History of California

Try to answer these questions about the history of the state of California.
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Last updated: May 24, 2017
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What country controlled California from 1821 to 1848?
What baseball team moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958?
What "inescapable" island prison housed notorious inmates such as
Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly?
What type of natural disaster struck San Francisco in 1906?
What theme park opened in Anaheim in 1955?
What foreign-born celebrity became governor in 2003?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
What was discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848?
What party of California-bound pioneers resorted to cannibalism while
stuck in the Sierra Nevada mountains?
Donner Party
What is the term for the Spanish outposts built to convert the
Native Americans to Christianity?
Who was the victim of a notorious police beating in Los Angeles in 1991?
Rodney King
What company was started by two guys named Steve in a garage in Los Altos in 1976?
Apple Computer
What environmental organization was founded by John Muir in 1892?
The Sierra Club
What California congressperson was the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House?
Nancy Pelosi
What industry moved to Los Angeles in order to escape the enforcement
of Thomas Edison's patents?
Film Industry
What railroad, completed in 1869, connected San Francisco with the eastern U.S.?
Transcontinental Railroad
What psychedelic jam band was co-founded by Jerry Garcia in 1965?
The Grateful Dead
Who was the first openly-gay man to win political office in California?
(Hint: He was the subject of a Sean Penn movie)
Harvey Milk
What "yellow journalism" tycoon built a castle near San Simeon?
William Randolph Hearst
What literary movement was epitomized by Allen Ginsburg and Jack Kerouac?
Beat Generation
What John Steinbeck book was about poor Oklahoma
migrant workers who came to California?
The Grapes of Wrath
Level 81
May 24, 2017
http://www.copyhype.com/2012/05/was-hollywood-built-on-piracy/ gives a slightly different take on the film industry's move to California.
Level 84
May 24, 2017
According to Wikipedia, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific joined to become the "First Transcontinental Railroad", sometimes called the "Pacific Railroad" or the "Overland Route". You don't accept any of these, when you should probably accept all of them.
Level 68
Nov 12, 2017
Agreed! I thought Central Pacific should be correct since it was the section that originated in California. (Attn. kindred nitpickers: I know that the "answer bar" indicates that only one word is sought, but still!)
Level 79
Nov 12, 2017
Agreed. My first thought was Union Pacific, even though I saw the answer was only one word. Took me awhile to come up with Transcontinental.
Level 58
Nov 12, 2017
First guess was Western Pacific, but what do I know.
Level 78
Nov 14, 2017
I tried Union Pacific and Pacific first, but the only long word I could think of was the right one.
Level 73
May 25, 2017
So recently I learned that the Donner party resorting to cannibalism may have actually been a myth. I listen to the really interesting podcast "Memory Palace," a series of short, lesser known, true stories in my spare time. Episode 46, titled "After Party" dives into the actual history of that now famous story. It's a story of lies, deceit, fulfilling a dying woman's final wishes, and robbery. But NOT of cannibalism. I suggest you give it a listen.
Level 80
Sep 5, 2017
To be sure, not ALL of the party resorted to cannibalism.
Level 37
Apr 13, 2018
No, some of them froze to death going to seek help (or running away, take your pick).
Level 81
Nov 12, 2017
I'm bringing some Eric Roberts home in a doggy bag. Does anyone else want some?
Level 74
May 31, 2017
What I remember most about Grapes of Wrath, a fantastic and deeply moving book we studied in High School, is from much later on. It's of an early clumsy computer translation, where it translated the title into Japanese as Angry Grapes.
Level 80
Sep 5, 2017
Sounds like the next time-wasting app craze.
Level 84
Mar 19, 2018
All Your Grapes Are Belong To Us.
Level 71
Nov 12, 2017
Kerouac was from Massachusetts, Ginsberg was from New Jersey and the two met in New York City. Kerouac wrote "On the Road" in New York City and lived most of his life in NY and Florida. Not much of a California connection there.

Ginsberg, on the other hand, moved to San Francisco, where he wrote "Howl." If I were to rephrase the clue I'd say something like "Allen Ginsberg saw the best minds of this generation destroyed by madness; Lawrence Ferlinghetti belonged to it too."

Level 81
Nov 12, 2017
I don't think it's correct to say that Mexico controlled California after the Capitulation of Cahuenga in January 1847.
Level 37
Nov 12, 2017
Who controlled it after that? - It wasn't ceded to the US until 1848. So perhaps it was in limbo for a year?
Level 49
Nov 12, 2017
I wonder if the Donner Party had any Donner kebabs
Level 68
Nov 13, 2017
& Dunkin' Donners
Level 63
Nov 15, 2017
2:48 left. I did grow up in CA, so maybe an unfair advantage.
Level 89
Mar 27, 2018
Quiz reminded me of a favorite joke: If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does the Sierra Club still get mad?
Level 60
Oct 6, 2018
Native californian and scored below the average... i am a disgrace
Level 57
Nov 29, 2019
Santa Barbara Mission