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5 Fun Facts About February 19 In California History

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1. In 1906, San Francisco suffered a devastating earthquake. It measured 7.8 on the Richter scale, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in American history. The earthquake killed more than 3,000 people and caused over $500 million in damages.

2. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the mass internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Over 120,000 people were forced to abandon their homes and businesses and move to remote government-run camps. This order had a profound impact on the Japanese-American community in California and across the country.

3. In 1986, the song "We Are the World" was recorded at A&M Studios in Los Angeles. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie to raise money for famine relief in Africa. It featured numerous famous artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and Bob Dylan, and went on to become one of the best-selling singles of all time.

4. In 2001, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the city of Seattle, Washington. Although the epicenter was over 900 miles away from California, the quake was felt as far south as San Francisco. It caused several buildings to shake and rattled nerves throughout the state.

5. In 2013, Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry Buss passed away at the age of 80. Buss purchased the team in 1979 and oversaw tremendous success during his tenure. The Lakers won 10 championships under his ownership, and he was widely regarded as one of the most innovative and successful owners in sports history.
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