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Long Beach, California, USA

Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA

In 1784 the Spanish Empire's King Carlos III granted Rancho Los Nietos to Spanish soldier Manuel Nieto. The Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Alamitos were divided from this territory.

In 1843 Jonathan Temple bought Rancho Los Cerritos, having arrived in California in 1827 from New England.

In 1880, Jotham Bixby sold 4,000 acres of the Rancho Los Cerritos to William E. Willmore, who subdivided it in hopes of creating a farm community, Willmore City. He failed and was bought out by a Los Angeles syndicate that called itself the "Long Beach Land and Water Company." They changed the name of the community to Long Beach, at that time. The City of Long Beach was officially incorporated in 1897.

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    Pavilion and Pier, Long Beach, California
  • The City of Long Beach was incorporated in 1897


  • News 1909 - Baby Incubator Kills Child.
    A baby incubator proved fatal to the two-months-old infant of Richard De Spain, a young inventor of Long Beach, Cal. Soon after the baby had been...Read MORE...


  • News 1912 - NOTED BIRDMAN LOSES LIFE AT AVIATION MEET. AVIATOR CALBRAITH P. RODGERS, OF TRANSCONTINENTAL FAME, WAS DASHED INTO WATER YESTERDAY AT LONG BEACH. WAS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE "THE DIP".
    BIPLANE CARRIED UNFORTUNATE MAN BENEATH THE WATER IN PRESENCE OF MANY THOUSAND PEOPLE.

    Long Beach, April 3. - Aviator CALBRAITH PERRY RODGERS was...Read MORE...


  • News 1913 - 400 FALL AS PIER CRASHES; 33 DIE. CALIFORNIA CROWD PLUNGES FORTY FEET TO GROUND AS BEACH STRUCTURE COLLAPSES. 200 PERSONS ARE INJURED.
    THRONG OF 25,000 THROWN INTO WILD PANIC AFTER DISASTER NEAR LOS ANGELES.

    MOST OF VICTIMS WOMEN.

    Tragedy Occurs at Celebration of "Empire Day"...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Longbeach, a banking city and summer-resort of Los Angeles co., Cal., on the Pacific coast, 20 miles S. of Los Angeles, on the Southern Pacific and...Read MORE...


  • Long Beach, California, USA
    Hilton Hotel on the beach Long Beach, Calif.
  • News 1931 - Oil Blast Kills Three
    LONG BEACH, Cal., March 1 (AP) - Three oil workers were dead Sunday victims of an oil well gas explosion in the Signal Hill district. The dead were...Read MORE...


  • News 1933 - 7 Are Dead, 19 Missing In Refinery Explosion In Signal Hills Field
    Blast Rocks Long Beach, Previous Sufferer From Earthquake, and Is Felt 30 Miles Away.

    LONG BEACH, Cal., June 2 (AP). - Seven persons were burned...Read MORE...


  • News 1933 - March 10 - Major earthquake in Long Beach, Calif
    1933: A 6.4 earthquake killed 120 people and caused $50 million in damages, Long Beach, California. (The Old Farmer's Almanac...Read MORE...


  • 1947 - November 2 - In Long Beach, California, the designer and airplane pilot Howard Hughes carries out the one and only flight of the Hughes H - 1 Hercules seaplane,
    the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built and flown. This flight only lasted eight minutes.
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    November 2, 1947

  • January 10, 1949 - Long Beach received one inch of snow.

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  • Long Beach, California, USA
    A Southern California Oil Field
    Signal Hill, Long Beach


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  • The City of Long Beach was incorporated in 1897
  • News  1909 - Baby Incubator Kills Child.
    A baby incubator proved fatal to the two-months-old infant of Richard De Spain, a young inventor of Long Beach, Cal. Soon after the baby had been... Read MORE...

  • News  1912 - NOTED BIRDMAN LOSES LIFE AT AVIATION MEET. AVIATOR CALBRAITH P. RODGERS, OF TRANSCONTINENTAL FAME, WAS DASHED INTO WATER YESTERDAY AT LONG BEACH. WAS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE "THE DIP".
    BIPLANE CARRIED UNFORTUNATE MAN BENEATH THE WATER IN PRESENCE OF MANY THOUSAND PEOPLE.

    Long Beach, April 3. - Aviator CALBRAITH PERRY RODGERS was... Read MORE...

  • News  1913 - 400 FALL AS PIER CRASHES; 33 DIE. CALIFORNIA CROWD PLUNGES FORTY FEET TO GROUND AS BEACH STRUCTURE COLLAPSES. 200 PERSONS ARE INJURED.
    THRONG OF 25,000 THROWN INTO WILD PANIC AFTER DISASTER NEAR LOS ANGELES.

    MOST OF VICTIMS WOMEN.

    Tragedy Occurs at Celebration of "Empire Day"... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Longbeach, a banking city and summer-resort of Los Angeles co., Cal., on the Pacific coast, 20 miles S. of Los Angeles, on the Southern Pacific and... Read MORE...

  • News  1931 - Oil Blast Kills Three
    LONG BEACH, Cal., March 1 (AP) - Three oil workers were dead Sunday victims of an oil well gas explosion in the Signal Hill district. The dead were... Read MORE...

  • News  1933 - March 10 - Major earthquake in Long Beach, Calif
    1933: A 6.4 earthquake killed 120 people and caused $50 million in damages, Long Beach, California. (The Old Farmer's Almanac... Read MORE...

  • News  1933 - 7 Are Dead, 19 Missing In Refinery Explosion In Signal Hills Field
    Blast Rocks Long Beach, Previous Sufferer From Earthquake, and Is Felt 30 Miles Away.

    LONG BEACH, Cal., June 2 (AP). - Seven persons were burned... Read MORE...

  • 1947 - November 2 - In Long Beach, California, the designer and airplane pilot Howard Hughes carries out the one and only flight of the Hughes H - 1 Hercules seaplane,
    the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built and flown. This flight only lasted eight minutes.
    www.wikipedia.org
    November 2, 1947
  • January 10, 1949 - Long Beach received one inch of snow.

    WeatherForYou.com

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