San Francisco in History

Historical Events

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Historic Event

1579-07-23 Francis Drake departs San Francisco to cross the Pacific Ocean [1]

  • 1659-12-08 Mexican border town Ciudad Juárez is founded by Fray García de San Francisco.
  • 1775-08-05 1st Spanish ship, San Carlos, enters San Francisco Bay
  • 1776-03-28 Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site for the Presidio of San Francisco
  • 1776-06-29 Mission Dolores founded at San Francisco Bay by Lieutenant José Joaquin Moraga and Francisco Palóu
  • 1776-09-17 The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.
  • 1792-11-14 Captain George Vancouver is first Englishman to enter San Francisco Bay
  • 1811-02-02 Russian settlers establish Ft Ross trading post, north of San Francisco
  • 1835-06-25 1st building constructed at Yerba Buena (now San Francisco)
  • 1846-07-09 Captain John B. Montgomery claims Yerba Buena (San Francisco) for US
  • 1846-08-26 W. A. Bartlett appointed 1st US mayor of Yerba Buena (San Francisco)
  • 1847-01-09 1st San Francisco newspaper published (California Star)
  • 1847-01-30 Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco
  • 1847-11-28 Church of San Francisco dei Minori Conventuali in Bologna, Italy initiated with premier of Rossini's Tantum ergo
  • 1848-01-09 1st commercial bank in San Francisco established
  • 1848-02-02 1st ship load of Chinese immigrants arrive in San Francisco
  • 1848-04-03 Thomas Douglas becomes 1st public teacher in San Francisco
  • 1848-11-09 Post office at Clay & Pike opens, 1st in San Francisco
  • 1848-12-26 1st gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to San Francisco

Discovery of Gold in California

1849-02-28 1st boat load of gold rush prospectors arrives in San Francisco from the east coast

  • 1849-03-31 Colonel John W Geary arrives as 1st postmaster of San Francisco
  • 1849-06-22 Stephen C Massett opens concert at San Francisco courthouse using only piano in California
  • 1849-07-28 Memmon is first clipper to reach San Francisco, 120 days out of NY
  • 1849-12-24 First great fire of early San Francisco starts east side of the Plaza, first of great seven fires in 2 years
  • 1850-04-01 San Francisco County government established
  • 1850-04-15 City of San Francisco incorporated
  • 1850-05-01 John Geary becomes 1st mayor of San Francisco
  • 1850-05-11 Work starts on 1st brick building in San Francisco
  • 1850-06-14 Third great fire of early San Francisco, starts in a bakery chimney
  • 1850-07-01 At least 626 ships lie at anchor around San Francisco Bay
  • 1850-09-17 Fourth great fire in San Francisco
  • 1850-11-06 Yerba Buena & Angel Islands (San Francisco Bay) reserved for military use
  • 1851-01-31 San Francisco Orphan's Asylum founded, 1st in California
  • 1851-05-03 Sixth major fire in San Francisco destroys 1500-2000 buildings
  • 1851-05-06 San Francisco Chamber of Commerce starts
  • 1851-06-09 San Francisco Committee of Vigilance forms (1st time)
  • 1851-06-22 Fire destroys part of San Francisco, including City Hall and Jenny Lind Theatre, city's seventh fire in 2 years
  • 1852-07-03 Congress authorizes US's 2nd mint (San Francisco, California)
  • 1852-08-01 San Francisco Methodists establish 1st black church, Zion Methodist
  • 1852-12-23 1st Chinese theater in US, the Celestial John, opens in San Francisco
  • 1853-04-17 US Marine Hospital at Presidio, San Francisco forms
  • 1853-09-11 1st electric telegraph used - Merchant's Exchange, San Francisco to Pt Lobos, California
  • 1853-11-17 Street signs authorized at San Francisco intersections
  • 1854-01-05 Steamship San Francisco wrecked off US eastern seaboard, 300 die
  • 1854-02-11 For the 1st time coal gas is used to light major streets in San Francisco
  • 1854-05-27 Marine Telegraph from Fort Point to San Francisco completed
  • 1855-06-20 Commissioners appointed to lay out San Francisco streets west of Larkin
  • 1856-05-15 2nd San Francisco Vigilance Committee organized
  • 1857-04-29 US Army, Pacific Div HQ permanently forms at Presidio (San Francisco)
  • 1857-06-15 San Francisco Water Works organized
  • 1859-03-01 Present seal of San Francisco adopted (its 2nd)
  • 1859-04-12 Hibernia Savings & Loan Society of San Francisco incorporates

Historic Event

1859-09-17 Joshua Abraham Norton, English-born resident of San Francisco, proclaims himself his Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States of America

  • 1859-12-19 Grading started for Market Street RR in San Francisco
  • 1860-02-22 Organized baseball played in San Francisco for 1st time between the Eagles and the Red Rovers
  • 1860-03-09 1st Japanese ambassador arrives in San Francisco en route to Washington

Treaty of Interest

1860-03-17 Six years after the forcible ending of Japan's isolationist policy by US Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry, the Japanese Embassy arrives in San Francisco to sign a Treaty of Friendship

  • 1860-03-24 Clipper Andrew Jackson arrives in San Francisco, 89 days out of New York

Pony Express

1860-04-14 1st Pony Express rider arrives in San Francisco from St Joseph, Missouri

  • 1860-05-06 San Francisco Olympic Club, 1st US athletic club forms
  • 1860-06-07 Workmen start laying track for Market Street Railroad, San Francisco
  • 1860-07-24 Olympics beat St. George, 25-17 at St. Georges Cricket Grounds, Philadelphia in first baseball game played in enclosed field
  • 1861-07-01 1st public schoolhouse opens at Washington and Mason St, San Francisco
  • 1861-07-03 Pony Express arrives in San Francisco with overland letters from NY
  • 1861-10-24 First US transcontinental telegram is sent (from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.)
  • 1861-10-25 Telegraph message sent from St Louis to San Francisco
  • 1862-09-04 North Beach & Mission Railway Company organized in San Francisco
  • 1863-09-01 Rail & ferry connection between San Francisco & Oakland inaugurated
  • 1863-10-15 Cliff House opens in San Francisco, 1st of many on the site
  • 1863-11-01 Fortifications built on Angel Island (San Francisco Bay) by troops
  • 1864-06-11 300' (90 m) of Meigg's Wharf, in San Francisco, washed away in storm
  • 1864-08-25 Combination rail & ferry service available from San Francisco to Alameda
  • 1865-01-16 San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle starts
  • 1865-04-24 Fire alarm & police telegraph system put into operation in San Francisco
  • 1865-09-27 James Cooke walks tightrope 150 yards from Cliff House to Seal Rocks, San Francisco
  • 1866-05-04 Woodward's Gardens opens to the public in San Francisco
  • 1867-07-15 San Francisco Merchants' Exchange opens
  • 1867-07-21 City Gardens on Folsom in San Francisco opens
  • 1867-11-04 90 kegs of powder used to get rock from Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, for seawall
  • 1868-04-18 San Francisco Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals formed
  • 1869-01-18 Elegant California Theater opens in San Francisco
  • 1869-04-18 1st international cricket match, held in San Francisco, won by California
  • 1869-08-23 1st carload of rail freight (boots & shoes) arrives in San Francisco, from Boston after a 16-day trip
  • 1869-09-06 1st westbound train arrives in San Francisco
  • 1871-01-31 Millions of birds fly over western San Francisco, darkening the sky
  • 1871-03-28 San Francisco Art Association holds open reception at 430 Pine
  • 1871-04-23 Blossom Rock in San Francisco Bay blown up
  • 1872-04-14 San Francisco organizes Bar Association
  • 1872-05-17 Bohemian Club incorporated in San Francisco
  • 1872-08-23 1st Japanese commercial ship visits San Francisco, carrying tea
  • 1873-02-20 University of California gets its first Medical School (UC/San Francisco)
  • 1873-05-23 Postal cards sold in San Francisco for 1st time
  • 1873-06-02 Construction begins on Clay St (San Francisco) for world's 1st cable railroad
  • 1873-07-04 Aquarium opens in Woodward Gardens, San Francisco
  • 1873-08-02 1st trial run of San Francisco cable car, Clay Street between Kearny and Jones
  • 1873-09-06 Regular Cable Car service begins on Clay Street, San Francisco
  • 1873-11-12 Bay District Race Track in San Francisco opens
  • 1875-06-05 Pacific Stock Exchange formally opens in San Francisco
  • 1875-06-19 Formal opening of US Marine Hospital at Presidio in San Francisco.
  • 1875-10-05 Palace Hotel on Market Street opens in San Francisco

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 305

  • 1757-06-22 George Vancouver, surveyed Pacific coast from San Francisco to Vancouver Island
  • 1830-04-29 Adolph Sutro, German American engineer and politician, mayor of San Francisco, built Cliff House, born in Aachen, Prussia (d. 1898)
  • 1857-09-06 Zelia Nuttall, American archeologist and historian, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1933)
  • 1861-10-08 Theodore Roberts, American actor (Roaring Road, 10 Commandments), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1928)
  • 1862-02-07 Bernard Maybeck, US architect (Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco)

William Randolph Hearst

1863-04-29 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)

  • 1866-09-01 James J. Corbett, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1892-97), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1933)
  • 1867-07-04 Stephen Mather, American industrialist and conservationist (organized US National Park Service), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1930)
  • 1869-08-23 James (Sunny Jim) Rolph, San Francisco mayor (1912-31), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1934)
  • 1870-09-07 Thomas Curtis, American athlete (Olympic 1896 Gold), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1944)
  • 1870-10-22 Ivan Bunin, Russian poet and novelist (Gentleman from San Francisco-Nobel 1933), born in Voronezh, Russian Empire (d. 1953)

Joseph Erlanger

1874-01-05 Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1965)

Robert Frost

1874-03-26 Robert Frost, American poet (Mending Wall, Road Not Taken), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1963)

  • 1874-06-14 Edward Bowes, American radio host (Major Bowes Amateur Hour), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1946)
  • 1876-01-12 Jack London, American writer/socialist (Call of the Wild), born in San Francisco (d. 1916)
  • 1876-09-30 Katherine Griffith [Kiernan], American actress (Pollyanna, Fast Company), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1921)
  • 1877-04-30 Alice B. Toklas, American-Parisian avant-garde and companion of Gertrude Stein, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1967)

Isadora Duncan

1877-05-26 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1927)

  • 1877-06-17 Russell Simpson, American actor (San Francisco, Abraham Lincoln), born in Danville, California (d. 1959)
  • 1879-12-12 Laura Hope Crews, American actress (Camille; Gone With The Wind), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1942)

Rube Goldberg

1883-07-04 Rube Goldberg, American cartoonist who made the easy outrageously difficult (Pulitzer Prize 1948), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1970)

  • 1888-04-18 Duffy Lewis, American baseball left fielder (World Series 1912, 15, 16; Boston Red Sox), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1979)
  • 1888-05-31 Jack Holt, American golddigger and actor (Cat People, San Francisco, Brimstone), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1888-07-16 Percy Kilbride, American stage and screen actor (The Egg and I; Ma and Pa Kettle films), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1964)
  • 1888-07-23 Gluyas Williams, American cartoonist (Fellows Citizen), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1982)
  • 1888-11-18 Frances Marion, American screenwriter and actress (Pollyanna), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1973)
  • 1889-02-04 Walter Catlett, American actor (Climax, Front Page, Tale of 2 Cities), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1960)
  • 1889-07-15 Marjorie Rambeau, American actress (Primrose Path, Torch Song), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1970)
  • 1890-01-10 Ernest Milton, American actor (Cat Girl, Fiddler's Three), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1974)
  • 1890-07-25 Julian Rivero, American actor (Son of Oklahoma, Via Pony Express), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1976)
  • 1890-07-26 Daniel J. Callaghan, US Admiral (Medal of Honor), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1942)
  • 1890-12-02 William Gaxton, American actor (Destry, Convoy), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1963)
  • 1891-05-04 Frederick Jacobi, American composer, born in San Francisco (d. 1952)
  • 1891-05-22 Robert Gordon Sproul, American educator and college president (University of California), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1975)
  • 1893-03-03 Bill Nestell, American actor (Dangerous Venture, Buckskin Frontier), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1966)
  • 1893-11-03 Robert Lindley Murray, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1917-18), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1970)
  • 1894-02-10 Roy D'Arcy [Roy Giusti], American actor (Warning Shadows, Revolt of Zombies), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1969)
  • 1894-03-26 Will Wright, American actor (Adam's Rib, Living Christ Story), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1962)
  • 1894-08-02 Hal Mohr [Harold Leon Mohr], American Cinematographer and husband of Evelyn Venable (Captain Blood), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1974)
  • 1894-08-03 Harry Heilmann, American Baseball HOF outfielder (4 × AL batting champion, Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (WXYZ), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)
  • 1894-10-03 Elmer Robinson, American politician (33rd Mayor of San Francisco), born in San Francisco (d. 1982)
  • 1894-11-02 Bill Johnston, American tennis player (US Open 1915, 19; Wimbledon 1923), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1946)
  • 1894-12-17 David Butler, American director (April in Paris, Calamity Jane), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1895-05-15 Charles Lamont, director (Abbott & Costello Go to Mars), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1895-07-23 Aileen Pringle, American actress (Murder at Midnight), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1989)
  • 1895-07-26 Gracie Allen, American comedian and actress (Burns & Allen), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1964)
  • 1895-11-19 Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American fashion photographer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1989)
  • 1896-03-12 Jesse Fuller, American one-man blues band ("San Francisco Bay Blues"), born in Jonesboro, Georgia (d. 1979)
  • 1896-06-07 Douglas Campbell, American aviator and World War I flying ace, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1990)
  • 1896-10-01 Ted Healy [Ernest Nash], American vaudeville, stage, and screen actor, comedian (Mad Love, San Francisco, Soup to Nuts), and developer of the Three Stoogesborn in Kaufman, Texas (d. 1937)
  • 1897-02-19 Alma Rubens, American actress (Humoresque), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1931)
  • 1897-11-17 Frank Fay, American vaudeville comedian and actor (God's Gift to Women, Love Nest), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1961)
  • 1898-06-19 James Joseph Sweeney, American Catholic prelate, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1968)
  • 1898-07-28 Lawrence Gray, American actor, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1970)
  • 1899-04-19 George O'Brien, American actor (Sunrise: A Song of Two Human), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1985)
  • 1900-08-23 Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer and songwriter (Morningtown Ride), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1978)
  • 1900-10-15 Mervyn LeRoy, American movie producer (Devil at 4 O'Clock), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1987)
  • 1900-10-16 Lloyd Corrigan, American actor (Papa Dodger, The Manchurian Candidate), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1969)
  • 1901-04-04 Carmel Myers, American actress (Carmel Myers Show), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1980)

Ansel Adams

1902-02-20 Ansel Adams, photographer (1966 ASMP Award), born in San Francisco, California

  • 1902-05-03 Hugo Friedhofer, American composer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1981)
  • 1902-08-11 Lloyd Nolan, American actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1985)
  • 1903-12-06 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1946)
  • 1903-12-26 Elisha Cook Jr, American actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane, Magnum PI), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • 1904-03-01 Paul Hartman, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Inherit the Wind), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1973)
  • 1904-05-03 John Breeden, American actor (Salute, Madame Racketeer, Joy Street), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1977)
  • 1904-05-06 Raymond Bailey, American actor (Vertigo, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Incredible Shrinking Man), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1980)
  • 1904-09-22 Ellen Church, American 1st female airline stewardess (United flight in 1930 from San Francisco to Cheyenne), born in Cresco, Iowa (d. 1965)
  • 1905-01-26 Charles Lane, American actor (Homer-Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • 1905-04-21 Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown, American politician and Governor of California (D: 1959-67), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1996)
  • 1906-01-03 Gus Suhr, American baseball first baseman (1435 MLB games Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies; only player to be sued by a fan injured after struck by a foul ball), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2004)

Joe Cronin

1906-10-12 Joe Cronin, American Baseball HOF shortstop (7 x MLB All Star), manger (Boston RS, Washington Senators) and executive (AL President 1959-73), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1984)

  • 1906-12-18 Kam Tong, Chinese American actor (Have Gun Will Travel, Across the Pacific, Flower Drum Song), born in San Francisco (d. 1969)
  • 1906-12-20 Irving Krick, American meteorologist & inventor, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1908-05-30 Mel Blanc, American voice actor, comedian best known for his Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd & Porky Pig), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1989)
  • 1909-08-13 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, American 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1976)
  • 1910-07-28 Bill Goodwin, announcer (Jolson Story, Burns & Allen), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1910-10-04 Frankie Crosetti, American baseball shortstop and 3rd base coach (record 17 World Series titles as player & coach; NY Yankees), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2002)
  • 1911-01-27 Benay Venuta [Benvenuta Rose Crooke], American actress, singer and dancer (Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Mister), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • 1911-06-13 Luis Alvarez, American physicist (subatomic particles, Nobel 1968), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1988)
  • 1912-03-22 Karl Malden [Mladen George Sekulovich], American actor (Streets of San Francisco, American Express, A Streetcar Named Desire), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1913-06-10 John Edmunds, American composer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1986)
  • 1913-12-25 Tony Martin [Alvin Morris], American singer ("It's a Blue World; "To Each His Own"), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • 1914-09-26 Jack LaLanne, American fitness and nutritional expert, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2011)
  • 1915-06-25 Peter Lind Hayes, American comedian and singer (Peter Lind Hayes Show), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1998)
  • 1915-10-18 Victor Sen Yung [Cheung Young], American actor (Across the Pacific, Charlie Chan in Honolulu), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1980)
  • 1916-01-24 Walter Haas Jr., American businessman & sports team owner (Levi Strauss & Co, Oakland A's), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • 1916-02-12 Joseph L Alioto, American politician (Mayor-San Francisco), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1998)
  • 1916-06-09 Robert McNamara, American United States Secretary of Defense (1961-68), played major role in US escalation in Vietnam, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2009)
  • 1916-08-28 Jack [Holbrook] Vance, American sci-fi author (2 Hugo, Dirdir, Pnume), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2013)
  • 1916-11-26 Bob Elliott, MLB player (Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves), born in San Francisco (d. 1966)

Shirley Jackson

1916-12-14 Shirley Jackson, American writer (Road Through the Wall), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1965)

  • 1917-04-16 Barry Nelson, American actor, first actor to play James Bond, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • 1918-01-26 Vito Scotti [Scozarri], American actor (The Godfather, Flying Nun, Barefoot in the Park), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1996)
  • 1918-04-26 Stafford Repp, American actor (Playhouse 90, Batman, Plunder Road), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1974)
  • 1918-06-25 Ken Mayers, American actor (Little Big Man, Dick Tracey, Space Patrol), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1985)
  • 1918-07-24 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer and violinist (Paganini), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • 1918-07-26 Marjorie Lord [Wollenberg], American actress (Make Room for Daddy, Sherlock Holmes in Washington), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • 1919-02-17 Joe Hunt, American tennis player (US National C'ship 1943), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1945)
  • 1919-11-18 Jocelyn Brando, American actress (The Big Heat, Ugly American, China Venture), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2005)

Famous Weddings

Robert Louis Stevenson

1880-05-19 Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (29) weds Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne (40) in San Francisco

Frank Capra

1923-11-25 Film director Frank Capra (26) weds actress Helen Howell in San Francisco, California

Joe DiMaggio

1939-11-19 Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio (24) weds "Freshies" actress Dorothy Arnold at St. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco

Wedding of Interest

1940-12-07 Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo remarry in San Francisco (divorced 1939)

Eileen Ford

1944-11-20 Model agency executive Eileen Ottensoser (22) weds businessman Gerard W. Ford (20) in San Francisco, California

  • 1954-01-14 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio weds actress Marilyn Monroe (27) in her 2nd marriage at San Francisco City Hall

Barry Bonds

1998-01-10 Major League Baseball outfielder Barry Bonds (33) weds Elizabeth Watson (28) at Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco

  • 1998-02-14 Golden Globe Award-winning actress Sharon Stone (40) weds San Francisco Examiner executive editor Phil Bronstein (47) in Beverly Hills, California

Courteney Cox

1999-06-12 Actor and film director David Arquette (27) weds "Friends" actress Courteney Cox (34) at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California

  • 2002-04-13 "Law & Order" actor Benjamin Bratt (38) weds actress-model Talisa Soto (35) in San Francisco, California
  • 2002-06-10 Soviet-Russian 1988 and 1994 Olympic Champion skater Ekaterina Gordeeva (31) weds 1998 Olympic Champion figure skater Ilia Kulik (25) in San Francisco

Christy Turlington

2003-06-07 "Sidewalks of New York" actor-director Edward Burns (34) weds Calvin Klein model Christy Turlington (32) at St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in San Francisco, California

Rosie O'Donnell

2004-02-26 Comedian Rosie O'Donnell (41) weds marketing executive Kelli O'Donnell (36) in San Francisco, California

  • 2007-04-21 Bolivian model Carla Morón weds architect Pedro Gantier at la Iglesia San Francisco de Santa Cruz
  • 2007-09-01 "Dancing with the Stars" TV personality Alec Mazo (29) weds fellow dancer Edyta Sliwinska (28) in San Francisco, California

Gavin Newsom

2008-07-26 Actress Jennifer Siebel (34) weds San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (40) at her parents horse ranch in Stevensville, Montana

  • 2009-11-02 "Sex and the City" actor Ron Livingston (41) weds actress Rosemarie DeWitt (34) in San Francisco

Famous Deaths

  • 1872-12-28 James Van Ness, Mayor of San Francisco (1855-1856) (b. 1808)
  • 1893-02-01 George Henry Sanderson, Mayor of San Francisco, dies at 70

Warren G. Harding

1923-08-02 Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States (1921-23), dies of a heart attack at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco at 57

  • 1937-12-21 Ted Healy [Ernest Nash], American vaudeville, stage, and screen actor, comedian (Mad Love, San Francisco, Soup to Nuts), and developer of the Three Stooges, dies from complications of alcoholism at 41
  • 1944-05-30 Jessie Ralph, actress (Good Earth, San Francisco), dies at 79
  • 1948-07-11 King Baggot, American actor and director (Tumbleweeds), dies at 68
  • 1951-01-18 Jack Holt, American golddigger and actor (Cat People, San Francisco, Brimstone), dies from a heart attack at 62

William Randolph Hearst

1951-08-14 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), dies at 88

  • 1953-11-08 Ivan Bunin, Russian poet and novelist (Gentleman from San Francisco-Nobel 1933, dies at 83
  • 1957-10-28 Anthony J Morabito, co-owner of San Francisco '49ers, dies while watching a game
  • 1959-12-12 Russell Simpson, American actor (San Francisco, Abraham Lincoln), dies at 82
  • 1965-08-22 Ellen Church, American 1st female airline stewardess (United flight in 1930 from San Francisco to Cheyenne), dies in a horse riding accident at 60
  • 1971-12-04 Shunryu Suzuki, Zen teacher, founder of San Francisco Zen Center, dies
  • 1974-05-10 Hal Mohr [Harold Leon Mohr], American Cinematographer and husband of Evelyn Venable (Captain Blood), dies at 74
  • 1976-01-29 Jesse Fuller, American one-man blues band ("San Francisco Bay Blues"), dies of heart disease at 80
  • 1978-11-27 George Moscone, Mayor of San Francisco (1976-78) shot and killed by Dan White aged 49
  • 1982-06-09 Elmer Robinson, American politician (33rd Mayor of San Francisco), dies at 87
  • 1990-09-06 Issan Dorsey, American founder of the Hartford St Zen Center in San Francisco, dies of AIDS at 57
  • 1991-01-04 Leo Wright, American jazz saxophone and flute player (Dizzy Gillespie; "Blues Shout"; "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1994-01-14 Esther Ralston, American actress (Tin Pan Alley, San Francisco Docks), dies at 91
  • 1998-01-29 Joseph Alioto, American politician (Mayor of San Francisco 1968-76), dies at 81
  • 2001-09-22 Isaac Stern, American-Ukrainian concert violinist (debut San Francisco Symphony), dies at 81
  • 2009-07-01 Karl Malden [Mladen George Sekulovich], American actor (Streets of San Francisco, American Express, A Streetcar Named Desire), dies of natural causes at 97
  • 2017-10-08 Y. A. Tittle, American NFL quarterback (Baltimore, San Francisco, NY Giants, MVP 1963), dies at 90