Archive for July, 2010

29th July
2010
written by Richard

The notorious "Russian Mike"

In San Diego’s notorious “Stingaree” district of the 1890s, liquor and violence flowed freely in dozens of saloons south of H Street (Market).  One of the more disreputable dives was the Pacific Squadron Saloon on the corner of 4th and J streets, where a homicide involving alcohol, a cheap gun, and a character named “Russian Mike,” drew rapt attention from San Diegans in the spring of 1899.   Read the story of Russian Mike.

16th July
2010
written by Richard

A bold, daring and successful attempt at jail breaking occurred at the county jail this morning before daylight. . . Four desperate characters, conspired together to break for liberty, and after careful, premeditated plans, succeeded in gaining liberty. . .

Read about the first successful escape from the San Diego County jail: Jail Break

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15th July
2010
written by Richard

July 29—8 to meridian.  At 10:30 hauled up courses, standing in for harbor of San Diego.  At 11:30 came in to 9 ½ fathoms; hoisted out boats . . . At 3:40 the launch and Alligator under command of Lieutenant Rowan, and the Marine Guard under Lieutenant Maddox, left the ship to take possession of the town of San Diego.

–Log of the USS Cyane.

USS Cyane

Read the story of the first flag raising over San Diego in 1846:  Raising the flag

14th July
2010
written by Richard

Ostrich farms were big business a century ago and the giant birds prospered in San Diego.  Read more about the Ostriches.

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2nd July
2010
written by Richard

Southern California families, especially homeowners, are currently pondering the question of their lives: To build or not to build a place to hide from nuclear attack. . .   

Read here about “shelter mania” in San Diego: Fallout and watch the video below.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD0vV9xrC14