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On this day: September 4

Published: Sep 04 2012 01:29:11 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 04 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

Los Angeles is founded, Arkansas' governor calls out the National Guard to prevent the integration of a Little Rock school, swimmer Mark Spitz sets a new Olympic gold medal mark, and Google is founded, all on this day.

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1781: Los Angeles, Calif., is founded as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola) by 44 Spanish settlers. The settlement remained a small ranch town for decades, but by 1820 the population had increased to about 650 residents.

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