2007 California wildfires cause major damage in Los Angeles County, but the city is not threatened.
2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes governor of California. He soon causes controversy by telling the Republican National Convention "Don't be economic girlie men."
1994 Brazil win the 1994 FIFA World Cup final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Despite football’s relatively low profile in the USA, the tournament still holds the record for the highest average attendance of any World Cup.
1992 Los Angeles Riots sparked when charges against police officers who are filmed beating Rodney King are dropped.
1988 NWA release landmark album Straight Outta Compton, bringing West Coast Rap into the world spotlight.
1984 Los Angeles becomes the only American city ever to host the summer Olympic Games twice. 16 countries, led by the USSR, boycott the event for various reasons. Xu Haifeng wins China’s first ever Olympic gold medal.
1976 One of the world’s longest murals is painted in the San Fernando Valley and named the Great Wall of Los Angeles. It is around 840m long and shows the history of the city.
1967 The first Super Bowl takes place at the historical Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
1959 Los Angeles-based toy company Mattel launches Barbie, based on a German doll called Bild Lilli. The first Barbie doll wore a black and white zebra striped swimsuit and was available as a blonde or brunette.
1957 The Dodgers baseball team moves from Brooklyn to LA, a move made possible by the growth of air travel.
1954 Oil tycoon John Paul Getty first opens a museum of his collections to the public.
1950ties Following the mood set by Miles Davis’s album Birth of the Cool, West Coast Jazz features a cool style with emphasis on arrangements and atmospheres. It opened jazz music to a larger public and strongly contributed to the cinematographic industry.
1942 The world’s first parking meter is introduced in Los Angeles.
1930 Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) opens.
1928 The first Academy Awards ceremony takes place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
1926 The 3,940km stretch of road connecting Los Angeles and Chicago is named US Route 66. It will later become a major route west for poor mid-westerners during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
1923 Walt Disney arrives in Los Angeles with $40 in his pocket.
1918 Polish immigrants Sam, Jack, Harry and Albert Warner open Warner Brothers Studios on Sunset Boulevard.
1915 Direct steamship service begins between Los Angeles and Japan.
1913 Los Angeles Aqueduct opens, supplying the city with water from the north.
1911 Nestor Film Company opens in an abandoned tavern, becoming Hollywood’s first film production company. Neighbours soon erect signs saying “No dogs, no actors.”
1892 Oil discovered at Greasy Gulch, near Westlake Park, and soon all over the Los Angeles area. Oil pumps still operate throughout the city today, sometimes concealed in urban structures.
1881 The Los Angeles Times begins life (as the Los Angeles Daily Times).
1880s Citrus, grapes, oranges and other fruits are grown in the Los Angeles area. The area of present-day Beverly Hills is largely bean fields, Hollywood is fig orchards.
1876 Transcontinental railroad completed, giving Los Angeles a huge boost of investment.
1873 The seedless navel orange is introduced to California from Brazil and soon becomes a national sensation.
1865 Civil War ends and freed African Americans begin heading to Los Angeles in large numbers.
1842 Gold is discovered at Placerita Canyon, prompting LA’s first population boom. This is soon followed by lawlessness and a reputation as “undoubtedly the toughest town of the entire nation."
1841 First census shows a population of 141.
1781 11 families settle by el Rio de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula. Felipe de Neve, Governor of Spanish California, names the settlement El Pueblo sobre el Rio de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula. The name is soon shortened!
1542 Captain Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and his crew visit the Los Angeles area, which is inhabited by Tongva Indians at the time. Mass baptisms take place in the coming centuries and by 1900 the Tongva language is effectively dead.