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5 Fun Facts About December 17 In California History

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1. In 1903, the first airplane flight on the West Coast took place in Santa Clara County by John J. Montgomery.

2. On December 17, 1957, the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers announced they would both move West, marking a significant shift in the geography of Major League Baseball.

3. In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the Bay Area, causing significant damage and loss of life.

4. In 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger was inaugurated as the 38th governor of California, succeeding Gray Davis in a historic recall election.

5. The December 17, 1769, marked the end of a nearly two-year journey by Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portolá, who led the first documented European land exploration and settlement of California.
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