Oakland in History

Historical Events

  • 1849-09-19 1st commercial laundry established, in Oakland, California
  • 1863-09-01 Rail & ferry connection between San Francisco & Oakland inaugurated
  • 1868-03-23 University of California founded in Oakland, California
  • 1870-03-18 1st US National Wildlife Preserve (Lake Meritt in Oakland California)
  • 1874-02-21 Oakland Daily Tribune begins publication
  • 1912-01-13 -40°F (-40°C), Oakland, Maryland (state record)
  • 1924-06-06 28th US Golf Open: Cyril Walker shoots a 297 at Oakland Hills CC Mich
  • 1928-05-31 1st aerial crossing of Pacific takes off from Oakland
  • 1929-07-15 1st airport hotel opens at Oakland, California
  • 1931-02-20 Congress allows California to build Oakland-Bay Bridge
  • 1933-07-04 Work begins on Oakland Bay Bridge

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1935-01-11 Amelia Earhart flies from Honolulu to Oakland Ca (non-stop, of course)

  • 1936-11-12 Oakland Bay Bridge opens
  • 1937-06-12 41st US Golf Open: Ralph Guldahl shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich
  • 1938-08-17 1st aircraft owned by US Forest Service in service (Oakland)
  • 1945-09-10 KLS-AM in Oakland Ca changes call letters to KWBR (now KDIA)

Sport awardGolf Major

1951-06-16 51st US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Oakland Hills CC, Michigan

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
  • 1958-03-03 KTVU TV channel 2 in Oakland-San Francisco, California (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1959-06-07 KLX-AM in Oakland California changes call letters to KEWB (now KNEW)
  • 1960-01-26 Oakland Raiders enter the American Football League
  • 1961-06-17 61st US Golf Open: Gene Littler shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich
  • 1963-07-08 Reports of Charlie Finley's intention to move KC A's to Oakland
  • 1963-10-12 San Francisco's Oakland Bay Bridge converted to 1-way on each deck
  • 1964-10-16 Indians' directors vote to keep franchise in Cleveland, rejecting bids by Seattle, Oakland & Dallas
  • 1966-08-27 Oakland Pitcher Paul Lindblad begins a 385 cons errorless streak
  • 1966-10-16 Joean Baez & 123 other anti-draft protestors arrested in Oakland
  • 1966-11-09 Oakland Coliseum Arena opens
  • 1967-10-18 AL votes to allow Athletics to move from KC to Oakland & expand league to 12 teams in 1971 with KC & Seattle teams
  • 1967-12-08 NHL California Seals change name to Oakland Seals
  • 1968-04-17 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Balt Orioles
  • 1968-05-08 Jim (Catfish) Hunter of Oakland pitches perfect game vs Twins (4-0)
  • 1969-05-07 2nd ABA championship: Oakland Oaks beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • 1969-10-19 Oakland Darryle Lamonica passes for 6 touchdowns vs Buffalo (50-21)
  • 1970-04-13 Oakland uses gold-colored bases during the club's home opener: Rules Committee subsequently bans this innovation
  • 1972-09-11 BART begins service with a 26-mi (42-km) line from Oakland to Fremont
  • 1972-09-24 Jack Tatum, Oakland, returns a fumble 104 yds vs Green Bay (rec)
  • 1973-07-30 Texas Rangers Jim Bibby no-hits 1st-place Oakland, 6-0
  • 1973-10-11 Oakland beats Baltimore 3 games to 2 to win AL pennant
  • 1976-11-09 Oakland releases Billy Williams, ending his Hall of Fame career
  • 1977-08-12 For 2nd straight day, Oakland's Manny Sanguillen foils a no-hit bid
  • 1979-05-07 Gary Roenicke hits into Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1979-06-24 Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland & steals his 1st base

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1981-01-04 "Red Right 88", trailing 14–12 Clevelands Browns attempt an end zone pass play (Red Right 88) and a game-winning field goal in the final minute, but pass intercepted by Raiders safety Mike Davis and Oakland wins
  • 1981-10-15 Professional cheerleader Krazy George Henderson leads what is thought to be the first audience wave in Oakland, California.
  • 1981-11-22 SD Charger Dan Fouts passes for 6 touchdowns vs Oakland (55-21)
  • 1982-08-02 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 100th MLB base of the season in 6-5 win v Seattle, first to steal 100 twice in modern era
  • 1983-09-13 Oakland's Rickey Henderson 3rd straight 100 steals for season
  • 1985-06-16 85th US Golf Open: Andy North shoots a 279 at Oakland Hills CC Mich
  • 1985-07-14 Last USFL game-Baltimore Stars defeats Oakland Invaders, 28-24
  • 1987-07-14 58th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-0 in 13 at Oakland-Alameda Stad

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987-08-14 Oakland's Mark McGwire sets rookie HR record at 39, en route to 49

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1987-11-03 Oakland 1st baseman Mark McGwire wins AL Rookie of Year
  • 1988-05-18 In just Oakland's 39th of the season, pitcher Dave Stewart breaks record with his 12th balk en route to 16
  • 1989-09-27 Oakland wins AL West & SF wins NL West title
  • 1989-10-08 Oakland beats Toronto, 4-3 in Game 5, to advance to the World Series
  • 1990-03-12 LA Raiders announce their return to Oakland
  • 1990-05-24 A car carrying American Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney explodes in Oakland, California, critically injuring both

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990-06-11 Nolan Ryan pitches his 6th no-hitter beating Oakland, in 9th he retires Ken Phelps, Rickey Henderson & Willie Randolph (all ex Yanks)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph
MLB Second Baseman and Manager
Willie Randolph
  • 1990-08-08 Balt Orioles pull their 10th triple play (1-6-3 vs Oakland)
  • 1990-09-09 Oakland beats NY 7-3 to complete a 12-game sweep of Yankees this year
  • 1990-11-13 Oakland's Bob Welch wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 1990-11-20 Oakland's Rickey Henderson wins AL MVP
  • 1991-10-21 24 die in a fire in Oakland Calif
  • 1992-03-29 Ice Dance Championship at Oakland won by Klimova & Ponomarenko (CIS)
  • 1992-03-29 Ice Pairs Championship at Oakland won by Mishuktienok & Dmitriev (CIS)
  • 1992-03-29 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Oakland won by Viktor Petrenko (CIS)
  • 1996-06-16 96th US Golf Open: Steve Jones shoots a 278 wins at Oakland Hills CC
  • 1996-12-18 The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect.
  • 2004-09-19 35th Ryder Cup: Europe wins 18.5-9.5 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan, US
  • 2007-06-01 Jack Kevorkian is released from prison after serving eight years of his 10-25 year prison term for second-degree murder in the 1998 death of Thomas Youk, 52, of Oakland County, Michigan.
  • 2012-04-02 Oikos University, Oakland shooting kills seven people and injures 3
  • 2016-12-02 Fire during a dance party at an Oakland warehouse kills 36

Famous Birthdays

  • 1874-10-08 Nance O'Neil, American actor (Cimarron), born in Oakland, California (d. 1965)
  • 1877-01-10 Frederick Gardner Cottrell, American inventor (electrostatic precipitator), born in Oakland, California (d. 1948)
  • 1901-06-24 Harry Partch, American composer (Oedipus), born in Oakland, California (d. 1974)
  • 1905-09-18 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, American comedian and actor (The Jack Benny Program), born in Oakland, California (d. 1977)
  • 1912-04-11 John Larkin, American actor (Saints & Sinners, The Satan Bug, 12 O'Clock High), born in Oakland, California (d. 1965)
  • 1915-12-29 Jo Van Fleet, American actress (Cool Hand Luke, Cinderella, East of Eden), born in Oakland, California (d. 1996)
  • 1921-04-01 William L Bergsma, American composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • 1921-04-14 Thomas Schelling, American economist, (Nobel Prize 2005 - game-theory analysis), born in Oakland, California (d. 2016)
  • 1921-12-05 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital, The War of the Roses), born in Oakland, California (d. 2017)
  • 1922-01-31 William Sylvester, American actor (2001: A Space Odyssey, Gemini Man), born in Oakland, California (d. 1995)
  • 1925-01-23 Marty Paich, American musician, conductor, producer and arranger (Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson), born in Oakland, California (d. 1995)
  • 1925-10-27 Jane Connell, American actress (Jane-Stanley, Bridget-Dumpling), born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)
  • 1929-10-04 Scotty Beckett, American actor (Our Gang, Listen Darling, Battleground), born in Oakland, California (d. 1968)
  • 1931-12-02 Edwin Meese III, US attorney General (1985-88), born in Oakland, California
  • 1933-04-29 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), born in Oakland, California (d. 2015)
  • 1935-11-24 Ronald V Dellums, (Rep-D-California, 1971- ), born in Oakland, California
  • 1937-12-04 Max Baer Jr, actor (Jethro-Beverly Hillbillies), born in Oakland, California
  • 1938-05-11 Carla Bley [Carla Borg], American musician (Escalator Over the Hill), born in Oakland, California
  • 1940-07-10 Mills Watson, American actor (Harper Valley PTA, BJ & Bear), born in Oakland, California
  • 1941-10-02 Ron Meagher, American rock bassist (The Beau Brummels), born in Oakland, California
  • 1942-01-05 Dany Sava [Danielle Savalle], French actress (Moon Pilot), born in Paris, France
  • 1943-02-09 Squire Fridell, actor (Rosetti & Ryan), born in Oakland, California
  • 1947-01-05 Ted Lange, actor (Isaac-Love Boat, Mr T & Tina), born in Oakland, California
  • 1947-05-21 William "Bill" Champlin, American Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and producer (Chicago, Sons of Champlin), born in Oakland, California
  • 1947-10-30 Timothy B Schmidt, rocker (Eagles), born in Oakland, California
  • 1948-01-23 Anita Pointer, rock vocalist (Pointer Sisters-She's So Shy), born in Oakland, California
  • 1949-10-11 Greg Douglas, American rock guitarist/vocalist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra), born in Oakland, California

Person of interestMark Hamill

1951-09-25 Mark Hamill, actor (Luke Skywalker-Star Wars), born in Oakland, California

  • 1954-10-03 Dennis Eckersley, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Oakland, California
  • 1956-11-03 Bob Welch, American MLB pitcher (Oakland), born in Seal Beach, CA, (d. 2014)
  • 1957-12-12 Sheila E.[scovedo], American singer, drummer and percussionist (Krush Grove, Holly Rock), born in Oakland, California
  • 1961-07-21 Jim Martin, rock guitarist (Faith No More-Real Thing), born in Oakland, California
  • 1961-08-09 Brad Gilbert, tennis star, born in Oakland, California
  • 1962-03-30 M C Hammer, [Stanley Kirk Burrell], rapper (Hammer Time), born in Oakland, California
  • 1962-08-02 Cynthia Stevenson, American actress (Bob, Hope & Gloria), born in Oakland, California
  • 1963-12-18 Lori McNeil, tennis star (1995 Oakland doubles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1964-08-24 Pebbles, American rock vocalist (Girlfriend), born in Oakland, California
  • 1964-10-20 Kamala Harris, American lawyer and politician (1st African- American, Asian-American attorney general of California, born in Oakland, California
  • 1965-02-01 Brandon Lee, actor (Showdown in Little Tokyo), born in Oakland, California (d. 1993)
  • 1966-01-17 Don Myrah, cyclist (Olympics 20th-96), born in Oakland, California
  • 1966-08-31 Jeff Frye, infielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Oakland, California
  • 1966-09-29 Jill Whelan, actress (Vicki-Love Boat, Young & Restless), born in Oakland, California
  • 1967-12-13 Deborah Driggs, playmate (Mar, 1990), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968-01-08 Brian Johnson, catcher (San Diego Padres), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968-05-22 Mike Harbold, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Oakland, California
  • 1969-08-09 Divine Brown [Estelle Marie Thompson], American prostitute (Hugh Grant), born in Oakland, California
  • 1970-04-20 Shemar Moore, actor (Malcolm-Young & Restless), born in Oakland, California
  • 1970-07-14 Thomas Lauderdale, musician (Pink Martini), born in Oakland, California
  • 1971-05-14 Raphael Wiggins, rapper (Lifelines), born in Oakland, California

Person of interestBillie Joe Armstrong

1972-02-17 Billie Joe Armstrong, singer/musician (Green Day), born in Oakland, California

  • 1974-01-28 Jermaine Dye, outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Oakland, California
  • 1978-02-20 Chelsea Peretti, American comedian and actress (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), born in Oakland, California
  • 1990-07-15 Damian Lillard, American basketball player (Portland Trail Blazers), born in Oakland, Californai
  • 1996-09-01 Zendaya [Coleman], American actress (Shake it Up), singer and dancer, born in Oakland, California
  • 1998-08-01 Khamani Griffin, American actor (All Of Us, Daddy Day Care), born in Oakland, California

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-06-18 Politician Jerry Brown (67) weds businesswoman Anne Gust (47) in Oakland, California

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown

Famous Deaths

  • 1934-08-18 Delilah L Beasley, US author/columnist (Oakland Tribune), dies at 61
  • 1983-08-29 Simon Oakland, American actor (Toma, Kolchak), dies at 61
  • 1993-08-17 Robert C Maynard, CEO (Oakland Tribune), dies at 56
  • 2003-02-07 John Reading, Mayor of Oakland, California (b. 1917)