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5 Fun Facts About March 10 In California History

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1. California became the 31st state in the U.S. on March 10, 1850. The state's admission followed a series of events, including the discovery of gold in California the year prior, that sparked a population boom and a push for statehood.

2. On March 10, 1933, Long Beach, California was hit by a massive earthquake that caused widespread damage and claimed the lives of over 100 people. The earthquake, which registered a magnitude of 6.4, is considered one of the worst natural disasters in California history.

3. In 1975, the first episode of the iconic television series "The Jeffersons" aired on March 10. The show, which ran for 11 seasons, was a spinoff of "All in the Family" and focused on the lives of an African American couple who became wealthy and moved to a high-rise apartment building in Manhattan.

4. The California National Guard was activated on March 10, 2020 to assist with the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guard's mission included providing logistical support for medical facilities and distributing supplies to communities in need.

5. On March 10, 1968, pro boxing legend Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title after refusing to be drafted into the military for the Vietnam War. The decision sparked controversy and outrage, and Ali was ultimately vindicated years later when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that his objection to the war was a legitimate expression of his religious beliefs.
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