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Perez vs. Sharp - End to California Miscegenation Laws
Marriage

In 1948, a couple's lawsuit against Los Angeles County led to California becoming the first state to end laws against interracial marriage.

Animal Shelters of Los Angeles County
Pets need love, too.

In recent years, approximately 102,000 dogs and cats each year are taken just into the shelters of Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles.

Mission Bells Along El Camino Real
First El Camino Real Bell, 1906

What are those bells atop shepherd's crook-shaped poles along streets and highways in Los Angeles County (and throughout California)?

Orchestras of Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County boasts one of the finest orchestras in the world, along with more than two dozen other formally-organized orchestras, the most in any U.S. county.

4-Year+ Colleges & Universities in Los Angeles County
CalTech Beckman Institute, Pasadena

Among Los Angeles County's colleges and universities are some of the best in the nation.

Largest Employers in Los Angeles County
Kaiser Permanente, Baldwin Park

There are more than 5 million people at work in Los Angeles County. Almost 1 in 5 work for the county's largest employers.

Mexico's Last Stand in California

At the beginning of 1847, Los Angeles was the final Mexican holdout against the U.S. invasion of California. On the morning of January 8, anxious defenders were dug in for a fight, anxiously awaiting the approaching American force.

It is given that snow falls in the mountains of Los Angeles County, but on our swaying palm trees? Yes, our palm trees have been covered with snow.

Snow in Los Angeles

It is given that snow falls in the mountains of Los Angeles County, but on our swaying palm trees? Yes, our palm trees have been covered with snow.

Wildfires of Los Angeles County
Wildfire Flames

Los Angeles County has a long history of wildfires. These are the biggest, most destructive and one ranks among the deadliest in U.S. history.

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Christmas Tree Lane
Christmas Tree Lane, Altadena

The oldest large-scale Christmas lighting display in the world and a seasonal delight to generations of Christmastime visitors.

Seasonal Rainfall in Downtown Los Angeles, 1877-2016
Rainfall at the Getty Center in Los Angeles

The last full rainfall season, 2016-2017, for Downtown Los Angeles ended with a season total of 19 inches, breaking a five-year stretch of feeble season totals each totaling less than 10 inches. This was longest stretch of season totals under 10 inches since Los Angeles began keeping rainfall records in 1877.

Unauthorized Immigrants in Los Angeles County
Immigration March in Los Angeles, 2006

An estimated one million immigrants in Los Angeles County did not arrive here legally. In Los Angeles' history, they are not the first to do so.

Original People of Los Angeles County
Original Native People of Los Angeles County

People began permanently populating what is now Los Angeles County about 3,000 years ago. Their descendants are still here.

Veterans in Los Angeles County
US Army Troops in the Vietnam War

Los Angeles County has the largest population of military veterans of any U.S. county (comprising 1.5% of all the nation's veterans). Almost 20,000 of them are women, the largest population of female veterans in the nation.

Homelessness in Los Angeles County
Homeless in Los Angeles County

About 50,000 to 60,000 people find themselves homeless on any given night in Los Angeles County. They are the second largest homeless population in the United States.

The Dodgers in the World Series

The Dodgers have been in the World Series 19 times (10 times for Los Angeles, winning 5 of the 10).

Mysterious L.A.: The Devil's Gate - Gateway to Hell?

The Devil's Gate area has long drawn the attention of paranormal enthusiasts.

Mysterious L.A.: Legend of the "Lizard People"

Los Angeles Times article, Lizard People's Catacomb City Hunted, January 29, 1934.

in 1934, the Los Angeles public became intrigued by an engineer's search for a ancient lost civilization that was supposed to have existed underground.

The Second Largest Radio Market in the Nation

Radio tower on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills. Photo courtesy of 466654 & and Pixabay.com.

The greater Los Angeles radio market has 11.5 million potential radio listeners. Three of every four adult Angelenos listen to their radio every day.

Mexico City is a Wake-Up Call, Los Angeles

Home destroyed in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) News Photo.

The San Andreas Fault offers a 19% chance of a 6.7+ earthquake within the next 30 years. It's TIME to prepare.

One of the Earliest Known Angelenos

Prehistoric La Brea Woman imagined in display at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.

And, perhaps, our first known homicide case.

Wealthiest People in Los Angeles County

Doheny Mansion, once home to one of Los Angeles' wealthiest families. Now on the campus of Mount St. Mary's University.

Los Angeles County has one of the highest concentrations of billionaires in the United States. The 29 richest people here have a combined wealth of $124 billion.

Poor, Seeking a Better Life, Mostly Dark-Skinned, All Spanish-Speaking

Photo of Mural by Millard Sheets. Photo by Charles C. Pierce. Courtesy of the California Historical Society & USC Library.

They were the founding families of Los Angeles on September 4, 1781

Origin of the Name "Los Angeles"

Portion of "The Virgin With Angels," painted by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1900.

There is probably no other major city in America or even in the world whose original name is as disputed as that of Los Angeles.