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5 Fun Facts About September 20 In California History

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1. In 1906, a devastating earthquake strikes San Francisco at 5:12 AM, killing over 3,000 people and destroying more than 80% of the city.

2. On September 20, 1928, the first transcontinental flight from New York to San Francisco is completed in 26 hours and 50 minutes by aviator and air racer Frank Hawks.

3. In 1954, the first successful kidney transplant in California is performed at UCSF by Dr. William D. Kelly.

4. On September 20, 1970, Californian tennis star Margaret Court wins the US Open women's singles title for the 5th consecutive year.

5. In 2004, the first legislative approval of same-sex marriage in the United States is passed by the California State Assembly and Senate before being vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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