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"City of the Angels"
Chamber of Commerce.
The Governor of California in 1781, Don Felipe de Neve, came to this site and named the spot El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula, which translated means, The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Pordiuncula. The name was quickly shortened to Los Angeles. It wasn't until 1846 that Los Angeles began to grow. This is when the US claimed California and people began to come here. The gold rush caused more unrest even in the southern part of the state. At this time, the lawlessness became so bad that Los Angeles was referred to as Los Diablos or the Devils. In the 1860's the railroads came furthering fueling the influx of settlers. By the turn of the century, oil was found and more settlers came into town. In 1913, when water was piped in from the Owens Valley in Northern California, the population soared, doubling by the 1920's. The war years brought more manufacturing and industry and with it, more people. Los Angeles is a diverse city, ethnically as well as in the business world. Los Angeles has become one of the United State's major cities and urban centers. It is a leading manufacturing, commercial, transportation, financial and international trade center. All types of manufacturing are found here. Much Aerospace industry is also located in the area. The entertainment industry has broadcasting as well as producing centers in the area as well. Tourism has also become a major part of the Los Angeles economy.
There is an extensive system of freeways and major transcontinental and regional railroad lines. Los Angeles International Airport is one of the busiest in the U.S. The port of Los Angeles-Long Beach, on San Pedro Bay, handles more cargo than any other U.S. port on the Pacific Coast. Today, Los Angeles has a high-rise skyline, with many tall buildings and offices downtown.
Autry Museum of Western Heritage
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA
Please call to confirm hours and fees, if any.
This museum pays homage to the American West from prehistoric times until the present. There is also a special museum just for kids. Don't miss this attraction.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (213) 857-6000
Natural History Museum at Los Angeles
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (213) 744-3466
All types of exhibits may be seen here. Don't miss the dueling dinosaurs - a complete skeleton of a T-Rex and a Triceratops. Dinosaur Hall offers many other fantastic exhibits.
The La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Thousands of years ago, all kinds of creatures met their death in the sticky tar here.
The Great Western Forum
3900 West Manchester Boulevard
Inglewood CA 90301
Staples Center at the corner of 11th Street and Figueroa next to the LA Convention Center.
Home of the Lakers, Clippers, Sparks, Kings, and Avengers
1111 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
The L.A. Memorial Coliseum & Sports Arena
3939 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037
About 3 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles and adjacent to the University of Southern California campus.
1750 Stadium Way
Los Angeles, CA
Tickets (213) 224-1400
This stadium opened in 1962!
Hollywood Freeway (I-101) at Lankershim Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (818) 508-9600
Paramount Pictures Corporation
834 S Plymouth Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90005-3731
Phone (213) 956-5000
Los Angeles Zoo
in Griffith Park
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, California 90027-1498
The Los Angeles Zoo is home to 1,200 animals representing 350 species. The Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the year except December 25
Wells Fargo History Museum
333 South Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Museum of Chinese American History
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza #400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Museum of Tolerance
9786 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Please call to confirm hours and fees
At the Simon Wiesenthal Center
Become informed and amazed as you walk through this center. Sections include: The Tolerancenter, The Holocaust Section, Multimedia Learning Center, Artifacts and Documents of the Holocaust, Special Exhibits and various programs at the museum.
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1681
Admission to the center is free. Parking is $ 5.00 per car and reservations are required. For more info, please call the number above.
Included at the center are: the J.Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Education Institute for the Arts, the Getty information Institute and the Getty Grant Program.
LAPD Historic Museum and Community Education Center
See thousands of items all documenting the history of the department. It also houses an education center.
The Laugh Factory, in Hollywood, is one of the best known comedy clubs in the world and its stage has been graced by such stars as Richard Pryor, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, Dave Chappelle, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and many more.
The Los Angeles Fire Department
200 North Main Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
Business Telephone: (213) 485-5971
County of Los Angeles website.
email to the LA County
Los Angeles Historical Events 2002, August 5
Death of Chick Hearn - Long-time Los Angeles Lakers Announcer
Chick Hearn (27 November 1916 - 5 August 2002) died today from complications following brain surgery. He fell in the backyard of his Encino home and struck his head. He was 85 years old. He was born Francis Dayle Hearn in Aurora, Illinois. His nickname of Chick came about when friends played a joke on him during his days as an amateur basketball player. They gave him a box which he thought held some sneakers, but instead, he found a chicken when he opened the box.
He and his wife, Marge, would have been married 64 years on August 13. They had two children, a girl and a boy, but both died prior to their father. They have a close relationship with their granddaughter, Shannon, and her family.
Chick was the only play-by-play announcer the Los Angeles Lakers ever had. He became the announcer at the start of the 1960-61 season when the team moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis. He set an unprecedented record of calling 3,338 consecutive Lakers games beginning on 21 November 1965, at the LA Sports Arena, before he missed a game in December 2001 because of heart surgery for a blocked aortic valve. During his recovery, he fell and broke a hip. Nevertheless, true to his past efforts, Hearn returned to work on April 9th to broadcast the Lakers' playoff games. Before the streak began, he had only missed two games, both for reasons out of his control - a previous engagement to call another game and bad weather which grounded his plane. When the Lakers moved their home to the Staples Center in 1999, the press room was named for Chick Hearn.
Chick was known for coining many basketball phrases that have become standard in the sport. Among these are: Slam Dunk, Air Ball, Dribble drive, Finger roll, No-look pass, Give and go, Ticky-tack foul, Triple-double, Throws up a brick, Pressure cooker, Picked his pocket, Charity Stripe and Garbage Time.
Hearn also had a trademark saying when he felt the Lakers had pretty much wrapped up a game. Anyone who has ever listened to a Lakers game will recognize the phrase
Chick Hearn first called a Lakers game in March 1961 and called his last game on 12 June 2002 when the Lakers completed their sweep of the New Jersey Nets in the NBA Finals and earned their ninth NBA title since coming to LA in 1960.
He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame. The Lakers will never be the same without him. He will be greatly missed by all.
In the 1990 census, it shows that 38% of the citizens of Los Angeles were born outside the United States.
Population figures are from the 1980,1990,2000 census and from California Department of Finances data.