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5 Fun Facts About May 21 In California History

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1. In 1917, the city of Los Angeles passed an ordinance prohibiting the public feeding of birds, with a fine of up to $100. The ordinance was enacted to prevent the spread of diseases.

2. On May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart landed her plane in Oakland after becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was greeted with a ticker-tape parade in San Francisco.

3. In 1972, the California Supreme Court ruled in the case of People v. Anderson that the state's death penalty was unconstitutional because it was arbitrarily and capriciously applied.

4. In 1984, a major earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck the Central Coast of California, causing significant damage and killing three people.

5. On May 21, 2014, a massive wildfire erupted near San Diego, eventually destroying over 36,000 acres and forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes. It was one of the largest wildfires in California history.
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