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5 Fun Facts About May 31 In California History

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1. In 1850, California was admitted as the 31st state of the United States on May 31.
2. On May 31, 1889, the Southern Pacific Railroad completed a rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco, connecting the two major cities for the first time by rail.
3. In 1927, Aviator Charles Lindbergh made a stopover in Los Angeles on May 31 during his famous solo transatlantic flight in the airplane Spirit of St. Louis.
4. On May 31, 1962, the landmark civil rights case Engel v. Vitale was decided by the United States Supreme Court, banning mandatory school prayer in public schools.
5. In 1985, Mayor Tom Bradley declared May 31 to be "Magic Johnson Day" in Los Angeles, honoring the basketball superstar for leading the Lakers to their third NBA championship.
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