1899 L.A.'s Jim Jeffries knocks out Bob Fitzimmons to win the heavyweight title.



1902 In the first football game for the Tournament of Roses, Michigan defeats Stanford, 49-0, at Tournament Park. The game was replaced by a chariot race the next year. Football would not return until 1916.

1903 The Los Angeles Angels begin more than 50 years of play in the Pacific Coast League.



1923 USC defeats Penn State, 14-3, before 43,000 in the first Rose Bowl game played in the Rose Bowl.

•  Another first for USC, with the first football game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. USC defeats Pomona, 23-7.

1926 Red Grange and the barnstorming Chicago Bears defeat the L.A. Tigers at the Coliseum before 65,270, the largest crowd to see a pro football game.

1928 USC wins its first football national championship with a 9-0-1 record.

1929 California center Roy Riegels recovers a fumble but runs 70 yards in the wrong direction, setting up a safety in the Bears' 8-7 Rose Bowl loss to Georgia Tech.



1931 USC ends Notre Dame's 26-game unbeaten streak with a 16-14 victory before the first sellout at Notre Dame Stadium. The Trojans are greeted by 300,000 fans on their return to L.A.

1932 USC defeats Tulane, 21-12, in the Rose Bowl to win the national championship.

•  The Summer Olympics open at the Coliseum. Babe Didrikson wins gold medals in the javelin and the 80-meter hurdles, and ties for first in the high jump.

1933 USC makes it consecutive national titles and completes a 10-0 season with a 35-0 victory over Pittsburgh in the Rose Bowl.