The new cathedral was designed by the architect Basil Spence in a provocatively modern style widely praised as a masterpiece of 20th Century Christianity, while the ruins of the old cathedral are preserved. The new cathedral is also widely considered a landmark of the postwar reconstruction of Britain, and as such the archbishop of Canterbury and Queen Elizabeth II were present for its consecration.
Today the 34th Academy Awards were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The evening was dominated by the musical West Side Story, which won 10 Oscars, more than any other musical in the history of the program. Host Bob Hope presided over the longest Oscars broadcast to date, more than two hours.
Maximilian Schell was honored as Best Actor for his role in Judgment at Nuremberg, a film that was also nominated for Best Picture (among its 11 nominations). Best Actress went to Audrey Hepburn for her role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Despite the fact that Judgment at Nuremberg had more nominations, West Side Story swept the awards, racking up Best Picture, Best Director (Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise), Best Supporting Actor (George Chakiris), Best Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno), Best Musical Score, Best Sound recording, Best Film Editing as well as Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design (all three in the Color category).
Despite being rejected 26 times by other publishers, today Farrar, Straus and Giroux is publishing the work of a most unconventional new author, Madeleine L’Engle. A Wrinkle in Time is something unheard of; a science fiction book with a girl as the protagonist. It is unclear whether the book can ever be accepted, as it is common knowledge that only boys read science fiction. Kirkus Reviews offers a generous assessment in their March 1, 1962 review:
An allegorical fantasy in which a group of young people are guided through the universe by Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Mrs. What — women who possess supernatural powers. They traverse fictitious regions, meet and face evil and demonstrate courage at the right moment. Religious allusions are secondary to the philosophical struggle designed to yield the meaning of life and one’s place on earth. Young Meg’s willingness to face IT in the form of a black beast in order to save a dear friend is one sign of her growing awareness. Readers who relish symbolic reference may find this trip through time and space an exhilarating experience; the rest will be forced to ponder the double entendres.
Everybody’s watching “Bonanza” on Sunday nights. Since 1958 the Cartright family (stars Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon) has been living life in the Old West at their ranch, The Ponderosa, in Nevada.