WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4: LOS ANGELES FOUNDED
Profile America — Sunday, September 4th. Today is the 230th anniversary of the founding of Los Angeles by Felipe Neve, the Spanish governor of California. It was a small village, but was given the name "The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the river Porciuncula." The town had grown to some 650 residents when the area changed hands from Spain to be part of Mexico. The area was ceded to the United States after the Mexican-American War in 1847. California became a state in 1850, following the Gold Rush of the year before. Now, the combined statistical area of Los Angeles and its surroundings is the nation's second largest at nearly 18 million, topped only by New York's 22 million. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 446
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau