Sacramento in History

Historical Events

  • 1847-02-28 US defeats Mexico in battle of Sacramento
  • 1860-04-03 Pony Express began between St Joseph, Missouri & Sacramento, California
  • 1860-04-13 1st Pony Express reaches Sacramento, California
  • 1891-02-09 1st shipment of asparagus arrives in San Francisco from Sacramento
  • 1955-03-20 KXTV TV channel 10 in Sacramento, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-09-02 KCRA TV channel 3 in Sacramento, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959-02-23 KVIE TV channel 6 in Sacramento-Stockton, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting

MurderAssassination Attempt

1975-09-05 First Assassination attempt on US President Gerald Ford by Lynette Fromme in Sacramento

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 1985-12-11 Computer store owner in Sacramento California killed by package bomb
  • 1987-02-04 Sacramento Kings score only 4 points 1st quarter against Lakers; fewest in a period since introduction of 24 second shot-clock in 1954
  • 1987-05-07 105°F in Sacramento, CA
  • 1988-11-08 Arco Arena in Sacramento CA opens, Sac Kings lose to Seattle, 97-75
  • 1991-03-23 1st World League of American Football games, London beats Frankfurt 24-11, Sacramento beats Raleigh-Dur 9-3 & Mont beats Birmingham 20-5
  • 1992-04-13 Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Sacramento, Providence, Denver, Dallas, and Grand Rapids
  • 1992-06-06 WLAF World Bowl 2, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Sacramento Surge beats Orlando Thunder, 21-17
  • 1993-02-23 Sacramento Gold Miners admitted as CFL's 9th franchise (1st US team)
  • 1994-10-16 Shreveport Pirates win first Canadian Football League game, 24-12 at home to Sacramento Gold Miners; fold 1995
  • 1995-02-21 CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners become San Antonio Texans
  • 1995-07-08 1st CFL game between 2 US teams, Las Vegas Posse vs Sacramento Gold

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1998-05-04 A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • 2018-03-18 African American Stephon Clark shot 20 times by police in his Grandmother's backyard in Sacramento, California during vandalism investigation
  • 2018-03-24 Hundreds of protesters shut down special meeting at Sacramento City Hall investigating police shooting of Stephon Clark
  • 2020-01-16 Former Sacramento State softball player Alyssa Nakken becomes first woman to hold a coaching position on a MLB staff when named an assistant by the San Francisco Giants

Famous Birthdays

  • 1848-09-04 Jennie Lee, American actress (The Birth of a Nation), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1925)
  • 1866-09-02 Hiram Johnson, Progressive politician, US Senator, Governor of California (1911-17), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1945)
  • 1878-10-09 Robert Warwick, American actor (Falcon's Adventure), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1964)
  • 1884-04-30 Albert Elkus, American composer, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1962)
  • 1889-12-10 Ray Collins, American actor (Homecoming, Good Sam, Rose Marie), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1965)
  • 1893-10-12 Velvalee Dickinson, American spy, convicted of espionage against the United States on behalf of Japan during World War II, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1980)
  • 1910-01-09 Dick Henry Jurgen, American swing music bandleader, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1995)
  • 1912-12-15 Ray Eames, American designer and filmmaker, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1988)
  • 1915-01-14 Mark Goodson, American game show producer, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1992)
  • 1916-04-03 Herb Caen, American columnist (SF Chronicle), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1997)
  • 1916-10-10 Benson Fong, American actor (Charlie Chan, Purple Heart), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1987)
  • 1917-11-17 Jack Lescoulie, TV host (Jackie Gleason Show), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1920-02-29 James Mitchell, American dancer and actor (All My Children, Bloomer Girl), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2010)
  • 1920-03-28 Eugene A. Chappie, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from California, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1992)
  • 1925-01-15 Ruth Slenczynska, American pianist, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1930-05-05 Michael J. Adams, USAF pilot (X-15), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1967)
  • 1930-06-27 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 1952, 60), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2016)
  • 1932-11-16 Barbara Romack, American golfer (US Curtis Cup team 1954, 56, 58), born in Sacramento, CA (d. 2016)
  • 1934-12-05 Joan Didion, American author and journalist (The year of Magical Thinking), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1936-07-23 Anthony Kennedy, 106th US Supreme Court justice (1988- ), born in Sacramento, California

Person of interestCharles Schwab

1937-07-29 Charles Schwab, American investor and entrepreneur (Charles Schwab Corporation), born in Sacramento, California

Investor and Entrepreneur Charles Schwab
Investor and Entrepreneur
Charles Schwab
  • 1941-09-17 Bob Matsui, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1979-2005), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2005)
  • 1943-07-31 Sab Shimono, Japanese-American actor (Jackie Chan Adventures), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1944-08-09 Sam Elliott, actor (Big Chill, Fatal Beauty), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1945-01-10 Spider Sabich, American alpine skier (Olympics 1968; shot by actress Claudine Longet), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1976)
  • 1945-06-11 Adrienne Barbeau, American actress (Maude, Swamp Thing), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1945-09-19 Randolph Mantooth, American actor (Emergency, Loving), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1945-12-06 Larry Bowa, American 2nd baseman (Phillies), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1946-01-12 Cynthia Robinson, American musician (Sly & Family Stone-Everyday People), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2015)
  • 1946-01-16 Michael L. Coats, Capt USN/astr (STS 41-D, 29, 39), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1947-07-31 John Vukovich, American baseball infielder, manager (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2007)
  • 1951-11-02 Kathy Hammond, American athlete (Olympic bronze 400m, silver 4x400m relay 1972), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1951-11-13 Bill Gibson, American rock drummer (Huey Lewis & The News), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1952-07-02 Johnny Colla, American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1954-09-26 Craig Chaquico, American rock guitarist (Jefferson Starship), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1954-12-29 Roger Voudouris, American singer-songwriter & guitarist, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1955-10-26 Stephen K Robinson, PhD/astronaut (STS 85, sk:95), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1956-11-04 Jeff Watson, American rock guitarist (Night Ranger), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1958-01-19 Thomas Kinkade, American painter, born in Sacramento, California (d. 2012)
  • 1961-01-22 Daniel Johnston, American musician and visual artist (Hi, How Are You), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2019)
  • 1961-02-18 Alycia Moulton, American tennis player, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1962-11-05 Brian Wheat, American rock bassist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1963-12-10 Doug Henry, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1963-12-20 Karen Moncrieff, American actress (Xtro 3, Days of Our Lives), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1964-04-14 Allen James, 50K walker (Olympics 24th-92, 96), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1964-06-25 John McCrea, American singer and musician (Cake), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965-01-19 Ricky Reynolds, American NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965-03-31 Patty Fendick, American tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1991), born in Sacramento, California

Person of interestRodney King

1965-04-02 Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cops, born in Sacramento, California (d. 2012)

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • 1965-07-03 Greg Vaughn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1993, 96, 98, 2001); Silver Slugger Award 1998; Milwaukee Brewers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965-07-10 Scott McCarron, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 2017), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1966-07-06 Brian Posehn, American actor (Jim Kuback-Mission Hill), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1967-01-07 Scott Galbraith, American NFL tight end (Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1967-04-27 Bridgette Gordon, American basketball forward (Sacramento Monarchs, Olympic gold 1988), born in DeLand, Florida
  • 1967-10-26 Shelly Stokes, American softball catcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1968-10-26 Chris Oldham, American NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1969-04-16 Fernando Viña, Cuban-American infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1970-08-03 Stephen Carpenter, American musician (Deftones), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1971-01-12 Andy Fox, American baseball infielder (NY Yankees), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1972-10-19 Marc Newfield, outfielder (San Diego Padres), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1973-02-14 Tyus Edney, American basketball player (Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings), born in Gardena, California
  • 1974-01-20 Rae Carruth, American football wide receiver (Carolina Panthers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1975-04-24 Sam Doumit, American actress (Shameless), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1975-09-06 Derrek Lee, American baseball 1st baseman (2 x MLB All Star, 3 x Gold Glove), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1976-12-23 Brad Lidge, American baseball player, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1977-03-24 Jessica Chastain, American actress (Martian, Mama, The Help), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1980-08-21 Burney Lamar, American race car driver, born in West Sacramento, California
  • 1980-11-10 Donté Stallworth, American NFL wide receiver (New Orleans Saints), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1983-01-07 Natalie Gulbis, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 2006 3rd), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1984-04-20 Tyson Griffin, American professional mixed martial artist, born in Sacramento, California

Person of interestBrie Larson

1989-10-01 Brie Larson [Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers], American actress (Room, Captain Marvel), singer and director, born in Sacramento, California

Actress Brie Larson
Actress
Brie Larson