Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
|July 22, 1899, Tallulah, La.: "When he got to the courthouse square, a crowd of about two hundred and fifty citizens overpowered the sheriff and, after a severe struggle, took Joe and Charles Defatta down to the slaughter pen and hanged them to the gallows used for slaughtering beeves." |
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July 22, 1889: A man nearly drowns after being thrown off a yacht returning from Santa Catalina Island because he insisted on singing the tune "White Wings," which was evidently considered bad luck.
Note: If you search on the Internet you'll find that nearly everyone says "White Wings" was written in 1912. This is absurd, of course, if people were singing the song in 1889. Below, a 1926 Times story says it was written in 1882.
|July 21, 1943: Shout-out to David Croy and other fans of vintage lettering. Notice the different handling of "Frankenstein" (bolted together) and "Wolf Man" (furry) with this elegant script for "meets" as if it's a party invitation. And all the lettering is reversed (white on black). These artists knew how to set the tone very quickly.
Speaking of David Croy, check out what he has to say about the poster for "Public Enemies.">>> (Warning: David has very colorful ways of saying he doesn't like something).
July 2, 1917: Architect Frederick C. Grable dies of anemia.
July 21, 1969: "First, the picket who you sent to the hospital wasn't a student! He had no reason to be on this campus -- except to stir up trouble!"
Maury Wills continued to play like a kid in his second stint with the Dodgers, hitting safely in his 14th consecutive game. The Times' John Wiebusch noted that it was the Dodgers' longest hitting streak since 1965, when Wills hit in 20 games in a row
Not all the Dodgers were doing so well, as they lost to the Giants, 7-3, to fall into second place.
"I've never felt better," Wills said. "My legs are strong and my reactions are good. But it is the same as before. Personal things mean little if the team is losing."
Baseball couldn't compete with a moon walk.
The Angels split a doubleheader against Oakland that was sprinkled with historic moments. None of them happened on the field, however.
Rick Monday was hitting for Oakland in the second inning when the game was stopped and a message flashed on the Big A scoreboard: "We have landed on the moon."
Many of the fans at Anaheim Stadium took the message and headed home early.
"The second game ended five minutes before Apollo 11 astronauts began preparations for their unprecedented walk on the moon," The Times' Mitch Chortkoff wrote. "In anticipation of the event, however, all but about 3,000 spectators departed the ballpark before the second game ended."
That's one small step for man, one giant leap out of the ballpark.