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5 Fun Facts About September 19 In California History

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1. California's first public school opened on September 19, 1855, in San Francisco. The school, called the Minns Evening Normal School, was intended for the training of teachers.

2. In 1949, the Ford Motor Company launched the first station wagon with a modern, integrated tailgate – the Ford Country Squire. It was at the San Francisco Auto Show on September 19 that year that the new design was unveiled.

3. On September 19, 1985, Mexico City was hit by a devastating earthquake that measured 8.1 on the Richter scale. The earthquake was felt as far away as California, and it prompted many Californians to assess their own earthquake preparedness.

4. In 1893, the Southern Pacific Railroad opened a branch line to Yosemite Valley, making it much easier for tourists to visit the national park. The first train arrived on September 19, carrying passengers eager to see the natural wonders of the region.

5. On September 19, 2008, the grand opening of the California Academy of Sciences took place in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The museum, which houses a natural history museum, aquarium, and planetarium, is designed to be a model of sustainable architecture, with a living roof covered in native plants, natural lighting, and other environmentally friendly features.
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