Californian History

Historical Events

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1542-06-27 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo sets sail from the Mexican port of Navidad to explore the west coast of North America on behalf of the Spanish Empire

Conquistador and Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
Conquistador and Explorer
Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo

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1579-06-17 Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California at Drakes Bay, names it "New Albion"

Vice Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Vice Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
  • 1769-07-14 The de Portolá Expedition establishes a base in California, and sets out to find the Port of Monterey (now Monterey, California).

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

Missionary Junípero Serra
Missionary
Junípero Serra
  • 1771-07-14 Mission San Antonio de Padua founded in California
  • 1771-09-08 Mission San Gabriel Archangel forms in California
  • 1772-09-01 Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa forms in California
  • 1776-11-01 Mission San Juan Capistrano founded in California
  • 1777-01-12 Mission Santa Clara de Asis founded in California
  • 1777-01-18 San Jose in California founded
  • 1798-06-13 Mission San Luis Rey de Francia founded in California
  • 1812-03-15 1st Russian settlement in California at Russian River
  • 1841-05-01 First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California
  • 1841-11-04 First wagon train arrives in California
  • 1846-06-14 California (Bear Flag) Republic proclaimed in Sonoma, declaring independence from Mexico
  • 1846-07-21 Mormons found 1st English settlement in California (San Joaquin Valley)
  • 1846-08-17 Commodore Robert F Stockton, US Navy, annexes California
  • 1847-01-09 1st San Francisco newspaper published (California Star)
  • 1847-01-16 John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory
  • 1848-01-24 James Marshall finds gold in Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California
  • 1848-02-02 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War: US acquires Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million
  • 1848-05-30 Mexico ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million
  • 1848-12-05 US President Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold discovery in California
  • 1849-02-18 1st regular steamboat service to California starts (or 02/28)
  • 1849-08-19 NY Herald reports gold discovery in California
  • 1849-09-01 California Constitutional Convention convenes in Monterey
  • 1849-09-19 1st commercial laundry established, in Oakland, California
  • 1849-11-13 Peter Burnett elected first governor of California
  • 1850-01-05 California Exchange opens
  • 1850-01-22 Alta California becomes a daily paper, 1st such in Calif
  • 1850-02-18 California Legislature creates nine Bay Area counties
  • 1850-08-31 California pioneers organized at Montgomery & Clay Streets
  • 1850-09-09 California is admitted as the thirty-first state of the Union
  • 1851-01-31 San Francisco Orphan's Asylum founded, 1st in California
  • 1851-03-25 Yosemite Valley discovered in California
  • 1852-04-19 California Historical Society forms
  • 1852-07-03 Congress authorizes US's 2nd mint (San Francisco, California)
  • 1852-11-23 Just past midnight, a sharp jolt likely caused by heavy rains causes Lake Merced, California, to drop 30 feet (9m)
  • 1853-07-25 Joaquin Murrieta, the famous California bandit known as "Robin Hood of El Dorado", is killed by California Rangers
  • 1853-09-11 1st electric telegraph used - Merchant's Exchange, San Francisco to Pt Lobos, California
  • 1856-01-08 Dr John A Veatch discovers borax, Tuscan Springs, California
  • 1857-01-09 7.9 earthquake shakes Fort Tejon, California
  • 1858-09-16 1st overland mail for California
  • 1860-04-13 1st Pony Express reaches Sacramento, California
  • 1861-10-26 Pony Express (Missouri to California) ends after 19 months
  • 1862-01-23 Agoston Haraszthy, 1st vintner in Sonoma Valley, California imports 10,000 grape vine cuttings
  • 1866-05-24 Berkeley, California named (for George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne)
  • 1867-06-27 Bank of California opens doors
  • 1868-03-23 University of California founded in Oakland, California

  • 1868-06-09 1st meeting of Board of Regents, University of California
  • 1868-10-21 Severe earthquake at 7:53 AM, centered in Hayward, California
  • 1869-01-18 Elegant California Theater opens in San Francisco
  • 1869-04-18 1st international cricket match, held in San Francisco, won by California
  • 1870-03-14 California legislature approves act making Golden Gate Park possible
  • 1870-03-18 1st US National Wildlife Preserve (Lake Meritt in Oakland California)
  • 1871-10-24 Mob in Los Angeles, California hangs 18 Chinese
  • 1872-01-20 California Stock Exchange Board organized
  • 1872-02-14 1st US state bird refuge authorized (Lake Merritt, California)
  • 1872-03-26 7.8 earthquake shakes Owens Valley, California
  • 1873-02-20 University of California gets its first Medical School (UC/SF)
  • 1873-08-18 1st ascent of Mount Whitney, California (14,494')
  • 1875-06-07 California Rifle and Pistol Association founded
  • 1876-06-04 An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, California, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after having left New York City.
  • 1876-06-14 California Street Cable Car Railroad Co gets its franchise
  • 1878-03-26 Hastings College of Law founded in California
  • 1878-04-10 California St Cable Car RR Co starts service
  • 1878-07-26 In California, poet and American West outlaw calling himself "Black Bart" makes his last clean getaway when he steals a safe box from a Wells Fargo stagecoach. The empty box found later with a taunting poem inside.
  • 1879-02-10 1st electric arc light used (California Theater)
  • 1880-10-04 University of California founded in Los Angeles
  • 1881-03-04 California becomes 1st state to pass plant quarantine legislation
  • 1884-03-17 John Joseph Montgomery makes 1st glider flight at Otay, California
  • 1885-03-03 1st US state (California) establishes a permanent forest commission
  • 1886-01-01 1st Tournament of Roses (Pasadena California)
  • 1887-02-01 Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California & starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)
  • 1888-06-01 California gets its 1st seismograph
  • 1888-08-11 California Theatre closed (now a Pac Tel Phone Store)
  • 1890-10-01 Congress establishes Yosemite National Park (California)
  • 1891-10-01 In the U.S. state of California, Stanford University opens its doors.
  • 1896-05-26 James Dunham murders six people in Campbell, California.
  • 1896-06-16 Temperature hits 127°F at Fort Mojave, California
  • 1899-02-18 80°F recorded in San Francisco, California
  • 1899-07-29 Southern California Golf Association forms
  • 1901-09-16 Alturas, California, is incorporated as the only city in Modoc County.
  • 1902-04-02 "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California
  • 1905-01-02 Elara, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine in San Jose, California
  • 1906-02-22 Black evangelist William J Seymour arrives in Los Angeles, California
  • 1907-05-11 A derailment outside Lompoc, California, kills 32 Shriners when their chartered train jumps off the tracks at a switch near Surf Depot
  • 1907-06-13 Lowest temperature ever in 48 US states for June, 2°F in Tamarack, California
  • 1908-01-09 Muir Woods National Monument, California, established
  • 1908-01-16 Pinnacles National Monument, California established
  • 1909-12-21 1st junior high school established (Berkeley California)
  • 1910-01-02 1st junior high schools in US opens (Berkeley California)
  • 1910-03-14 Lakeview Gusher, the largest U.S. oil well gusher near Bakersfield, California, vented to atmosphere
  • 1911-08-29 Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California.
  • 1912-12-28 The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California.
  • 1913-07-10 134°F (57°C), Greenland Ranch, California (US record)
  • 1913-07-10 Death Valley, California hits 134 °F (~56.7 °C), which is the highest temperature recorded in the United States
  • 1913-08-03 Wheatland Hop Riot on a California farm, 4 die in one of the first farm labour disputes

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,928


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1713-11-24 Junipero Serra, Spanish missionary priest who founded the 1st missions in California, born in Petra, Majorca (d. 1784)

Missionary Junípero Serra
Missionary
Junípero Serra
  • 1796-08-25 James Lick, American land baron in California, born in Stumpstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1876)
  • 1819-11-23 Josiah Dwight Whitney, Northampton Massachusetts, American Geologist who led the California Geological Survey (Mount Whitney and Whitney Glacier are named for him)
  • 1820-05-23 Lorenzo Sawyer, 9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California (d. 1891)
  • 1822-08-22 George Stoneman, US Union general-major and Governor of California (1883-87), born in Busti, NY (d. 1894)
  • 1848-09-04 Jennie Lee, American actress (The Birth of a Nation), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1925)
  • 1851-05-18 James Budd, Governor of California (d. 1908)
  • 1857-09-06 Zelia Nuttall, American archeologist and historian, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1933)
  • 1859-01-19 Alice Eastwood, botanist (Handbook of Trees of California), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1861-10-08 Theodore Roberts, American actor (Roaring Road, 10 Commandments), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1928)

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1863-04-29 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)

Newspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst
Newspaper Publisher
William Randolph Hearst
  • 1864-01-16 Frank Bacon, American playwright, actor and author (Lightnin'), born near Yuba City, California (d. 1922)
  • 1866-09-02 Hiram Johnson, Progressive politician, US Senator, Governor of California (1911-17), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1945)
  • 1869-08-23 James (Sunny Jim) Rolph, San Francisco mayor (1912-31), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1934)
  • 1869-09-10 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey], composer and singer, born in California (d. 1937)

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1870-05-06 Amadeo Giannini, American banker and entrepreneur (founded Bank of America), born in San Jose, California (d. 1949)

Banker and Entrepreneur Amadeo Giannini
Banker and Entrepreneur
Amadeo Giannini

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1874-01-05 Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), born in San Francisco, California

Physiologist Joseph Erlanger
Physiologist
Joseph Erlanger

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1874-03-26 Robert Frost, American poet (Mending Wall, Road Not Taken), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1963)

  • 1874-10-08 Nance O'Neil, American actor (Cimarron), born in Oakland, California (d. 1965)
  • 1876-09-30 Katherine Griffith, American actress (Pollyanna, Fast Company), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1921)
  • 1877-01-10 Frederick Gardner Cottrell, American inventor (electrostatic precipitator), born in Oakland, California (d. 1948)
  • 1877-05-26 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1927)
  • 1877-09-13 Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (d. 1962)
  • 1878-08-31 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic 100m Champion-1900), born in California, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • 1878-10-09 Robert Warwick, American actor (Falcon's Adventure), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1964)
  • 1879-12-12 Laura Hope Crews, American actress (Camille, Gone with the Wind), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1942)
  • 1881-08-06 Leo Carrillo, American actor (American Empire, Cisco Kid), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1961)
  • 1882-05-25 Harry Fox [Arthur Carringford], American vaudeville dancer, comedian and actor (Talent Scout), born in Pomona, California (d. 1959)

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1883-07-04 Rube Goldberg, cartoonist (who made the easy outrageously difficult) Pulitzer Prize 1948, born in San Francisco, California

Cartoonist Rube Goldberg
Cartoonist
Rube Goldberg
  • 1884-09-22 Minerva Urecal, American actress (Accent on Love, Crazy Knights), born in Eureka, California (d. 1966)

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1885-11-11 George S. Patton, American WWII general (Sicily, Italy and Normandy) known as "Old Blood & Guts", born in San Gabriel, California (d. 1945)

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • 1886-02-08 Charlie Ruggles, American actor (Bringing Up Baby, The Patchwork Girl of Oz), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1970)
  • 1886-12-20 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Open 1909-11), born in Healdsburg, California (d. 1974)
  • 1887-03-24 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, American actor (The Bell Boy, Moonshine, Keystone comedies), born in Smith Center, Kansas (d. 1933)
  • 1887-08-24 Harry Hooper, American baseball player, born in Bell Station, California (d. 1974)
  • 1888-07-16 Percy Kilbride, American actor (Egg & I, Ma & Pa Kettle), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1964)
  • 1888-11-18 Frances Marion, American screenwriter and actress (Pollyanna), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1973)
  • 1889-02-04 Walter Catlett, American actor (Climax, Front Page, Tale of 2 Cities), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1960)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1889-02-23 Victor Fleming, American film director (The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind), born in Pasadena, California (d. 1949)

Director Victor Fleming
Director
Victor Fleming
  • 1889-07-15 Marjorie Rambeau, American actress (Primrose Path, Torch Song), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1970)
  • 1889-12-10 Ray Collins, American actor (Homecoming, Good Sam, Rose Marie), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1965)
  • 1890-01-10 Ernest Milton, US actor (Cat Girl, Fiddler's Three), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1890-01-16 Lloyd Bacon, US actor (Charlie Chaplin), born in San Jose, California (d. 1955)
  • 1890-07-20 Verna Felton, American actress (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp, December Bride), born in Salinas, California (d. 1966)
  • 1890-07-25 Julian Rivero, US actor (Son of Oklahoma, Via Pony Express), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1890-07-25 Tom O'Brien, US actor (Physical Evidence), born in San Diego, California
  • 1890-07-26 Daniel J. Callaghan, US Admiral (Medal of Honor), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1942)
  • 1890-08-02 Marin Sais, American actress (The Pony Express Girl), born in San Rafael, California (d. 1971)
  • 1890-12-02 William Gaxton, American actor (Destry, Convoy), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1963)
  • 1890-12-25 Robert Ripley, collector of odd facts (Believe it or Not), born in Santa Rosa, California (d. 1949)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1891-02-05 Elizabeth Ryan, American doubles tennis champion (6 time Wimbledon champion), born in Anaheim, California (d. 1979)

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • 1891-02-07 Ann Little [Mary Brooks], American actress, born in Mount Shasta, California (d. 1984)

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1891-03-19 Earl Warren, Governor of California/14th supreme court chief justice (1953-69), born in Los Angeles, California

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren
  • 1891-05-22 Robert Gordon Sproul, educator/college pres (Univ of California)
  • 1891-09-07 Roscoe Karns, San Bernadino California, actor (Capt Shafer-Hennesey)
  • 1891-09-28 Myrtle Gonzalez, American actress (Missy, Her Great Part), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1918)
  • 1891-12-07 Fay Bainter, American actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1968)
  • 1892-03-03 Edmund Lowe, American actor (Black Sheep, Good Sam, Dillinger, Hot Pepper), born in San Jose, California (d. 1971)
  • 1893-09-10 Al "Fuzzy" St John, American actor (Lash of the West), born in Santa Ana, California (d. 1963)
  • 1893-10-12 Velvalee Dickinson, American spy, convicted of espionage against the United States on behalf of Japan during World War II, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1980)
  • 1894-03-26 Will Wright, American actor (Adam's Rib, Living Christ Story), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1962)
  • 1894-08-03 Harry Heilmann, baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1894-10-12 Charles Hodge, California, NYU professor (Answers for Americans)
  • 1894-12-17 David Butler, director (April in Paris, Calamity Jane), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1895-05-15 Charles Lamont, director (Abbott & Costello Go to Mars), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1895-07-23 Aileen Pringle, American actress (Murder at Midnight), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1989)
  • 1895-07-26 Gracie Allen, American comedian and actress (Burns & Allen), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1964)
  • 1895-08-03 Marguerite Nichols, American actress (An Old Man's Folly), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1941)
  • 1895-11-29 Busby Berkeley, choreographer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1896-11-16 Lawrence Tibbett, baritone (Metropolitan 1923-50), born in Bakersfield, California

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1896-12-14 James Doolittle, USAF General who conducted the raid on Tokyo in 1942, born in Alameda, California (d. 1993)

Aviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle
Aviation Pioneer
Jimmy Doolittle
  • 1897-02-19 Alma Rubens, American actress (Humoresque), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1931)
  • 1897-03-11 Henry Dixon Cowell, Menlo Park California, composer (New Musical Resources)
  • 1897-10-28 Edith Head, Hollywood costume designer (8 Oscars), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1981)
  • 1897-11-17 Frank Fay, American vaudeville comedian and actor (God's Gift to Women, Love Nest), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1961)
  • 1897-11-30 Quinto Maganini, American composer (The Argonauts), born in Fairfield, California (d. 1974)
  • 1898-07-28 Lawrence Gray, American actor, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1970)
  • 1899-07-25 Arthur Lubin, American film director and producer (Francis The Talking Mule, Mr Ed), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)
  • 1900-08-08 Victor Young, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show, In Old California), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1900-08-23 Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer and songwriter (Morningtown Ride), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1978)
  • 1900-09-07 Emerson Treacy, American actor (California Straight Ahead, Prowler), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1901-04-04 Carmel Myers, American actress (Carmel Myers Show), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1980)
  • 1901-05-21 Horace Heidt, Alameda California, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon)
  • 1901-06-24 Harry Partch, composer (Oedipus), born in Oakland, California
  • 1901-10-18 Barbara Brown, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1975)
  • 1902-02-14 Fred Scott, American vocalist and actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), born in Fresno, California (d. 1991)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1902-02-20 Ansel Adams, photographer (1966 ASMP Award), born in San Francisco, California

Photographer Ansel Adams
Photographer
Ansel Adams

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1902-02-27 John Steinbeck, American author (Grapes of Wrath-Nobel 1962), born in Salinas, California (d. 1968)

  • 1902-03-29 Onslow Stevens, American actor (This is the Life), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1977)
  • 1902-05-02 Erin O'Brien-Moore, American actress (Peyton Place, Our Little Girl), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1979)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1902-07-04 George Murphy, American politician (US Senator, California), actor and dancer (MGM Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1992)

Actor and Senator George Murphy
Actor and Senator
George Murphy
  • 1902-08-11 Lloyd Nolan American, actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1985)
  • 1903-02-14 Stuart "Stu" Erwin, American actor (The Stu Erwin Show), born in in Squaw Valley, California (d. 1967)
  • 1903-12-26 Elisha Cook Jr, American actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane, Magnum PI), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • 1904-03-01 Paul Hartman, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Inherit the Wind), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1973)
  • 1904-05-03 John Breeden, American actor (Salute, Madame Racketeer, Joy Street), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1977)
  • 1905-01-03 Anna May Wong, American actress, 1st Chinese-American movie star (Shanghai Express), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1961)
  • 1905-01-26 Charles Lane, American actor (Homer-Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • 1905-01-27 Howard McNear, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show, Anatomy of a Murder, Irma La Douce), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1969)
  • 1905-04-21 Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown, American politician and Governor of California (D: 1959-67), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1996)

Famous Weddings

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HeartWedding of Interest

1899-02-10 Future US President Herbert Hoover (24) marries college sweetheart Lou Henry (24) in Monterey California

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover

HeartWedding of Interest

1923-11-25 Film director Frank Capra (26) weds actress Helen Howell in San Francisco, California

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

HeartWedding of Interest

1924-02-26 Astronomer Edwin Hubble (34) weds Grace Burke in Pasadena, California

Astronomer Edwin Hubble
Astronomer
Edwin Hubble

HeartWedding of Interest

1930-01-14 Author John Steinbeck (27) weds Carol Henning in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1940-01-26 Actor Ronald Raegan (28) weds Academy Award-winning actress Jane Wyman (23) at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather church in Glendale, California

Actress Jane Wyman
Actress
Jane Wyman

HeartWedding of Interest

1940-06-21 37th US President Richard Nixon (27) weds Pat Ryan (28) at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

HeartWedding of Interest

1940-09-22 "Adventures of Superman" actor George Reeves (26) weds Ellanora Needles at the Church of Our Savior in San Gabriel, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1942-01-10 Actress Ava Gardner (19) weds actor Mickey Rooney (21) in Ballard, California

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1944-07-23 Actress Susan Hayward (31) weds actor Jess Barker (32) at St. Thomas Church in Los Angeles, California

Actress Susan Hayward
Actress
Susan Hayward

HeartWedding of Interest

1944-11-20 Model agency executive Eileen Ford (22) weds businessman Gerard W. Ford (20) in San Francisco, California

Co-Founder of Ford Models Eileen Ford
Co-Founder of Ford Models
Eileen Ford

HeartWedding of Interest

1945-09-27 Actor Richard Cromwell (35) weds actress Angela Lansbury (19) in Independence, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1945-10-05 Actress Janet Leigh (18) weds Stanley Reames at Morris Chapel in Stockton, California

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh

HeartWedding of Interest

1946-01-17 Actor John Wayne (38) weds actress Esperanza Baur in Long Beach, California

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne

HeartWedding of Interest

1948-02-16 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1949-07-13 Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Jones (30) weds "Rebecca" film producer David O. Selznick (47) in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1958-02-15 Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully (30) weds model Joan (not the actress) Crawford in California

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Sportscaster
Vin Scully

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1959-09-19 Academy award winning actor Rod Steiger (34) weds stage and film actress Claire Bloom (28) in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1960-01-22 Comedic actor Bob Denver (25) weds Maggie Ryan in California

Actor Bob Denver
Actor
Bob Denver

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1964-06-27 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) weds academy award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) in Beverly Hills, California

  • 1964-09-24 Actress Jayne Mansfield (31) weds film producer and director Matt Cimber in Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1964-11-22 Actress Rosemary Clooney weds actor José Ferrer for the second time in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1965-09-17 Tennis star Billie Jean King (21) weds attorney Larry King (20) in Long Beach, California

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

HeartWedding of Interest

1966-06-20 Tennis champ Rod Laver (27) weds Mary Benson at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in San Rafael, California

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1968-08-25 "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (47) weds actor Roger Barrett (47) at the Community Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1973-07-28 Actress Farrah Fawcett (26) weds film and voice actor Lee Majors (34) at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California

  • 1974-01-31 "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (52) weds real-estate broker John Calvin People (45) in Santa Barbara, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1974-09-14 Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (41) weds actress Peggy Lipton (28) in Los Angeles, California

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • 1975-06-07 Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard (21) weds Cheryl Alley (21) at Magnolia Park United Methodist Church in Burbank, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1976-07-07 NFL running back Walter Payton (21) weds Connie Norwood in Los Angeles, California

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton

HeartWedding of Interest

1977-07-07 "American Bandstand" TV host Dick Clark (47) weds Kari Wigton (34) in Malibu, California

Radio and Television Personality Dick Clark
Radio and Television Personality
Dick Clark

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1978-08-11 Charo marries Kjell Rasten, a producer, in South Lake Tahoe, California

Actress Charo
Actress
Charo

HeartWedding of Interest

1980-07-16 Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer (31) weds award winning arranger Bruce Sudano (31) in Los Angeles, California

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer

HeartWedding of Interest

1982-05-01 Actress Kate Jackson (33) weds business executive David Greenwald in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Kate Jackson
Actress
Kate Jackson

HeartWedding of Interest

1982-11-21 Singer Joni Mitchell (39) weds bassist Larry Klein in Malibu, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1984-03-03 Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (23) weds swimmer Janet Buchan in Menlo Park, California

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

HeartWedding of Interest

1985-12-15 Actor Sylvester Stallone (39) weds "Rocky IV" actress Brigitte Nielsen (22) in Beverly Hills, California

Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Actor/Director
Sylvester Stallone

HeartWedding of Interest

1987-09-05 Actor Steven Seagal (36) weds actress Kelly LeBrock (27) in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-04-30 Actor and comedian Robin Williams (37) weds nanny Marsha Garces at a private ceremony in Lake Tahoe, California

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-06-02 Actor James Woods (42) weds horse trainer Sarah Owen (26) in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-12-09 "Baywatch" actor David Hasselhoff (37) weds actress Pamela Bach (26) at the Little Brown Church in Studio City, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1991-02-15 Baseball superstar George Brett (37) weds Leslie Davenport in Manhattan Beach, California

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1993-08-08 California state senator Tom Hayden (54) weds actress Barbara Williams (40)

HeartWedding of Interest

1993-09-11 Country singer Merle Haggard (56) weds fifth wife Theresa Ann Lane at his ranch near Redding, California

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1993-11-13 "Ladyhawke" actress Michelle Pfeiffer (35) weds television writer and producer David E. Kelley (37) in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1994-02-14 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (51) weds Deborah Koons (40) in Tiburon, California
  • 1994-07-10 The "Anthrax" heavy-metal guitarist Scott Ian (31) weds Debbie Leavitt (23) in Huntington Beach, California
  • 1994-09-17 "L.A. Law" actor Blair Underwood (30) weds freelance talent coordinator Desiree DaCosta (29) at his outdoor Southern California

HeartWedding of Interest

1994-10-01 Actress Whoopi Goldberg (38) weds labor union organizer Lyle Trachtenberg in California

  • 1995-02-06 "The Beach Boys" leader and chief songwriter Brian Wilson (52) weds former model Melinda Ledbetter (47) at Palos Verdes in Peninsula, California
  • 1995-05-07 Eldest son of Shirley Jones and screenplay writer Shaun Cassidy (36) weds actress Susan Diol (30) in Westwood, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1995-09-02 Actor Charlie Sheen (30) weds model Donna Peele (25) in Malibu, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-04-27 Actress Robin Wright (30) weds actor Sean Penn (35) in Santa Monica, California

Actress Robin Wright
Actress
Robin Wright
Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn
  • 1996-05-26 "Seinfield" actor-comedian Wayne Knight (41) weds makeup artist Paula Sutor (44) in Pacific Palisades, California
  • 1996-06-08 Lyricist and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager (52) weds former chairman of Warner Bros. Robert Daly (60) in Bel Air, California
  • 1996-06-22 "Full House" actress Candace Cameron (20) weds Montreal Canadiens hockey player Valeri Bure (22) at the Church of the Valle in Van Nuys, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-04-19 Tennis player champion Andre Agassi (26) weds actress and model Brooke Shields (31) in Monterey, California

Supermodel & Actress Brooke Shields
Supermodel & Actress
Brooke Shields
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 1997-05-03 "Port Charles" soap opera actor Jon Lindstrom (39) weds "The Young and The Restless" actress Eileen Davidson (38) in Cambria, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-06-12 Rapper and actor Snoop Dogg (25) weds high school sweetheart Shante Taylor at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey, California

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Rapper
Snoop Dogg
  • 1997-07-04 "Beverly Hills 90210" actor Ian Ziering (34) weds model-actress Nikki Schieler (26) in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-07-26 Director James Cameron (42) weds actress Linda Hamilton (40) in Malibu, California

Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • 1997-09-05 TV and radio host Larry King (64) weds singer Shawn Southwick (38) at the hospital room in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-11-15 TV host and actor William Shatner (66) weds former Ford model Nerine Kidd (38) in Pasadena, California

  • 1998-01-05 "Hercules" actor Kevin Sorbo (39) weds actress Sam Jenkins (33) at the Beurge Chapel in Pacific Palisades, California
  • 1998-02-14 Golden Globe Award-winning actress Sharon Stone (40) weds San Francisco Examiner executive editor Phil Bronstein (47) in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1998-05-28 "Xena: The Warrior Princess" Lucy Lawless (30) weds executive producer Rob Tapert (43) at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
  • 1998-06-27 The "Murphy Brown" actress Faith Ford (33) weds personal trainer and writer Campion Murphy (35) on Clint Eastwood's 22-acre Mission Ranch in Carmel, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1998-07-12 "Dynasty" actress Catherine Oxenberg (36) weds "Chinatown" film producer Robert Evans (68) in Beverly Hills, California

Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans

HeartWedding of Interest

1998-08-23 YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (30) weds Google executive Dennis Troper in Belmont, California

CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki
  • 1998-09-19 "Full House" actor John Stamos (35) weds supermodel Rebecca Romijn (25) at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1998-09-27 "The Mummy" actor Brendan Fraser (30) weds actress Afton Smith (32) at Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California
  • 1998-10-25 "Punky Brewster" actress Soleil Moon Frye (22) weds television producer and actor Jason Goldberg (26) at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California
  • 1998-12-19 Actress Vivica A. Fox (34) weds singer Christopher Harvest at the Park Plaza in Los Angeles, California
  • 1999-01-16 "General Hospital" actor Steve Burton (29) weds model Sheree Gustin (22) at a cliffside church in Dana Point, California
  • 1999-03-20 "Smallville" actress Annette O' Toole (46) weds "Laverne and Shirley" actor Michael McKean (51) at The Regal Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1999-06-12 Actor and film director David Arquette (27) weds "Friends" actress Courteney Cox (34) at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California

Actress Courteney Cox
Actress
Courteney Cox
  • 1999-07-15 "Grateful Dead" guitarist Bob Weir (51) weds Natasha Muenter (31) in Mill Valley, California

HeartWedding of Interest

1999-07-17 Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt (36) weds "The Simpsons" voice actor Hank Azaria (35) in Los Angeles, California

Actress Helen Hunt
Actress
Helen Hunt
Actor Hank Azaria
Actor
Hank Azaria

HeartWedding of Interest

1999-07-17 Actress Raquel Welch (58) weds Richard Palmer in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Raquel Welch
Actress
Raquel Welch

HeartWedding of Interest

1999-10-02 "Matchbox Twenty" lead singer Rob Thomas (27) weds model Marisol Maldonado in Santa Ynez, California

Rocker Rob Thomas
Rocker
Rob Thomas

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-07-29 American actress Jennifer Aniston (31) weds actor and film producer Brad Pitt (36) in a private ceremony at Malibu, California

Actress Jennifer Aniston
Actress
Jennifer Aniston
Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt
  • 2000-09-03 "Will & Grace" actress Debra Messing (32) weds actor-screenwriter Daniel Zelman (33) at a private estate in Santa Barbara, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-09-30 Tennis star player Pete Sampras (29) weds actress and former Miss Teen USA Bridgette Wilson (27) in Los Angeles, California

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 2000-10-10 Actor Rod Steiger (75) weds actress and fifth wife Joan Benedict (73) in Malibu, California
  • 2000-11-24 Actor, screenwriter and director Jon Favreau (34) weds physician Joya Tillem (30) in Sonoma, California
  • 2001-01-20 "Fast Lane" actor Peter Facinelli (27) weds actress and director Jennie Garth (28) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito, California
  • 2001-04-04 Actress and model Brooke Shields (35) weds sitcom writer Chris Henchy (37) in Catalina Island, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-04-18 NBA star player Kobe Bryant (22) weds Vanessa Laine at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-09-01 "Six Days Seven Nights" actress Anne Heche (32) weds cameraman Coleman Laffoon in Los Angeles, California

Actress Anne Heche
Actress
Anne Heche

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-09-29 Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez (32) weds dancer/choreographer Cris Judd (32) in Calabasas, California

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-10-20 Actor Johnathon Schaech (32) weds actress Christina Applegate (29) at the three-acre Cree Estate in Palm Springs, California

  • 2001-11-24 "Angel" actor David Boreanaz (32) weds actress Jaime Bergman (26) at Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, California
  • 2002-04-13 "Law & Order" actor Benjamin Bratt (38) weds actress-model Talisa Soto (35) in San Francisco, California
  • 2002-06-15 Actor Charlie Sheen (36) weds actress Denise Richards (31) under a rose arch dotted by over 1000 blooms in Brentwood, California
  • 2002-08-25 "Baywatch" actress Yasmine Bleeth (34) weds strip club owner Paul Cerrito at Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2002-09-20 "The Monkees" lead vocalist Micky Dolenz (57) weds Donna Quinter in Calabasas, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-03-01 "The Silence of the Lambs" actor Anthony Hopkins (65) weds actress-producer Stella Arroyave (47) in Malibu, California

  • 2003-04-25 "Angel" actress Amy Acker (26) weds actor James Carpinello (27) at Hans Fahden Vineyard in Napa Valley, California
  • 2003-05-10 "Broadway" singer-actress Carol Channing (82) weds Harry Kullijian at Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-05-13 NBA star Dennis Rodman (42) weds Michelle Moyer in a small civil ceremony in Newport Beach, California

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1543-01-03 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, Portuguese-Spanish conquistador who conquered Central America and later discovered California, dies of gangrene at around 43

Conquistador and Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
Conquistador and Explorer
Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1784-08-28 Junipero Serra, Spanish missionary priest who founded the 1st missions in California, dies at 70

Missionary Junípero Serra
Missionary
Junípero Serra
  • 1848-05-18 William A Leidesdorf, mixed-race early Californian, dies at 38 in SF
  • 1851-07-05 Juanita, Mexican, lynched by California gold diggers
  • 1853-07-25 Joaquin Murieta, Mexican born Californian outlaw
  • 1876-10-01 James Lick, American land baron in California, dies at 80
  • 1891-09-07 Lorenzo Sawyer, 9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California (b. 1820)
  • 1928-02-29 Ina Coolbrith, first poet laureate of California (b. 1841)
  • 1935-12-02 Albert Kessel, 1st to die in California gas chamber
  • 1945-08-06 Hiram Johnson, American progressive politician, US Senator, Governor of California (1911-17), dies at 78
  • 1962-01-24 Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (b. 1877)
  • 1965-03-17 Almos Alonzo Stagg, football coach (University of Chicago), dies in California at 102
  • 1966-01-03 Rex Lease, American actor (Fast Bullets, Sunny Skies, Custer's Last Stand), dies at 62
  • 1973-11-30 Bruce Yarnell, Los Angeles California, actor (Outlaws), dies at 35

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1974-07-09 Earl Warren, governor of California/Supreme court justice (1953-68), dies at 83

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren
  • 1977-03-27 A. P. Hamann, American politician and city manager of San Jose, California, dies in the Tenerife airport disaster at 67
  • 1978-02-28 Philip Ahn, American actor (Kung Fu, Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies from pneumonia at 66
  • 1979-08-09 Raymond Washington, founder of Los Angeles, California gang, the Crips
  • 1984-03-05 Michael Sklar, California, comedian (Laugh-in, Sha Na Na), dies at 39

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1990-12-13 Alice Marble, California, tennis star, dies at 77

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • 1992-02-26 S I Hayakawa, (Sen-R-California), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 1992-02-27 S I Hayakawa, (Sen-California, 1977-83), dies at 85
  • 1993-03-26 Roy Riegels, University of California football player who ran wrong way, dies at 84
  • 1993-11-03 Duncan Gibbins, director (Fire With Fire), dies in California fire at 41
  • 1996-02-16 Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown, American politician and Governor of California (D: 1959-67), dies at 90
  • 2003-02-07 John Reading, Mayor of Oakland, California (b. 1917)
  • 2003-02-10 Al Ruffo, Mayor of San Jose, California (b. 1908)
  • 2003-12-01 Clark Kerr, first Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley (b. 1911)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2004-06-05 Ronald Reagan, 40th US President (Republican: 1981-89) and actor (Bedtime for Bonzo), dies at 93

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 2007-02-05 Leo T. McCarthy, American politician and 43rd Lieutenant Governor of California (1983-1995) (b. 1930)
  • 2007-04-22 Juanita Millender-McDonald, congresswoman from southern California (b. 1938)
  • 2012-01-04 Ruben Ayala, American politician (California State Senator 1974-1998), dies of natural cause at 89
  • 2017-03-05 Anthony Beilenson, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1977-97), dies at 84