Palo Alto in History

Historical Events

  • 1894-12-25 1st midwestern football team to play on west coast, University of Chicago defeats Stanford 24-4 at Palo Alto, CA in football

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939-01-01 Hewlett-Packard is founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in a garage in Palo Alto, California "the birthplace of Silicon Valley"

Electrical Engineer and Businessman Bill Hewlett
Electrical Engineer and Businessman
Bill Hewlett

Famous Birthdays

  • 1912-10-31 Ollie Johnston, American animator and the last living member of Disney's Nine Old Men, born in Palo Alto, California (d. 2008)
  • 1914-06-19 Alan Cranston, American politician (Sen-D-CA, 1969-1993), born in Palo Alto, California (d. 2000)
  • 1945-04-24 Doug Clifford, American rock drummer (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1945-04-30 Mimi FariƱa, American rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind), born in Palo Alto, California (d. 2001)
  • 1946-05-07 Bill Kreutzmann, American rock drummer (Grateful Dead), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1947-09-26 Dick Roth, American swimmer (Olympic gold men's 400m individual medley 1964), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1949-10-03 Lindsey Buckingham, American guitarist and lead singer (Fleetwood Mac), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1949-11-16 William Ackerman, American guitarist and composer, founder of Windham Hill Records, born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1950-04-18 Kenny Ortega, American film and TV producer (High School Musical trilogy), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1950-06-11 Michael Swan, American actor (Duncan-As The World Turns), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1950-06-17 Susan Damante, American actress (The Adventure of Wilderness Family), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1950-11-04 Markie Post, American actress (Christine-Night Court), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1953-09-10 Amy Irving, American actress (Yentl, Carrie, Crossing Delancy), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1955-09-29 Vicki Fergon, American golfer (first woman to win on all 3 LPGA-affiliated tours), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1957-08-28 Rick Rossovich, American actor (Top Gun, Roxanne, ER), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1960-01-17 John Crawford, American bass (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1961-09-17 Pamela Ann Melroy, Major USAF/astronaut (sk:STS 92), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1962-07-18 Lee Arenberg, American actor (Pintel - Pirates of the Caribbean), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1964-05-08 Cheryl Richardson, actress (Jennie-General Hospital), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1965-05-24 Chris Jorgis, American badminton player (Olympic-92), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1965-10-21 Chris Duplanty, water polo goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1966-05-31 Jessica Monroe, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1968-01-19 Whitfield Crane [William Whitfield Crane IV], American rock musician (Ugly Kid Joe-Mad Man, Too Bad), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1970-01-16 Don MacLean, American NBA forward (NJ Nets, Denver Nuggets), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1971-05-12 Jamie Luner, actress (Cindy-Just the 10 of Us), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1973-08-29 Devin Wyman, American football defensive tackle (New England Patriots), born in East Palo Alto, California
  • 1973-11-08 Nicole Teter, American 800m runner, born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1974-04-20 Paul Bradford, American football cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in East Palo Alto, California
  • 1977-01-30 Deltha O'Neal, American football player, born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1978-04-19 James Franco, American actor (The Disaster Artist), born in Palo Alto, California

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

2012-05-19 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (28) weds his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan at a small ceremony in Palo Alto, California

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg