The first ever Super Bowl was played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15th, 1967, when it was known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. The contest did not formally adopt the Super Bowl name until Super Bowl 3 in 1969.
The game was between the National Football League champions, the Green Bay Packers, and the American Football League champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers won, defeating the Chiefs 35-10, and Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr was named MVP.
It is the only Super Bowl to have been simulcast by two networks, as NBC had the rights to televise AFL games and CBS held the broadcast rights to NFL games. The LA Coliseum has only hosted the Super Bowl twice, the second time being Super Bowl 7 in 1973.
British film director and producer Tony Scott died by suicide, aged 68, when he jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedro district of Los Angeles, California, on August 19th, 2012.
He had left his Toyota Prius car parked on the bridge, with a note containing contact information, and a note for his family was found later in his office. No reason for his suicide was publicly disclosed, and the coroner found no evidence that he was suffering any serious underlying medical condition at the time.
Scott, the brother of film director Sir Ridley Scott, was best known for directing box office hit movies such as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Days of Thunder, and Crimson Tide.
Pop star Michael Jackson died in his rented mansion on North Carolwood Drive in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles on June 25th, 2009, aged 50 years old.
He was found unresponsive on a bed at the property by Dr Conrad Murray, his personal physician, who had prescribed or administered various medications to the singer, including the anesthetic propofol.
After unsuccessful attempts at resuscitation, Jackson was taken by ambulance to Ronald Regan/UCLA Medical Center, where he was declared dead. The cause of death was found to be cardiac arrest as a result of acute propofol intoxication. Dr Murray was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson and sentenced to four years in prison.
The Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team originated in Brooklyn, New York, where they were known as the Brooklyn Dodgers until 1958 when they relocated to LA.
During the Brooklyn era, one of the team’s nicknames was the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers, a reference to Brooklyn’s burgeoning number of electric trolley cars in the 1890s and the tricky business of dodging them when crossing the street.
The name gradually stuck, becoming shortened to just the Dodgers, and other than being known as the Brooklyn Robins between 1914 and 1931, the name has endured to this day.