1. In 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco officially opened to the public on July 22. At the time of its completion, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.
2. On July 22, 1967, the deadliest race riot in American history took place in Detroit, Michigan. The riot lasted for five days and resulted in 43 deaths, over 1,200 injuries, and more than 7,200 arrests.
3. In 2003, the largest wildfire in California's history, the Cedar Fire, began on July 22. The fire burned over 270,000 acres and destroyed over 2,800 structures, including over 2,200 homes.
4. On July 22, 1934, infamous bank robber and outlaw John Dillinger was killed by FBI agents outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago. Dillinger had gained notoriety for robbing banks throughout the Midwest and had become a folk hero to some.
5. July 22, 1965 saw the unveiling of the California State Museum in Sacramento. The museum features exhibits on California's natural history, indigenous peoples, art and architecture, and contributions to science and technology.
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