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On This Day in History: California Became the 31st State

On This Day in History: California Became the 31st State

On this day in 1850, California officially became part of the United States.

Today marks the day when California joined the United States as the 31st state. Aided by the discovery of gold within California’s borders, California became a state within two years of its acquisition from Mexico with the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Thanks to the largest gold rush in history, California’s population and wealth quickly skyrocketed, cementing California’s prominent position in the nation. In honor of this important day in California’s history, let’s enjoy these fun facts about the 31st state.

  • California has almost 40,000,000 residents. This is more than the entire country of Canada and roughly 1/8 of the total U.S. population.
  • Three California cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose) are in the top ten largest cities in the U.S.
  • Geographically, California is the third largest state in the U.S. Only Alaska and Texas are larger regarding
  • California was the first state in the U.S. to reach 1 trillion dollars GDP. If California were its own country, it would rank as the 7th largest economy in the world.
  • California grows half of all of the fruits and vegetables in the U.S. Surprisingly, California’s biggest export is almonds.
  • The lowest and highest points in the continental U.S. are both in California. The lowest point is Death Valley, and the highest is Mount Whitney.
  • California is the only state in the U.S. that has hosted both the summer and winter Olympic games.
  • Thousands of U.S. banks failed after the 1929 stock market crash—by 1933, only 11,000 were left. However, all of the banks in San Francisco, California managed to survive.
  • All of the following were invented in California: skateboards, fortune cookies, Barbie dolls, Apple computers, theme parks, blue jeans, and video arcade games.
  • California experiences 100,000 earthquakes every year. Luckily, the vast majority of these quakes are extremely weak.
  • California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on August 20, 2018, declaring that surfing is the official sport of the state! The bill, authored by Assembly Members Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, and Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, are both avid surfers and it was noted that the sport generates significant economic activity for the state, which has about 1,100 miles of coastline.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we celebrate the anniversary of California becoming the 31st state in the U.S.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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