- Founding of Beth-El Congregation. First High Holidays held.
- A prolonged flood devastated the Los Angeles area carrying away gardens, homes and vineyards.
- Moritz Morris and Joseph Newmark convinced Rabbi Abraham Wolf Edelman to come to Los Angeles from San Francisco to start a congregation. Newmark had previously served as lay rabbi at weddings and for the High Holy Days. The first formal Jewish services were conducted by for the newly formed B’nai B’rith Congregation.
- H. M. Cohn and Leopold Harris opened a Kosher meat market.
- A smallpox epidemic ravaged Los Angeles, especially the Mexican and Indian population.
- A drought occurred in Los Angeles basin lasting three years. At the end of these disasters, residents had fled and the agrarian economy, the pastoral quality of life, had changed forever.
- Marked the end of the Civil War.
- Louis Lewin, the printer, and Charles Jacoby organized the Pioneer Lot Association which developed the area later known as Boyle Heights.
- Aliso Homestead Association.
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