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1542
Portuguese sailor Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sails along the californian coast and discovered Santa Monica Bay. He found a densely populated region overhung by the 'smog' of countless indian campfires. He named it 'La Bahia de la Fumos', the bay of smokes.

1602
Vizcain sails along the californian coast, Catalina Island and San Pedro Bay were discovered.

1769
Don Gaspar de Portola, Californias first governor, reached the area. At August 1st the Fransiscans celebrated the fiesta "Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles Porciuncula". The next day they crossed a river and named him after this: "Rio Porciuncula de Nustra Senora de los Angeles".

1771
Mission San Gabriel was founded by Fransiscans led by father Junipero Serra.

1779
Felipe de Neve was assigned with the task of establishing more settlements. Every settler should get ground in the village and a piece of land outside.

1781
On september 4th the pueblo of Los Angeles was officially established.

1786
Offical title to lands were conveyed to the settlers. Jose Vanegas was the first mayor.

1805
First american ship in San Pedro. Captain John Shaler visited the pueblo.

1817
First school was opened by retired soldier Maximo Pino.

1820
Joseph Chapman became the first american settler.

1822
Mexico declares their independence. California gets a state.

1826
The first party reached Los Angeles overland - Jedediah Smith and his band of fur trappers.

1835
On May 23rd Los Angeles is raised to the status of a city.

1845
Los Angeles was made the capital of California.

1848
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo on February 2nd acquired California for the United States.

1851
The first newspaper, the bilingual 'Los Angeles Star' was published.

1853
The first hospital opened on upper Main Street.

1867
In Los Angeles County 1.500.000 gallons of wine and 100.000 gallons brandy were produced.

1868
Hayward & Company opened the first bank.

1877
Caroline M. Severance opened the first kindergarden.

1880
The University of Southern California was founded.

1885
The Santa-Fe Railroad reached Los Angeles. The first real estate boom began.

1892
Discovery of oil by Edward L. Doheny and Charles Canfield near Second Street / Glendale Blvd.

1897
First known automobile to appear in Los Angeles streets arrives, built by J.P. Erie.

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

1913
Los Angeles Aqueduct opened, a 235-mile water delivery system from the Owens Valley River.

1922
Radio broadcasting came to Los Angeles with the stations KFI, KHJ and KNX.

1928
Daily airline flights began between L.A. and San Francisco.

1939
The first TV station began operations.

1947
A young woman named Norma Jean was crowned Castroville's first Artichoke Queen. She went on to become actress Marilyn Monroe.

1950
The first electric guitars, produced in quantity, were delievered from Fender Electric Instrument Company in Fullerton.

Additional History Resources:

Los Angeles Conservancy


The Los Angeles Conservancy, the largest membership-based local historic preservation organization in the country, is dedicated to the recognition, preservation, and revitalization of the architectural and cultural heritage of greater Los Angeles.

Established in 1978, the Conservancy grew out of the community-based effort to prevent demolition of the Los Angeles Central Library. The organization has grown to a membership of more than 8,000 households, including more than 400 volunteers. With a two-fold mission of advocacy and education, the Conservancy works to preserve existing architectural resources by developing preservation strategies and by raising public awareness of the value of those resources through tours, lectures, publications and major programs such as Last Remaining Seats.

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