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5 Fun Facts About April 11 In California History

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1. California became a state on September 9, 1850, but it wasn't until April 11, 1865 that the state flag was officially adopted. The design features a grizzly bear and a red star, symbols of the state's ruggedness and independence.

2. April 11, 1919 saw the birth of American actor Richard Carlson in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Carlson would go on to star in over 60 films, including the sci-fi classic "The Creature from the Black Lagoon". He moved to California in the late 1940s to further his career.

3. On April 11, 1960, the third season of "The Twilight Zone" debuted on CBS. Created by Rod Serling, the show's memorable sci-fi and horror stories explored themes of morality, power, and the unknown. Many episodes were filmed in California, including the iconic "Eye of the Beholder".

4. In 1970, California's then-governor, Ronald Reagan, declared April 11th to be "John Muir Day" in honor of the Scottish-born naturalist and conservationist. Muir lived in California for much of his life and was instrumental in the establishment of Yosemite National Park.

5. In recent years, April 11th has become known as "National Pet Day". The day celebrates the joy that pets bring to our lives and encourages adoption of homeless animals. California is home to many pet-friendly cities and attractions, including dog parks, pet-friendly beaches, and even a wine-tasting tour for pets and their owners.
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