The museum now spans 100,000 square feet of exhibits, 25 galleries, and over 300 vehicles in its collection. It was supposed to be a destination hotel for international businessmen and social elites. 2005 - Antonio Villaraigosa becomes mayor of Los Angeles, the city’s first mayor of Hispanic descent since 1872. Today it has one of the most important collections of Native American art and artifacts in the United States, covering 2,000 years. The Los Angeles River. Confidential. 1928 - Los Angeles City Hall opens. Yayoi Kusama, "Longing for Eternity," 2017 [detail]. 1852 - The Gilmore Adobe is built at the site of The Original Farmers Market, where it still stands. Los Angeles is earthquake country, and we are due for a big one. 1939 - Raymond Chandler publishes The Big Sleep, the first of his detective novels set in Los Angeles. Walt Disney and his animators were regulars - his favorite table was #31, right by the fireplace and commemorated by a plaque. 1924 - Theatre magnate Marcus Loew amalgamates Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Pictures into what will become Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). 2019 - The Los Angeles LGBT Center celebrates "50 Years of Queer," the Petersen Automotive Museum celebrates its 25th anniversary, and STAPLES Center celebrates its 20th anniversary. 2017 - The Marciano Foundation, backed by Guess Jeans brothers Maurice and Paul Marciano, opens a free contemporary art museum in Koreatown. 1991 - The 310 area code comes into use for western, southern and eastern Los Angeles. 1946 - The Cleveland Rams football team moves to Los Angeles and become the Los Angeles Rams. History Day L.A. Communication in History: The Key to Understanding . Then in 1847 US forces captured Los Angeles. 2012 - Transformers: The Ride-3D launches at Universal Studios Hollywood, and the Space Shuttle Endeavour goes on public display at the California Science Center. Air quality in the Los Angeles basin has improved steadily since, with ozone levels down to about one-third their 1975 levels. 1992 - Opening of the Japanese-American National Museum in Little Tokyo, the only museum in the United States telling the story of Japanese Americans. Contrary to the commonly held belief that L.A. does not have any history, Los Angeles has a rich and colorful history. Aircraft assembler at Lockheed Vega Plant in Burbank, 1942. 1999 - STAPLES Center opens, the new home for pro basketball and hockey teams and the beginning of a renaissance in Downtown Los Angeles. Harris Newmark Co., Amstoy Block at Los Angeles. 1957 - Richard Knerr and Arthur "Spud" Melin of the Los Angeles-based toy company Wham-O create a durable plastic ring they call the Hula Hoop. See 17 Experiences. 1967 - The first-ever AFL-NFL World Championship Game, aka Super Bowl I takes place at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. You just have to dig a little deeper to find it. 2001 - Amoeba Music opens on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. 2019 - Quentin Tarantino's "love letter to LA," Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opens to critical acclaim. Los Angeles has grown 7.4% since the 2000. 1900 - Los Angeles population: 102,479, which ranks it 36th in the nation. 1990 - The Hammer Museum opens in Westwood. Underscoring the historical significance, the Los Angeles City Council designated on Dec. 18, 1992 the Theme Building a City Cultural and Historical Monument. Today it is the largest the United States - the parade and its festival draw more than 350,000 attendees annually. My husband is a big fan of natural history museums (rock nerd), but they're not always my thing. 1962 - The last of the Red Car trolleys ceases operation. The cycleway eventually fails, but the right of way remains. 1922 - LA's first radio stations, KFI, KHJ and KNX, take to the air. 1906 - The first fossils are excavated from the La Brea Tar Pits. 2014 - Cultural milestones include the Music Center's 50th anniversary and the opening of The Broad contemporary art museum in Downtown LA. 1998 - The area surrounding the Downtown LA core is given the area code 323. 1975 - Establishment of the Southern California Air Quality Management District. The museum educates visitors about the history and cultural significance of American music through exciting exhibitions, innovative programming, and cutting-edge interactives. 1938 - Lawry's The Prime Rib opens on La Cienega's Restaurant Row. From the ancient La Brea Tar Pits to the latest hotels and cultural attractions, read on for a timeline of the incredible history of Los Angeles. 2019 - Jurassic World: The Ride opens at Universal Studios Hollywood. 1967 - Los Angeles Forum opens in Inglewood. If you were a resident of the City of Los Angeles and a customer of the Southern California Gas Company between April 16, 2014 and the present, visit www.GasTaxSettlementLA.com for important information. Notable mafia incidents in Los Angeles include the murder of New York gangster, Bugsy Siegel… 1958 - USC establishes the first schools in the United States for Cinema-Television, Gerontology and Urban Planning & Development. During this period, there have been different private and public companies to operate transit systems including steam railroads, cable cars, electric streetcars, interurban trolley buses, bus rapid transit, mass rail transit, and commuter rail. 1967 - The Mark Taper Forum opens at the Music Center. Her preaching incorporates speaking in tongues and demonstrations of faith healing. Circa 500 AD - Tongva Indians settle in the Los Angeles basin. Beyond Baroque is regarded as one of the most successful and influential grassroots incubators of literary art in the country. Los Angeles, California's growth is below average. Out-of-towners begin to mispronounce his name (it’s PEE-koh). Los Angeles’ human history begins as early as 6000 BC, when the Gabrieleño and Chumash peoples occupied the region. The church is regarded as one of the foremost examples of Organic Architecture, which promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world. 2003 - Home Depot Center opens in Carson. The "Last of the Great Railway Stations" was built in 1939, and is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western US. The NFL champion Green Bay Packers defeated the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs 35-10. 1991 - Lakers star Magic Johnson retires, announcing that he is HIV-positive, giving HIV/AIDS a new platform and making it clear that this disease can affect anyone. 1960 - Los Angeles population: 2,479,015, surpassing Philadelphia as third in the nation. From the ancient La Brea Tar Pits to the latest hotels and cultural attractions, read on for a timeline of the incredible history of Los Angeles. Luckman's own firm designed the Theme Building at LAX and The Forum. The Los Angeles Zoo was the fourth zoo to serve the city. Now called Catch One, the nightclub was the first exclusively gay and lesbian disco for African-Americans in the country. 1963 - The Pacific Cinerama Dome opens with the premiere of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. The principal tribe in the region was the Gabrielinos-Tongva, today known as the San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians. It is to serve as home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera and Music Center Dance, as well as several Oscar ceremonies. 1992 - Esa-Pekka Salonen takes the baton as conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 1994 - The FIFA World Cup is held at venues throughout the United States. The settlement of Los Angeles grew steadily. Past earthquakes have devastated the region, but we’ve always bounced back. He names it Hollywood, after the estate of an acquaintance of his wife, Daeida. Of the monument’s twenty-seven historic buildings, eleven are open to the public as businesses or have been restored as museums. 1915: “Colonel” William Selig opens his combination movie studio and zoo, the Selig Zoo, in Lincoln Park. The innovative gallery/restaurant transitions to the nonprofit Craft & Folk Art Museum in 1973 and is now known as the Craft Contemporary. Now known as Six Flags Magic Mountain, the 262-acre theme park is known as the "Thrill Capital of the World" - its 19 roller coasters is currently the world record for most roller coasters in an amusement park. 1956 - The Capitol Records building in Hollywood, distinctively shaped like a stack of 45-rpm disks, becomes the first circular office tower and an emblematic symbol to the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. 1976 - The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites opens in Downtown LA. 1927 - Talkies arrive, with the first feature-length talking picture, The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, and Fox Movietone News, which will be regular feature in cinemas until 1963. Top Los Angeles Historical & Heritage Tours: See reviews and photos of historical & heritage tours in Los Angeles, California on Tripadvisor. MOCA galleries also include the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo and MOCA West in West Hollywood. Historically, the areas of present day Los Angeles was home to the Chumash and Tongva Native American tribes. 1961 – Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor, becomes the first film to break the $10 million mark in production budget, and Twentieth Century Fox sells off its backlot to pay for it, which today is known as Century City, now home to a gleaming array of office towers and hotels, as well as a glitzy shopping center. 1907 - The Southwest Museum of the American Indian opens. Circa 8000 BC - Chumash people settle the Los Angeles basin. History. 1917 - Frank Lloyd Wright, who has been labeled by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time," designs the Hollyhock House for heiress Aline Barnsdall on a hill in East Hollywood in what is now Barnsdall Art Park. Agriculture became important after the first citrus orchards were planted by Spanish missionaries in the 1700s. Hollywood Historic Hotel Los Angeles - 3-Sterne-Hotel. Today it would be better known as a health maintenance organization (HMO). ‎The Hidden History of Los Angeles podcast explores the lesser known aspects of L.A. history. Today "May the 4th" is celebrated as "Star Wars Day.". 1996 - The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is founded in Long Beach and serves the greater Los Angeles area. 1911-1912 – An 8,500-foot breakwater is completed at the port of Los Angeles, and shipping channels are widened. Image © Yayoi Kusama. 1951 - The Wayfarers Chapel - aka “The Glass Church” - is built in Rancho Palos Verdes on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 1919 - Musso & Frank Grill opens in Hollywood and becomes a favorite of Golden Age Hollywood celebrities. 1972 - The famed Memphis label Stax Records presents the Wattstax music festival at the Coliseum. https://www.departures.com/travel/history-los-angeles-iconic-buildings 1873 - The city’s first synagogue is built. The historical society hosts programs, events, and lectures to introduce members and general audiences of Los Angeles… 1873 - The first trolley line in the city opens. 1965 - Dedication of Marina del Rey, the largest man-made pleasure boat harbor in the world. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more content 2016 - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Studios Hollywood, OUE Skyspace opens at the US Bank Tower, and the Metro Expo Line connects Downtown LA and the Santa Monica Pier. "Jaywalking" begins. 1928 - The first NAACP convention in the west takes place on Central Avenue. 1899 - First breakwater constructed at the Port of Los Angeles, on San Pedro Bay. 1967 - A peaceful demonstration takes place at The Black Cat in Silver Lake. 1930 - Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) opens. In 1876, Los Angeles became the end of the line of the transcontinental railroad. 1881 - The Southern Pacific Railroad links Los Angeles directly with the eastern United States for the first time. Johnny Carson becomes host of NBC’s The Tonight Show. 1871 - First rail link established between Los Angeles and San Francisco. 1897 – Five hundred oil wells are operating within Los Angeles. This ten-digit AIN is made up of a four-digit Map Book Number (1234), a three-digit Page Number (567), and a three-digit Parcel Number (890). 1915: “Colonel” William Selig opens his combination movie studio and zoo, the Selig Zoo, in Lincoln Park. MOLAA is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art. | Photo: Water & Power Associates, View from inside the Angels Flight Railway, French Dip with pickled eggs at Philippe the Original, The famous "Dueling Dinos" in the Grand Foyer of the Natural History Museum | Photo: Yuri Hasegawa, Grand Central Market's Hill Street entrance with its original facade | Photo: Grand Central Market, Hollyhock House exterior | Photo: Joshua White, Two women perform on a barn door placed approximately where the bandshell was built, in the first known music event at the Hollywood Bowl, ca.1920. Built in 1939, Los Angeles Union Station is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States and is widely regarded as “the last of the great train stations.” The station’s signature Mission Moderne style makes it one of L.A.’s architectural gems. 2012 - The Los Angeles Kings win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. 1954 - Oil magnate J. Paul Getty first opens a museum of his collections to the public in Pacific Palisades. 1923 - Originally created in 1923 as an advertisement for a local real estate development called "Hollywoodland," the Hollywood Sign has become a world-famous icon of Los Angeles. During the late 19th … 1881 - The Los Angeles Times debuts as the Los Angeles Daily Times. California is the third-largest oil-producing state in America. 2002 - The 11-story Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels opens in Downtown LA, replacing St. Vibiana’s as the main center of worship for the archdiocese. 1927 - The 13-story United Artists Building is built in Downtown LA and is home to the flagship movie theatre of United Artists. Since opening, the Coliseum has become one of the world’s greatest sports venues. Occupying an entire city block, the massive store features the biggest, broadest, and most diverse collection of music and movies ever housed under one roof. 1973 - Jewel’s Catch One opens in Arlington Heights on the border of Koreatown. 1998 - Hey man, The Big Lebowski is released and Jeff Bridges' The Dude becomes a pop culture icon. The recorded history of Los Angeles began with the settlement of Tongvas, who were the real natives of the city and who originally lived in small villages surrounding the Los Angeles Basin. It was called El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula. 1959 - Los Angeles-based toy company Mattel debuts Barbie on March 9. Circa 38,000 BC - Los Angeles has been pulling in visitors for tens of thousands of years, as a future fossil is trapped inside what are now the La Brea Tar Pits. 1880s - Westlake Park is built, later renamed MacArthur Park after the World War II general. "Huge crowds surround the All Night And Day Bank on the corner of Spring Street and 6th Street, April 1910" | Photo: USC Digital Library. 1797 - Father Fermin Lasuen founds Mission San Fernando, named for King Ferdinand of Spain. 1916 - The Jesse L. Lasky Company, a Hollywood film production house, merges with Adolph Zukor’s New York-based Famous Players to distribute films under Paramount Pictures’ star-ringed mountaintop. The early history of these cities is given separately up to their consolidation. Although the show is first broadcast from New York, it later moves to Los Angeles, and Carson becomes synonymous with the city, peppering his monologues with numerous LA-area references. © Copyright 2021 City of Los Angeles. At over 153,000 acres, it is the world’s largest urban national park. Visit http://elpueblo.lacity.org for more information on the area and how to plan a visit. Now known as the Hollywood Pantages, the restored theatre hosted the Oscars from 1950-1959 and today presents blockbuster Broadway productions. 1919 - The Los Angeles Philharmonic is founded and single-handedly financed by William Andrews Clark, Jr., a copper baron, arts enthusiast, and part-time violinist. 1921 - Welder Simon Rodia (recently arrived from Italy) begins work on what will become the Watts Towers. It will be instrumental in the launch of successful new plays including Angels in America. 1915 - There are 55,000 cars on the streets of Los Angeles. Today a street bears his name in the San Fernando Valley. LOS ANGELES (AP) — For nine nights culminating on Christmas Eve, the oldest street in Los Angeles typically comes alive with a festive re-enactment of the nativity story, as children playing Mary and Joseph go door to door seeking shelter where she can give birth to Jesus.If the procession were held this year, they would find many of the businesses on Olvera Street shuttered. 1915 – D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation creates the film vocabulary that is known today, despite the controversy it generates. 1922 – The first concerts are held at the Hollywood Bowl amphitheater, now the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and site of concerts by artists including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, the Beatles, Monty Python, Cher and world music of every stripe. By the 16th century, the region’s main village will be called Yang-Na, near present-day Los Angeles City Hall. 1848 - Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. 1872 - Ventura County is established, ceded from a section of northwest Los Angeles County. The Dome is now part of ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood. 1984 - Los Angeles becomes the only U.S. city to host the Summer Olympic Games twice. 1910 – D.W. Griffith becomes the first director to shoot film in Los Angeles. 1923 – Bel-Air becomes a not-quite-gated community in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. The first African American museum of art, history, and culture fully supported by a state, CAAM began formal operations in 1981 and moved to its permanent home at Exposition Park in 1984. 1914 - The LA subdivision of Beverly Hills is incorporated as an independent city. Feb 10, 2020 - Explore Kathy Fahmy's board "Historical photos of Los Angeles" on Pinterest. At first there was only a handful of families but by 1800 it had a population of 315. Although Los Angeles is generally acknowledged as a high crimes city, mafia-related crimes had only a fraction of the foothold as they did in other cities, like New York City and Chicago. Take it.” Treaty of Cahuenga is signed in the pass between Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. History Timeline for Los Angeles County. But it may have been the other way around because the series didn't premiere on television until the 1962-63 season. She later demonstrates parachuting techniques for the U.S. military. 1961 - The Chouinard Art Institute and Los Angeles Conservatory of Music merge to form California Institute of the Arts, the first degree-granting school for visual and performing arts in the United States. 1974 - The J. Paul Getty Museum moves to a recreated Roman villa on a hill overlooking the ocean in Pacific Palisades. 1910 - Residents of the municipality of Hollywood vote to join the city of Los Angeles, partially to have access to Los Angeles’ water rights. 1988 - The Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum opens. 1996 - The Skirball Cultural Center opens in Brentwood as a museum of Jewish history and culture. During the club's 40-year run, owner Jewel-Thais Williams welcomed legends like Rick James, Madonna and the "Queen of Disco," Sylvester. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier designed the buildings with a façade of travertine marble - the Central Garden by Robert Irwin draws equal praise. 1910 - Dominguez Field in Los Angeles is host to the world’s first air meet. 2011 - The Los Angeles Philharmonic extends music director Gustavo Dudamel's contract through the end of the 2018-2019 season, the orchestra's 100-year anniversary. 2019 - UCLA, Musso & Frank Grill and The Huntington Library celebrate their centennials. Books shelved as history-los-angeles: William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles by Catherine Mulholland, L.A. Such renowned architects as Irving Gill, Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard J. Neutra, and R.M. 1940 - The Hollywood Palladium opens with a dance featuring Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra and band vocalist Frank Sinatra. 1970 - LA’s first gay pride parade. Felipe de Neve, Governor of Spanish California, names the settlement El Pueblo Sobre el Rio de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula. The great city of Los Angeles was founded in 1781. African Americans begin heading to Los Angeles in significant numbers. 1984 - The San Diego Clippers move to LA. 1904 - Los Angeles establishes the first Playground Department in the United States. 1821 - Mexico achieves independence from Spain. 1982 - Wolfgang Puck, an internationally renowned celebrity chef on cooking and television shows, opens Spago on the Sunset Strip. His activities include meeting with communications industry leaders and celebrating two outdoor masses. The modern History of Los Angeles began in 1781 when 44 settlers from New Spain established a permanent settlement in what is now Downtown Los Angeles, as instructed by Spanish Governor of Las Californias Felipe de Neve and authorized by Viceroy Antonio María de Bucareli. Los Angeles was famously dubbed “a city without a past” by urban geographer Michael Dear a quarter-century ago. Wings, directed by William Wellman, wins Best Picture. Following the king’s orders, 11 Mexican families settled El Pueblo de Los Angeles in 1781. THE MOST ECCENTRIC historical trail in Los Angeles County starts on a quiet suburban road above Pasadena. 1928 - Walt Disney finds his first lasting success with the release of the animated talking picture Steamboat Willie, starring a mouse named Mickey. Today, some 30 airlines operate out of this terminal. 1976 - Painting of the Great Wall of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, the world’s longest mural at 2,500 feet. Office of War Information, courtesy of Library of Congress.. Los Angeles County Timeline - Pre-History to 1799: Pre-History, Pre-Columbian & Early Spanish Period 1950 – Sunset Boulevard is released and instantly becomes one of the definitive films about Hollywood. 1939 - MGM Studios takes viewers over the rainbow, with the release of The Wizard of Oz. 1939 - Pink's Hot Dogs is founded by Paul and Betty Pink as a pushcart near the corner of La Brea and Melrose. Es … 1971 - The Los Angeles Convention Center opens in Downtown LA. 2015 - Los Angeles hosts the Special Olympics World Games, the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2015. St., 1884. 1602 - Sebastian Vizcaino of Spain explores the California coast and meets some of the locals. 1912 - The area around First Street and Central Avenue becomes the gateway to a famous African-American corridor along Central Avenue, which swells in population in the 1920s. 1996 - The first Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is held. This accounts also for the prominence of Los Angeles in the second half of this volume. Los Angeles - Los Angeles - Architecture: Virtually any architectural style can be found in Los Angeles, although the ones most widely identified with the region are Spanish Mission Revival and Craftsman, as epitomized by the California bungalow. The Los Angeles Times Bicycle Club organized runs along the route, whose unpaved roads eventually became our modern-day, traffic-choked boulevards. It would wind up as one of the world's most famous movie studios, producing household names in film like Harry Potter and Batman. After his election, Newsweek features him on the cover with the headline “Latino Power.”. 2000 - A section of East Hollywood is designated as America’s first and only Thai Town. 1924 - CBC Film Sales Corporation is renamed Columbia Pictures Corporation. 1984 - A new international terminal opens at LAX, named for Mayor Tom Bradley. A plaque mounted on the exterior of bar declares it as "the site of the first documented LGBTQ civil rights demonstration in the nation." The Los Angeles Natural History Museum has a wide variety of programs for all ages. 1977 - The California African American Museum is founded. Architect Lloyd Wright, son of the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, conceived of Wayfarers Chapel as a “tree chapel” - a natural sanctuary set in the middle of a forest. Hollywood Forever Cemetery. 1866 - Los Angeles Town Square is established; it will later be renamed Pershing Square. 1923 - Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum opens in Exposition Park. 1913 - The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opens. 1769 - Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola explores the area to open up a land route to the port of Monterey and establishes the first Spanish settlement in the area. 1917 - The first Forest Lawn Cemetery opens. 1890 - The official flag of Los Angeles is designed. 1986 - Running on Olympic fever, the first City of Los Angeles Marathon takes place. History of Transportation in Los Angeles Since 1873, different systems of transit have served the greater Los Angeles region. A history of the last two century’s transformation of the Los Angeles Valley from land of plenty to overgrown parking lot can be found in Blake Gumprecht’s excellent monograph, The Los Angeles River: Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth. Anfangs kamen private Leihgaben zur Ausstellung, die in den 1920er- und 1930er-Jahren durch … A Portuguese sailor named Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo was the first person from Europe, who traveled to the LA basin around the year 1542. 1960 - The Minneapolis Lakers basketball team moves to Los Angeles and is renamed the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, with 16 NBA championships. Drilling activity in the county reached new heights in the 1920s when major finds were made in Whittier, Montebello, Compton, Torrance, and Inglewood. Today, the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) system spans 73 libraries with a collection of 7.1 million volumes. 1873 - The seedless navel orange is introduced to California from Brazil. The area comprising present-day Los Angeles County was first settled by small groups of Native Americans for centuries before the first European contact in 1769 when Gaspar de Portola and a group of missionaries camped on what is now the banks of the Los Angeles River. 1922 - The Tam O'Shanter is opened by Lawrence Frank and Walter Van de Kamp (they later founded Lawry's the Prime Rib). Having started to gain a presence during prohibition and peaking during the 1950s, Costra Nostra, the Sicilian mafia, spread throughout Southern California and became one of the most prevalent crime organizations in Los Angeles. 2014 - Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem opens at Universal Studios Hollywood. Manufacturing has also been important. By 1897 the area had 500 derricks, and in 1910 the area near Santa Monica Boulevard and Vermont Avenue was an unruly oil shantytown. Toward the beginning of the Cenozoic Era, the Los Angeles Basin lies beneath the sea, receiving sediment from large rivers flowing out of the low-lying ancestral Nevadan mountains. Its sports teams are known as the Methodists or the Wesleyans until 1912, when a columnist wrote that they “fought like Trojans.” The name sticks. 1873 - Hired by Southern Pacific rail baron Henry Huntington, journalist Charles Nordhoff writes the book California for Health, Pleasure and Residence. The settlers name the local river Rio de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula (River of Our Lady Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula). It later becomes home to the largest adobe structure in California, 30,000 grape vines and 21,000 head of livestock. “Overlanders” flooded in, mostly White Protestants from the Lower 1781 - A group of 11 families comprising 44 Mexicans settles by the river. In 1839 Los Angeles became the capital city of California. 1924 - Los Angeles population tops one million. The 24-hour eatery claims to never have closed or been without a customer since it opened. The El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is a living museum that continues to fulfill its unique role as the historic and symbolic heart of the City, reflecting the Native American, African American, Spanish, Anglo, Mexican, Chinese, Italian and French cultures that contributed to its early history. Legendary Lakers will include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Through its Central Library and 72 branches, the Los Angeles Public Library provides free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in our city's diverse communities. 1978 - The Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area is established. Photo by David Bransby. 1982 - Taking place in "Los Angeles - November 2019," Blade Runner is a box office disappointment but is later regarded as a sci-fi classic, setting the standard for artistic design and special effects, through its vision of a near future set in global super cities. 1926 - The Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion is founded. See more SLIME Explore NHM Virtually Discover online exhibitions, virtual tours, and more. 1903 - The Los Angeles Examiner (later the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner) is founded by William Randolph Hearst. I visited the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County with my husband and my brother during our visit to LA this past week. 1929 - Ross-Loos Medical Group of Temple Street becomes the first comprehensive medical care organization in the United States, serving employees of the Department of Water and Power and their families. Inspired by Bogotá’s weekly ciclovía, CicLAvia temporarily closes streets to car traffic and opens them for Angelenos to use as a public park. 1878 - Los Angeles County Bar Association is established. 1987 - James Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia is published, the first of his series of Los Angeles novels, which also includes L.A. 1982 – Fast Times at Ridgemont High, set at a fictional San Fernando Valley high school, makes stars of Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Simpson is arrested for the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman, following a spectacular slow-speed car chase. 1913 - Los Angeles’ first children’s and family camps are established, for recreation in the mountains. His activities include meeting with communications industry leaders and celebrating two outdoor masses more interesting than the average major States... Laugh Factory opens on LA Brea Tar Pits retail and entertainment Center that also has an Eye toward history... 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