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Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA

"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 line S.E. of San Francisco. Lat. 34° 5' N., lon. 118° 18' W. It is the : Populous town of Southern California, and is noted for the amenity of its climate, the beauty of its gardens, and the excellence of its fruits. Oranges, lemons, and figs flourish in the open air, and it has extensive vineyards, the product of which is converted into wine. Oranges, wine and wool are the chief articles of export. Los Angeles has 49 churches, a Jewish synagogue, 9 banks, with a capital of $3,500,000, and Protestant and Catholic hospitals. Seven daily and 7 weekly newspapers are published here. The city has a Roman Catholic bishop, and is the seat of St. Vincent's College (Catholic), of Methodist, Baptist and Presbyterian universities, and of three female seminaries, a state normal school, and a public high school. The Los Angeles division of the Southern Pacific Railroad connects this city with Northern California and with the East, and other lines extend to the sea coast. Pop. in 1880, 11,183; in 1890, 50,395."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1781 - Los Angeles founded

  • 1850 - April 4 - City of Los Angeles incorporated

  • 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.
  • 1881 - December 4 - The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.

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

  • 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
    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...

  • 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.
    April 2, 1902

  • 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...

  • Los Angeles, California, USA
    State Normal School
  • 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, Jan. 12. - Shrine auditorium, the largest hall here, was completely destroyed by fire yesterday.

    Six firemen, one policeman and one ci...

  • 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.
    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.
    May 15, 1928

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

  • 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.

  • 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...

    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

  • 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.
    January 19, 1937

  • News 1938 - March 2 - Landslides & floods cause over 200 deaths (Los Angeles California)
    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 structu...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.
    June 3, 1943

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

  • 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.

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