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5 Fun Facts About December 9 In California History

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1. In 1854, the California State Legislature approved the formation of the University of California, which now has 10 campuses across the state.

2. In 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened to the public. Today, it is the largest art museum in the western United States and houses over 130,000 works of art.

3. In 1915, the world-famous musician and conductor, Leonard Bernstein, was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He later lived in California and served as the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1981 to 1985.

4. In 1966, the first episode of the popular TV show, "Star Trek," titled "The Man Trap," aired on NBC. The show was later filmed at the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood, California.

5. In 1983, the world's first heart-lung transplant was performed at Stanford University Medical Center in California by Dr. William C. DeVries. The patient, Mary Gohlke, survived for 21 days after the operation, and her case paved the way for future organ transplants.
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