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This Week in History: Feb. 5-11

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Dead body found in barn
Alhambra Valley 1865: An 8-10 day old dead body was found in a barn. The body was first seen by a boy driving cows who casually looked into the barn and thought a man was sleeping. Out of curiosity, he returned the next day to confirm the body was in fact, a dead one. The body was that of a Frenchman, whose name has been redacted from record, approximately 60 years of age. Local law enforcement gave a verdict of “died from unkown cause.”

La Mascotte opens at Martinez Opera House
Martinez 1891: La Mascotte opens at the Martinez Opera House Feb. 6. Performed by the Martinez Choral Society, this Edmond Audran opera comique concerned a farm girl who was believed to bring good luck to whoever possesses her, so long as she remained a virgin. Tickets cost 50 cents.

Train trestle in Alhambra Valley
Alhambra Valley 1899: The directors of the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railroad awarded a contract to the Pheonix Bridge Company of Pennsylvania to build a steel viaduct (train trestle) 1,680 feet in length that would rise 75 feet above the valley floor.

This week in Super Bowl history
Pasadena, California: The Oakland Raiders gain their first Super Bowl win and second Super Bowl appearance at Super Bowl XI Jan. 9, 1977, against the Minnesota Vikings. Raiders wide reciever Fred Biletnikoff was hailed Most Valuable Player. The final score was 32 to 14.

Pontiac, Michigan: It would be another five years until the San Francisco 49ers earned their stripes winning Super Bowl XVI Jan. 24, 1982, against the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco’s first win and appearance at the Super Bowl. The MVP was awarded to 49ers quarterback Joe Montana. Final score was 26-21.

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