Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles is located in the southern region of the state and is the largest city in the U.S. State of California. Los Angeles is also known as the "City of Angels" or L.A. The city is an important center of culture, business, media and international trade. Los Angeles is most famous for Hollywood and being the center of the world's entertainment industry.

To See And To Do In Los Angeles

  • Hollywood (Buy a "Hollywood CityPASS")
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Getty Center
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Griffith Park
  • Beverly Hills
  • Downtown
  • MacArthur Park
  • Universal Studios
  • Warner Brothers
  • NBC
  • Disney Studios...and more

History Of Los Angeles - Timeline

In 1542, the first Europeans came to the Los Angeles region. In 1602, Sebastian Vizcaino, a conquistador from Spain, explored the area. In 1769, the first Spanish settlement in the area was established. 44 settlers of European, African, and Amerindian ancestry founded the city on September 4, 1781.

The name first given to the city is debated. There are two versions: One version is that the settlers named it El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciuncula (The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciuncula River). And another version is that the settlers named the city to El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de Porciuncula (The town of Our Lady of the Angels of Porciuncula). However, the area they settled is today the historic district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street, and of course the oldest part of Los Angeles.

In 1805, the first trading ship arrived. In 1842, gold was discovered in the area and LA became a boomtown. In 1847, the United States took control of the town. In 1850, Los Angeles was incorporated. In 1855, the first schoolhouse was built. In 1865, the college, St. Vincent's, today's Loyola Marymount University, was established. In 1868, the town had street lights.

In 1869, the railroad came to town and the Los Angeles Police Department was formed. In 1870, nearly 6,000 people lived in the city. In 1871, the railroad between Los Angeles and San Francisco was completed. In 1872, the Los Angeles Public Library was established.

In 1873, the first trolley line opened. In 1874, Los Angeles had horse-drawn streetcar. In 1880, the MacArthur Park was created and the first Chinatown was established. In 1881, the newspaper, Los Angeles Times, was founded. In 1882, oil was discovered in LA. In 1887, the first electrified streetcars were operating in the city. In 1897, the first automobile was seen in the streets.

In 1900, there were over 100,000 people in the city. They came to work and develop Los Angeles into a great city. They worked at the railway, the harbor, in banks and factories and at the oil fields. In 1901, the cable railway, Angels Flight, was built. In 1907, the Southwest Museum of the American Indian opened. In 1910, Hollywood became a part of the city.

In 1912, the city gets its first gas station. In 1913, the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct was completed. In 1917, the Charlie Chaplin Studios was built. In 1918, the brothers from Poland, Sam, Jack, Harry and Albert Warner, started the Warner Bros. Studios. In 1922, the radio stations, KFI, KHJ, and KNX, started.

In 1923, the outdoor sports stadium, The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, opened. Also in 1923, the Hollywood Sign was completed. In 1924, the Mulholland Drive was completed. In 1926, the TCL Chinese Theatre building was completed. In 1928, the Los Angeles City Hall was completed. In 1930, over 1,2 million people lived in the city. In 1930, the Los Angeles International Airport, LAX opened.

In 1932, the city hosted the Summer Olympics. In 1933, the Griffith Observatory was built. In 1939, the Union Station opened in Downtown. In 1942, the first parking meters were installed. In 1947, the first TV station, KTLA, started. In 1956, the Capitol Records Building was completed. In 1958, the Hollywood Walk of Fame was created. In 1962, the Dodger Stadium opened. In 1963, the Vincent Thomas Bridge opened. In 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened. In 1966, the Angeles Zoo opened.

In 1968, Robert Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel. In 1979, the Museum of Contemporary Art was founded. In 1984, Los Angeles hosted the Summer Olympic Games. In 1986, the first Marathon in Los Angeles took place. In 1987, the 35-story skyscraper, Fox Plaza, was completed. In 1990, the US Bank Tower was built.

In 1992, riots broke out after the Rodney King case.In 1994, O.J. Simpson was arrested for the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman. In 2001, the Kodak Theatre opened. In 2003, the Walt Disney Concert Hall opened.