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5 Fun Facts About August 12 In California History

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1. On August 12, 1949, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the town of Lone Pine, California, causing damage to buildings and roads in the surrounding area.

2. In 1850, on August 12th, California's first census was conducted, revealing a population of just over 92,000 people.

3. On August 12, 1913, the Lincoln Highway Association was formed in San Francisco, with the goal of creating a transcontinental highway stretching from New York to San Francisco.

4. In 1960, on August 12th, the first successful parachute jump from a plane was made by Frank Ruttan in Los Angeles, California.

5. On August 12, 1991, the world's largest cheese sculpture was created in California, measuring 10 feet tall and weighing over 800 pounds. The sculpture was made of cheddar cheese and depicted a scene from the state's history.
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