Los Angeles turns 235 years old

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Monday, September 5, 2016
The skyline of downtown Los Angeles is captured in an undated image from AIR7 HD.
The skyline of downtown Los Angeles is captured in an undated image from AIR7 HD.
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LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The City of Angels celebrates its 235th birthday!

Los Angeles was founded on Sept. 4, 1781, by then-governor of California Felipe De Neve. At the time, California was part of Mexico, which was ruled by Spain.

The original pueblo was located just northeast of downtown L.A., near Olvera Street. At the time, there was only a population of 44 people.

Since then, the population has grown over the centuries to nearly 4 million.