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  • Californian is attested from 1785. The element Californium (1950) was named in reference to University of California, where it was discovered.

    October 24, 2011

  • The name "California" was taken from a 16th century Spanish novel, The Exploits of Esplaidian by Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo who described it as a mythical Amazon kingdom ruled by black women.

    May 7, 2008

  • New state motto: "As Seen On TV" (thanks to

    August 12, 2007