Anaheim in History

Historical Events

  • 1857-10-05 The City of Anaheim is founded
  • 1860-12-17 Anaheim Township created in Los Angeles County
  • 1861-06-19 Anaheim Post Office established
  • 1870-02-10 City of Anaheim in California incorporates for the 1st time, but disincorporates after two years as the tax burden was too high
  • 1878-03-18 City of Anaheim in California incorporates for the 2nd time
  • 1895-04-11 Anaheim completes its new electric light system
  • 1955-07-17 Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California.
  • 1964-08-31 Ground is broken for Anaheim Stadium, future home of MLB California Angels
  • 1965-09-03 Preparing a move to Anaheim, the Los Angeles Angels change their name to the California Angels
  • 1966-04-09 Anaheim Stadium for California Angels opens
  • 1966-04-19 In 1st regular season game at Anaheim Stadium, Angels lose 3-1 to Chic
  • 1967-07-11 38th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-1 in 15 at Anaheim Stadium, CA
  • 1967-08-02 New Orleans Saints play 1st ever pre-season game, lose to LA Rams 16-7 at Anaheim Stadium
  • 1967-10-13 First American Basketball Association (ABA) game is played with Oakland Oaks beating Anaheim Amigos, 132-129; red, white & blue ball and 3-point field goal introduced
  • 1968-02-15 Anaheim's Les Salvage scores 10, 3-pt baskets in ABA game vs Denver
  • 1982-12-02 American track and field record holder Steve Scott sets record for fastest round of golf played on a regulation course; posts a 95, completing 18 holes in 29:33.05s at Miller Golf Club in Anaheim, California; he used only two clubs, and ran between holes

Sports History

1989-07-11 60th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim All star MVP: Bo Jackson (KC Royals)


1996-03-31 WrestleMania XII, Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, CA - Shawn Michaels beats Bret Hart for WWF Heavyweight title

  • 1997-04-04 Anaheim Ducks clinch their 1st-ever playoff berth
  • 1997-08-10 Anaheim Angels Tony Phillips arrested for purchasing cocaine

Sports History

1997-08-13 San Diego Padres trade Rickey Henderson to Anaheim Angels

Sports History

1997-08-19 NY Yank 3rd baseman Wade Boggs pitches a scoreless inning vs Anaheim

  • 1997-09-15 Edison Intl purchases Anaheim Stadium naming rights for $50M


2000-04-02 WrestleMania XVI, Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, CA: Triple H beats The Rock, Mick Foley and The Big Show in a 4-way elimination match for the WWF Heavyweight tile

  • 2001-01-12 Downtown Disney opens to the public in Anaheim
  • 2002-10-05 For the first time in its 42-year old history, the Anaheim Angels win a post-season series by beating the Yankees, 9-5 to take the ALDS, 3-1

Sports History

2003-04-02 At 27 years, 249 days Texas Rangers infielder Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest MLB player to hit 300 home runs; homers off Ramon Ortiz in 5th inning of an 11-5 loss to the Angels in Anaheim

Film Premiere

2007-05-19 "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End", directed by Gore Verbinksi, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom premieres in Anaheim - most expensive film ($300 million) made at the time

  • 2007-06-06 Stanley Cup Final, Honda Center, Anaheim, CA: Anaheim Ducks defeat Ottawa Senators, 6-2 for a 4-1 series win; Ducks' first Championship
  • 2010-07-13 81st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at Angel Stadium, Anaheim

Famous Birthdays

Elizabeth RyanElizabeth Ryan (1891-1979)

1891-02-05 American tennis player (26 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Anaheim, California

  • 1909-08-10 Leo Fender, American inventor, and electric guitar designer (Telecaster; Stratocaster; Precision Bass), born in Anaheim California (d. 1991)
  • 1916-08-19 Marie Wilson, American actress (The Story of Mankind, My Friend Irma), born in Anaheim, California (d. 1972)
  • 1927-10-03 Chuck Hulse, American auto racer (USAC Champ Car Series, 26 x top 10 finishes), born in Anaheim, California (d. 2020)
  • 1944-04-06 John Huarte, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1964, Notre Dame; Super Bowl 1970, KC Chiefs), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1959-12-05 Connie Needham Newton, American actress (Eight is Enough, Fame), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1960-02-13 Kelly McCormick, US diver (Olympic silver 1984), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1963-04-27 Schae Harrison, American actress (Darla-Bold & Beautiful), born in Anaheim Hills, California
  • 1966-04-11 Steve Scarsone, American baseball infielder (SF Giants), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1966-11-17 Jeff Buckley, American musician and singer ("Hallelujah"), Anaheim, California (d. 1997)
  • 1967-10-13 Trevor Hoffman, American Baseball Hall of Fame closer (first pitcher to 500 & 600 saves milestone; 7 x MLB All Star; SD Padres), born in Bellflower, California
  • 1970-01-15 Michele Granger, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1970-09-05 Lori Harrigan, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1974-06-04 Stefan Lessard, American bassist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1975-12-29 Jaret Wright, American baseball player, born in Anaheim, California
  • 1977-07-08 Milo Ventimiglia, American actor (Gilmore Girls, This is Us), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1983-07-07 D. Woods, American singer (Danity Kane), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1989-06-13 Lisa Tucker, American singer and actress (American Idol), born in Anaheim, California