Aug. 24, 1942: Sheriff’s deputies break up a planned fight between the Lincoln Heights Square John gang and the Huntington Park Levis gang at Central and Florence avenues, arresting 17 members of the Square John gang (no members of the Levis gang were seen). Officers also “blockaded” 18 corners and arrested 52 youths on suspicion of robbery, auto theft and violating the Selective Service Act.
More than 30 firefighters escape being trapped by a brushfire by driving their trucks through a “30-foot wall of flame” in a box canyon in Angeles National Forest. District Ranger Ray McCormick is credited with saving the men, who were battling a blaze that began at the mouth of Spade Springs Canyon near Mint Canyon Highway, The Times said.
“Orchestra Wives,” starring George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford and the Glenn Miller band, is opening at Grauman’s Chinese and Loew’s State.
Florence and Central avenues via Google’s Street View.