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.

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