Timeline of Long Beach, California facts for kids

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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Long Beach, California, USA.

Prior to 20th century

  • 1888 - Willmore City renamed "Long Beach."
  • 1895 - Long Beach Public Library founded.

20th century

  • 1902 - The Pike amusement area begins operating.
  • 1908 - Office of mayor established.
  • 1911 - Port of Long Beach dedicated.
  • 1921 - Long Beach Oil Field discovered at Signal Hill.
  • 1923 - Daugherty Field (airfield) established.
  • 1924
    • City Gas Department established.
    • Argus newspaper in publication.
    • City of Signal Hill incorporated in vicinity of Long Beach.
  • 1925 - Brayton Theatre opens.
  • 1929 - Long Beach Public Library's Alamitos branch built.
  • 1930 - Population: 142,032.
  • 1932 - Municipal Auditorium opens.
  • 1933 - March 10: 1933 Long Beach earthquake.
  • 1934 - Long Beach Main Post Office built.
  • 1940 - Population: 164,271.
  • 1943 - US Naval Dry Docks established on Terminal Island.
  • 1945 - Press-Telegram newspaper in publication.
  • 1947 - November 2: Spruce Goose aircraft takes flight.
  • 1949 - Los Angeles-Orange County State College opens.
  • 1950
    • Long Beach Museum of Art founded.
    • Population: 250,767.
  • 1951 - Circle Drive-In cinema in business.
  • 1952 - Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants held in city.
  • 1954 - Long Beach State 49ers baseball team formed.
  • 1962 - Historical Society of Long Beach founded.[1]
  • 1972 - California State University, Long Beach active.
  • 1975 - Grand Prix of Long Beach begins.
  • 1977 - Long Beach Public Library's main branch rebuilt.
  • 1978 - Chua Phat To (Buddhist center) founded.
  • 1981 - Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden dedicated.
  • 1984 - Ernie Kell becomes mayor.
  • 1986 - Long Beach Heritage nonprofit founded.
  • 1990 - Population: 429,433.
  • 1994
    • Beverly O'Neill becomes mayor.
    • Gray Panthers of Greater Los Angeles headquartered in city.
  • 1996 - City website online (approximate date).[chronology citation needed]
  • 1998 - Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization established.[2]
  • 1999 - Long Beach Towne Center (shopping area) opens.

21st century

  • 2000 - Population: 461,522.
  • 2006 - Bob Foster becomes mayor.
  • 2010 - Population: 462,257; metro 12,828,837.
  • 2013
    • Harvey Milk Park opens.
    • Alan Lowenthal becomes U.S. representative for California's 47th congressional district.
  • 2014 - Robert Garcia becomes mayor.

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