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The City of Santa Ana is incorporated. The town was originally settled in 1869.


The Zoot Suit riots began. Gangs of armed white U.S. servicemen roamed the streets of Los Angeles seeking out zoot-suited minorities to beat up. The pretext was wartime rationing of fabrics — the zoot suits made by bootleg tailors used lots of fabric. The soldiers and sailors also viewed the zoot-suitors as draft dodgers, although most were too young to serve. [Sources: California: An Island on the Land by Carey McWilliams, and]