San Francisco in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 211


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933-05-21 Mount Davidson Cross, San Francisco, lit by FDR via telegraph

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1933-10-08 Coit Tower dedicated in San Francisco as a monument to firefighters
  • 1934-07-05 "Bloody Thursday" - Police open fire on striking longshoremen in San Francisco.
  • 1935-10-06 Market Street Railway, San Francisco, starts using trackless trolley coaches
  • 1936-02-11 Pumping begins to build Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay
  • 1936-04-18 Pan-Am Clipper begins regular passenger flights from San Francisco to Honolulu
  • 1937-05-26 San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opens
  • 1937-08-26 Pumping to build Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay is finished
  • 1937-12-16 Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.
  • 1937-12-29 Pan Am starts service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1939-01-14 All commercial ferry services between San Francisco and East Bay end
  • 1939-08-13 Sabotage suspected in crash of 'City of San Francisco'
  • 1941-04-01 US Navy takes over Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay
  • 1941-04-05 San Francisco Castro & Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses
  • 1941-11-15 Cow Palace opens in San Francisco
  • 1941-12-08 San Francisco 1st blackout, at 6:15 PM

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942-04-02 USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittles B-25 departs from San Francisco

Aviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle
Aviation Pioneer
Jimmy Doolittle

AgreementUnited Nations Charter

1945-06-26 United Nations Charter signed by 50 nations in San Francisco

  • 1947-11-12 KPO-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KNBC (now KNBR)
  • 1948-11-25 16-inch coastal guns removed from Fort Funston, San Francisco
  • 1948-12-22 KPIX TV channel 5 in San Francisco, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-04-03 KQW-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KCBS
  • 1949-05-05 KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-11-15 KRON TV channel 4 in San Francisco, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-09-17 San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, lose 21-17
  • 1952-10-16 Woolworth's at Powell & Market (San Francisco) opens
  • 1953-01-22 1953 NFL Draft: Harry Babcock from University of Georgia first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • 1954-08-29 San Francisco International Airport (SFO) opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955-10-07 Beat poet Allen Ginsberg reads his poem "Howl" for the first time at a poetry reading in San Francisco.

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1956-08-22 US President Eisenhower and VP Richard Nixon renominated by Republican convention in San Francisco

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1958-02-23 Last Municipal arc light at Mission & 25th removed in San Francisco (installed 1913)
  • 1958-03-03 KTVU TV channel 2 in Oakland-San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1958-07-29 Southern Pacific Bay ferries stop running in San Francisco
  • 1959-11-11 Seals Stadium in San Francisco, demolished
  • 1960-04-23 1st performance of Ferde Grofe's "San Francisco Suite"
  • 1960-07-13 KDBQ-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KYA
  • 1962-01-21 Snow falls in San Francisco
  • 1962-03-23 JFK visits San Francisco
  • 1962-04-12 San Mateo County withdraws from BART (San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit) district

CommunicationClosure of Alcatraz

1963-03-21 Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay closed

Music awardsMusic Awards

1963-05-15 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • 1963-10-12 San Francisco's Oakland Bay Bridge converted to 1-way on each deck
  • 1963-12-02 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • 1964-10-01 San Francisco cable cars declared a national landmark
  • 1964-10-05 San Francisco Fire Department Museum dedicated
  • 1965-08-22 San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marachal hits LA Dodger catcher John Roseboro on the head with his bat causing a 14 minute brawl
  • 1965-11-01 1st concert at Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
  • 1966-04-30 Anton LaVey founds the Church of Satan in San Francisco, California
  • 1967-10-06 Haight-Ashbury (San Francisco) hippies throw a funeral for "Hippie" to mark end of "the summer of love".
  • 1968-01-02 KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-04-01 KEMO (now KOFY) TV channel 20 in San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1968-04-18 San Francisco's Old Hall of Justice demolished
  • 1968-12-09 NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco.
  • 1971-01-03 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 17-10
  • 1971-01-27 Montgomery St Station, last link in Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco, 'holed thru'
  • 1974-07-01 1st Laura Ashley store in the US opens (San Francisco)

MurderAssassination Attempt

1975-09-22 Second assassination attempt on US President Gerald Ford by Sara Jane Moore fails in San Francisco

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 1978-01-14 Sex Pistols' final concert held in Winterland, San Francisco
  • 1978-03-21 San Francisco passes its and the U.S.' most comprehensive homosexual rights bill
  • 1978-06-25 First use of the rainbow flag, symbol of gay pride, made by Gilbert Baker at a march in San Francisco
  • 1978-10-04 Pier 39 opens in San Francisco
  • 1978-12-04 Dianne Feinstein is named as San Francisco's 1st female & Jewish mayor
  • 1979-12-16 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0)
  • 1981-06-18 The AIDS epidemic is formally recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California
  • 1981-12-02 Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, opens at 11:30 AM

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982-01-24 Super Bowl XVI: SF 49ers beat Cin Bengals, 26-21 in Pontiac Michigan, MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1982-06-25 San Francisco holds its 1st County Fair
  • 1982-08-28 The first Gay Games are held in San Francisco.
  • 1982-09-19 Streetcars stop running on Market St, San Francisco after 122 years of service
  • 1982-09-22 San Francisco's cable cars made a final run before closing down for 20-month
  • 1983-12-13 KYA-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KOIT
  • 1984-10-31 Puerto Rican tanker 'San Francisco' explodes spilling 2 million gallons of oil as ship caught fire
  • 1985-01-20 Super Bowl XIX: SF 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16 in Stanford Super Bowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985-05-22 "A View to a Kill", 14th James Bond film, last to star Roger Moore, also starring Grace Jones and Christopher Walken, premieres in San Francisco

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1987-09-17 Pope John Paul II arrives in San Francisco, meets with AIDS patients, and embraces an AIDS infected child

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1988-07-17 Highest temperature ever recorded in San Francisco, 103°F (39°C)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989-01-22 Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals 20-16 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Jerry Rice, San Francisco, WR

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989-01-22 After winning his third Super Bowl as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Bill Walsh retires

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • 1990-01-28 Super Bowl XXIV: SF 49ers beat Denver Broncos, 55-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB
  • 1992-12-06 San Francisco 49ers Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown
  • 1994-09-05 San Francisco 49ers Jerry Rice catches NFL record 127th touchdown pass
  • 1994-11-04 San Francisco: First conference that focusses exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web.
  • 1995-01-29 Super Bowl XXIX: SF 49ers beat San Diego Chargers, 49-26 in Miami, MVP: Steve Young, San Francisco, QB
  • 1997-10-23 At 6:11 AM San Francisco experiences a power blackout due to sabotage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998-08-02 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is hit by a pitch and charges the mound, causing a bench-clearing brawl

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2000-04-11 AT&T Park in San Francisco, Minute Maid Park in Houston, and Comerica Park in Detroit open.
  • 2001-01-09 Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos. Now widely used by Windows and Mac users.
  • 2002-10-27 Anaheim Angels defeat San Francisco Giants 4-3 in baseball's World Series championship, MVP: Troy Glaus, Anaheim

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003-06-10 "Wicked", starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, officially opens at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel
  • 2004-02-12 The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
  • 2005-01-10 A mudslide occurs in La Conchita, California, killing 10 people, injuring many more and closing the Highway 101, the main coastal corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles, for 10 days.
  • 2005-04-23 2005 NFL Draft: Alex Smith from University of Utah first pick from San Francisco 49ers
  • 2005-10-02 NFL plays first regular season game outside United States when the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2006-08-24 After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice officially retires from the NFL
  • 2007-07-10 78th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-4 at AT&T Park, San Francisco
  • 2007-08-07 Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008-09-19 Greg Maddux pitches his 5,000th career inning against the San Francisco Giants

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2009-04-25 Elijah Wood is honored with the Midnight Award by the San Francisco International Film Festival

  • 2010-10-23 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 2
  • 2010-11-01 MLB World Series: San Francisco Giants defeat Texas Rangers to win 4-1

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 160 of 160

  • 1953-02-12 Joanna Kerns, [de Varona], actress (Maggie-Growing Pains), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1953-09-27 Benjamin Gene Brown, 4X400 runner (Olympic-gold-1976), born in San Francisco, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1953-10-20 Keith Hernandez, MLB 1st baseman (St Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in San Francisco, California

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1955-02-24 Steve Jobs, American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple (d. 2011), born in San Francisco, California

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • 1955-03-21 Jean Marie Hon, actress (Jane-Man From Atlantis), born in San Francisco, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1956-06-11 Joe Montana, NFL quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1958-11-02 Willie McGee, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals, NL MVP-1985), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1960-06-09 Nancy Taylor, LPGA golfer (1994 Rochester Intl-54th), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1960-08-27 Damon Keeve, heavyweight (209+ lbs) judoka (Olympics-92, 96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1960-10-24 B.D. Wong, American actor (M. Butterfly), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1961-07-03 Liz Stewart, playmate (July, 1984), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1961-10-16 Chris Doleman, defensive end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1962-02-23 Michael Wilton, American rock guitarist (Queensrÿche), born in San Francisco, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1962-10-13 Jerry Rice, NFL wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers), born in Starkville, Mississippi

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice
  • 1962-10-15 Susan DeMattei, cyclist (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962-10-28 Daphne Zuniga, actress (Jo Reynolds-Melrose Place, Spaceballs), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1964-03-13 Will Clark, American MLB first baseman (San Francisco Giants), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1964-07-02 DeAnne Hemmens, sprint kayak (Olympics-96), born in San Francisco, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1964-07-09 Courtney Love, American muscian (Hole) and actress (People vs Larry Flynt), born in San Francisco, California

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love
  • 1964-12-16 Evelyn Conley, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1989), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1965-01-26 Tim McDonald, safety (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1965-05-27 Todd Bridges, actor (Diff'rent Strokes, Fish), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1965-11-03 Michael Paul Springer, PGA golfer (1994 Greater Milwaukee), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1966-02-23 Mark Abrahamian, guitarist (Starship), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • 1966-06-13 Thyme Lewis, actor (Jonah-Days of our Lives), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1966-10-19 Anna Clark, playmate (Apr, 1987), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967-10-04 Liev Schreiber, American actor (Spotlight), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967-10-20 Harvey Pulliam, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-01-14 Fred[ric] Honebein, rower (Olympics-5th-1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-05-25 Nathalie Schneyder, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-gold-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-07-04 Derek Kevin Loville, NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-09-03 Matt Hamon, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in San Francisco, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1969-01-02 Christy Turlington, American model (Calvin Klein Eternity), born in San Francisco, California

Supermodel Christy Turlington
Supermodel
Christy Turlington
  • 1969-03-24 Yoko Zetterlund, volleyball setter (Olympics-bronze-92, 96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1969-08-25 Elly Hakami, tennis star, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1970-04-28 Mark Harris, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1971-01-25 China Kantner, American actress and daughter of Grace Slick, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1971-02-04 Michael Goorjian, American actor (Party Of Five, SLC Punk!), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1971-04-24 Jeff Brohm, quarterback (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1972-01-27 Bryant Young, American football defensive tackle (San Francisco 49ers), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1972-02-17 William Floyd, full back (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1972-04-01 Mike McCoy, WLAF quarterback and coach, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1972-04-07 Greg Clark, tight end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1972-10-23 Daryl Price, defensive end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1973-01-22 Vincent Bradford, linebacker (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1973-07-11 Christine Monge, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets), born in San Francisco, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1973-07-23 Monica Lewinsky, American White House intern (improper relationship with Bill Clinton), born in San Francisco, California

White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
  • 1973-12-07 Terrell Owens, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974-01-28 Zack Bronson, safety (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974-08-10 Dave Fiore, tackle (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974-09-06 Justin Whalin, actor (Jimmy-Lois & Clark, Charles in Charge), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1974-09-16 Justin Whalin, actor (Jimmy Olsen-Lois & Clark), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1974-10-07 Alexander Polinsky, actor (Adam-Charles in Charge), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1976-04-05 Ryan Drese, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1976-10-04 Alicia Silverstone, actress (Clueless, Batman Forever), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1977-01-03 Beata Handra, dance skater (& Sinek-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1977-04-25 Jonathan Angel, actor (Tommy Delucca-Saved By The Bell), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1979-12-11 Rider Strong, American actor, writer and director (Boy Meets World), born in San Francisco, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1983-12-26 Alexander Wang, American fashion designer (Balenciaga), born in San Francisco, California

Fashion Designer Alexander Wang
Fashion Designer
Alexander Wang
  • 1984-04-08 Taran Noah Smith, actor (Mark Taylor-Home Improvement), born in San Francisco, California

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths