Happy Birthday California, You Innovative State!

Sara Johns Cool, Newsletter, Science

From your humble beginnings to your Innovative Technology – You inspire us!

  • California became the 31st state on Sept. 9th 1850.
  • The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the Mexican-American War. The U.S. paid Mexico $15 million for war damages. In turn, Mexico ceded nearly half of its territory, including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and parts of Colorado, Nevada and Utah.
  • Except for Alaska, California contains more forest land than any other state. Like California, Alaska was also purchased, but in 1867 from Russia for 7.2 million.
  • California’s most famous for its Gold Rush in 1849, but it also had a Silver Rush in the Calico Mountains from 1881 to 1896. By 1904, Calico was a ghost town.
  • Thousands of U.S. banks failed after the 1929 stock market crash-by 1933, only 11,000 were left. However, all of San Francisco’s banks survived.
  • The computer mouse was invented and demo’d in California by Douglas C. Engelbart in 1968.
  • If California were a country, its 2011 Gross State Product (GDP) would place it 9th in the worldwide GDP ranking.
  • With the release of the World Wide Web, the Technology Boom started in our own Silicon Valley in 1993.
  • California ranks 4th among the 50 states in science and technology and 1st in patents issued.
  • In May of 2013, 18-year-old Californian Eesha Khare developed a tiny supercapacitor to speed battery charging. Once developed, it will charge your cell phone in as little as 30 seconds.