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
  • 1940-02-27 Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14 (radiocarbon dating) at the University of California Radiation Laboratory 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, California returns to original call letters KRE, marking 50 years since first on-air broadcxast
  • 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

  • 1903-02-12 Chick Hafey, American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1926, 31 St. Louis Cardinals; NL batting champion 1931; MLB All Star 1933), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1973)
  • 1912-07-01 David Brower, American environmentalist and president (Sierra Club), born in Berkeley, California (d. 2000)
  • 1920-09-20 Jay Ward, American cartoonist (Rocky & his Friends, Bullwinkle), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1989)
  • 1921-10-02 Albert Scott Crossfield, American test pilot (XS-1), born in Berkeley, California (d. 2006)
  • 1928-06-07 James Ivory, American producer, director and screenwriter (Howard's End; Remains of the Day), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1929-02-03 Russell Arms, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1929-10-21 Ursula K. Le Guin, American sci-fi author (The Left Hand of Darkness, Tombs of Atuan), born in Berkeley, California (d. 2018)
  • 1931-03-16 Don Richard Carpenter, American writer (Hard Rain Falling), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1995)
  • 1932-06-28 Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita, American actor (Happy Days, Karate Kid), born in Isleton, California (d. 2005)
  • 1935-08-20 Charles Shere, American contemporary classical composer, broadcaster, music critic, and educator, born in Berkeley, California (d. 2020)
  • 1938-10-25 Robert Webster, American diver (Olympic gold 1960, 64), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1940-03-15 Phil Lesh [Chapman], American rock bassist (Grateful Dead - "Box of Rain"), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1940-12-10 William Fred Dempster, crew member (Biosphere 2), born in Berkeley, California

Tom FogertyTom Fogerty (1941-1990)

1941-11-09 American rocker (Creedence Clearwater Revival), born in Berkeley, California

  • 1944-02-25 Karen Grassle, American actress (Caroline-Little House on Prairie), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1944-04-27 Herb Pedersen, American singer (Desert Rose Band - "Love Reunited"), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1945-05-28 John Fogerty, American songwriter, guitarist, and singer (Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Have You Ever Seen The Rain"; "Lookin' Out My Backdoor"), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1946-12-21 Christopher Keene, American conductor (La Traviata), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1995)
  • 1948-02-05 David Denny, American rock guitar player (Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1950-10-30 Phil Chenier, American NBA guard (Wash Bullets), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1951-01-19 Martha Davis, American rock singer-songwriter (Motels - "Only the Lonely"; "Shame"), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1951-11-22 Kent Nagano, Japanese-American conductor (Berkely Symphony, 1978-2009; Montreal Symphony, 2006-20), opera administrator (Lyon National, 1988-98; LA opera, 2003-06; Bavarian State, 206-13), and new music advocate, born in Berkeley, California
  • 1953-05-02 Jamaal Wilkes, American NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Yr 1975), born in Berkeley, California

Kathleen KennedyKathleen Kennedy (69 years old)

1953-06-05 American film producer (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park) President of Lucasfilm (2012-), born in Berkeley, California

  • 1953-08-31 Marcia Clark [Kleks], American LA DA (O.J. Simpson Case), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1956-12-06 Peter Buck, American rock guitarist (R.E.M. - Murmur), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1962-09-26 Melissa Sue Anderson, American actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1964-08-08 Anastasia Ashman, American writer and digital strategist (GlobalNiche), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1968-07-05 Molly Brock, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1968-09-04 Rick McNair, American water polo 2m defender (Olympics 1996), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1969-02-01 Joshua Redman, American jazz saxophonist, and composer, born in Berkeley, California

Mike DirntMike Dirnt (50 years old)

1972-05-04 American Rock Bassist (Green Day - "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"), born in Berkeley, California

Ben AffleckBen Affleck (50 years old)

1972-08-15 American Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Good Will Huntng), actor (Armageddon; Pearl Harbor), and BAFTA Award-winning director (Argo), born in Berkeley, California

  • 1973-01-11 Rockmond Dunbar, American actor (Earth 2, Prison Break), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1973-08-29 Adam Sessler, American TV show host, 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
  • 1979-12-29 Ariel Schrag, American cartoonist, born in Berkeley, California
  • 1981-09-21 Nicole Richie, American socialite, author and TV personality (The Simple Life), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1982-02-21 Chantal Claret, American musician, born in Berkeley, California
  • 1985-12-28 Kamani Hill, American footballer, born in Berkeley, California