1940s

Terminal Island Evictions – 1942

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On Febrary 26, 1942, Private Edward Collinash hands an eviction notice to Terminal Island resident Shiro Matsushita. Matsushita was required to leave his home by midnight the following night. The following day, the Los Angeles Times reported on the U.S. military’s Terminal Island evictions in its article: “Japs’ Ouster Demand Rises.” (Note: Bizarre Los Angeles […]

1930s

Bizarre Tales: Turtle Racing Med Acquitted

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Turtle Racing in Los Angeles. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

TURTLE RACING MEN ACQUITTED Jury Disagrees on Guilt of Hollywood Promoter Sixteen Others, Including Tod Sloan, Freed Civic Federation Strikes at New “Option” Scheme LOS ANGELES TIMES – September 8, 1932 –Disagreeing as to the guilt of Douglas Hertz, turtle-race promoter, a jury in Municipal Judge Clarke’s court yesterday found sixteen other defendants, arrested at […]

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Bizarre Tales: Maude Campbell, First Woman to Fly Commercially

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Maude Campbell - First Woman to Fly Commercially (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Woman Made Flight History as a Passenger by Pete Bennett  LOS ANGELES TIMES (August 11, 1982) –When Maude Campbell became, in 1926, the first woman to fly commercially, the trip represented more an act of heroism than an expedient way to travel. She had heard through friends that Western Air Express had decided to carry […]

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Bizarre Tales: Russ Columbo Dies

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RUSS COLUMBO DIES FROM ACCIDENTAL GUN WOUND Radio and Screen Singer Succumbs as Condition Balks Operation; Witness Tells of Tragedy Los Angeles Times, September 3, 1934 Russ Columbo, 26 years of age, radio and motion picture singer, died at the Good Samaritan Hospital last night from a bullet wound in his brain which he received […]