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5 Fun Facts About September 21 In California History

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1. On September 21, 1899, San Francisco's city leaders installed the United States' first public drinking fountain. The fountain was designed by architect Willis Polk and was intended to provide clean drinking water to the public.

2. September 21, 1921, marks the birth of legendary comedian and actor Leonard Simon Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock in the television and film franchise Star Trek. Nimoy was born in Boston but spent much of his adult life in California.

3. In 1981, on September 21st, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 45-14, marking the first regular-season game played at Candlestick Park. The stadium would serve as the home of the 49ers until 2013.

4. On September 21, 1976, Southern California experienced one of its worst heat waves on record. Temperatures in downtown Los Angeles reached a record high of 108 degrees Fahrenheit, and the heat resulted in widespread power outages, traffic disruptions, and health concerns.

5. September 21, 1897, witnessed the birth of Walter Lantz, an American animator and the creator of the famous cartoon character Woody Woodpecker. Lantz was born in New Rochelle, New York but moved to California in the 1920s to pursue a career in animation.
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