San Diego in History

Historical Events


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1542-09-28 Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay, naming it San Miguel and claims it for Spain

Conquistador and Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
Conquistador and Explorer
Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo

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1769-07-16 Father Junipero Serra founds Mission San Diego the 1st mission in California

Missionary Junípero Serra
Missionary
Junípero Serra
  • 1897-03-13 San Diego State University is founded.
  • 1910-11-10 The date of Thomas A. Davis' opening of the San Diego Army and Navy Academy, though the official founding date is November 23, 1910.
  • 1911-01-10 1st photo in US taken from an airplane, San Diego
  • 1911-01-26 Glenn Curtiss pilots 1st successful hydroplane, San Diego
  • 1911-02-17 1st hydroplane flight to & from a ship (Glenn Curtiss, San Diego)
  • 1913-11-18 Lincoln Deachey performs first airplane loop-the-loop (San Diego)
  • 1916-10-02 San Diego Zoo founded
  • 1923-05-03 1st nonstop north American transcontinental flight (NY-San Diego) completed
  • 1928-03-27 KGB-AM in San Diego CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1949-03-16 KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-04-19 Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Diego Golf Open
  • 1953-06-29 XETV TV channel 6 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-13 KGTV TV channel 10 in San Diego, CA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960-07-12 XEWT TV channel 12 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1961-02-10 AFL's LA Chargers move to San Diego
  • 1961-12-24 Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3 in AFL championship game
  • 1962-09-30 Mickey Wright wins LPGA San Diego Golf Open
  • 1963-01-05 San Diego beats Boston 51-10 in AFL championship game
  • 1964-01-05 San Diego Chargers win AFL-championship
  • 1964-12-26 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 20-7 in AFL championship game
  • 1965-11-14 KCST TV channel 39 in San Diego, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1965-12-26 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 23-0 in AFL championship game
  • 1967-06-25 KPBS TV channel 15 in San Diego, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-12-13 San Diego, CA records snow at a zero elevation after temperatures plunge 19 degrees (F) in eight hours.
  • 1968-04-05 Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego opens
  • 1968-09-28 Atlanta Chiefs beat San Diego Toros 3-0 for NASL championship
  • 1970-09-26 The Laguna Fire starts in San Diego County, California, burning 175,425 acres (710 km²).
  • 1972-09-18 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego)

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1973-09-26 Wilt Chamberlain signs with ABA San Diego Conquistadors

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1975-04-15 1st appearance of San Diego Chicken
  • 1978-07-11 49th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at San Diego Stadium
  • 1978-09-25 PSA Boeing 727 & a Cessna private plane collide by San Diego, 144 die
  • 1979-06-29 San Diego Chicken reborn at Jack Murphy Stadium
  • 1982-01-02 "The Epic in Miami", in 85 degree heat (Fahrenheit), the San Diego Chargers defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in overtime in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, a game that set numerous playoff scoring records
  • 1982-03-15 KGB-AM in San Diego CA changes call letters to KCNN (now KPOP)
  • 1988-01-31 Super Bowl XXII: Wash Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10 in San Diego Super Bowl MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB
  • 1988-04-10 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA San Diego Inamori Golf Classic
  • 1990-09-03 Helen Hudson sings national anthem in 26th park of year (San Diego)
  • 1991-04-21 French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovers the San Diego, Dutch galleon sunk in 1600 off Fortune Island in the Philippines
  • 1991-05-23 San Diego Sockers win 4th consecutive Major Soccer League championship
  • 1991-09-14 Freshman Marshall Faulk of San Diego State rushed for NCAA record
  • 1991-11-30 San Diego State's Marshall Faulk is 1st freshman to capture national rushing & scoring titles
  • 1992-05-09 America Cup finals begin in San Diego
  • 1992-05-16 America's Cup: America Team USA defeats Il Moro di Venezia 4-1 to win in San Diego
  • 1994-02-05 "Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego," debuts on Fox TV
  • 1995-01-29 Super Bowl XXIX: SF 49ers beat San Diego Chargers, 49-26 in Miami, MVP: Steve Young, San Francisco, QB
  • 1995-02-13 Howard Stern radio show premieres in San Diego CA on XTRA-FM
  • 1995-06-03 Expos pitcher Pedro Martinez perfect game is broken up in 10th inning as San Diego's Bip Roberts leads off with a double, Mont wins 1-0
  • 1997-05-01 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in San Diego CA on KIOZ 105.3 FM

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2002-01-29 The San Diego Chargers hire Marty Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach

  • 2003-10-26 The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in Californian history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km²), destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego
  • 2007-02-12 Marty Schottenheimer is abruptly fired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers due to lack of playoff success and a strained relationship with ownership
  • 2015-05-31 Harriette Thompson aged 92 and 65 days becomes the oldest woman to complete a marathon (Suja Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego)
  • 2015-07-09 48th San Diego Comic-Con begins (till 12th) - includes preview of new Star Wars film by J.J. Abrams
  • 2015-11-09 San Diego's SeaWorld announces it will overhaul its killer whale show after controversy over the whales treatment
  • 2016-08-26 San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick kneels in protest during the US national anthem at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium while playing against the San Diego Chargers, objecting to racial injustice and police brutality in the US

Famous Birthdays

  • 1890-07-25 Tom O'Brien, actor (Physical Evidence), born in San Diego, California

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1916-04-05 Gregory Peck, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), born in San Diego, California (d. 2003)

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1918-05-19 Florence Chadwick, swimmer (1st to swim English Channel both ways), born in San Diego, California (d. 1995)

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1918-08-30 Ted Williams, American baseball player and last player in MLB to bat over .400 in a single season (Red Sox, AL MVP '46, '49; Trip Crown '42, '47), born in San Diego, California (d. 2002)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1920-10-27 Nanette Fabray, American actress (Katherine-One Day at a Time), born in San Diego, California
  • 1923-08-24 Arthur Jensen, American psychologist, born in San Diego, California (d. 2012)
  • 1930-07-21 Gene Alec Littler, PGA golfer (1961 US Open), born in San Diego, California

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1931-01-05 Robert Duvall, actor (Great Santini, Taxi Driver), born in San Diego, California

  • 1931-06-24 Billy Casper, American golfer and three time PGA Player of the Year (1966, 1968 and 1970), born in San Diego, California (d. 2015)
  • 1933-07-27 Nick Reynolds, folk musician (The Kingston Trio), born in San Diego, California

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1935-02-14 [Mary] Mickey Wright, LPGA golfer (4 times LPGA champ), born in San Diego, California

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1936-10-20 Larry Mowry, PGA golfer (1987 Crestar Pepsi Senior), born in San Diego, California
  • 1937-01-15 Margaret O'Brien, actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis), born in San Diego, California
  • 1937-06-05 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction), born in San Diego, California (d. 1990)
  • 1939-09-05 John Stewart, American rocker (Kingston Trio-Fire in the Wind), born in San Diego, California
  • 1941-08-04 Quincey Daniels, American boxer (Olympic bronze 1960), born in San Diego, California
  • 1942-09-16 Dennis Conner, American sailor (America's Cup skipper 1974, 1980, 1987, 1988), born in San Diego, California
  • 1943-08-04 Michael J McCulley, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS-34), born in San Diego, California

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1943-09-23 Marty Schottenheimer, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania

  • 1944-12-04 Chris Hillman, San Diego Caliafornia, singer (Byrds-Turn Turn Turn)
  • 1946-07-14 Maureen O'Connor, Mayor (San Diego)
  • 1946-09-04 Gary Duncan, [Grubb], rock guitarist (Quicksilver), born in San Diego, California
  • 1946-09-04 Greg Elmore, rock drummer (Quicksilver), born in San Diego, California
  • 1947-08-27 Ed Herrmann, MLB catcher (White Sox), born in San Diego, California (d. 2013)
  • 1947-11-19 Bob Boone, baseball player and manager (Phillies, Angels), born in San Diego, California
  • 1947-12-29 Ted Danson, American actor (Cheers, 3 Men & A Baby, CSI), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948-09-16 Ron Blair, American rock bassist (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948-11-21 Lonnie Jordan, rock keyboardist and vocalist (War), born in San Diego, California
  • 1950-06-19 Constance Forslund, actress (Shining Season), born in San Diego, California
  • 1950-06-19 Ann Wilson, American musician (Heart-What About Love), born in San Diego, California
  • 1951-11-10 Morris Hatalsky, American professional golfer, born in San Diego, California
  • 1952-02-28 Jennie Lynn, actress (Love & Marriage), born in San Diego, California
  • 1953-06-02 Craig Robert Stadler, PGA golfer (Masters 1982), born in San Diego, California
  • 1953-12-02 Jay Dean Haas, PGA golfer (1978 Andy Williams-San Diego), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1954-12-23 Brian Teacher, tennis star, born in San Diego, California
  • 1955-09-17 Scott William Simpson, PGA golfer (1987 US Open), born in San Diego, California
  • 1955-11-02 Mark Reynolds, star sailor (Olymp-8th-1988, 92, 96), born in San Diego, California
  • 1955-11-05 Kris Jenner, American TV personality (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), born in San Diego, California
  • 1957-04-11 John Castellanos, actor (John Silva-Young & Restless), born in San Diego, California
  • 1957-09-22 Philip Arnold Blackmar, PGA golfer (1988 Provident), born in San Diego, California
  • 1958-10-07 Kim Morris, playmate (Mar, 1986), born in San Diego, California
  • 1958-12-01 Charlene Tilton, American actress (Lucy Ewing - Dallas), born in San Diego, California
  • 1959-12-27 Mary Holland, WPVA volleyballer, born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-01-29 Gregory Efthimos Louganis, diver (Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-03-31 Anne Howard, actress (Nicole Love-Another World), born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-08-20 Mark Langston, pitcher (California Angels), born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-09-17 Hank Baran, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 Won Mexican), born in San Diego, California

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1960-11-17 RuPaul Andre Charles, American drag queen, actor and singer (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in San Diego, California

Actor, Singer and Drag Queen RuPaul
Actor, Singer and Drag Queen
RuPaul
  • 1961-09-18 Sharon Barrett, LPGA golfer (1993 Nabisco Dinah Shore-22nd), born in San Diego, California
  • 1961-09-23 William C McCool, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in San Diego, California
  • 1961-12-26 Tahnee Welch, [La Tahn Renee Welch], actress (Cocoon), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962-04-26 Michael Damian, American actor (Young & Restless) and singer (Rock on), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962-05-18 Mike Whitmarsh, beach volleyballer (Olympics-silver-96), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963-10-04 Patti Berendt, LPGA golfer (1995 Star Bank Classic-24th), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963-11-02 Susie Scott, playmate (May, 1983), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963-12-10 Robin White, tennis player (US Open doubles 1988), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963-12-18 Lori McNeil, tennis star (1995 Oakland doubles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1964-10-04 Mark McLemore, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1965-01-11 Barbara Belding, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-17th-1994), born in San Diego, California
  • 1967-12-05 Ann Schirman, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1994), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970-01-15 Dan Landry, volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics-96), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970-03-01 Ray Crittenden, wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)

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1970-06-16 Phil Mickelson, PGA golfer (five-time major winner), born in San Diego, California

  • 1970-09-25 Kerri Kendall, playmate (Sep, 1990), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970-11-07 Kris[ten] Fillat, field hockey forward (Olympics-96), born in San Diego, California
  • 1971-02-16 Van Tuinei, defensive end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971-09-02 Shauna Sand, actress (Renegade), born in San Diego, California
  • 1971-12-29 Margot Thien, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1972-01-31 Pulu Poumele, guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972-12-01 Charlie Jones, wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1973-03-03 Jim Mills, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1973-10-10 Mario Lopez, actor (A C Slater-Saved by the Bell), born in San Diego, California
  • 1973-10-25 Joe Angel Acosta Jr, PGA golfer (1995 Greater Milwaukee-3rd), born in San Diego, California
  • 1973-11-08 Nicole Teter, 800m runner, born in San Diego, California
  • 1974-03-08 Toran James, linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974-03-31 James Burgess, linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974-04-09 Ben Bordelon, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974-04-20 Paul Bradford, cornerback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974-05-29 Kenny Bynum, running back (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974-06-03 Bryan Still, wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974-06-26 Jason Kendall, catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in San Diego, California
  • 1975-04-25 Jacque Jones, baseball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Diego, California
  • 1975-05-26 Travis Lee, baseball 1st baseman (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Diego, California
  • 1975-08-31 Raleigh Roundtree, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1975-12-12 Mayim Bialik, actress (The Big Bang Theory), born in San Diego, California
  • 1975-12-27 Heather O'Rourke, actress (Happy Days, Poltergeist), born in San Diego, California
  • 1977-04-27 Jerry Trainor, American actor (Drake & Josh, iCarly), born in San Diego, California
  • 1979-06-15 Julia Schultz, playmate (Feb, 1998), born in San Diego, California

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1980-10-08 Nick Cannon, American actor and rapper (Love Don't Cost a Thing), born in San Diego, California

Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon
  • 1981-08-22 Alex Holmes, American football player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1981-12-21 Frankie Abernathy, American actress, The Real World: San Diego (d. 2007)
  • 1982-02-13 Michael Turner, Running Back for the San Diego Chargers
  • 1985-10-02 Craig Davis, Wide Receiver for the San Diego Chargers
  • 1985-10-20 Dominic McGuire, American basketball player, born in San Diego, California

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1986-09-03 Shaun White, snowboarder (Olympic gold - 2006, 2010), born in San Diego, California

Snowboarder Shaun White
Snowboarder
Shaun White

Famous Weddings

  • 1999-06-05 Baritone belter Frankie Laine (86) weds retired real estate agent Marcia Kline (61) near San Diego
  • 2005-05-18 Television presenter and former Miss Germany Verona Feldbusch (37) weds German entrepreneur Franjo Pooth at the San Diego Court House in San Diego, California
  • 2010-07-02 Miss California USA 2009 Carrie Prejean (23) weds Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller (29) in San Diego
  • 2011-05-07 "The Amazing Race" winners Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney marry at the Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego
  • 2012-03-08 Former "Raising Sextuplets" star Jenny Masche weds longtime beau Levi McClendon in San Diego