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A Los Angeles department store was the first to use commercial advertising to promote Hanukkah gift-giving.
This very famous Christmas song was actually written from the perspective of a New Yorker who found himself in Beverly Hills during Christmas.
Los Angeles County was one of the first to deploy paramedic firefighter units in the nation. It did not happen easily.
U.S. military troops deployed eight times into the Los Angeles area for military or security purposes.
Mysterious L.A.: During one summer afternoon in 1961, the story was that, for several hours, this creature terrorized the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Mysterious L.A.: What happened to cause the violent deaths of these long ago Los Angeles area residents?
Immigration has long been a hot issue in California. At one time, American citizens were the illegal immigrants.
The highest recorded temperature in Downtown Los Angeles was 113 oF on September 27, 2010. The highest recorded temperature anywhere in Los Angeles County was 119 oF on July 22, 2006, in Woodland Hills.
What are the longest and shortest streets in Los Angeles County (and those with the steepest grades)?
A British newspaper declared an Alhambra ice cream shop to be the best place in the world to drink a milkshake. Yes, in the world.
This wonderful and iconic bookstore in Pasadena is the oldest independent bookstore in Southern California.
Los Angeles County has a population of more than 10 million people. What would 10 million people even look like, if you could imagine it?
Of 3,506 Congressional Medals of Honor awarded since 1861, 30 went to persons from Los Angeles County.
Although many believe Pentecostalism spread from Jerusalem long ago, its modern version spread from Los Angeles.
One of the youngest American women multibillionaires is Lynsi Synder, heiress, sole owner and president of In-N-Out, Inc. Her wealth is estimated to be about $3 billion.
The most extreme amount of rainfall anywhere in California during any 24-hour period fell in our own backyard.
An Angeleno (or La Cañada Flintridger, to be exact) discovered evidence of water on Mars and holds the off-world driving record.
Local place names Azusa, Cahuenga, Cucamonga, Malibu, Pacoima, and Saticoy, were derived from the languages of native people who lived in the Los Angeles area. The primary group in the area, the Kizh, numbered anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 when the first Europeans arrived in 1542. The Kizh are related culturally and linguistically to the Shoshone and Uto-Aztecan (Utes, Paiutes, Pueblos, Yaquis and Aztecs). The Spaniards assigned a label of their own to the Kizh - Gabrielenos, naming them after the Mission San Gabriel which proselytized them and sought to subjugate them.
Angelenos once mounted ostriches and alligators, gawked at celebrity lions, threw peanuts at monkeys, and cheered killer whales.
He led the first Americans known to visit the Los Angeles area. He was also trying to avoid the authorities.
What does a former Navy pilot have to do with some of the most historic stained glass artwork in Southern California?
For English-only speakers, we offer a new map of Los Angeles County in the English language. It will probably appear quite foreign.
Without contest, it is the most unusual museum in Los Angeles County. It is also the most unusual museum we've visited anywhere in the world.
There are a number of places at or near LAX to indulge your interest in aviation and aviation history.
Not very long ago, as many as 18,000 animals were being killed in Los Angeles animal shelters each year. That was then.
There are food retailers still operating today that launched their business in Los Angeles as far back as 1873.
During the 2017-2018 school year, the 22 community colleges in Los Angeles County enrolled a combined total of 623,558 students. The largest community college district in the county, the Los Angeles Community College District, is also the largest in the nation. Its nine campuses enrolled more than 230,000 students.
In the Little League World Series, two significant "Firsts" for the United States came out of Long Beach and San Pedro.
Air travellers are often less than happy these days, but those using an air transporation service operating from Santa Monica Airport appear to be the exception.
Farmers Market, located at the corner of Fairfax and Third Street in Los Angeles, opened in 1934 at what was then known as the Gilmore Ranch. 18 farmers parked their trucks on the corner and began selling produce from their tailgates. The Market now features more than 100 shops visited by an estimated 3 million people each year (approximately one-third of which are tourists). Vendors at The Market speak about 23 different languages. The Farmers Market website offers other interesting facts about The Market.
The nation's oldest Holocaust museum founded by survivors takes visitors into the depths of Holocaust history.
Angelenos know that their city is expensive to live in. How does it rank against the cities of the world?.
La Raza was the best known and most influential of Chicano activist publications during the late 1960s and into the 1970s.
If you have no means to hire a defense attorney if facing a criminal charge, you should thank Clara Shortridge Foltz.
Among the three designers of the iconic “Theme Building” at the center of Los Angeles International Airport was a rather unique architect, especially for his time.
According the last census in 2010, more people in Los Angeles County are living to age 100 and over.
Valspeak or Valley Speak is a social class dialect said to have originated among materialistic young upper-class white women in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.
The rainiest day on record in Downtown Los Angeles was March 2, 1938, recording 5.88 inches of rain.
Celebrated every December at Olvera Street, it is said to be the oldest, continuously-celebrated Christmas event in Los Angeles.
Before the California Highway Patrol (CHP), they patrolled California roadways as the Highway Patrol Service.
These bookstores are Southern California's oldest, California's largest, the nation's largest university bookstore and the nation's oldest children's bookstore.