Los Angeles Timeline

Los Angeles Timeline

1542 Portugese explorer Joao Cabrilho declares what was not yet a city as The City of God.
1781 Settlers from the San Gabriel Mission concisely name the city El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los
           Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula (The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the River of Porciuncula).
          1850 The city becomes incorporated and a law is passed which states: ‘No black or mulatto person, or Indian, shall              be permitted to give evidence in favor of, or against, any white person. Every person who shall have one-eighth                  part or more of Negro blood shall be deemed a mulatto and every person who shall have one-half of Indian blood              shall be deemed Indian.’
1876 Southern Pacific Railroad finishes its line to LA.
1892 Oil is discovered.
1900 Harvey Wilcox purchases 160 acres of land to form a conservative community. He calls it Hollywood and prohibits
          the sale of alcohol.
1911 The first film studio in Hollywood is created, Nestor Film Studio.
1917 The Charlie Chaplin film studios are created just south of Sunset Boulevard.
1923 The Hollywood sign is erected. It reads Hollywoodland, an advertisement for a new housing development.
1941 The Colorado River Aqueduct is completed.
1943 Riots break out in Venice after a soldier is stabbed by a Pachuco, a young Mexican man wearing a ‘zoot suit’.
           Racial violence continues between soldiers, police and Mexicans, who are singled out and randomly attacked and            arrested. Eleanor Roosevelt gets involved and speaks out on behalf of the Mexicans. She’s accused of being a                    communist.
1947 The first Los Angeles television station, KTLA, is launched.
1958 The Hollywood Walk of Fame is created; Joanne Woodward is honoured with the first star in 1960.
1965 The Watts Riots break out. Five days later 34 people are dead and $200 million worth of property has been        
          destroyed.
1968 Robert Kennedy is shot dead in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel.
1971 The San Fernando Earthquake rocks the city killing 58 people and causing $500 million worth of damage.
1987 The Whittier Earthquake kills eight people.
1992 When the verdict in the Rodney King case is read, riots explode across the city.
1994 The Northridge Earthquake kills 57 people and becomes the costliest earthquake in US history.
2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger assumes office as Governor of California.
2007 Fires rage across Los Angeles county. Mudslides follow.

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