Long before Disneyland and Magic Mountain, Southern California was home to some pretty wild amusement parks, including those with lions, gators and, as one unlucky person discovered in the 1970s, an actual dead guy.
The magnitude 6.6 Sylmar earthquake shook Southern California on Feb. 9, 1971, causing significant damage and 64 deaths. What few realized at the time was how close it came to being far more catastrophic.
Flush with military and border patrol contracts, Palmer Luckey's defense-tech company is building a new Orange County headquarters to accommodate up to 2,100 employees -- in a building that once housed The Times' printing press.
Bing Crosby sang about it. "Chinatown" immortalized its centrality to L.A.'s water story. And in any other metropolis, the San Fernando Valley would probably stand on its own. Patt Morrison explains the Valley.