SAN DIEGO (CNS) - SeaWorld San Diego opened its doors for the first time 48 years ago Wednesday.
The original park was spread over 22 acres, with two aquariums, a few dolphins and sea lions, and had 45 employees. It grew out of an original vision of an underwater restaurant by four UCLA fraternity brothers.
The first year, it attracted more than 400,000 visitors, according to SeaWorld. In the years since, 145 million have passed through the turnstiles.
The theme park now covers 189 acres, with parks in Orlando and San Antonio also carrying the SeaWorld name. SeaWorld has become a leader in marine conservation and is world famous for its "Shamu" whale shows.
No birthday activities took place at the park today, but plans are in the works for SeaWorld's golden anniversary in 2014, spokeswoman Kelly Terry said.
A man died after being found with a gunshot wound at a park in Mountain View early Saturday morning, police said.
Residents of Malibu forced to evacuate because of the Woolsey Fire that has been burning for 10 days will be able to pick up their mail on Saturday in downtown Los Angeles and a Disaster Assistance Center will open to help residents impacted by the nearly 100,000-acre blaze.
Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies. At least 56 people were killed and 300 were unaccounted for a week after the flames swept through.
A power outage in central San Diego affecting over 2,200 homes in University Heights, North Park, Normal Heights, Kensington, Talmadge, and West State College was reported early Saturday morning just after 7:00 a.m.
Day 2 of The Susan G. Komen 3-Day, a 60-mile walk to support breast cancer research and programs starts up again Saturday. Walkers will continue their journey through Ocean Beach, Mission Bay Park, Tecolote Shores and De Anza Cove Park.
The Dewey Elementary School, which serves a large number of military families, on Friday put out a call for donations as their Winter Wonderland Fundraiser fast approaches.
Argentina's navy announced early Saturday that searchers found the missing submarine ARA San Juan deep in the Atlantic a year after it disappeared with 44 crewmen aboard.
More evacuation orders due to the nine-day-old Woolsey Fire were lifted Friday in the Malibu and Topanga areas, amid expressions of frustration by residents over the slow pace of repopulating areas because of road closures.
After traveling more than a month and walking for thousands of miles, nearly 2,000 migrants have arrived in Tijuana – all hoping to cross into the United States, but a tall fence and several border agents stand between them and their hopes.