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 incorporates (1st time)
  • 1876-12-06 City of Anaheim incorporated for 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 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
  • 1968-02-15 Anaheim's Les Salvage scores 10, 3-pt baskets in ABA game vs Denver
  • 1989-07-11 60th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim All star MVP: Bo Jackson (KC Royals)
  • 1997-04-04 Anaheim Ducks clinch their 1st-ever playoff berth
  • 1997-08-10 Anaheim Angels Tony Phillips arrested for purchasing cocaine

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997-08-13 SD Padres trade Rickey Henderson to Anaheim Angels

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 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
  • 2001-01-12 Downtown Disney opens to the public in Anaheim

Film release premierFilm Premier

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: first time winners Anaheim Ducks defeat Ottawa Senators 4-1
  • 2010-07-13 81st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at Angel Stadium, Anaheim

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestElizabeth Ryan

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
  • 1909-08-10 Leo Fender, inventor (Fender guitars including the Stratocaster), 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)
  • 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
  • 1963-10-23 Katherine Hushaw, Anaheim Ca, playmate (Oct, 1986)
  • 1966-04-11 Steve Scarsone, American baseball infielder (SF Giants), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1966-11-17 Jeff Buckley, 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), born Bellflower, California
  • 1970-01-15 Michele Granger, Anaheim California, softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1970-09-05 Lori Harrigan, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1977-07-08 Milo Ventimiglia, American actor (Gilmore Girls, This is Us), born in Anaheim, California