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5 Fun Facts About July 14 In California History

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1. On July 14, 1850, California became the 31st state in the United States. The state was admitted into the union just two years after it was ceded to the United States from Mexico at the end of the Mexican-American War.

2. On July 14, 1913, California's iconic Hollywood sign was erected. Originally put up as an advertisement for a real estate development, the sign has become an enduring symbol of the film industry and the glamour of Southern California.

3. On July 14, 1956, the Disneyland amusement park opened in Anaheim, California. The park, which was the brainchild of Walt Disney, quickly became one of the most popular tourist destinations in California and the world.

4. On July 14, 1960, the first U.S. Open championship held west of the Mississippi River took place at Cherry Hills Country Club in suburban Denver, Colorado. California native Arnold Palmer won the tournament, cementing his status as one of the greatest golfers of all time.

5. On July 14, 1997, the Sojourner rover successfully landed on Mars as part of the Mars Pathfinder mission. The rover, which was designed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, was the first vehicle to operate on the surface of another planet.
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