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Thomas Edison inadvertantly created Hollywood. Filmmakers were trying to get as far away from him as possible.
First Public Hanukkah Menorah on the West Coast
Public Christmas trees have been a beloved feature of American holiday seasons since the early 20th century. Public Hanukkah menorahs, however, the most important symbol of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, are more recent. Los Angeles saw one of the earliest installations.
Where the Internet was Born
The internet was born in Los Angeles and began with a message of only two letters.
Unlike today's ranch-raised variety of turkey, there was a native species of turkey, found only in Southern California, that ranged freely and abundantly across the Los Angeles area. It even existed here long before the first human inhabitants arrived in the region. You won't find this bird on anyone's Thanksgiving table, though. There is, however, still one place where you can still see it.
There are only two major cities in the world in which big wild cats still roam freely. One is close to home.
He was the last mayor of Los Angeles of Hispanic heritage, until Antonio Villaraigosa became L.A.'s mayor, 133 years later. He also made a key decision that had great significance for the future of Los Angeles.
Immigration has long been a hot issue in California. At one time, American citizens were, ironically, the undocumented immigrants here.
Spanish is spoken at home by 3.7 million people in Los Angeles County. English may be America's common language, but Spanish has been regularly spoken here longer than the United States has been a nation.
August is, on average, the warmest month of the year for Downtown Los Angeles, with an average temperature, over the last 30 years, of 75°F. It is September, however, when downtown experiences its record high temperatures and is more likely to record high temperatures for the month at 100°F or higher. The temperature record for Downtown L.A. stands at 113°F, recorded on September 27, 2010. The highest temperature ever recorded anywhere in Los Angeles County was 120°F in Woodland Hills, on September 6, 2020.
See Monthly High/Low and Average Temperatures by Year for Downtown Los Angeles.
From the 1950s through the 1970s, the Los Angeles area was surrounded by a ring of Cold War missile bases, possibly nuclear-armed, ready to defend the region from Soviet bombers.
Angelenos know their city is expensive. Just where does Los Angeles rank for cost-of-living among cities of the world?
For the first few decades of the 20th century, it was one of the most popular attractions in Southern California.
Los Angeles has already hosted the summer Olympic Games twice (in 1932 and 1984) and is set to do so again in 2028. By then, L.A. will join London and Paris as one of only three cities to host the Olympics three times. Even then, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the only sports venue in the world to have hosted more than one Olympic Games.
The crew of this ship were the very first Americans known to visit the Los Angeles area. They were also trying to avoid the authorities.
What portion of the population of California, the United States and the world lives in Los Angeles County?
It was the first time that Independence Day, July 4th, was celebrated in Los Angeles County, or, for that matter, anywhere else in California.
The hottest recorded temperature in Downtown L.A. was 113oF. The hottest ever recorded in Los Angeles County, however, was 21 miles away.
What Causes “June Gloom”?
It's called “May Gray,” “June Gloom,” and, sometimes, “No-Sky-July” and even “Fogust.” What makes it happen?
Of 3,506 Congressional Medals of Honor awarded since 1861, 30 went to persons from Los Angeles County.
There are food retailers still operating today that launched their business in Los Angeles as far back as 1873.
It was illegal to herd a flock of sheep down Hollywood Boulevard. That was just one among other odd ordinances in Los Angeles County.
Racial violence against Asian people in America is not new. The worst incidence of this in American history occurred right here in Los Angeles.
America's first female law enforcement helicopter pilot patrolled in the sky above Los Angeles County.
Our African American Legacy in Science, Engineering & Medicine
Eleven people connected to Los Angeles County who broke racial barriers and made their marks in science, engineering, medicine.
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.
Southern California's First Christmas Tree
It was believed to be the first Christmas tree ever erected anywhere in Southern California.
As the celebration of Christmas became increasingly commercialized, a Los Angeles Jewish department store owner decided that Hanukkah should not be left out.
In the 2020 presidential election, as expected, Los Angeles County turned out to be a political "sea of blue." Joe Biden received 71 percent of the county's vote. There were, however, a few communities in Los Angeles County in which the Republican presidential candidate received the majority of votes. These were communities mostly in the northern part of the county. These were the cities of La Habra Heights and Rolling Hills and (in northern Los Angeles County) the unincorporated communities of Acton, Agua Dulce, Antelope, Castaic, Del Sur (Antelope Valley), Gorman (northwest corner of L.A. County), Green Valley, Lamanda (Pasadena Area), Leona Valley, Llano (Antelope Valley), Neenach (Antelope Valley), Pearblossom (Antelope Valley), and Quartz Hill.
Although President Abraham Lincoln is considered one of the nation’s greatest presidents, he was not popular in Los Angeles County in his time.
Political Party Registration Among Los Angeles County Cities
Which L.A. County cities have more Democrats? Republicans? No Party Preference?
According the last census in 2010, more people in Los Angeles County are living to age 100 and over.
On a hot day in August, 1975, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Irma Alvarez confirmed that women were up to the challenges of police work on the streets.
For English-only speakers, we offer a new map of Los Angeles County in the English language. It will probably appear quite foreign.
One in three Los Angeles County residents was born outside the United States, the largest foreign-born population in the nation. This is arguably one of the most culturally diverse concentrations of humanity ever.
It is among America's worst firefighter disasters and, for a long time, the biggest loss of lives to a wildfire in California history.
How to Pronounce "Los Angeles"
Although there is little dispute today about how to pronounce "Los Angeles," this wasn't always the case.
No. COVID-19 is not just like the flu.
The chart above shows the comparative impact of seasonal influenza (the "flu") with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. Even if you were to combine the total of flu cases and deaths over nine seasons in Los Angeles County, the influenza toll still pales in comparison against the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths just for 2020 so far. The number of influenza-related deaths are so small, compared to COVID-19 deaths, that they are barely visual or not visible at all in this chart. COVID-19 is not just like the flu. It is more contagious, does more damage, is deadlier, and there is no vaccine for it.
A Little History: The Confederate County of Los Angeles
In 1861, the U.S. South was not the only part of the nation clamoring for secession from the Union.
What Did the Founders of Los Angeles Look Like?
Most Angelenos probably know little to nothing about the 44 people who, 239 years ago, founded what became today a world-class megalopolis of 10 million people. Every day, however, you probably see the likeness of their faces and hear their voices in the streets of L.A.
Not all that long ago, your opportunities for buying or improving a home in most places in Los Angeles County were highly restricted, if you were not white.
L.A.'s First Uprising Against Racial Injustice
The struggle in Los Angeles against racial abuse and injustice goes back a long time. The first recorded uprising occurred in 1785. It was led by a young woman.
Most of the families selected to establish the tiny farming village of Los Angeles in 1781 were people of color. The head of one of the families was Filipino.
People from Los Angeles are commonly called "Angelenos." So, what are people from Culver City or Long Beach called?
What are those bells placed along streets and highways in Los Angeles County (and throughout California)?
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.
As it turns out, our current need to Stay-at-Home during the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have given Los Angeles some of the cleanest air among major cities of the world. Recently, IQAir, a Swiss air quality tech company that also monitors air pollution levels in cities around the world, ranked Los Angeles as high as third place among 97 world cities with the cleanest air in the world. At one point in the last week, Los Angeles ranked ahead of Berlin, Germany, and just behind second place Salt Lake City, Utah, and ahead of six other U.S. cities in the list, San Francisco, New York, Detroit, Denver, Portland, Oregon and Seattle. This further follows EPA’s 2019 Air Quality Index Report showing Los Angeles County to have had the most number of good quality air days since at least 1980.
The most extreme amount of rain to fall anywhere in California during any 24-hour period fell in our own backyard.
Today's black bears roaming through Southern California's backyards are not truly native here. The California Grizzly was Southern California's only native bear. So, how did this happen?
The earliest known human remains found in the Los Angeles area are that of a young woman from about 9,000 years ago. She was named "La Brea Woman," due to her remains being uncovered at the famous La Brea Tar Pits. Found with her remains were those of a domestic dog, which may make her L.A.'s earliest known pet owner.
The largest number of registered voters in Los Angeles County are registered as Democrats. The second largest number of registered voters are not registered as you might think.
The two most famous brothers in early Los Angeles history were of Indian, African and Spanish descent.
What does life expectancy look like for Angelenos and how it compare to that for the average American?
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?
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?
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.
An Angeleno (or La Cañada Flintridger, to be exact) discovered evidence of water on Mars and holds the off-world driving record.
She was one of our nation's first African American woman police officers. She was also an officer of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Angelenos once mounted ostriches and alligators, gawked at celebrity lions, threw peanuts at monkeys, and cheered killer whales.
What does a former Navy pilot have to do with some of the most historic stained glass artwork in Southern California?
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.
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.
The Original Farmers Market, located at the corner of Fairfax and Third Street in Los Angeles, opened in the summer of 1934 with 18 vendors. It now features more than 100 shops, visited by an estimated 3 million people each year.
The nation's oldest Holocaust museum founded by survivors takes visitors into the depths of Holocaust history.
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.
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.