California has a rich history of cultural innovation and colorful characters. On May 26, 1853, Lola Montez premiered her famous Spider Dance routine in San Francisco. On February 21, 1937, San Diego's Waldo Waterman created one of the first operational flying cars. Emeryville's Wham-O sold the first Frisbee, earlier called a Flyin' Cake Pan, on January 13, 1957. Entrepreneurs Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne established Apple Inc. on April 1, 1976. With a historical account for each day of the year, Jim Silverman highlights the unforgettable stories that have defined California.
Jim Silverman is a librarian, teacher, storyteller and authority on early California children's books. He curates ThisWeekinCaliforniaHistory.com, a project he is developing to become a digital playground where people can have fun using the tools of historians and geographers. Readers can also follow it on Facebook.