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5 Fun Facts About December 11 In California History

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1. The first recorded snowfall in Los Angeles occurred on December 11, 1932. The snow was reported to be up to one inch deep in some areas of the city.

2. On December 11, 1844, Governor Manuel Micheltorena landed in Monterey Bay with an army of Mexican soldiers to suppress a rebellion led by Juan Bautista Alvarado. The conflict, known as the Micheltorena War, ultimately ended in a Mexican victory.

3. On December 11, 1928, the General Sherman, the largest tree by volume in the world, was discovered in Sequoia National Park. The tree stands at 275 feet tall and has a volume of over 52,000 cubic feet.

4. In 1996, the California State Assembly took a historic step to recognize the contribution of Japanese Americans to the state's agricultural economy by designating December 11 as "Pioneer Day." This was in recognition of the Issei, or first generation Japanese Americans, who pioneered crops such as strawberries, lettuce, and tomatoes in California.

5. The first ever recorded instance of a solar eclipse in California happened on December 11, 1851. It was reported that the eclipse was visible throughout the state and lasted for a total of 3 hours and 12 minutes.
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