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Today in Newsday history: February 12, 1963

Feb. 12, 1963

Feb. 12, 1963

Fifty years before today's news of controversial nuclear tests in North Korea, Newsday's Feb. 12, 1963 front page headline read: JFK URGES NEW TEST BAN EFFORT.

A few months later President Kennedy signed the Partial Test Ban Treaty, which banned nuclear testing in the atmosphere and underwater. The Soviet Union and Great Britain also signed on.

On an entirely different note (but somewhat timely, considering the current Westminster Dog Show), the photo on 1963 front page features "professional dog expert and dog show judge" Harland W. Meistrell of Great Neck examining a puppy, Pistachio, in Plainview.

Meistrell was called in by Pistachio's owners to determine whether or not the pup's fur was really green, as it appeared. "When it was all over," the accompanying article reads, "Meistrell issued solemnly issued his verdict: Pistachio looks green all right, but will probably turn all white eventually." 

We'll continue to comb the archives for any follow-ups on Pistachio.

And the last line on the 1963 cover reads, "Old Slum Area Persists in Bay Shore." It was the first of "a series of close looks at Long Island slums by Newsday reporters who visited the blighted areas and talked with their residents."

The article's author spoke with a town official who admitted black families had little choice as to where to live in the area, as many white landlords refused to rent to them and the town had no public housing options.

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