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5 Fun Facts About September 10 In California History

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1. California Constitution Drafted: On September 10, 1878, a constitutional convention held in Sacramento drafted the California Constitution that remains in effect today. The document was approved by voters in May of the following year.

2. California Elevated Toll Road Opens: On September 10, 1928, the first elevated toll road in California opened in Oakland. The “13-mile wonder” was built to alleviate traffic congestion along the Bay Bridge approach and is now part of the MacArthur Maze.

3. Baseball Legend Ted Williams Debuts: On September 10, 1939, Ted Williams made his Major League Baseball debut for the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Williams, who grew up in San Diego, would go on to become one of the greatest hitters in baseball history.

4. California’s Largest Wildfire Starts: On September 10, 2020, the Creek Fire ignited in the Sierra National Forest, east of Fresno. The blaze would go on to burn over 380,000 acres and become California’s largest single wildfire in modern history.

5. First Historical Marker Installed: On September 10, 1934, California’s first official state historical marker was installed at the site of the first gold discovery in the state near Coloma. Today, there are over 1,000 markers commemorating California’s rich history and cultural heritage.
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