San Francisco in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 271

  • 1908-08-17 Bank of Italy (now Bank of America) opens new HQ at Clay & Montgomery, San Francisco
  • 1909-05-22 1st San Francisco fireboat, David Scannell, launched
  • 1909-06-09 Alice Huyler Ramsey, 22-year-old housewife from Hackensack, New Jersey, becomes the 1st woman to drive across the US, in a Maxwell 30, drives 3,800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco in 59 days
  • 1910-12-24 Luisa Tetrazzini sings to 250,000 people at Lotta's Fountain, San Francisco
  • 1911-01-05 San Francisco has its first air meet
  • 1911-01-07 1st airplane bombing experiments with explosives, San Francisco
  • 1911-12-29 San Francisco Symphony forms
  • 1912-01-01 1st running of San Francisco's famed "Bay to Breakers" race (7.63 miles/12.3 km)
  • 1912-01-03 Southern Pacific RR offers to bring Liberty Bell to the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco free
  • 1912-12-28 The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California.
  • 1914-02-07 Steel work completed on Exposition (Civic) Auditorium, San Francisco
  • 1914-05-16 Ewing Field baseball park opens near Masonic Street, San Francisco. Relocated a year later.
  • 1914-12-11 Stockton Street Tunnel (San Francisco) completed
  • 1915-01-09 Exposition (now Civic) Auditorium dedicated in San Francisco
  • 1915-02-20 Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in San Francisco
  • 1915-02-21 World's Fair in San Francisco opens
  • 1915-12-04 Panama-Pacific International Exposition closes in San Francisco
  • 1915-12-28 San Francisco City Hall dedicated by Mayor James Rolph
  • 1917-01-28 Municipally owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco, California
  • 1917-02-15 San Francisco Public Library (Main Branch at Civic center) dedicated
  • 1918-02-03 Twin Peaks Tunnel for streetcars begins service in San Francisco, at 11,920 feet one of world's longest
  • 1920-06-05 1st rivet driven on Bank of Italy headquarters at 1 Powell in San Francisco (later Bank of America)
  • 1921-02-23 1st US transcontinental air mail flight arrives in NYC from San Francisco
  • 1921-12-31 Last San Francisco firehorses retired
  • 1922-04-15 The legendary Poodle Dog Restaurant closes in San Francisco
  • 1924-01-22 KGO-AM in San Francisco CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1924-07-01 Dircet regular transcontinental airmail service between New York and San Francisco forms
  • 1925-05-02 Kezar Stadium opens in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park
  • 1926-10-04 Dahlia is officially designated as San Francisco city flower
  • 1926-12-17 KYA-AM in San Francisco CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1927-09-07 Philo Farnsworth demonstrates the first use of his electronic television in San Francisco

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1927-09-17 Charles Lindbergh visits San Francisco

  • 1929-02-05 Jimmy Hatlo's "They'll Do It Every Time" cartoon debuts in San Francisco

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1929-08-25 Graf Zeppelin passes over San Francisco for Los Angeles after trans-Pacific voyage

Inventor and Zeppelin Commander Hugo Eckener
Inventor and Zeppelin Commander
Hugo Eckener
  • 1929-12-20 Mount Davidson dedicated as a San Francisco city park
  • 1930-05-15 Ellen Church becomes 1st female airline stewardess aboard a United flight from San Francisco to Cheyenne
  • 1931-11-11 Cornerstones laid for Opera House & Veteran's Building in San Francisco
  • 1932-12-11 San Francisco's coldest day (27°F) - it snows

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1933-05-21 Mount Davidson Cross, San Francisco, lit by FDR via telegraph

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1933-10-08 Coit Tower dedicated in San Francisco as a monument to firefighters
  • 1934-07-05 "Bloody Thursday" - Police open fire on striking longshoremen in San Francisco.
  • 1935-10-06 Market Street Railway, San Francisco, starts using trackless trolley coaches
  • 1936-02-11 Pumping begins to build Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay
  • 1936-04-18 Pan-Am Clipper begins regular passenger flights from San Francisco to Honolulu
  • 1936-12-18 Su-Lin, 1st giant panda to come to US from China, arrives in San Francisco
  • 1937-05-26 San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opens
  • 1937-08-26 Pumping to build Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay is finished
  • 1937-12-16 Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from American federal prison Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.
  • 1937-12-29 Pan Am starts service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1939-01-14 All commercial ferry services between San Francisco and East Bay end
  • 1939-01-22 Aquatic Park, near Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco dedicated

  • 1939-08-13 Sabotage suspected in crash of 'City of San Francisco'
  • 1941-04-01 US Navy takes over Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay
  • 1941-04-05 San Francisco Castro & Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses
  • 1941-11-15 Cow Palace opens in San Francisco
  • 1941-12-08 San Francisco 1st blackout, at 6:15 PM

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1942-04-02 USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittles B-25 departs from San Francisco

Aviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle
Aviation Pioneer
Jimmy Doolittle

/flags/united nationsUnited Nations Charter

1945-06-26 United Nations Charter signed by 50 nations in San Francisco

  • 1947-11-12 KPO-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KNBC (now KNBR)
  • 1948-11-25 16-inch coastal guns removed from Fort Funston, San Francisco
  • 1948-12-22 KPIX TV channel 5 in San Francisco, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-04-03 KQW-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KCBS
  • 1949-05-05 KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-11-15 KRON TV channel 4 in San Francisco, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-09-17 San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, lose 21-17
  • 1951-02-16 San Francisco City Hall dome fire
  • 1952-09-01 Sutro Baths, San Francisco purchased by George Whitney
  • 1952-10-16 Woolworth's at Powell & Market (San Francisco) opens
  • 1953-01-22 1953 NFL Draft: Harry Babcock from University of Georgia first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • 1954-08-29 San Francisco International Airport (SFO) opens

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1955-10-07 Beat poet Allen Ginsberg reads his poem "Howl" for the first time at a poetry reading in San Francisco.

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1956-08-22 US President Eisenhower and VP Richard Nixon renominated by Republican convention in San Francisco

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1956-09-02 San Francisco cable line replaced by bus service
  • 1958-02-23 Last Municipal arc light at Mission & 25th removed in San Francisco (installed 1913)
  • 1958-03-03 KTVU TV channel 2 in Oakland-San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1958-07-29 Southern Pacific Bay ferries stop running in San Francisco
  • 1959-11-11 Seals Stadium in San Francisco, demolished
  • 1960-04-23 1st performance of Ferde Grofe's "San Francisco Suite"
  • 1960-07-13 KDBQ-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KYA
  • 1961-12-02 Wind Bell, journal of San Francisco Zen Center, begins publishing
  • 1962-01-21 Snow falls in San Francisco
  • 1962-03-23 JFK visits San Francisco
  • 1962-04-12 San Mateo County withdraws from BART (San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit) district

CommunicationClosure of Alcatraz

1963-03-21 Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay is closed

Music awardsMusic Awards

1963-05-15 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • 1963-10-12 San Francisco's Oakland Bay Bridge converted to 1-way on each deck
  • 1963-12-02 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • 1964-10-01 San Francisco cable cars declared a national landmark
  • 1964-10-05 San Francisco Fire Department Museum dedicated
  • 1965-08-15 Japanese community of San Francisco holds Masanori Murakami Day at Candlestick Park to honor 1st Japanese player to play in major leagues
  • 1965-08-22 San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marachal hits LA Dodger catcher John Roseboro on the head with his bat causing a 14 minute brawl
  • 1965-11-01 1st concert at Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
  • 1965-12-04 San Francisco Giant Masanori Murakami, 4-1 this year, does not renew his contract signing instead with the Nankai Hawks of Osaka for $40,000
  • 1966-04-30 Anton LaVey founds the Church of Satan in San Francisco, California
  • 1966-08-29 The Beatles' last public concert (Candlestick Park, San Francisco)
  • 1967-01-14 20,000 attend Human Be-In, San Francisco
  • 1967-10-06 Haight-Ashbury (San Francisco) hippies throw a funeral for "Hippie" to mark end of "the summer of love".
  • 1968-01-02 KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-04-01 KEMO (now KOFY) TV channel 20 in San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1968-04-18 San Francisco's Old Hall of Justice demolished

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 175 of 175

  • 1946-09-01 Greg Errico, American drummer (Sly & Family Stone-Stand!), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1947-04-29 John Laurence Miller, golfer (US Open 1973, British Open 1976), born in San Francisco, California

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1947-07-09 O.J. Simpson [Orenthal James], NFL running back (Buf Bills), born in San Francisco, California

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1947-10-16 Bob Weir, guitarist (Grateful Dead-Uncle Joe's Band), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1947-10-28 Tom Fitzsimmons, actor (Franklin-Paper Chase), born in San Francisco, California

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1948-09-16 Rosemary Casals, tennis doubles (5X Wimbledon), born in San Francisco, California

Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals
  • 1948-09-19 Michael Cooper, sodomizer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949-01-26 David Strathairn, American actor (LA Confidential, The Bourne Ultimatum), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949-05-01 Margo Miller, fencer-epee (Olympics-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949-11-16 Pattie Santos, singer (It's a Beautiful Day), born in San Francisco (d. 1989)
  • 1952-01-08 Lauri Walters, actress (8 is Enough, Harrad Experiment), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1953-02-11 Philip Anglim, actor (Dane-Thorn Birds), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1953-02-12 Joanna Kerns, [de Varona], actress (Maggie-Growing Pains), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1953-09-27 Benjamin Gene Brown, 4X400 runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in San Francisco, California

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1953-10-20 Keith Hernandez, MLB 1st baseman (St Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in San Francisco, California

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez

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1955-02-24 Steve Jobs, American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2011)

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • 1955-03-21 Jean Marie Hon, actress (Jane-Man From Atlantis), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1955-06-02 Gary Grimes, American actor (Summer of '42, Class of '44), born in San Francisco, California

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1956-06-11 Joe Montana, NFL quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1958-11-02 Willie McGee, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals, NL MVP-1985), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1959-01-20 Bernard Tyson, American healthcare advocate and 1st African American CEO of Kaiser Permanente, born in San Francisco Bay Area, California
  • 1960-06-09 Nancy Taylor, LPGA golfer (1994 Rochester Intl-54th), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1960-08-27 Damon Keeve, heavyweight (209+ lbs) judoka (Olympics-92, 96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1960-10-24 B.D. Wong, American actor (M. Butterfly), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1961-07-03 Liz Stewart, playmate (July, 1984), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1961-10-16 Chris Doleman, defensive end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1962-02-23 Michael Wilton, American rock guitarist (Queensrÿche), born in San Francisco, California

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1962-10-13 Jerry Rice, NFL wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers), born in Starkville, Mississippi

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice
  • 1962-10-15 Susan DeMattei, cyclist (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962-10-28 Daphne Zuniga, actress (Jo Reynolds-Melrose Place, Spaceballs), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1964-03-13 Will Clark, American MLB first baseman (San Francisco Giants), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1964-07-02 DeAnne Hemmens, sprint kayaker (Olympics-96), born in San Francisco, California

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1964-07-09 Courtney Love, American muscian (Hole) and actress (People vs Larry Flynt), born in San Francisco, California

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love
  • 1964-12-16 Evelyn Conley, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1989), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1965-01-26 Tim McDonald, safety (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1965-05-27 Todd Bridges, actor (Diff'rent Strokes, Fish), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1965-11-03 Michael Paul Springer, PGA golfer (1994 Greater Milwaukee), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1966-02-23 Mark Abrahamian, guitarist (Starship), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • 1966-06-13 Thyme Lewis, actor (Jonah-Days of our Lives), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1966-10-19 Anna Clark, playmate (Apr, 1987), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967-10-04 Liev Schreiber, American actor (Spotlight), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967-10-20 Harvey Pulliam, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-01-14 Fred[ric] Honebein, rower (Olympics-5th-1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-05-25 Nathalie Schneyder, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-gold-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-07-04 Derek Kevin Loville, NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-09-03 Matt Hamon, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in San Francisco, California

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1969-01-02 Christy Turlington, American model (Calvin Klein Eternity), born in San Francisco, California

Supermodel Christy Turlington
Supermodel
Christy Turlington
  • 1969-03-24 Yoko Zetterlund, volleyball setter (Olympics-bronze-92, 96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1969-08-25 Elly Hakami, tennis star, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1970-04-28 Mark Harris, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1971-01-25 China Kantner, American actress and daughter of Grace Slick, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1971-02-04 Michael Goorjian, American actor (Party Of Five, SLC Punk!), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1971-04-24 Jeff Brohm, quarterback (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1972-01-27 Bryant Young, American football defensive tackle (San Francisco 49ers), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1972-02-17 William Floyd, full back (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1972-04-01 Mike McCoy, WLAF quarterback and coach, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1972-04-07 Greg Clark, tight end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1972-10-23 Daryl Price, defensive end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1973-01-22 Vincent Bradford, linebacker (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1973-07-11 Christine Monge, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets), born in San Francisco, California

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1973-07-23 Monica Lewinsky, American White House intern (improper relationship with Bill Clinton), born in San Francisco, California

White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
  • 1973-12-07 Terrell Owens, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974-01-28 Zack Bronson, safety (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974-08-10 Dave Fiore, tackle (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974-09-06 Justin Whalin, actor (Jimmy-Lois & Clark, Charles in Charge), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1974-09-16 Justin Whalin, actor (Jimmy Olsen-Lois & Clark), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1974-10-07 Alexander Polinsky, actor (Adam-Charles in Charge), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1976-04-05 Ryan Drese, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1976-10-04 Alicia Silverstone, actress (Clueless, Batman Forever), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1977-01-03 Beata Handra, dance skater (& Sinek-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1977-04-25 Jonathan Angel, actor (Tommy Delucca-Saved By The Bell), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1979-12-11 Rider Strong, American actor, writer and director (Boy Meets World), born in San Francisco, California

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1983-12-26 Alexander Wang, American fashion designer (Balenciaga), born in San Francisco, California

Fashion Designer Alexander Wang
Fashion Designer
Alexander Wang
  • 1984-02-23 Andre Ward, American professional boxer,unified light heavyweight champion, world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1984-04-08 Taran Noah Smith, actor (Mark Taylor-Home Improvement), born in San Francisco, California

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Famous Deaths