September 4

1781

The city of Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers.

1888

George Eastman patented his roll-film camera and registered the Kodak trademark.

1951

President Harry S. Truman inaugurated transcontinental television service in the U.S. when AT&T carried his address to the opening session of the Japanese Peace Convention in San Francisco.

1957

Nine black students attempted to enter Little Rock's Central High School but were blocked by the National Guard. Arkansas governor Orval Faubus had summoned the federal troops.

1972

U. S. swimmer Mark Spitz won a record seventh gold medal at the Munich Summer Olympics.

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