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5 Fun Facts About March 23 In California History

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1. In 1769, the Portola Expedition reached the area that would later become Monterey, California. This was the first documented European exploration of California.
2. In 1850, the California State Legislature established the city of Sacramento as the state capital. It had previously been a bustling commercial center during the Gold Rush.
3. In 1910, the Los Angeles Times building was destroyed in a bombing orchestrated by the McNamara brothers, who were members of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers. The attack killed 21 people and injured over 100.
4. In 1933, Governor James Rolph signed the California Beer and Wine Industry Preservation Act, which allowed for the production and sale of low-alcohol beer and wine in the state during Prohibition.
5. In 1980, the iconic Magic Mountain theme park opened in Valencia, California. It was the first amusement park to feature a roller coaster with multiple inversions.
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