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California, western U.S. state, stretches from the Mexican border along the Pacific for nearly 900 miles. Its terrain includes cliff-lined beaches, redwood forest, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Central Valley farmland and the Mojave Desert. 

Samuel Pack Elliott, Actor
August 9, 1944
born Sacramento, California
Etta James 
Miss Peaches The Matriarch of R&B
BornJanuary 25, 1938 Los Angeles, 
DiedJanuary 20, 2012 Riverside, 
Singer: Blues R&B soul gospel

Steven Paul Jobsentrepreneur and business magnate. He was the chairman, chief executive officer, and a co-founder of Apple Inc., 
Born: February 24, 1955, San Francisco, CA-
October 5, 2011, Palo Alto, CA
California is the most populous state in the United States and the third most extensive by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 8.8 million residents respectively.

 Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County; its largest county by area, San Bernardino County; and its fifth most densely populated county, San Francisco.
California Week for the Animals 
TBA in accordance with the Governor's Guidelines.
California Sports Teams 
Leon E. Panetta 

Born June 28, 1938 Monterrey, CA 

American politician who has honorably served in several different public office positions, such as Secretary of Defense, Director of the CIA, White House Chief of Staff, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and as a U.S. Representative from California. Pictured with his dog, Bravo.

John Steinbeck
Born February 27, 1902  Salinas, California, 
DiedDecember 20, 1968 (aged 66) New York City,
OccupationNovelist, short story writer, war correspondent

​     Shirley Temple

United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia
and Child Actress
BornApril 23, 1928 Santa Monica, CA
DiedFebruary 10, 2014 Woodside, CA
As an adult, she was named US ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia, and also served as Chief of Protocol of the USA.
Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr.

 Born April 7, 1938 San Francisco

American politician, author and lawyer serving as the 39th Governor of California  2011-2019, previously holding the position from 1975 to 1983, making him the state's longest-serving Governor. 

As a consequence of the 28-year gap between his second and third terms, Brown was both the oldest and sixth-youngest California Governor.

Bill Walton
BornNovember 5, 1952 La Mesa, CA

Retired basketball player and television sportscaster. Walton became known playing for John Wooden's powerhouse UCLA Bruins in the early 1970s, winning three successive College Player of the Year Awards, while leading the Bruins to two national titles. He then went on to have a prominent career in the NBA .
Peggy Fleming

Peggy Gail Fleming (born July 27, 1948) is an American former figure skater. She is the 1968 Olympic Champion in Ladies' singles and a three-time World Champion (1966–1968).Born in San Jose, CA.

"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness." ~Steinbeck 
Drew Blythe Barrymore 

(born February 22, 1975) is an American actress, author, director, model, and producer.
David Crosby
BornAugust 14, 1941 Los Angeles, California 
American singer-songwriter and guitarist. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Ronald Reagan 
Governor of California 
 Former actor, governor and 40th President of USA
Ansel Easton Adams 

(February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American photographer and environmentalist. His black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park, have been widely reproduced on calendars, posters, books, and the internet.
God Bless America!
James Cromwell

James Oliver Cromwell more notable films include Babe, Star Trek: First Contact, L.A. Confidential, The Green Mile, Space Cowboys, The Sum of All Fears, I, Robot, 

Born: January 27, 1940 Los Angeles, CA

Jack London 
Born January 12, 1876, San Francisco,
Above: Jack and Charmian London 6 days before London's death on  November 22, 1916, Glen Ellen, CA
Octavia E. Butler

Octavia Estelle Butler was an African -American science fiction writer. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, in 1995 she became the first science fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship 
Born: June 22, 1947, Pasadena, CA-
February 24, 2006, Lake Forest Park, WA
"Almost everything-all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure-these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important." 

         ~Steve Jobs 
“Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought.

To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears.

To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.

To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen.

To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies.

To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.”

      ― Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents
Jack London is best known for writing Call of the Wild -born in San Fran on Jan 12, 1876 in San Fran- Nov 22, 1916, Glen Ellen, CA. #journalist

London witnessed animal cruelty in training of #circuses animals, Became #activist. autobio- #JohnBarleycorn
London, with pig, six days before he died, as pictured in The Book of Jack London.
San Francisco, city and port, coextensive with San Francisco county, northern California, U.S., located on a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. 

It is a cultural and financial centre of the western USA and one of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities. Area 46 square miles. Pictured: Golden Gate Bridge.

50 California Landmarks You 
Need to See Before You Die.

The Golden State is home to some of the most famous landmarks and attractions in the United States, possibly even the world. 

Located in Anaheim, this is the flagship park for the Disney empire and the second most popular amusement park in the world — only its younger sibling Disney World had more visitors in 2015. Disneyland, which opened on July 17, 1955 is also the only Disney park that was actually built under creator Walt Disney’s direct supervision.
University of CA-Berkeley is often ranked as a top-ten university in the world and the top public university in the United States. Berkeley has since grown to instruct over 40,000 students in approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs amongst a wide range of disciplines.

The university awarded 7,565 Bachelor’s, 2,610 Master’s or Professional and 930 Doctoral degrees. The four-year, full-time undergraduate program has a focus on the arts and sciences with a high level of co-existence in undergraduate and graduate programs
Beringer Vineyards in Napa
As the oldest continuously operating winery in Napa and the first to offer tours after Prohibition was repealed, this gorgeous estate has the whole wine-tasting tours thing down. Definitely be sure to check out the caves when you go!
Paramount Theatre
Completed in 1931, this gorgeous Oakland theater is one of the state’s best examples of ornate Art Deco design -- and the best place in the Bay to take in everything from a symphony, to stand-up comedy, to a rock show, to a vintage movie.
The trees in California that people call "redwoods" are actually two distinct species, both of them best described in superlatives like tallest, biggest, most massive, or magnificent.

Sometimes called simply the "big trees," giant sequoias (sequoiadendron giganteum) grow only in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains near the state's eastern border. The most massive living things, they can reach 280 feet tall and 23 feet across. The largest of them rise a little more than 300 feet tall and spread almost 30 feet across. The oldest ones have been around more than 3,000 years.  StandForTheRedwoods.org, or contact 415-820-5800.
California Redwoods
Dian Fossey 
born Jan 16, 1932 San Fran, CA- Dec 26, 1985  Rwanda  

The Renegade Scientist Who Taught Us to Love Gorillas.

Africa Week for the Animals 2020 :    

"When California was wild, it was the floweriest part of the continent."
~John Muir

Nancy Patricia Pelosi 
American Democratic Party politician serving as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives since January 2019. She is the first woman in U.S. history to hold this position. 
Born: March 26, 1940  
Speaker Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California’s 12th District, in Congress.
Speaker Pelosi comes from a strong family tradition of public service. Her late father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., served as Mayor of Baltimore for 12 years, after representing the city for five terms in Congress. Her brother, Thomas D’Alesandro III, also served as Mayor of Baltimore. She graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Paul Pelosi, a native of San Francisco, have five grown children and nine grandchildren.
"I always wanted to be a Californian.  In my wildest dreams, I always liked California - it's the place where oranges grows on trees! Fruit just falls off the trees."
                     ~Eric Burdon, The Animals

California has more military bases within its borders than most states: a whopping 32 bases are in CA, some from every military branch. The Navy and Marine Corps’ bases are clustered most heavily around San Diego. To learn more about each specific military base just click on soldier and working k9.
They say dog is man’s best friend. To George Lucas, his pet Indiana became much more—the inspiration behind one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars saga: Chewbacca.
George Lucas 
Born: May 14, 1944  Modesto, CA
American filmmaker, philanthropist and entrepreneur.
David Haskell Hackworth 
(November 11, 1930 – May 4, 2005) also known as Hack, was a prominent military journalist and a former United States Army colonel who was decorated in both the Korean War and Vietnam War. Hackworth is known for his role in the creation and command of Tiger Force, a military unit which was formed in South Vietnam to apply guerrilla warfare tactics against Viet Cong guerrilla fighters. 
Charles Robert Redford Jr. is an American retired actor, director, producer, and businessman. He is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival. Redford began acting on television in the late 1950s, including an appearance on The Twilight Zone in 1962. Born: August 18, 1936  Santa Monica, CA
Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia 

was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work as the lead guitarist and as a vocalist with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s.
Born: August 1, 1942, San Francisco, 
Died: August 9, 1995, Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
12 Fun Things to Do in Hollywood, California
Robert Lee Frost 
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) beloved  American poet renowned around the world. 
Sally Ride
May 26, 1951 Encino, Los Angeles, California, U.S. La Jolla, California, U.S. Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American astronaut and physicist. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983.Born: May 26, 1951, Los AngelesSpace agency: NASAFounded: Sally Ride Science
Died: July 23, 2012, La Jolla, California
Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Movement 
In September 1962, the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) held its first convention in Fresno, California, initiating a multiracial movement that would result in the creation of United Farm Workers (UFW) and the first contracts for farm workers in the state of California. Led by Cesar Chavez, the union contributed a number of innovations to the art of social protest, including the most successful consumer boycott in the history of the United States
Joe DiMaggio
American baseball player
Joseph Paul DiMaggio, nicknamed "Joltin' Joe" and "The Yankee Clipper", was an American baseball center fielder who played his entire 13-year career in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. 
Born: November 25, 1914, Martinez, CA
Died: March 8, 1999, Hollywood, FL
Angela Isadora Duncan (May 26, 1877 or May 27, 1878 – September 14, 1927) was an American and French dancer who performed to acclaim throughout Europe. Born in California, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 50, when her scarf became entangled in the wheels and axle of the car in which she was riding.
George Smith Patton Jr. 
was a general of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Wikipedia
Born: November 11, 1885, San Gabriel, CA
Died: December 21, 1945, Heidelberg, Germany
Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods is an American professional golfer. He is tied for first in PGA Tour wins and ranks second in men's major championships and also holds numerous golf records. Woods is widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers, and one of the most famous athletes of all time.  Born: December 30, 1975  Cypress, CA
Julia Child 
chef on television, Pasadena was an American chef, author and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, the most notable of which was The French Chef, which premiered in 1963. Wikipedia
Born: August 15, 1912, Pasadena, CA
Died: August 13, 2004, Montecito, CA
In California, it is  easy for young people to get politically involved. If you’re 16 or 17-years-old you can pre-register to vote and be automatically registered on your 18th birthday. Spread the word and sign up at   http://registertovote.ca.gov
SERENA WILLIAMS lives in Lynwood and exemplifies courage, beauty, power, and style, and has overcome insurmountable odds to win a record-breaking 23 career Grand Slams singles titles, and 14 Grand Slam double titles.
 Gregory Peck
 American actor. He was one of the most popular film stars from the 1940's to the 1960's. Peck received five nominations for Academy Award for Best Actor and won once – for his performance as Atticus Finch in the 1962 drama film To Kill a Mockingbird. 
Born: April 5, 1916, La Jolla, CA
Died: June 12, 2003, Los Angeles, CA
Founded: March 21, 2006,
San Francisco, CA
Dr. Seuss
Theodor Seuss "Ted" Geisel  
March 2, 1904
Springfield, Massachusetts
DiedSeptember 24, 1991 (aged 87) La Jolla, California, U.S.

 American children's author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. 

 His work includes many of the most popular children's books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death.
Poet Robert Frost born March 26, 1874, San Francisco 
-January 29, 1963, Boston 
Recipient of 4 Pulitzer Prizes
"Biodiversity starts in the distant past and it points toward the future. "

~Frans Lanting

Tom Hanks born Concord, CA July 9, 1956    Actor

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, Hanks is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and is widely regarded as an American cultural icon. 

Click his beloved dog Monty.
Jack London, The Call of the Wild