Jan. 31, 1962 - Two members of the Flying Wallendas circus high-wire act lost their lives last night in a fall as the troupe performed at a Shrine circus. Two other aerialists, one a girl, were injured seriously. Richard Faughan, 29, and Dieter Schoep, 33, were injured fatally in a fall of 50 feet from the wire to the floor of the Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum. They died at Highland Park General Hospital. The injured were Mario Wallenda, 22, and Jane Schoep (pictured),
Jan. 30, 1962 - Objects of primitive art collected by Michael Rockefeller (pictured center) before he was lost off the southern coast of New Guinea are en route to New York for exhibition. The collection consists of about 400 items — spears, shields, drums, spirit masks, paddles, and bowls. All the pieces are intricately carved wood. Dr. Rene Wassing, the Dutch anthropologist who was the last man to see the 23-year-old son of New York’s Governor Rockefeller alive, said he con
Jan. 13, 1962 - Ernie Kovacs, comedian of the theatre, screen, and television, was killed today in a traffic accident. He would have been 43 on Jan. 23. The police in Los Angeles said Mr. Kovacs was killed when his station wagon skidded across wet pavement a half block from the Beverly Hilton Hotel and smashed into a power pole. The crash occurred shortly before 2 a.m. on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles. Mr. Kovacs had attended a baby shower in honor of the wife of
Oct. 31, 1961 - If exploded in the air over downtown Manhattan, a 50-megaton bomb would destroy homes as far away as Passaic, N.J. and ignite fires as far away as West Point, N.Y. Beneath its massive fireball, the bomb, with its hurricane-like blast wave and intense burst of radiation, would cause total destruction to buildings and life within about a five-mile circle encompassing lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Hoboken, and Jersey City. The intense heat of the explosion would cau
July 18, 1961 - Mrs. Angier Biddle Duke (pictured left, holding her daughter Maria-Luisa in 1955), wife of the State Department's Chief of Protocol (center), two other socially prominent women and a pilot were killed today when their chartered plane crashed in residential Jackson Heights, Queens. Their single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plunged, apparently straight down, into a garden within 20 feet of a two-story house. Six children had been chasing butterflies on a lawn next
July 6, 1961 - Ernest Hemingway (pictured in 1939) was buried today in the soil of the Western mountains he loved near the home where he wrote much of his prize-winning literature. The novelist, short-story writer, and war correspondent, dead at 61 of a self-inflicted shotgun wound, was buried under a blanket of red roses alongside the grave of one of his closest friends, Taylor Williams. The cemetery in which Mr. Hemingway was buried is surrounded by the Saw Tooth Mountains.
July 5, 1961 - The family of Ernest Hemingway (pictured with his father in 1928) was reunited today for the author's funeral tomorrow. Mr. Hemingway will be buried in the cemetery in Ketchum, Idaho. Patrick Hemingway, one of the author's three sons, arrived today from Africa. Two other sons, a brother, and three sisters arrived earlier. Mr. Hemingway's fourth wife, Mary, was at home with him when he killed himself Sunday with a shotgun. The writer's sister, Mrs. Sterlin
July 4, 1961 - Antonio Ordóñez (pictured left in 1959 with Ernest Hemingway) killed two bulls in Jerez De La Frontera, Spain, today in memory of the famed author. Before the fight, the bullfighter walked to the the middle of the ring and, with the crowd, stood silent for one minute in honor of Mr. Hemingway. The matador wept openly over the death of "Ernesto." He said that his tears were justified "because I am sure that Papa Hemingway would have liked this form of pray
July 4, 1961 - Louis-Ferdinand Céline (pictured in 1932), French novelist, whose final years were clouded by wartime collaboration and his violent anti-Semitism, died Saturday. He was 67 years old. Mr. Céline's most widely known books were "Journey to the End of the Night" and "Death on the Installment Plan." Both enjoyed critical and popular success in the U.S. when they were published in English, the former in 1934 and the latter in 1938. When the Nazis occupied Paris
July 3, 1961 - The death of Ernest Hemingway (pictured in 1959) brought tears, shock, and mourning to Madrid today. In the city's cafés and dimly lit bars, the author's friends, admirers, and critics discussed the life and death of the author, who formerly lived in Spain and was known there as "Don Ernesto." The newspaper Hoja de Lunes said in a front-page story that Mr. Hemingway was "a great lover of our country, the bullfights, and Spanish literature." #literature #b
July 3, 1961 - There will be no inquest in the shotgun death of Ernest Hemingway (pictured in 1952), authorities in Blaine County, Idaho, said today. The author was found dead yesterday morning at his home. He had head wounds, and a double-barrel, 12-gauge shotgun lay next to his body. His fourth wife, Mary, stated that his death had been accidental. Sheriff Frank L. Hewitt said Mr. Hemingway had fired both barrels of the 12-gauge shotgun into his head. Coroner Ray McG
July 2, 1961 - President Kennedy mourned today the death of Ernest Hemingway, whom he called one of America's greatest authors and "one of the great citizens of the world." The President, who is spending the July 4th weekend in Hyannis Port, Mass., with his family, issued a statement after hearing of Mr. Hemingway's death: "From his first emergence as one of the bright literary stars in Paris during the twenties, as a chronicler of the "Lost Generation” which he was to
July 2, 1961 - Ernest Hemingway was found dead this morning of a shotgun wound to the head at his home in Ketchum, Idaho. The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author would have been 62 on July 21. His wife stated that Mr. Hemingway, an expert on firearms, killed himself accidentally while cleaning the weapon. Mr. Hemingway's body, clad in a robe and pajamas, was found by Mrs. Hemingway in the foyer of their house. A double-barreled, 12-gauge shotgun lay beside him. Mrs.