This blog is about Los Angeles' unique history reflected in the buildings, parks, and public spaces of the city and county.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
This date in LA County: June 1
Here are a few things that happened on this date in Los Angeles history:
On June 1st, 1923, UCLA awarded its first sheepskins to 23 graduates of the University of California, Southern Branch. Don't bother trying to place the building at right--this all happened at the Vermont campus, quickly outgrown. The UC Southern Branch had been founded here in 1919, but chose a larger location in Westwood in 1925. (Read more about that in a previous post.)
The movie Star Trek III, The Search for Spock opened in 1984 on this date.
Marilyn Monroe was born in 1926, right here in Los Angeles, as Norma Jeane Mortenson.
Millionaire businessman and art collector Norton Simon (ne Norton Glickman) died on this date in 1993.
In 1943, a British/Dutch plane is shot down over the Bay of Biscay by German Junkers. OK, that's Europe, but the Los Angeles/Hollywood connection is that British actor Lesley Howard, who played Ashley Wilkes in Gone With The Wind, was one of the 17 people killed on that plane.