Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a city in the United States, capital of Los Angeles county in the state of California. With 4 041 707 inhabitants, it is the largest city in the state of California, in the western United States and the second most populous in the country after New York.

Founded by the Spaniards as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina Virgen de los Ángeles del Río de la Porciúncula de Asís, or The Village of Our Lady the Virgin Queen of the Angels of the Porziuncola River of Assisi, it rose to city status on June 9 1850, five months before California became the thirtieth state of the Union. An economic and scientific center of international importance, it is also the world capital of the film industry, in particular one of the most famous suburbs of the city, namely the famous Hollywood.

Numerous American and international cinema and entertainment personalities live in and around Los Angeles, not only due to the international importance of the city, but also thanks to the luxurious nearby seaside resorts.

Starting from the 1920s, the development of Los Angeles received a further boost from the birth of film industries. In 1942, at the beginning of World War II, it was the subject of the controversial Battle of Los Angeles.

In 1984 the city hosted the Summer Olympics for the second time. In 1992, what was later called the Los Angeles riots broke out, resulting in the death of 52 people, following the beating of African-American citizen Rodney King at the hands of white policemen.

In 2028, the city will host the Summer Olympics for the third time, becoming the third city, after London and Paris, to host the Olympic Games three times.