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Torrance won the All-America City Award for "growth without strain" in 1956, and the Daily Breeze reports they're still milking it. They'll be celebrating tomorrow for the fifty-third time with a "1950s-style event." Meanwhile, the local Historical Society & Museum still keeps the telegram President Dwight Eisenhower sent following Torrance's win, a note which applauded "the splendid response" to the challenges of managing a "modern, balanced city." Modern indeed: In 1940, the city had 10,000 residents; in 1956, the city had 82,238 residents, the population spurred on by industry, location and more. [Photo via da90027] [Daily Breeze]