The Naked City Oct 9 2013
COLD HARD CRASH
This little piggy went to market.

The two shots above come from the University of Southern California’s digital collection of mid-century Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs and show an auto accident on the corner of West 1st Street and Olive Street. The image caught our eye because it was labeled “Deputy Sheriff in Auto Crash,” which we take to mean that a sheriff’s department deputy crashed into a market in broad daylight in downtown L.A. Seems unlikely, but USC’s photo labeling is usually quite exact, and in the images we see two officers, both of whom are calmly writing in notebooks rather than sitting on the curb freaking, which makes us think the caption isn't referring to either of them. So where is the deputy? In an ambulance on his way to the hospital? Back at his desk writing a report (street urchin ran in front of vehicle causing swerve and crash)? At home sobering up? Why exactly he crashed is an intriguing little mystery, but of course we’ll never learn the answer, so let’s just go with the obvious—the market sells excellent donuts and he was in a bit too much of a hurry. It happened today in 1951. 
 

 
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1924—St. Petersburg is renamed Leningrad
St. Peterburg, the Russian city founded by Peter the Great in 1703, and which was capital of the Russian Empire for more than 200 years, is renamed Leningrad three days after the death of Vladimir Lenin. The city had already been renamed Petrograd in 1914. It was finally given back its original name St. Petersburg in 1991.
1966—Beaumont Children Disappear
In Australia, siblings Jane Nartare Beaumont, Arnna Kathleen Beaumont, and Grant Ellis Beaumont, aged 9, 7, and 4, disappear from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, and are never seen again. Witnesses claim to have spotted them in the company of a tall, blonde man, but over the years, after interviewing many potential suspects, police are unable generate enough solid leads to result in an arrest. The disappearances remain Australia's most infamous cold case.
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