George Junius Stinney, Jr. (October 21, 1929 – June 16, 1944) was, at age 14, the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century.

Stinney, an African-American youth from South Carolina, was convicted of the first-degree murder of two pre-teen white girls: 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker, and 8-year-old Mary Emma Thames. However, no physical evidence existed in the case, and the sole evidence against Stinney was the circumstantial fact the girls had spoken with Stinney and his sister shortly…

“Hollywoodland”

“Hollywoodland” was its original message, which, at night flashed “HOLLY,” then “WOOD,” then “LAND.” The sign was created and erected by LA Times publisher Harry Chandler in 1923 as a billboard for his upscale Hollywoodland real estate development. During the Great Depression, the development company could no longer maintain it. In 1949, the “H” fell…