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Chief Abolishes Vice Squad

August 17, 2009 |  8:00 am

Aug. 17, 1939, Football

Aug. 17, 1939: USC football player Al Kreuger keeps in shape over the summer by milking cows.

Aug. 17, 1939, Vice Squad

Above, in a radical move, Police Chief Arthur C. Hohmann abolishes the LAPD's vice squad and transfers all the officers to other divisions. He also forms an intelligence unit. Hohmann, part of Mayor Fletcher Bowron's reform movement, served as chief for a relatively brief time and was replaced in 1941 by Clemence C.B. Horrall.

Aug. 17, 1939, Stagecoach Driver

Former stagecoach driver Prestley A. "Bud" Swinney dies at the age of 82.

Aug. 17, 1939, Jan Peerce

Artur Rodzinski and Jan Peerce perform at the Hollywood Bowl in a program including "El Salon Mexico" and a suite from "Der Rosenkavalier."

Aug. 17, 1939, Tarzan

... and human sacrifice in "Tarzan."