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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Los Angeles


Los Angeles was founded by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve and 44 Spanish settlers on September 4, 1781.

Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo DE Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula"-and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size "L.A." In English it is "The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciúncula River".

Today the pueblo is commemorated in the historic district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street, the oldest part of Los Angeles.

The Plaza and "Old Plaza Church" (Mission Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles) in 1869.

Los Angeles became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence.

In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, thereby becoming part of the United States.

Los Angeles was incorporated as a city on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood.

L.A. was originally planned as a grid, with north-south streets named for Mexican governors and east-west streets named for U.S. Presidents.

Designed as Los Angeles’s first earthquake-proof apartment building, the Chateau Marmont has survived every earthquake since 1929.

Los Angeles has twice played host to the Summer Olympic Games, in 1932 and in 1984, both times having the Memorial Coliseum as the host stadium.

The Opening Ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics on July 28, 1984
The greatest snowfall recorded in downtown Los Angeles was 2.0 inches (5 cm) on January 15, 1932 and the lowest temperature 28 °F (−2 °C) on January 4, 1949.

In 1936 the Hoover Dam brought power to Los Angeles , equivalent to the radiance of 7,200,000,000 candles.

The first case of eye-irritating "smog" in Los Angeles was reported on July 26, 1943. It reduced visibility to less than three blocks. Originally, a chemical plant was suspected as the cause of the brown hue in the skies and it took a few years for scientists to work out that cars were the culprit. The name smog was used to refer to the condition of the air that led to a smoky fog.

Los Angeles considered changing the name of the geographic region known as San Fernando Valley in 2002 to San Angeles, the same name used for the fictional city in the 1993 movie Demolition Man.


Los Angeles is often billed as the "Creative Capital of the World", because one in every six of its residents works in a creative industry. There are more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians living and working in Los Angeles than any other city at any time in history.

There are abandoned underground tunnels underneath Los Angeles that were used as getaways during prohibition.

The 2010 United States Census reported that Los Angeles had a population of 3,792,621. It is the second-largest city in the United States after New York City.

In Los Angeles, there are more cars than people.

The average Los Angeles commuter wastes 64 hours and $1,334 in gas sitting in traffic annually.

About $9.5 million is spent annually on street signs in the city of Los Angeles.

Here is a list of songs about Los Angeles

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