The Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team originated in Brooklyn, New York, where they were known as the Brooklyn Dodgers until 1958 when they relocated to LA.
During the Brooklyn era, one of the team’s nicknames was the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers, a reference to Brooklyn’s burgeoning number of electric trolley cars in the 1890s and the tricky business of dodging them when crossing the street.
The name gradually stuck, becoming shortened to just the Dodgers, and other than being known as the Brooklyn Robins between 1914 and 1931, the name has endured to this day.
The Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie Smalls, was killed, aged 24, in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles in the early hours of March 9th, 1997.
The Brooklyn-born rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, had just left a music industry event at the Petersen Motor Museum at around 12:30 am with an entourage that included Sean Combs. He was a front seat passenger in a GMC Suburban travelling northbound on Fairfax and stopped a red light at the intersection with Wilshire Boulevard when multiple shots were fired at the car from a sedan that pulled up alongside.
Wallace was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was declared dead shortly later. An autopsy revealed that he was struck by four bullets, one of which wounded him fatally, having struck his colon, liver, heart, and left lung after entering through his right hip. The police investigation into the murder remains unsolved.
The Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, Los Angeles, is built in the Googie architectural style.
Located near the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the distinctive white tower designed by Louis Naidorf was completed in 1956 and its cylindrical shape with window awnings on each level and a spike emerging from the top resembles a stack of records on a turntable.
The Googie style of architecture was common in Southern California from the late 1940s and characterized by futuristic geometric designs influenced by car culture, the space age and jet travel.
Rapper, businessman and community activist Nipsey Hussle was shot dead on March 31st, 2019, outside the Marathon Clothing store he co-owned in a neighborhood strip mall at Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard in South Los Angeles.
The 33-year-old, whose real name was Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was taken to hospital where he was declared dead. Eric Holder, reportedly known to Hussle, was arrested and charged with his murder.
Hussle released his first mixtape, Slauson Boy Volume 1, in 2005, when he was 20 years old, and other mixtapes followed, including the Bullets Ain’t Got No Name series during 2008 and 2009. In 2010, he founded his own record label, All Money In, and received a Grammy nomination for his 2018 debut studio album, Victory Lap. His collaborations include tracks with hip hop artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Ty Dolla Sign, and DJ Khaled.
American film producer and businessman Steve Bing died on June 22nd, 2020, aged 55, after jumping from the 27th floor of the Ten Thousand apartment building where he lived in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
He had his own production company, Shangri-La Entertainment and among his credits are Executive Producer on the 2000 Sylvester Stallone film Get Carter, and Co-writer on the 2003 comedy Kangaroo Jack. Bing was also a major investor in the 2004 Tom Hanks animated film The Polar Express.
Bing had two children, a son, Damian Hurley, from his relationship with actress Elizabeth Hurley, and daughter, Kira Bonder, from a relationship with former pro tennis player Lisa Bonder.