Today in San Jose History

Historical Events

  • 1777-01-18 San Jose, California, founded
  • 1857-04-30 San Jose State University forms
  • 1905-01-02 Elara, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine in San Jose, California
  • 1955-09-12 KNTV TV channel 11 in San Jose, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-10-03 KGSC (now KICU) TV channel 36 in San Jose, CA (IND) begins
  • 1983-10-02 Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA San Jose Golf Classic
  • 1984-09-23 Amy Alcott wins LPGA San Jose Golf Classic
  • 1985-09-08 7 die in a car & train crash in San Jose, Calif
  • 1985-09-22 Val Skinner wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1986-09-21 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1987-09-27 Jan Stephens wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic
  • 1988-09-25 Kathy Guadagnino wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1989-10-01 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1991-10-04 San Jose Sharks lose 4-3 to Vancouver Canucks in their 1st NHL game
  • 1991-10-09 San Jose Sharks beat Calgary for their 1st NHL win, 4-3
  • 1992-06-04 San Jose voters reject Giants plan to build a new stadium
  • 1994-01-28 Helicopter crashes into office building in San Jose California, 1 dead
  • 1997-01-18 47th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 11-7 at San Jose Arena

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997-11-20 Flyers Eric Lindros tries to bite San Jose defenseman Marty McSorley

NHL Star Eric Lindros
NHL Star
Eric Lindros
  • 1999-03-28 18th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Purdue beats Duke 62-45

Famous Birthdays

  • 1870-05-06 Amedos Peter Giannine, founded Bank of America, born in San Jose, California
  • 1887-03-24 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, actor (Keystone comedies), born in San Jose, California
  • 1890-01-16 Lloyd Bacon, actor (Charlie Chaplin), born in San Jose, California
  • 1924-10-18 Allyn Ferguson, orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in San Jose, California
  • 1925-07-01 Farley Granger, actor (Arnold, Rope, Deathmask), born in San Jose, California
  • 1940-04-03 Lino Brocka, San Jose Philippines, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar)
  • 1941-12-06 John Nelson, San Jose Costa Rica, conductor (Les Troyens of Berlioz)
  • 1947-12-05 Jim Plunkett, NFL quarterback (New England, Oakland), born in San Jose, California
  • 1948-07-27 Peggy Fleming Jenkins, figure skater (Olym-gold-1968), born in San Jose, California
  • 1955-09-10 Giannina Facio Franco, San Jose Costa Rica, Mrs Phillipe Junot
  • 1956-01-03 Willy T. Ribbs, American race car driver, San Jose California
  • 1958-11-15 Marty Davis, American tennis star, born in San Jose, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1958-11-28 Dave Righetti, baseball pitcher (Yankees, Giants), born in San Jose, California

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti
  • 1963-01-20 Scott Fisher, Australian basketball forward (Oly-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1964-10-16 Kay Cockerill, LPGA golfer (1995 Friendly's Classic-32nd), born in San Jose, California
  • 1967-08-09 Debbie Spence, tennis star, born in San Jose, California
  • 1968-07-21 Brandi Chastain, soccer forward (Olympics-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1969-09-07 Rudy Galindo, 1996 US Mens' Champion, born in San Jose, California
  • 1971-02-19 Becky Dyroen-Lancer, synchronized swimmer (Oly-gold-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1972-01-15 Ernie Reyes Jr, actor (Ernie-Sidekicks), born in San Jose, California
  • 1973-05-15 Suzannah Bianco, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-alt-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1974-11-25 Cynthia Geyn Brown, playmate (May, 1995), born in San Jose, California
  • 1977-01-07 Dustin Diamond, actor (Screech-Saved By Bell), born in San Jose, California
  • 1978-05-15 Amy Chow, gymnast (Olympics-gold/silver-96), born in San Jose, California

Famous Deaths

  • 2003-02-10 Al Ruffo, Mayor of San Jose, California (b. 1908)