Angeles Area Timeline
June 3, 1579 Sir
Francis Drake claims California for England, calling it "Nova Albion".
September 8, 1771
San Gabriel Mission established.
September 4, 1781
Gaspar de Portola and Franciscan monk Junipero Serra dedicate a new town
one day's ride north of San Pedro. Serra names the town after St. Francis
of Assisi's first church, St. Mary of the Angels -- El Pueblo de Nuestra
Senora la Reina de Los Angeles. Forty-four original settlers included
twenty-six of African descent and seven native Americans.
1826 Rancho el Rincon
de San Pascual gifted to Doña Eulalia Pérez de Guillen by the padres
of San Gabriel Mission.
1833 The Mexican
Government awards San Gabriel Mission land to individuals.
February 18, 1835
Rancho San Pasqual was formally granted by the Mexican government to
Don Juan Mariné, husband of Doña Eulalia Pérez de Guillen.
March 9, 1842 Francisco
Lopez discovered gold in Placerita Canyon, in the Santa Clarita Valley.
November 28, 1843
Rancho el Rincon de San Pascual gifted by Mexican Governor.
Manuel Micheltorena to his good friend, Colonel Manuel Garfias, son of
a distinguished Mexican family.
1844 Leonis Adobe
built Miguel Leonis, a Basque immigrant who acquired the land in part
by marrying Espiritu, daughter of Chief Oden.
February 20, 1845
Battle of the Cahuenga Pass.
Jan. 8, 1847 The
Battle of the Rio San Gabriel (American troops v. the Californians.
The Battle took place in the vicinity of the intersection of Washington
Boulevard and Bluff Road in Montebello.)
April 13, 1846 Commodore
Stockton and Fremont retake Los Angeles from the Californios.
October 8, 1846 The
Battle of Dominguez Rancho (American troops v. the Californians again.
The Battle took place in the vicinity of the intersection of 181st Street
and Alameda Boulevard in Compton. The Americans were forced to retreat
to their ship in San Pedro.)
January 9, 1847 Commodore
Stockton recaptured Los Angeles for the third and final time.
January 13, 1847
Mexican general Andres Pico surrenders California to U.S. General John
at Campo de Cahuenga.
March 19, 1847 The
Mormons arrive in Los Angeles to claim it for the United States.
February 18, 1850
The limits of Los Angeles County are mapped out, including all the territory
between San Diego and Santa Barbara, around 34,000 square miles. Later
the counties of Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino, and Ventura separate.
April 4, 1850 City
of Los Angeles incorporated.
September 9, 1850
California enters the union.
August 7, 1851 Los
Angeles County divided into six townships: Los Angeles, San Gabriel, San
San Bernardino, Santa Ana, and San Juan Capistrano.
April 26, 1853 San
Bernadino County formed out of L.A. County.
1857 The Fort Tejon
Earthquake (estimated 8.0 richter).
January 24, 1865
Pioneer Oil Company begins prospecting for petroleum in Los Angeles.
April 15, 1865 Union
troops stop Los Angeleanos celebrating the assassination of President
April 2, 1866 Kern
County formed out of L.A. county.
August 5, 1769 Gaspar
de Portola discovers the San Fernando Valley.
October 24, 1871
December 7, 1872
The Los Angeles Library Association formed.
April 22, 1875 The
San Gabriel Orange Grove Association formally named their community Pasadena.
1876 Railway links
Los Angeles and San Francisco.
1882 The first Los
Angeles telephone book is issued, all three pages of it.
1882 La Casa de Lopez
Adobe was built by Valentin Lopez.
January 20, 1883
Railroad accident on Tehachapi Pass More then 20 deaths John Downey survived
February 14, 1886
Los Angeles begins to export oranges back east.
1886 Pasadena incorporated.
February 1, 1887
Henry Wilcox files a deed for a ranch, later to become the City of Hollywood.
February 10, 1888
The City of Long Beach incorporated.
1890 Orange County
formed out of Los Angeles county.
Population of Los
Angeles reaches 50,000.
January 1, 1890 First
Tournament of Roses Parade held in Pasadena.
1910 The Town of
Hollywood was annexed by Los Angeles.
July 8, 1911 City
of Burbank incorporates.
October 1, 1911 The
Los Angeles Times Building is destroyed by bomb.
November 5, 1913
William Mulholland's aqueduct brings water to Los Angeles from 200 miles
without which L.A.'s population would probably never have grown beyond
Luther Burbank died.
1928 Los Angeles
City Hall dedicated.
March 12, 1928 The
St. Francis Dam in San Fransquito Canyon bursts and sends a 180 foot wall
of water from Santa Clarita to Oxnard on the coast, killing 400 people.
1931 Los Angeles
International Airport (LAX) opened .
1933 The Long Beach
Earthquake. Last time my Great Grandmother, Letitia LaVigne Pankratz,
rode in an elevator.
Population of Los
Angeles reaches 1.5 million.
1941 Pearl Harbor
Attacked, U.S. enters WWII
December 8, 1941
Fourth Interceptor Command falsely reports two formations of enemy planes
San Francisco headed for Los Angeles. Panic ensues: arrests of Japanese-American
a deportation camp is set up in Toluca Lake (another in Manzanar, CA).
The L.A. Nippons baseball team is allowed to finish it's game with the
Paramount Studio team, then the F.B.I. arrests them all. The enemy planes
turned out to be sea birds.
1943 Zoot Suit Riots
-- clash between hundreds of sailors and marines and local Hispanic gangs
"zoot suiters". M.P.'s and police quell fighting, only to have more servicemen
arrive to avenge their comrades. Downtown L.A. becomes a battlezone for
1954 The Los Angeles
Fire department is ordered by federal courts to integrate.
1960 Population of
Los Angeles reaches 2.4 million.
August 11 to August
16, 1965 Watts
June 6, 1968 Robert
Kennedy assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel
1986 The Los Angeles
Central Library burned down.
1987 The Whittier
November 2, 1991
Los Angeles was split into three telephone area codes 213, 310 and 818.
April 29 to May 2,
1992 The Los
Angeles Riots followed the announcement of the verdict in the Rodney
King beating case.
1994 The Northridge
Earthquake, epicenter awfully-darn close to the hospital where I was born
35 years earlier!
of Los Angeles is ten million.
Submitted by Aileen
Fish Underwood / Bakersfield, California
Last Updated April
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