Banned Singing of Birds

1957: In order to maintain peace and quiet at night, the Long Beach City Council proposed a ban on "singing of birds" between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The Sedalia Democrat - May 9, 1957

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 18, 2016
     Category: Government | Regulations | 1950s

The next month, a councilman named Mr. Xerxes introduced an ordinance prohibiting the ocean from making noise at night and causing salt water damage, and granted the police the power to enforce this law by hitting the ocean with sticks and throwing handcuffs at it.
Posted by Dan on 07/18/16 at 09:43 AM
I've never been to Long Beach, CA, but if it's anything like Long Beach, NY, those birds making the racket are mostly seagulls. Calling it singing is quite a stretch.
Posted by ges on 07/18/16 at 06:10 PM
Ah, Mexafornia, out of touch with reality since 1957.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/19/16 at 12:33 AM
What will politicians try next? Make the value of pi to be 3? Prohibit sex in any form? Make the day longer by moving the clocks around?

To paraphrase Shakespeare's Dick the Butcher: "The first thing we do, let's kill all the politicians."
Posted by KDP on 07/19/16 at 04:52 PM
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