Berkeley, CA in History

Historical Events

  • 1866-05-24 Berkeley, California named (for George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne)
  • 1909-12-21 1st junior high school established (Berkeley California)
  • 1910-01-02 1st junior high schools in US opens (Berkeley California)
  • 1936-12-24 1st radioactive isotope medicine administered in Berkeley, California
  • 1954-02-15 1st Bevatron particle accelerator in operation at Berkeley, California
  • 1961-02-14 Element 103, Lawrencium, 1st produced in Berkeley Calif
  • 1963-04-29 KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KPAT
  • 1972-06-11 KPAT-AM in Berkeley CA returns from KRE
  • 1986-08-13 KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KBLX (now KBFN)
  • 1990-09-27 Gunman holds 33 people (killing 1) hostage in Berkeley Calif

Famous Birthdays

  • 1929-02-03 Russell Arms, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1929-10-21 Ursula K[roeber] Le Guin, American sci-fi author (Tombs of Atuan), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1932-06-28 Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita, Isleton CA, actor (Happy Days, Karate Kid)
  • 1938-10-25 Robert Webster, diver (Oly-gold-1960, 64), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1940-03-15 Phil Lesh, [Chapman], American rock bassist (Grateful Dead), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1940-12-10 William Fred Dempster, crew member (Biosphere 2), born in Berkeley, California

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1941-11-09 Tom Fogerty, American rocker (Creedence Clearwater Revival), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1990)

Rocker Tom Fogerty
Rocker
Tom Fogerty
  • 1944-02-25 Karen Grassle, American actress (Caroline-Little House on Prairie), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1945-05-28 John Fogerty, American rocker (Creedence Clearwater Revival), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1946-12-21 Christopher Keene, conductor (La Traviata), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1951-11-22 Kent Nagano, American conductor and opera administrator, born in Berkeley, California
  • 1953-06-05 Kathleen Kennedy, American film producer (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1953-08-31 Marcia Clark, [Kleks], LA DA (O.J. Simpson Case), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1967-08-28 Darren Lewis, outfielder (Chicago White Sox), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1968-07-05 Molly Brock, rower (Olympics-96), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1968-09-04 Rick McNair, water polo 2m defender (Olympics-96), born in Berkeley, California

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1972-05-04 Mike Dirnt [Michael Ryan Pritchard], American musician (Green Day), born in Berkeley, California

Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt

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1972-08-15 Ben Affleck, American actor (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor), born in Berkeley, California

  • 1974-06-02 Tammy Holmes, female outfielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1978-03-11 Christopher Rice, American author (A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1978-08-18 Andy Samberg, American comedian and actor (Brooklyn Nine Nine), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1981-09-21 Nicole Richie, American socialite, author and TV personality (The Simple Life), born in Berkeley, California