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5 Fun Facts About November 24 In California History

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1. In 1852, the first official California State Fair was held on November 24th in San Francisco. The fair showcased the agricultural richness of the state and attracted thousands of visitors.

2. On November 24, 1863, a group of Yamashita Treasure hunters led by Major Harvey C. Moyer discovered a cache of gold bars in California's Santa Ana Mountains. The gold was believed to be part of a vast Japanese treasure that had been hidden in the Philippines during World War II.

3. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public on November 24, 1937. The bridge spans over the Golden Gate Strait and is one of the most recognized landmarks in California.

4. In 1971, infamous hijacker D.B. Cooper parachuted from a commercial airliner with $200,000 in ransom money near Ariel, Washington. The plane took off from Portland on November 24, and the hijacking remains one of the most puzzling unsolved crimes in California's history.

5. November 24th, 1992 marked a milestone for California's Central Valley as the Friant-Kern Canal was completed. The canal transports water from Northern California to farmland along the southern San Joaquin Valley, which is the most productive agricultural region in the United States.
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