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Don't Know Beach About History: Short Histories of Long Beach

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On July 12, 1922, two young women spent the day in a Long Beach speakeasy, drinking and commiserating about their unfaithful husbands.  That evening, on a remote road in Los Angeles, one of those women would beat a romantic rival to death with
 On July 12, 1922, two young women spent the day in a Long Beach speakeasy, drinking and commiserating about their unfaithful husbands.  That evening, on a remote road in Los Angeles, one of those women would beat a romantic rival to death with
In 1976, a film crew for The Six Million Dollar Man was prepping for a shoot in the Laff-in-the-Dark fun house at the Pike in Long Beach when they discovered that a wax dummy hanging from a noose was actually the real human body of an embalmed
1927’s Wrigley Ocean Marathon was an epic and brutal swimming race from the island of Catalina to the mainland of California, a feat never before recorded.  Many of the world’s most famous swimmers came to Long Beach to train and compete for th
In 1927, legendary baseballer Babe Ruth was arrested before his scheduled appearance at the State Theater, a vaudeville house in Long Beach, California.In this two-part episode, we take a deep dive into the Sultan of Swat's epic visit to Long B
In 1927, legendary baseballer Babe Ruth was arrested before his scheduled appearance at the State Theater, a vaudeville house in Long Beach, California.In this two-part episode, we take a deep dive into the Sultan of Swat's epic visit to Long B
In the summer of 1948, a tightrope-walking clown named Ozzie Osborne climbed up the center pole of the Sky Ride attraction at the Pike in Long Beach, California.  Sitting 200 feet in the air, Ozzie faced all manner of danger—from night bats to
In May 1897, two teenage boys saw a 63-foot fin whale foundering off the shore near Long Beach, California.  With the help of some local donkeys, the boys were able to pull the massive whale on shore.  This is the story of that whale and how it
In May 1897, two teenage boys saw a 63-foot fin whale foundering off the shore near Long Beach, California.  With the help of some local donkeys, the boys were able to pull the massive whale on shore.  This is the story of that whale and how it
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