art. About 2,000 persons — including former Vice President Richard M. Nixon and motion-picture actors, actress, and executives — fled their homes. Gov. Edmund
Sept. 30, 1961 - Richard M. Nixon moved today to take himself completely out of the Presidential picture in 1964, even by way of a draft at the convention. He said he was glad that Republicans had "two such articulate candidates" as Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York and Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona. "And I am also glad," he added, "that both are moving to the center of the road, where they belong." As for a possible draft, he said that a study of American history show
Sept. 27, 1961 - Richard M. Nixon announced today that he would be a candidate for Governor of California next year. The former Vice President also renounced any intention of being the Republican candidate for President in 1964. The party's 1960 Presidential candidate suggested that his decision "cleared the way" for possible 1964 candidacies of Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York and Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, or for other aspirants who might emerge after the 196
Sept. 13, 1961 - Gov. Edmund G. Brown of California made a strong bid today for support from the Kennedy Administration in his battle, perhaps against Richard M. Nixon, for re-election next year. He declared that his administration had already achieved many of the liberal goals sought by President Kennedy. Gov. Brown said that California offered "positive proof that the New Frontier can work." He said Republicans "can't make much of a case against the New Frontier as long as
Sept. 3, 1961 - Senator Barry Goldwater indicated today that he thought Richard M. Nixon would win the governorship of California next year. He said this would make the former Vice President unavailable for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1964. The Arizona Senator, who is a possible contender for that nomination, said he was certain that if Mr. Nixon ran for Governor, "he would make it plain that he intended to serve his four years." There has been some speculation
Aug. 30, 1961 - National Republican leaders overwhelmingly urged former Vice President Richard M. Nixon today to run against Governor Edmund G. Brown (pictured with President Kennedy) of California next year. Mr. Nixon and party leaders from in and outside Congress agreed at a private breakfast in Washington this morning that the party must build strength in the 1962 elections. But the main topic was the possibility of Mr. Nixon's run against Brown, a Democrat, in California.
Aug. 28, 1961 - Former President Eisenhower pledged today his full support if his Vice President, Richard M. Nixon, decides to run for governor of California. General Eisenhower made the promise as he and Mr. Nixon met at the General's farm outside Gettysburg. "If he decides to run and asks me to help him, I'll do everything I can to help him win," the former President said. Mr. Nixon refused to say whether he would run for the post next year. He said that he had been receivi
Aug. 26, 1961 - Former Vice President Richard M. Nixon is still wavering on the question of running against California Governor Edmund G. Brown next year. Republican Party leaders are looking to him as the surest candidate in a tight race, with registered Democrats outnumbering Republicans by more than 1 million. Conflicting with this is Mr. Nixon's desire to avoid executive responsibilities that could hamper his activities in connection with a possible run against President