On this date in 1959, the Seal Beach Police, acting on a tip from Long Beach Police, shut down a $4,000 bookie joint at 1605 ½ Seal Way. John L. Allen, 48, and Wilbur J. Hughes, 56, were arrested. Allen, who resided at the address, collapsed due to “acute shock brought on by extreme nervousness,” according to the Long Beach Independent, and was taken to the Orange County General Hospital. Hughes, a Long Beach resident, somehow managed to weather the ordeal without requiring hospital care.
– Michael Dobkins