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The first motion picture theater opened in Los Angeles on April 2, 1902.

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  • 1781 - Los Angeles founded

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1850 - April 4 - City of Los Angeles incorporated

    historyorb.com

  • 1854 - Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, a post-town, capital of Los Angeles county, California, on a small river of its own name, 30 miles from its mouth, and on the road from S...Read MORE...


  • News 1877 - June 11 - The temperature at Los Angeles, CA, reached 112 degrees during a heatwave. It would have been the all-time record for Los Angeles but official records did not begin until twenty days later.

    The Weather Channel
    June 11, 1877

  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Brooms, Dusters & Brushes
    Cass & Smurr Stove Co.
    224 & 226 Sou. Spring St.
    Los Angeles, Cal.
    Advertisement
  • 1881 - December 4 - The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.

    historyorb.com

  • News 1892 - PROVED A DEADLY SALUTE. SIX PERSONS WERE KILLED BY THE LOS ANGELES EXPLOSION.
    Los Angeles, Cal., Oct. 22. - The "Discovery Day" celebration here ended last night with a display of fireworks. Henry Wilson, who was in charge of th...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, a city, the capital of Los Angeles co, Cal. on a river of the same name, about 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean, and 345 miles in a direct...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - March 19 - Los Angeles Railway established to provide streetcar service

    historyorb.com

  • News 1900 - ELEVEN LABORERS ENTOMBED. Tunnel at Los Angeles Caves in - Eight Men Rescued - Inspector Dies of Injuries.
    The west end of what is known as the Third-street tunnel, which is under construction between Hill and Hope streets, a distance of three blocks, at Lo...Read MORE...


  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Broadway near Sixth St. looking north, Los Angeles, Cal.
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Union Station

    "Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) is the main railway station in Los Angeles, California, and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. It opened in May 1939 as the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal,... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 1901 - Los Angeles - The City of the Angels by Florence E. Winslow
    "Very near the terrestrial paradise," said the old Spanish explorer of the sunlit country, where stood in a later century the pueblo of Los Angeles. V...Read MORE...


  • News 1902 - April 2 - "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.

    historyorb.com
    April 2, 1902

  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Broadway looking North from 5th st., 1905
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Residence of E. L. Doheney, Chester Place, 1907
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Fraternal Brotherhood, Figueroa st., 1909
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Exceeding the Speed Limit
    California Alligator Farm, 1910
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Chinatown, 1910
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Hotel Lankershim
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    The Lighthouse, San Pedro Harbor
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Singleton Court, Los Angeles, California
    "On the Road of a Thousand Wonders"
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Steamship "President" entering Los Angeles Harbor, 1910
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Hotel Westmoore
    Los Angeles, Cal.

    Located at 1000 West 7th Street, the hotel was torn down in 1957.

    "Hotel Westmoore at Seventh and Francisco Streets...Built around 1880, the 80-room four-story frame structure was considered the finest family ... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    State Normal School
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Broadway looking north from Seventh
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    View showing Hall of Records, Times Bldg., and City Hall
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Main St., looking South from 1st St., 1915
    Postcard
  • 1916
    Los Angeles, a city, the capital of Los Angeles co., Cal., is on a river of the same name, about 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 345 miles in a di...Read MORE...


  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Los Angeles Athletic Club
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Los Angeles Ostrich Farm
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Palmetto Avenue
    Postcard
  • News 1920 - BIG AUDITORIUM IN LOS ANGELES BURNED DOWN.
    Los Angeles, Jan. 12. - Shrine auditorium, the largest hall here, was completely destroyed by fire yesterday.

    Six firemen, one policeman and one ci...Read MORE...


  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Biltmore Hotel
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Coliseum. Exposition Park. Los Angeles, Calif.
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Museum, Exposition Park
    Postcard
  • News 1923 - July 13 - The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. It originally reads "Hollywoodland " but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949.

    historyorb.com
    July 13, 1923

  • News 1928 - May 15 - The animated short Plane Crazy is released by Disney Studios in Los Angeles, featuring the first appearances of Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

    www.wikipedia.org
    May 15, 1928

  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    The Planetarium, Griffith Park
    Postcard
  • News 1932 - July 30 - 10th modern Olympic games opens in Los Angeles

    historyorb.com
    July 30, 1932

  • January 15, 1932 - Up to two inches of snow whitened the Los Angeles basin of California.
    The Los Angeles Civic Center reported an inch of snow, and even the beaches of Santa Monica were whitened with snow, in what proved to be a record sno...Read MORE...


  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Air View Olympic Village, 1932
    Postcard
  • 1933 - December 31 - A 24 hour rainfall of 7.36 inches set the stage for the worst flood in Los Angeles history. Flooding claimed 44 lives.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • News January 1, 1934 - Heavy rain which began on December 30th led to flooding in the Los Angeles Basin area of California.
    Flooding claimed the lives of at least 45 persons. Walls of water and debris up to ten feet high were noted in some canyon areas. Rainfall totals rang...Read MORE...


  • News 1935 - EXPRESS PLANE CRASHES, KILLS CREW OF THREE. WESTERN AIR EXPRESS FALLS, BURNS ONLY MILE FROM LOS ANGELES AIRPORT.
    Los Angeles, Sept. 2. (U.P.) - A Western Air express plane crashed and burst into flames shortly before midnight, burning its crew of two men and a wo...Read MORE...


  • 1936 - October 9 - Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles

    historyorb.com

  • News 1937 - January 19 – Howard Hughes establishes a record by flying from Los Angeles to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.

    www.wikipedia.org
    January 19, 1937

  • News 1938 - March 2 - Landslides & floods cause over 200 deaths (Los Angeles California)

    historyorb.com
    March 2, 1938

  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Seventh Street West from Broadway, 1938
    Postcard
  • News 1939 - September 25 - A west coast hurricane moved onshore south of Los Angeles bringing unprecedented rains along the southern coast of California.
    Nearly five and a half inches of rain drenched Los Angeles during a 24 hour period. The hurricane caused two million dollars damage, mostly to structu...Read MORE...


  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Alexandria Hotel
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Times Building
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Heavy Traffic and Bustling Crowds, Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
    Postcard
  • News 1943 - June 3 - A mob of 60 from the Los Angeles Naval Reserve Armory beat up everyone perceived to be Hispanic, starting the week-long Zoot Suit Riots.

    historyorb.com
    June 3, 1943

  • 1949 - January 11 - Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles

    historyorb.com

  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Westlake Park, Elks Club, 1949
    Postcard
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    Pershing Square Showing the Los Angeles Biltmore, 1953
    Postcard
  • 1968 - Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy assassinated on June 6 in Los Angeles


  • Joan Benoit wins the first women’s Olympic Marathon, 1984
    At the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, Joan Benoit (today known as Joan Benoit Samuelson) finished the first-ever women’s marathon in 2:24.52.
    history.com



Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Los Angeles, California, USA


Los Angeles, California, USA
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Brooms, Dusters & Brushes
Cass & Smurr Stove Co.
224 & 226 Sou. Spring St.
Los Angeles, Cal.
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Los Angeles, California, USA
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Union Station

"Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) is the main railway station in Los Angeles, California, and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. It opened in May 1939 as the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal,... Read MORE...

Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Broadway near Sixth St. looking north, Los Angeles, Cal.
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Broadway looking North from 5th st., 1905
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Residence of E. L. Doheney, Chester Place, 1907
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Fraternal Brotherhood, Figueroa st., 1909
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Hotel Westmoore
Los Angeles, Cal.

Located at 1000 West 7th Street, the hotel was torn down in 1957.

"Hotel Westmoore at Seventh and Francisco Streets...Built around 1880, the 80-room four-story frame structure was considered the finest family ... Read MORE...

Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
State Normal School
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Exceeding the Speed Limit
California Alligator Farm, 1910
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Chinatown, 1910
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Hotel Lankershim
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
The Lighthouse, San Pedro Harbor
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Singleton Court, Los Angeles, California
"On the Road of a Thousand Wonders"
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Steamship "President" entering Los Angeles Harbor, 1910
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Broadway looking north from Seventh
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
View showing Hall of Records, Times Bldg., and City Hall
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Main St., looking South from 1st St., 1915
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Los Angeles Athletic Club
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Los Angeles Ostrich Farm
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Palmetto Avenue
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Biltmore Hotel
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Coliseum. Exposition Park. Los Angeles, Calif.
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Museum, Exposition Park
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
The Planetarium, Griffith Park
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Air View Olympic Village, 1932
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Seventh Street West from Broadway, 1938
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Alexandria Hotel
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Times Building
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Heavy Traffic and Bustling Crowds, Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Westlake Park, Elks Club, 1949
Postcard

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pinterest
Pershing Square Showing the Los Angeles Biltmore, 1953
Postcard
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History and News of Los Angeles, California, USA

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  • 1781 - Los Angeles founded

    www.wikipedia.org
  • Los Angeles - Travel Thru History


    207 Los Angeles - Travel Thru History - Full Episode (www.youtube.com)
  • 1850 - April 4 - City of Los Angeles incorporated

    historyorb.com
  • 1854 - Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, a post-town, capital of Los Angeles county, California, on a small river of its own name, 30 miles from its mouth, and on the road from... Read MORE...

  • News  1877 - June 11 - The temperature at Los Angeles, CA, reached 112 degrees during a heatwave. It would have been the all-time record for Los Angeles but official records did not begin until twenty days later.

    The Weather Channel
    June 11, 1877
  • 1881 - December 4 - The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.

    historyorb.com
  • News  1892 - PROVED A DEADLY SALUTE. SIX PERSONS WERE KILLED BY THE LOS ANGELES EXPLOSION.
    Los Angeles, Cal., Oct. 22. - The "Discovery Day" celebration here ended last night with a display of fireworks. Henry Wilson, who was in charge of... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, a city, the capital of Los Angeles co, Cal. on a river of the same name, about 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean, and 345 miles in a... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - March 19 - Los Angeles Railway established to provide streetcar service

    historyorb.com
  • News  1900 - ELEVEN LABORERS ENTOMBED. Tunnel at Los Angeles Caves in - Eight Men Rescued - Inspector Dies of Injuries.
    The west end of what is known as the Third-street tunnel, which is under construction between Hill and Hope streets, a distance of three blocks, at... Read MORE...

  • 1901 - Los Angeles - The City of the Angels by Florence E. Winslow
    "Very near the terrestrial paradise," said the old Spanish explorer of the sunlit country, where stood in a later century the pueblo of Los Angeles.... Read MORE...

  • News  1902 - April 2 - "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.

    historyorb.com
    April 2, 1902
  • 1916
    Los Angeles, a city, the capital of Los Angeles co., Cal., is on a river of the same name, about 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 345 miles in a... Read MORE...

  • News  1920 - BIG AUDITORIUM IN LOS ANGELES BURNED DOWN.
    Los Angeles, Jan. 12. - Shrine auditorium, the largest hall here, was completely destroyed by fire yesterday.

    Six firemen, one policeman and one... Read MORE...

  • News  1923 - July 13 - The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. It originally reads "Hollywoodland " but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949.

    historyorb.com
    July 13, 1923
  • News  1928 - May 15 - The animated short Plane Crazy is released by Disney Studios in Los Angeles, featuring the first appearances of Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

    www.wikipedia.org
    May 15, 1928
  • January 15, 1932 - Up to two inches of snow whitened the Los Angeles basin of California.
    The Los Angeles Civic Center reported an inch of snow, and even the beaches of Santa Monica were whitened with snow, in what proved to be a record... Read MORE...

  • News  1932 - July 30 - 10th modern Olympic games opens in Los Angeles

    historyorb.com
    July 30, 1932
  • 1933 - December 31 - A 24 hour rainfall of 7.36 inches set the stage for the worst flood in Los Angeles history. Flooding claimed 44 lives.

    WeatherForYou.com
  • News  January 1, 1934 - Heavy rain which began on December 30th led to flooding in the Los Angeles Basin area of California.
    Flooding claimed the lives of at least 45 persons. Walls of water and debris up to ten feet high were noted in some canyon areas. Rainfall totals... Read MORE...

  • News  1935 - EXPRESS PLANE CRASHES, KILLS CREW OF THREE. WESTERN AIR EXPRESS FALLS, BURNS ONLY MILE FROM LOS ANGELES AIRPORT.
    Los Angeles, Sept. 2. (U.P.) - A Western Air express plane crashed and burst into flames shortly before midnight, burning its crew of two men and a... Read MORE...

  • 1936 - October 9 - Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles

    historyorb.com
  • News  1937 - January 19 – Howard Hughes establishes a record by flying from Los Angeles to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.

    www.wikipedia.org
    January 19, 1937
  • News  1938 - March 2 - Landslides & floods cause over 200 deaths (Los Angeles California)

    historyorb.com
    March 2, 1938
  • News  1939 - September 25 - A west coast hurricane moved onshore south of Los Angeles bringing unprecedented rains along the southern coast of California.
    Nearly five and a half inches of rain drenched Los Angeles during a 24 hour period. The hurricane caused two million dollars damage, mostly to... Read MORE...

  • News  1943 - June 3 - A mob of 60 from the Los Angeles Naval Reserve Armory beat up everyone perceived to be Hispanic, starting the week-long Zoot Suit Riots.

    historyorb.com
    June 3, 1943
  • 1949 - January 11 - Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles

    historyorb.com
  • 1968 - Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy assassinated on June 6 in Los Angeles
  • Joan Benoit wins the first women’s Olympic Marathon, 1984
    At the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, Joan Benoit (today known as Joan Benoit Samuelson) finished the first-ever women’s marathon in 2:24.52.
    history.com

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