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5 Fun Facts About February 10 In California History

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1. The Day San Francisco was Incorporated:

On February 10, 1851, San Francisco was officially incorporated as a city in California. The city has since become known for its diverse population, iconic landmarks, and vibrant cultural scene.

2. The First Commercial Motion Picture Screened in LA:

On February 10, 1895, the first commercial motion picture was screened in Los Angeles for paying customers. The film was the "Bioscope" and it was shown at a downtown variety hall. This event marked the beginning of the city's now-thriving film industry.

3. The Golden State's First State Tree:

On February 10, 1937, the California redwood was designated as the state tree of California. These majestic trees can grow up to 380 feet tall, and are one of the state's most iconic natural wonders.

4. Landmark Decision on Marriage Equality:

February 10, 2012, marked a significant milestone in California history when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Proposition 8, which had banned same-sex marriage in the state. The court's decision paved the way for marriage equality in California and became a landmark moment for LGBTQ+ rights.

5. A Record Breaking Oscar Night:

On February 10, 2020, the Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The night was notable for a number of reasons, including a historic win for Parasite, the first ever foreign-language film to win Best Picture, and a record-breaking four wins for composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, the first woman to win the Best Original Score award since 1997.
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