QUIZ – What Lies Beneath (Baldwin Hills Dam Break)
WOW. You guys are on the ball today! The full answer is after the jump. :)
Well, we were a bit busy last week so we fell a little behind on our quizzes… but we’ll try to make up for it now. :)
You regular readers should know how this game works by now… it all starts when we show you a spot on a google map (see below) and tell you that we’re thinking of a reason this particular area is notable. Then you start to guess what that reason might be. Within 24 hours we’ll give you the full details… but as always, you have a nice amount of time to guess what we’re referring to first, we encourage you not to cheat by googling the address and we also ask that if you know the answer right away please try not to announce it too quickly and ruin the game for those who might not.
And with that little refresher course… it’s guessing time! No hints today, either.
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Thanks to KTLA news reporter and skilled helicopter pilot Don Sides, on December 14th, 1963, the Baldwin Hills Reservoir disaster, which happened on this spot, became the first tragedy in American history to have aerial images of the event broadcast live on television.
(Please note: a section of the video above is missing the audio, but it comes back before the end.)
“On December 14, 1963, high above the Los Angeles suburb of Baldwin Hills, a hilltop reservoir dam developed a crack. KTLA interrupted its sedate Sunday morning programming with Telecopter pilot Don Sides’ terse narration. Viewers looked down on the collapse of the dam in horrifying real time, watching as 300 million gallons of water rampaged through the neighborhood below, killing five people and destroying 277 homes. The Telecopter coverage is credited as the first live aerial broadcast of a disaster.” SOURCE