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1861

The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent by Chief Justice Stephen Field from San Fracisco to President Abraham Lincon in Washington, DC over the line built by the Western Union Telegraph Company. [Source: the Orange County Register.] This effectively put the Pony Express out of business. [Source: HistoryNet.com]

1871

Race riot and lynchings in Chinatown in Los Angeles. [Source: California: An Island on the Land by Carey McWilliams.]

1930

John Wayne debuts in his first starring role in The Big Trail. [Source: HistoryNet.com]