Colorado Street Bridge

Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge

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Bizarre Tales: Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge Wed. 27, 1927– Pasadena, CA– Twenty-two sticks of dynamite were found planted beneath the famous Colorado street bridge yesterday, revealing what may have been an unsuccessful attempt to destroy the span. The dynamite sticks had been lashed together and to them was attached a time fuse, which had failed to […]

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Hollywood Speakeasy Prohibition

Bizarre Tales: Speakeasy Murder of Eddie Diggins

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Bizarre Tales: HUNT SLAYER OF MOVIE STUNT MAN Famous Cinema Figures Involved In Fatal Row At Hollywood Night Club HOLLYWOOD, March 26, 1927 –(UP)—Equipped with a list, said to include several prominent screen and stage actors, detectives began a search here today for eye-witnesses to the murder of Eddie Diggins, movie stunt man and former prizefighter. […]

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impersonating females

Impersonating Females in Cafe – 1954

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Newsflash from the Past: Five Accused of Impersonating Females in Cafe LOS ANGELES TIMES (November 2, 1954) — Five men, one of them a Pasadena High School mathematics teacher, were arrested in an Altadena cafe early yesterday on charges of impersonating females. They identified themselves as Thomas Evans Tuites [far left], 36, the teacher, and […]

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Murder Suicide

1936 Murder-Suicide on Lexington Ave

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Newsflash from the Past: Murder-Suicide on Lexington Ave WIFE SLAIN; MAN SUICIDE Ill War Veteran Beats and Stabs Mate to Death and Kills Self Los Angeles Times – March 21, 1936 – Although Cole Randle, 42-year-old World War veteran, before the death of his wife and himself early yesterday, wrote, “We love each other too much […]

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Molokane

Molokane – Russian Immigrants – 1906

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Newsflash from the Past: TAKE TO HILLS IN A SCARE. Deluded Los Angeles Molokane Will Move Tomorrow for Fear of Quake. Los Angeles Times (October 14, 1906) There will be an exodus of the Molokane from Los Angeles tomorrow. The 2000 or more [Russian] colonists will begin their trek from the city early in the […]

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1967 Music

Newsflash -1967 Music Survey Results

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Pop Survey Names The Tops Of 1967 Music Here are the results of the year-end survey conducted by Pop Scene Service of the top music-makers in the nation. Male singer: NEIL DIAMOND, Frankie Valli, Donovan, Stevie Wonder, Mitch Ryder. Group: PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS, Monkees, Supremes, Beatles, Herman’s Hermits. Female Singer: CHER and PETULA […]

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Haunted House

Newsflash: Haunted House – 1963

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Newsflash from the Past:  BOY SCOUTS SURVIVE HAUNTED HOUSE VISIT CANOGA PARK (Feb. 11, 1963) — There were strange noises in the haunted house but they weren’t caused by any supernatural being. So reported three Boy Scouts who tested their courage over the weekend by spending an entire night in a deserted house on the […]

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Bombs

Newsflash: Bombs Ready for Autographs – 1942

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Newsflash from the Past: Bombs Ready for Autographs War Bond and Stamp Buyers Offered Thrill at Retail Stores Today LOS ANGELES TIMES (July 17, 1942) — Buy a bond and autograph a bomb or shell! If you would like to have the thrill of knowing your name is on a bomb or shell destined for the […]

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Muhammad Ali Saves

Newsflash from the Past: Muhammad Ali prevents a suicide in 1981

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Muhammad Ali talks man down from 9th-floor perch Copyright: The Associated Press  LOS ANGELES – (January 20, 1981) People on the ground urged the distraught 21-year-old man to jump. But former heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali promised to help him find a job, and talked the man down from a ninth-floor fire escape. The man, whose […]

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Cecil Hotel suicide

Los Angeles – Cecil Hotel Suicide – 1939

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Newsflash from the Past: Sailor Ends Life by Taking Poison LOS ANGELES TIMES, May 29, 1939. Erwin C. Neblett, 39-year-old sailor on the U.S.S. Wright, ended his life yesterday in a hotel room, 640 S. Main St., by swallowing poison, police reported. Neblett was found unconscious on the floor of the hotel room by a […]

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