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5 Fun Facts About September 26 In California History

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1. California was officially admitted as a state on September 9, 1850, but it wasn't until September 26 of that same year that the first session of the California State Legislature was held in San Jose, choosing its first Speaker of the Assembly, Col. John W. Geary.

2. On September 26, 1928, the first edition of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize was awarded to Willard Huntington Wright for his mystery novel "The Haunted Bookshop". The prize has since become one of the most prestigious literary awards in the country, with winners including Joan Didion, Ray Bradbury, and Toni Morrison.

3. September 26, 1960 marked the first televised presidential debate in American history, held between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon at the CBS studios in Chicago. The debate is considered a turning point in American politics, and is credited with propelling Kennedy to victory in the 1960 election.

4. On September 26, 1983, the first non-stop transpacific flight was completed by a Boeing 747-200, flying from San Francisco to Tokyo in just over 11 hours. The flight set a new record for commercial aviation, and paved the way for more efficient and technologically advanced aircraft in the decades to come.

5. September 26, 2016 saw the signing of the California Values Act, also known as SB 54, which limits cooperation between state and local law enforcement agencies with federal immigration authorities. The law is one of the most progressive immigration policies in the country, reflecting California's long-standing commitment to protecting the rights of all its residents regardless of immigration status.
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