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5 Fun Facts About March 24 In California History

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1. In 1854, the Great Flood of Sacramento began on March 24 due to heavy rainfall, causing the Sacramento River to swell and flood the city. It resulted in widespread destruction of buildings and homes.

2. On March 24, 1944, a catastrophic explosion occurred at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine, killing 320 sailors and civilians, most of whom were African American. This event sparked a protest and led to changes in military racial segregation policies.

3. In 1958, Disneyland opened its first monorail system on March 24. It was the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere and transformed transportation in the park.

4. On March 24, 1982, the California State Assembly passed a law requiring automobile passengers to wear seat belts. This law remains in effect today and has saved countless lives.

5. March 24, 2001, marked the opening of the Getty Center in Los Angeles. The art museum features a collection of pre-20th century European paintings, drawings, sculptures, and decorative arts, as well as photography and modern and contemporary art.
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