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*  San Diego was the name after the flagship of Sebastian Vizcaino who had four ships, but only three made it to San Diego on November 12, 1602. Vizcaino declared the area to be named San Diego, both in honor of his ship and for the feast of San Diego de Alcala, a Spanish Franciscan.

*  In 1927 Charles Lindbergh came to San Diego and commissioned Ryan Airlines to build his soon to be famous Spirit of St. Louis. On May 10, 1927 Lindbergh left San Diego to begin his May 20-21 New York to Paris famous flight.

*  San Diego has been the home of two NBA franchises, the first of which was called the San Diego Rockets, 1967-71.  After 71 season, they moved to Houston Texas and become the Houston Rockets.

*  In 2006 more than 30,000 automobile collisions happened in the San Diego County. That equates to nearly 600 per week or approximately 80 per day.

*  In 1927 Charles Lindbergh came to San Diego and commissioned Ryan Airlines to build his soon to be famous Spirit of St. Louis. On May 10, 1927 Lindbergh left San Diego to begin his May 20-21 New York to Paris famous flight.

*  San Diego, California has seventy miles of beaches.

*  The greatest 24-hour rainfall at the San Diego airport was 2.71 inches on February 6, 1937.

*  At the San Ysidro Port of Entry, located between Tijuana and San Diego,  more than 100,000 people cross every day.  This border crossing is the busiest land border crossing in the world.

*  San Diego elevation is 66 feet, as it appears on the Point Loma U.S. Geological Survey Map.

*  The Hotel del Coronado on Coronado Island is the largest wooden structure in the United States.

*  San Diego, California is famous for the best climate in the United States.

*  The median age in San Diego is 33.

*  San Diego county elevation ranges from sea level to 1,591 feet in the city, to 6,500 feet.

*  Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed in what is now San Diego Bay and claimed the area for Spain on September 28, 1542.

*  San Diego is the second largest city in California.

*  Balboa Stadium is the city's first stadium, constructed in 1914, and former home of the San Diego Chargers.

*  Thunder storms are very rare in San Diego.

*  The San Diego zoo is over 100-acres in size and home to more than 4,000 animals.

*  San Diego has a land area of 324.34 sq. miles; a water area of 47.69 sq. miles; and a population density of 3,771.93 people per sq. mile for Census 2000.

*  San Diego County at latitude 32.715 and longitude -117.157.

*  Measurable snowfall has never occurred in downtown San Diego; snow flurries were reported at the airport in January 1949 and January 1979.  Higher elevations of the city have reported a very light amount of snow.

*  San Diego County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8).

*  San Diego is the largest United States city to have never won a Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup, NBA Finals or any other Major League sports championship.

*  Annual precipitation in San Diego is 11.45 inches.

*  San Diego has fifteen sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:
Jalalabad, Afghanistan
Perth, Australia
Campinas, Brazil
Yantai, China
Tema, Ghana
Yokohama, Japan
León, Mexico
Tijuana, Mexico
Cavite City, Philippines
Warsaw, Poland
Vladivostok, Russia
Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Jeonju, South Korea
Taichung City, Taiwan
Edinburgh, Scotland

*  The San Diego Chargers Football team was founded in 1960.  AFL 1961-1969, NFL 1970-Present

*  Average monthly temperatures in San Diego range from about 57 °Fahrenheit (14°C) in January to 72 °Fahrenheit (22°C) in July.

*  A hurricane hit San Diego on October 2, 1858, according to the National Weather Service.

*  San Diego International Airport, also know as Lindbergh Field is the busiest single-runway airport in the United States.

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