Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Dec. 18
Unforgettable: Long Ago San Diego
Three years after San Diego’s free-speech fight began, vigilantes stood at the ready.
The Red Queen and Hobo King come to town. Ugliness follows them.
San Diego vigilantes against free speech were an expression of the city’s character.
Violence against free-speech activists.
San Diego’s chief of police denied mistreating free-speech activists. A state commission determined otherwise.
City Leaders Cracked Heads at the County Line
Prominent San Diegans in 1912 formed vigilance committees that escorted free-speech advocates to the county line. That wasn’t the worst of their enforcement efforts.
Free-speech protesters got the fire hose.
San Diego city officials turned the fire hose on free-speech protesters — not last year, but 100 years ago.
Way before Occupy San Diego, free speech activists got carted off to jail in 1912.
Joe Hill called them the “Starvation Army."
At the Free Speech Fight of 1912, soapboxes were kicked out from under speakers.
Unforgettable: Long-Ago In San Diego
About a hundred years ago, the Wobblies labor movement boiled over in San Diego.
Long-Ago In San Diego
On August 12, 1971, the San Diego Union printed an obituary: “Dr. Royal R. Rife, 83, an optics engineer who invented a high-power microscope, was buried yesterday at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Rife had worked on ...
The Death Ship Comes Alive When the crew of the San Diego heard they were finally going home, relief erupted. “They thought they might have a few more days to live,” writes Father Antonio Ascensión, ...
Toward the Freezing North As Sebastian Vizcaíno’s expedition prepared to leave San Diego Bay, a member of the crew struggled to board a launch. Stiff-legged, barely able to walk, he stumbled, struggled to stand up, ...
Fifty years after Columbus first set sail, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovered “a sheltered port and a very good one” on the California coast. Guarded by a steep promontory, dark green with vegetation, a channel doglegged ...
Lost and Found Onboard the flagship San Diego, Sebastían Vizcaíno hadn’t seen the Santo Tomás in 41 days. Before his expedition left Acapulco to chart the California coast in 1602, the old Santo Tomás had ...
Water Everywhere Sebastián Vizcaíno began charting the California coast on May 5, 1602. Three ships crossed the Gulf of California, from Mazatlán to Cabo de San José. After several tries, they finally cleared the cape ...
Of Miracles and Grave Misfortunes It had to be a miracle! As Sebastián Vizcaíno’s three ships neared the bay at Cabo de San José, a fog curtained the shoreline, and the ships separated beyond hailing ...