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5 Fun Facts About December 14 In California History

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1. The first TV broadcast in California was on December 14, 1949, when KTTV began airing programs in Los Angeles.

2. On December 14, 1917, the San Francisco Municipal Railway started operating its first streetcar line, which ran from the Ferry Building to Golden Gate Park.

3. In 1963, the Baldwin Hills Reservoir Dam in Los Angeles burst, causing a massive flood that killed five people and destroyed dozens of homes on December 14.

4. On December 14, 1879, Los Angeles Mayor Frederick A. MacDougal dedicated the city's first public library, which was located in a rented room above a saloon.

5. The USS California, a battleship that was commissioned in 1921 and served in World War II, was launched on December 14, 1919, at the Mare Island Navy Yard near Vallejo.
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