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5 Fun Facts About July 29 In California History

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1. On July 29, 1967, the first California State Fair was held in Sacramento. The fair was a huge success, attracting over one million visitors in its first year and showcasing the best of California agriculture and industry.

2. In 1996, the Mission San Juan Capistrano was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 29. The mission was founded in 1776 and played an important role in California's colonial history.

3. On July 29, 1907, the first successful flight of an airplane in California took place in a field near Santa Ana. The pilot, Glenn Hammond Curtiss, flew a distance of over a mile in just four minutes.

4. In 1958, on July 29, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill authorizing the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). California has been a center of space exploration and technology ever since.

5. On July 29, 1846, a small group of American settlers in California officially declared their independence from Mexico, starting the Bear Flag Revolt. The revolt was short-lived, but it set the stage for California to become a state just two years later.
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