A strong violent earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck Santa Barbara, leaving much of the downtown area — including the Mission — heavily damaged or destroyed. [Sources: HistoryNet.com and Santa Barbara Historical Museum.]
The City of Laguna Beach is incorporated. The town was originally settled in 1887.
The Bird of Paradise, a US Army Air Corps Fokker trimotor, completes the first transpacific flight, from the mainland United States to Hawaii. The airplane’s two-ton carrying capacity gives it the ability to carry sufficient fuel for the 2,500-miles flight, and its three engines are judged to provide an acceptable safety factor in the event one engine fails. Crewed by 1LT Lester J. Maitland and 1LT Albert F. Hegenberger, the trimotor completed the first flight over the Pacific Ocean from Oakland Municipal Airport in California to Wheeler Field on Oahu, Hawaii. For this feat, Maitland and Hegenberger received the Mackay Trophy. (Administered by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association, the Mackay Trophy is awarded annually by the United States Air Force for the “most meritorious flight of the year” by an Air Force person, persons, or organization.) Built by Atlantic Aircraft Corporation, the plane was intentionally destroyed in 1944. [Sources: HistoryNet.com and Wikipedia]
The City of Costa Mesa is incorporated. The town was originally settled on May 11, 1923.
Harlan Ellison, a prolific speculative fiction author and Hollywood writer, died at home in Sherman Oaks. He was born May 27, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio. His writing credits included the Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever”, the movie “Terminator”, and numerous short stories.