Today in San Diego History

Historical Events

  • 1542-09-28 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay

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1769-07-16 Father Junipero Serra founds Mission San Diego, 1st mission in California

Missionary Junípero Serra
Missionary
Junípero Serra
  • 1897-03-13 San Diego State University is founded.
  • 1910-11-10 The date of Thomas A. Davis' opening of the San Diego Army and Navy Academy, though the official founding date is November 23, 1910.
  • 1911-01-10 1st photo in US taken from an airplane, San Diego
  • 1911-01-26 Glenn Curtiss pilots 1st successful hydroplane, San Diego
  • 1911-02-17 1st hydroplane flight to & from a ship (Glenn Curtiss, San Diego)
  • 1913-11-18 Lincoln Deachey performs first airplane loop-the-loop (San Diego)
  • 1916-10-02 San Diego Zoo founded
  • 1923-05-03 1st nonstop transcontinental flight (NY-San Diego) completed
  • 1928-03-27 KGB-AM in San Diego CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1949-03-16 KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-04-19 Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Diego Golf Open
  • 1953-06-29 XETV TV channel 6 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-09 KGTV TV channel 10 in San Diego, CA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960-07-12 XEWT TV channel 12 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1961-02-10 AFL's LA Chargers move to San Diego
  • 1961-12-24 Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3 in AFL championship game
  • 1962-09-30 Mickey Wright wins LPGA San Diego Golf Open
  • 1963-01-05 San Diego beats Boston 51-10 in AFL championship game
  • 1964-01-05 San Diego Chargers win AFL-championship
  • 1964-12-26 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 20-7 in AFL championship game
  • 1965-11-14 KCST TV channel 39 in San Diego, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1965-12-26 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 23-0 in AFL championship game
  • 1967-06-25 KPBS TV channel 15 in San Diego, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-12-13 San Diego, CA records snow at a zero elevation after temperatures plunge 19 degrees (F) in eight hours.
  • 1968-04-05 Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego opens
  • 1968-09-28 Atlanta Chiefs beat San Diego Toros 3-0 for NASL championship
  • 1970-09-26 The Laguna Fire starts in San Diego County, California, burning 175,425 acres (710 km²).
  • 1972-09-18 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego)

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1973-09-26 Wilt Chamberlain signs with ABA San Diego Conquistadors

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1975-04-15 1st appearance of San Diego Chicken
  • 1978-07-11 49th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at San Diego Stadium
  • 1978-09-25 PSA Boeing 727 & a Cessna private plane collide by San Diego, 144 die
  • 1979-06-29 San Diego Chicken reborn at Jack Murphy Stadium
  • 1982-01-02 "The Epic in Miami", in 85 degree heat (Fahrenheit), the San Diego Chargers defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in overtime in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, a game that set numerous playoff scoring records
  • 1982-03-15 KGB-AM in San Diego CA changes call letters to KCNN (now KPOP)
  • 1988-01-31 Super Bowl XXII: Wash Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10 in San Diego Super Bowl MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB
  • 1988-04-10 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA San Diego Inamori Golf Classic

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1990-07-25 Roseanne Barr sings National Anthem at Cincinnati Reds-San Diego Padres game

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr
  • 1990-09-03 Helen Hudson sings national anthem in 26th park of year (San Diego)
  • 1991-04-21 French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovers the San Diego, Dutch galleon sunk in 1600 off Fortune Island in the Philippines
  • 1991-05-23 San Diego Sockers win 4th consecutive Major Soccer League championship
  • 1991-09-14 Freshman Marshall Faulk of San Diego State rushed for NCAA record
  • 1991-11-30 San Diego State's Marshall Faulk is 1st freshman to capture national rushing & scoring titles
  • 1992-05-09 America Cup finals begin in San Diego
  • 1992-05-16 America's Cup: America Team USA defeats Il Moro di Venezia 4-1 to win in San Diego
  • 1994-02-05 "Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego," debuts on Fox TV
  • 1995-01-29 Super Bowl XXIX: SF 49ers beat San Diego Chargers, 49-26 in Miami, MVP: Steve Young, San Francisco, QB
  • 1995-02-13 Howard Stern radio show premieres in San Diego CA on XTRA-FM
  • 1995-06-03 Expos pitcher Pedro Martinez perfect game is broken up in 10th inning as San Diego's Bip Roberts leads off with a double, Mont wins 1-0
  • 1997-05-01 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in San Diego CA on KIOZ 105.3 FM

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2002-01-29 The San Diego Chargers hire Marty Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach

  • 2003-10-26 The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in California history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km²), and destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego.
  • 2007-02-12 Marty Schottenheimer is abruptly fired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers due to lack of playoff success and a strained relationship with ownership
  • 2015-05-31 Harriette Thompson aged 92 and 65 days becomes the oldest woman to complete a marathon (Suja Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego)
  • 2015-07-09 48th San Diego Comic-Con begins (till 12th) - includes preview of new Star Wars film by J.J. Abrams

Famous Birthdays

  • 1890-07-25 Tom O'Brien, actor (Physical Evidence), born in San Diego, California

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1918-05-19 Florence Chadwick, swimmer (1st to swim English Channel both ways), born in San Diego, California (d. 1995)

  • 1920-10-27 Nanette Fabray, actress (Katherine-One Day at a Time), born in San Diego, California
  • 1930-07-21 Gene Alec Littler, PGA golfer (1961 US Open), born in San Diego, California
  • 1931-01-05 Robert Duvall, actor (Great Santini, Taxi Driver), born in San Diego, California

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1935-02-14 [Mary] Mickey Wright, LPGA golfer (4 times LPGA champ), born in San Diego, California

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1936-10-20 Larry Mowry, PGA golfer (1987 Crestar Pepsi Senior), born in San Diego, California
  • 1937-01-15 Margaret O'Brien, actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis), born in San Diego, California
  • 1939-09-05 John Stewart, rocker (Kingston Trio-Fire in the Wind), born in San Diego, California
  • 1943-08-04 Michael J McCulley, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS-34), born in San Diego, California

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1943-09-23 Marty Schottenheimer, McDonald Pennsylvania, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers)

  • 1944-12-04 Chris Hillman, San Diego Caliafornia, singer (Byrds-Turn Turn Turn)
  • 1946-07-14 Maureen O'Connor, Mayor (San Diego)
  • 1946-09-04 Gary Duncan, [Grubb], rock guitarist (Quicksilver), born in San Diego, California
  • 1946-09-04 Greg Elmore, rock drummer (Quicksilver), born in San Diego, California
  • 1947-08-27 Ed Herrmann, MLB catcher (White Sox), born in San Diego, California (d. 2013)
  • 1947-11-19 Bob Boone, baseball player and manager (Phillies, Angels), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948-09-16 Ron Blair, American rock bassist (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948-11-21 Lonnie Jordan, rock keyboardist/vocalist (War), born in San Diego, California
  • 1950-06-19 Constance Forslund, actress (Shining Season), born in San Diego, California
  • 1950-06-19 Ann Wilson, American musician (Heart-What About Love), born in San Diego, California
  • 1951-11-10 Morris Hatalsky, Nike golfer (1993 NIKE White Rose-2nd), born in San Diego, California
  • 1952-02-28 Jennie Lynn, actress (Love & Marriage), born in San Diego, California
  • 1953-06-02 Craig Robert Stadler, PGA golfer (Masters 1982), born in San Diego, California
  • 1953-12-02 Jay Dean Haas, PGA golfer (1978 Andy Williams-San Diego), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1954-12-23 Brian Teacher, San Diego Cal, tennis star
  • 1955-09-17 Scott William Simpson, PGA golfer (1987 US Open), born in San Diego, California
  • 1955-11-02 Mark Reynolds, star sailor (Olymp-8th-1988, 92, 96), born in San Diego, California
  • 1957-04-11 John Castellanos, actor (John Silva-Young & Restless), born in San Diego, California
  • 1957-09-22 Philip Arnold Blackmar, PGA golfer (1988 Provident), born in San Diego, California
  • 1958-10-07 Kim Morris, playmate (Mar, 1986), born in San Diego, California
  • 1958-12-01 Charlene Tilton, actress (Lucy Ewing-Dallas), born in San Diego, California
  • 1959-12-27 Mary Holland, WPVA volleyballer, born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-01-29 Gregory Efthimos Louganis, diver (Olympic-gold-1984, 88), born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-03-31 Anne Howard, actress (Nicole Love-Another World), born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-08-20 Mark Langston, pitcher (California Angels), born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-09-17 Hank Baran, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 Won Mexican), born in San Diego, California
  • 1961-09-18 Sharon Barrett, LPGA golfer (1993 Nabisco Dinah Shore-22nd), born in San Diego, California
  • 1961-09-23 William C McCool, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in San Diego, California
  • 1961-12-26 Tahnee Welch, [La Tahn Renee Welch], actress (Cocoon), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962-04-26 Michael Damian, singer (Rock on)/actor (Young & Restless), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962-05-18 Mike Whitmarsh, beach volleyballer (Olympics-silver-96), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963-10-04 Patti Berendt, LPGA golfer (1995 Star Bank Classic-24th), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963-11-02 Susie Scott, playmate (May, 1983), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963-12-10 Robin White, San Diego Cal, tennis player (US Open doubles 1988)
  • 1963-12-18 Lori McNeil, tennis star (1995 Oakland doubles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1964-10-04 Mark McLemore, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1965-01-11 Barbara Belding, San Diego Cal, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-17th-1994)
  • 1967-12-05 Ann Schirman, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1994), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970-01-15 Dan Landry, volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics-96), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970-03-01 Ray Crittenden, wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)

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1970-06-16 Phil Mickelson, PGA golfer (five-time major winner), born in San Diego, California

  • 1970-09-25 Kerri Kendall, playmate (Sep, 1990), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970-11-07 Kris[ten] Fillat, field hockey forward (Olympics-96), born in San Diego, California
  • 1971-02-16 Van Tuinei, defensive end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971-09-02 Shauna Sand, actress (Renegade), born in San Diego, California
  • 1972-01-31 Pulu Poumele, guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972-12-01 Charlie Jones, wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1973-03-03 Jim Mills, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1973-10-10 Mario Lopez, actor (A C Slater-Saved by the Bell), born in San Diego, California
  • 1973-11-08 Nicole Teter, 800m runner, born in San Diego, California
  • 1974-03-08 Toran James, linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974-03-31 James Burgess, linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974-04-09 Ben Bordelon, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974-04-20 Paul Bradford, cornerback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974-05-29 Kenny Bynum, running back (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974-06-03 Bryan Still, wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974-06-26 Jason Kendall, catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in San Diego, California
  • 1974-06-29 Ted Giannous, actor (KGB Chicken), born in San Diego, California
  • 1975-04-25 Jacque Jones, baseball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Diego, California
  • 1975-05-26 Travis Lee, baseball 1st baseman (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Diego, California
  • 1975-08-31 Raleigh Roundtree, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1975-12-27 Heather O'Rourke, actress (Happy Days, Poltergeist), born in San Diego, California
  • 1979-06-15 Julia Schultz, playmate (Feb, 1998), born in San Diego, California

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1980-10-08 Nick Cannon, American actor and rapper (Love Don't Cost a Thing), born in San Diego, California

Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon
  • 1981-12-21 Frankie Abernathy, American actress, The Real World: San Diego (d. 2007)
  • 1982-02-13 Michael Turner, Running Back for the San Diego Chargers
  • 1985-10-02 Craig Davis, Wide Receiver for the San Diego Chargers

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1986-09-03 Shaun White, snowboarder (Olympic gold - 2006, 2010), born in San Diego, California

Snowboarder Shaun White
Snowboarder
Shaun White

Famous Weddings

  • 1999-06-05 Baritone belter Frankie Laine (86) weds retired real estate agent Marcia Kline (61) near San Diego
  • 2005-05-18 Television presenter and former Miss Germany Verona Feldbusch (37) weds German entrepreneur Franjo Pooth at the San Diego Court House in San Diego, California
  • 2010-07-02 Miss California USA 2009 Carrie Prejean (23) weds Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller (29) in San Diego
  • 2011-05-07 "The Amazing Race" winners Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney marry at the Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego
  • 2012-03-08 Former "Raising Sextuplets" star Jenny Masche weds longtime beau Levi McClendon in San Diego