Los Angeles history
|Oct. 15, 1942: “The Major and the Minor” is opening. The reproduction in the World War II papers can be really terrible, especially in the first year or two of the war. |
Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn in “The Adventures of Robin Hood.”
Oct. 15, 1959: Errol Flynn collapses and dies in a Vancouver apartment where he had stopped for a drink. Mrs. George Caldough, who was accompanying the star and Beverly Aadland, his 17-year-old "protege," says: "He died laughing."
Revisiting a tragic rogue
Air tankers are used to fight the La Canada fire, including B-25s, PBYs and helicopters.
|Oct. 14, 1941: “The Maltese Falcon” is a surprise hit in New York. It’s interesting to see that not much was expected in the third remake of the film, which has now eclipsed the two previous incarnations. I’ll have to track down the Bette Davis-Warren William version, which is apparently “Satan Met a Lady.” I saw the 1931 Ricardo Cortez version years ago in Seattle and I was amazed that anyone could make such a dull, tedious and forgettable movie from such a great novel. This was many years ago and I might feel differently now, but I recall it being a real dog of a movie. |
This is how we did fire maps 50 years ago. The map is hard to read, but compare it with the one we did for the Station fire.
View Los Angeles fires: Mount Wilson, Altadena, Pasadena, Acton, Agua Dulce, Sierra Madre in a larger map
Oct. 14, 1959: The Times brings out an extra on the forest fire.
June 24, 1960, William Douglas Grater is sentenced in the fire.
|Oct. 14, 1959: A fire that started along Angeles Crest Highway near Dark Canyon threatens homes in what is now the La Canada Flintridge area. William Douglas Grater Jr., a 20-year-old Forest Service employee, confessed to setting the fire, which killed two Zuni Indian firefighters and burned 14,000 acres. He was sentenced to a year in jail and seven years’ probation. |