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5 Fun Facts About August 27 In California History

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1. In 1852, John C. Fremont was nominated for the presidency of the United States by the newly formed California Republican Party at a convention held in Sacramento on August 27th. Fremont, a famed explorer and military officer, was the first Republican ever to run for president.

2. On August 27, 1915, a devastating wildfire broke out in the foothills above the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County. The fire consumed over 47,000 acres and destroyed more than 70 structures, including many homes. Over 1,200 firefighters battled the blaze, which burned for over a week before being contained.

3. In 1957, the Los Angeles Dodgers played their first game at the newly constructed Dodger Stadium on August 27th. The stadium, which cost $23 million to build, quickly became one of the most iconic sports venues in the world and hosted multiple World Series and All-Star Games.

4. On August 27, 1969, Charles Manson and his followers committed the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders in Los Angeles. The brutal killings shocked the nation and led to Manson and four of his followers being convicted and sentenced to death.

5. In 1985, actor and comedian Pee-wee Herman, played by Paul Reubens, was arrested for indecent exposure in Sarasota, Florida, on August 27th. The scandal led to the cancellation of his popular children's show, "Pee-wee's Playhouse," and tarnished his reputation for years to come.
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