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1579 Captain Francis Drake explored the California coast and claimed the area for England
1849 The Gold Rush
1850 California became the 31st state of the union on Sept. 9
1919 The first motion picture studio was built in Edendale, near Hollywood
1869 The building of the Transcontinental Railroad
1945 The United Nations charter was signed during a San Francisco conference.
1822 California became part of New Spain.
1907 The first commercial film "The Count of Monte Cristo" made in California, near Los Angeles
1776 A group of Spanish settlers from New Spain (Mexico) reached the site of what is now San Francisco.
1542 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese explorer employed by Spain, explored San Diego Bay.
1697 The Spaniards began establishing missions and other settlements in Baja (Lower) California.
1796 The Otter, the first American sailing vessel to reach the coast from the East, appeared in California waters.
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