California, known as the Golden State, has a rich history that is steeped in the stories of the people who have called this state home over the centuries. January 24th is no exception, as this day has seen a number of significant events that have shaped California’s past and continue to influence its present and future.
- In 1848, James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which set off the California Gold Rush. This event brought thousands of people from all over the world to California in search of riches, and it played a major role in the state’s development and growth.
- In 1868, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was ratified by the United States Congress, which ended the Mexican-American War and ceded California, Nevada, Utah and parts of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming to the United States.
- In 1915, the Panama-California Exposition opened in San Diego. This event was a world’s fair that celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and it showcased the latest technology, art, and culture from around the world.
- In 1986, NASA had a press conference announcing the Challenger’s mission, and the launch was scheduled on January 22, but due to some issues it was delayed until January 28, and on that day, 73 seconds after lift-off, the Challenger broke apart and killed all 7 crew members.
These events, and many others, have shaped California into the unique and diverse state it is today, and they continue to inspire and influence the state’s residents and visitors alike. January 24th, in particular, holds a special place in California’s history, as it marks the day when the state saw the start of the gold rush, the end of the war and cession of land, the celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal and a tragic event in the space exploration.