A Day in the 1950’s: February 4th 1959
According to the Baltimore Sun February 4th, 1959, the weather was cloudy, windy, and had the occasional shower. The front page reads “Airliner, 72 Aboard, Crashes in N.Y.; 25 Bodies Fished From East River.” The front page of the paper is filled with news about the Russians. The American Airlines plane plunged into the East River in New York just before midnight. Luckily, a tugboat picked up eight or nine of the passengers were picked up in the river. The passengers were sent in an ambulance that was waiting on the Queens Shore. Also on the front page are highlights of the local and national news of the day.
In national news reads “U.S. is Vulnerable to Military Attack Malinovsky Warns”. The Soviet Defense Minister warned the United States that we are vulnerable to military attacks. Malinovsky said that the space rocket that pasted by the moon the month prior was actually one of Russia’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. The Soviet Union at that time was thought to have an ample amount of rocket weapons that had extreme accuracy. This was alarming since the article located next to this was “Titan Test Fails Again”. The Titan, the nations most powerful new war rocket, failed for the second time to make its launching debut. The engine of the Titan shut off after two seconds after the malfunction. However, not all national news was about the Soviets. A column on the front page of the paper reported, “‘ 58 Accident Toll is Low”. The accident toll was 5 percent lower than in 1987. The motor vehicle was the number one killer in accidents.
A report of a plane crash also was in the Baltimore Sun. Three singers, Buddy Holly, Richie Valenz, and J.P Richardson, were killed in a plane that was taking off from Dwyer Flying Service of Mason City, Iowa. After finishing a show in Clear Lake, Iowa they boarded a four-passenger plane to go to Fargo, North Dakota. Authorities blamed weather conditions for the crash....