Although it was not actually shot in Modesto, the film portrayed the spirit of cruising and friendship on Modesto's 10th and 11th Streets in 1962, and inspired a revival of interest in 1950s pop culture, including the TV show Happy Days and its spin-offs.
The city's annual Architectural Festival honors Modesto's history as a testing ground for mid-century modern architecture during the 1940s and '50s.
Modesto's mid-century buildings have been featured four times in Museum of Modern Art publications.
Led by milk, almonds, chickens, walnuts, and corn silage, the county grossed nearly $3.1 billion in agricultural production in 2011.
The Farm to Table movement plays a central role in Modesto living as in the Central Valley.
Filmmaker George Lucas, who was born in Modesto, graduated from Thomas Downey High School in 1962 and attended Modesto Junior College, immortalized the city in his award-winning 1973 film American Graffiti.
CALGARY - A baseball bat, a stool and a couple of burly firemen were waiting for some would-be thieves who tried to rob a jewelry store in northwest Calgary.
Surveillance video from the store has surfaced on the Internet, showing a pair of young men in hoodies walk into the store with crowbars and start to threaten staff and customers.
However, someone behind the counter clocks one of the thieves with a baseball bat and while his buddy tries to drag him out of the store, a customer wielding a stool at the door prevents him from leaving.
Somebody else then takes a swing with the bat, though one of the thieves manages to get away.
The remaining, disoriented thief is then subdued by a passing group of firefighters who pin him to the ground until police could arrive.
officially the City of Modesto, is the county seat and largest city of Stanislaus County, California, United States.