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A nude beauty pageant and an escaped elephant: past headlines

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China setting up “the world’s largest restaurant” to serve Peking duck and a San Francisco man suing his girlfriend for standing him up on a date made the headlines four decades ago this week.

July 23, 1978

● It was an exciting day for an elderly Hong Kong woman who met her 59-year-old brother for the first time. Ng Lau Kam-fung, 79, was left behind in Guangdong when her parents emigrated to Canada in 1919. Her brother and two younger sisters were born there. Ng moved to Hong Kong in 1958.

July 24, 1978

● A 19-year-old American girl from Florida won what was billed as the world’s most “revealing and honest” beauty contest, held in Ontario. Judy Portinga donned her winner’s crown, which was the most clothing she had worn since taking part in the Miss Nude World beauty pageant. Twenty women, most of whom were from the US, paraded nude in front of a 3,000-strong audience at a nudist camp 65km west of Toronto.

● A BBC documentary series about the Royal Hong Kong Police Force was banned from local television screens because it showed the force in “a bad light”. A government source claimed senior force management feared that Hong Kong Beat would have........

© South China Morning Post