From its settlement as part of a massive Spanish land grant to celebrating its Centennial
The area that is now Long Beach was first settled as part of a massive Spanish land grant to soldier Manuel Nieto, encompassing the historic 28,000-acre Ranch Los Alamitos and its sister rancho, 27,000-acre Rancho Los Cerritos.
Rancho Los Cerritos was sold to Lewellyn Bixby and then managed by his brother Jotham. The Bixby family soon became prominent ranchers and developers of Long Beach.
Long Beach, originally planned as Willmore City by developer William Willmore, began forming along the coast.
Competition between the new Santa Fe Railroad and older southern Pacific Railroad attracted hordes of visitors to Long Beach and created a real estateboom.
Original residents of the foiled Willmore City renamed their town Long Beach, after its long, wide beaches, and the city became incorporated.
The introduction of the Pacific Electric trolley caused the city to grow both as a resort and commercial center.
From 1902 to 1910 Long Beach was the fastest growing city in the United States.
The Port of Long Beach was established.
Oil was discovered on Signal Hill and Long Beach flourished with a million-dollar-per-month building boom downtown.
Long Beach was struck by a major earthquake. Downtown Long Beach was rebuilt in Art Deco style.
The U.S. Naval Shipyard dry dock built to service the largest naval ships.
The first and only flight of Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose, the world's largest airplane, took off over Long Beach Harbor.
California State University Long Beach was founded.
The Long Beach Arena opens.
The city of Long Beach purchased Cunard's former luxury cruise liner, the Queen Mary, to be docked in Long Beach Harbor as a major tourism attraction and hotel.
The city embarked on a 25-year multi-billon dollar redevelopment program.
The first Long Beach Grand Prix auto race takes place on downtown streets.
The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center opened, adjacent to the Long Beach Arena. The complex includes the Terrace Theater, Center Theater, 14 meeting rooms and 88,000 square feet of exhibit hall space.
Shoreline Village, the Downtown Shoreline Marina and Shoreline Park opened.
The Spruce Goose was moved from its hidden hangar to be exhibited in the world's largest geodesic dome adjacent to the Queen Mary.
Long Beach was the site for four Olympic events during the Los Angeles Olympics--yachting, volleyball, fencing and archery.