San Francisco in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 420

  • 1882-05-09 Telegraph Hill RR Co (Cable Cars) in San Francisco organized
  • 1882-07-04 Telegraph Hill Observatory opens in San Francisco
  • 1887-01-04 Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (San Francisco to San Francisco)
  • 1887-02-05 Snow falls on San Francisco
  • 1887-02-23 Congress grants Seal Rocks to San Francisco
  • 1889-02-07 Astronomical Society of Pacific holds 1st meeting in San Francisco
  • 1889-08-23 1st ship-to-shore wireless message received in US (San Francisco)
  • 1889-11-17 Union Pacific begins daily through service, Chicago-Portland & San Francisco
  • 1889-11-23 Debut of 1st jukebox (Palais Royale Saloon, San Francisco)
  • 1890-02-27 D Needham & P Kerrigan box 100 rounds (6 h 39 m) in San Francisco; match is a draw
  • 1891-02-09 1st shipment of asparagus arrives in San Francisco from Sacramento

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1891-04-25 US President Benjamin Harrison visits San Francisco

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • 1892-05-01 US Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island, San Francisco Bay

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1892-05-28 Sierra Club formed by John Muir and others in San Francisco, for conservation of nature

Environmental Philosopher John Muir
Environmental Philosopher
John Muir
  • 1893-07-01 San Francisco Bay City Club opens 1st US bicycle race track, made of wood
  • 1893-08-10 Chinese deported from San Francisco under Exclusion Act
  • 1896-03-14 Sutro Baths in San Francisco opens by Cliff House (closed Sept 1, 1952)
  • 1896-05-27 Bay District Race Track in San Francisco closes
  • 1898-01-01 Lightship replaces whistling buoy at mouth of San Francisco Bay
  • 1898-04-12 US Army transfers Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay to Navy
  • 1898-05-03 Camp Merriman forms at Presidio San Francisco (see 0517)
  • 1898-05-23 1st Philippine Expeditionary Troops sail from San Francisco
  • 1898-05-26 San Francisco approves City Charter, allows Municipal ownership of utilities
  • 1898-07-13 San Francisco Ferry Building at foot of Market St opens
  • 1899-02-18 80°F recorded in San Francisco, California
  • 1899-02-18 San Francisco named as a port of dispatch for Army transports
  • 1900-02-16 1st Chinese daily newspaper in US publishes (Chung Sai Yat Po, San Francisco)
  • 1900-02-23 Steamer "Rio de Janeiro" sinks in San Francisco Bay
  • 1901-03-15 Horse racing is banned in San Francisco, last race March 16th
  • 1901-05-12 US President McKinley visits San Francisco
  • 1901-08-01 Burials within San Francisco City limits prohibited
  • 1901-08-15 Arch Rock, a danger to San Francisco Bay shipping, blasted with 30 tons of nitro

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1901-11-15 James J Jeffries TKOs Gus Ruhlin in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in San Francisco

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1902-02-20 Heavy surf breaks over Seal Rocks & damages Sutro Baths, San Francisco

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1903-05-14 President Theodore Roosevelt visits San Francisco

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1903-05-16 1st transcontinental motorcycle trip began in San Francisco by George A. Wyman (arrives in New York July 6)
  • 1903-05-23 1st automobile trip across US leaves San Francisco for New York, (arrives July 26)
  • 1903-07-06 George Wyman arrives in NYC by motorcycle 51 days out of San Francisco
  • 1903-07-25 Castle on top of Telegraph Hil, San Francisco closes
  • 1903-10-26 Yerba Buena is first Key System ferry to cross San Francisco Bay
  • 1905-07-08 Part of Angel Island in San Francisco Bay allocated for Immigration Detention Center

CommunicationSan Francisco Earthquake of 1906

1906-04-18 San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city

  • 1906-05-06 "Temporary" permit to erect overhead wires on Market Street, San Francisco
  • 1906-10-11 San Francisco Board of Education orders segregation in separate schools of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean children sparking diplomatic crisis
  • 1907-04-18 Fairmont Hotel opens in San Francisco
  • 1907-05-11 Bank of San Francisco incorporated
  • 1907-05-27 Bubonic Plague breaks out in San Francisco
  • 1907-08-01 Bank of Italy (later Bank of America) opens 1st branch at 3433 Mission Street, San Francisco
  • 1907-09-07 Adolph Sutro's ornate Cliff House in San Francisco destroyed by fire
  • 1908-05-05 Great White Fleet arrives in San Francisco
  • 1908-05-23 Dirigible explodes over San Francisco Bay, 16 passengers fall, none killed

  • 1908-07-07 Great White Fleet leaves San Francisco Bay
  • 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
  • 1911-01-31 Congress names San Francisco as Panama Canal opening celebration site
  • 1911-11-23 Post Hospital at Presidio, San Francisco, renamed Letterman General Hospital
  • 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 1st municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California as SF Municipal Railway starts operation at Geary St (MUNI)
  • 1913-12-08 Construction starts on Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco
  • 1914-02-07 Steel work completed on Exposition (Civic) Auditorium, San Francisco
  • 1914-02-28 Construction begins on Tower of Jewels for the Exposition (San Francisco)
  • 1914-05-16 Ewing Field baseball park opens near Masonic Street, San Francisco. Relocated a year later.
  • 1914-08-29 Arizonian is 1st vessel to arrive in San Francisco via Panama Canal
  • 1914-12-11 Stockton Street Tunnel (San Francisco) completed
  • 1915-01-09 Exposition (now Civic) Auditorium dedicated in San Francisco

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1915-01-25 Alexander Graham Bell in NY calls Thomas Watson in San Francisco

  • 1915-01-25 Transcontinental telephone service inaugurated (NY to San Francisco)
  • 1915-02-20 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (World's Fair) opens in San Francisco
  • 1915-12-04 Panama-Pacific International Exposition closes in San Francisco
  • 1915-12-28 San Francisco City Hall dedicated by Mayor James Rolph
  • 1916-07-22 A bomb explodes during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco killing 10
  • 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
  • 1918-03-14 1st concrete ship to cross the Atlantic (Faith) is launched in San Francisco
  • 1920-06-05 1st rivet driven on Bank of Italy headquarters at 1 Powell in San Francisco (later Bank of America)
  • 1920-09-08 US Air Mail service begins (NYC to San Francisco)
  • 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
  • 1924-11-11 Palace of Legion of Honor dedicated (San Francisco)
  • 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

  • 1928-04-15 Alioto's on Fisherman's Wharf (San Francisco) forms
  • 1929-02-05 Jimmy Hatlo's "They'll Do It Every Time" cartoon debuts in San Francisco
  • 1929-05-06 New York to San Francisco footrace begins

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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
  • 1929-10-20 Bayshore Highway opens (San Francisco)
  • 1929-12-20 Mount Davidson dedicated as a San Francisco city park

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 216

  • 1934-11-19 Dave Guard, singer-songwriter (The Kingston Trio), born in San Francisco, California (1991)
  • 1935-09-30 Johnny Mathis, voclaist (Chances Are, 12th of Never), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1937-07-09 Clemon Daniels, American football halfback and AFL player of year 1963 (Oak, Dallas, San Francisco), born in McKinney, Texas
  • 1937-11-20 Jack Linkletter, TV host (Haggis Baggis, Hootenanny), born in San Francisco, California

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1938-04-07 Jerry Brown, Governor of California (D-1975-83, 2011-), born in San Francisco, California

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • 1938-07-20 Natalie Wood [Natasha Gurdin], American actress (Gypsy, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1981)
  • 1938-08-15 Stephen Breyer, American lawyer and Justice of the Supreme Court, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1938-10-24 Fred E Finn, pianist (Mickie Finn's), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1939-01-10 Scott McKenzie, American singer ('San Francisco;), (d. 2012)
  • 1939-06-09 Charles Webb, American writer (The Graduate), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1939-10-01 George Archer, PGA golfer (1969 Masters Bing Crosby), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1939-11-02 Richard Serra, American sculptor and video artist, born in San Francisco, California

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1940-11-27 Bruce Lee [Lee Yuen Kam], Chinese-American martial artist and actor (Enter the Dragon), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1973)

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee
  • 1941-03-17 Paul Kantner, rock singer/guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2016)
  • 1942-07-01 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • 1942-08-01 Jerry Garcia, rocker (Grateful Dead-Uncle John's Band, Sugar Magnolia), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1942-09-08 Sal Valentino [Salvatore Willard Spampinato], American rock musician (the Beau Brummels), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1943-06-02 Charles Haid, actor (Andy Renko-Hill St Blues, Altered States), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1943-07-11 Susan Seaforth Hayes, actress (Days of our Life, Young & Restless), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1943-08-24 John Cipollina, American rock guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1989)
  • 1944-06-06 Peter Albin, rocker (Big Brother & Holding Co), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1944-07-08 Jeffrey Tambor, actor (Jeffrey-Ropers, Larry Sanders), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1944-08-14 Robyn Smith Astaire [Melody Dawn Miller], American jockey, wife of Fred Astaire, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1944-09-26 Angela Dorian, (Victoria Vetri), playmate (Sep 1967, Year-1968), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1945-01-14 Vonetta McGee, American actress, born in San Francisco, California, (d. 2010)
  • 1945-05-30 Steve Smith, American singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1945-06-06 David Dukes, actor (Beacon Hill, 79 Park Avenue, Winds of War), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1946-07-07 Joe Spano, actor (Henry Goldblume-Hill St Blues), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1946-07-22 Danny Glover, actor (Lethal Weapon, Operation Dumbo Drop), born in San Francisco, California
  • 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
  • 1949-02-02 Ross Valory, rock bassist (Journey - Who's Crying Now, Open Arms), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949-05-01 Margo Miller, fencer-epee (Olympics 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949-11-16 Pattie Santos, singer (It's a Beautiful Day), born in San Francisco (d. 1989)
  • 1950-12-27 Terry Bozzio, American drummer (Missing Persons, Frank Zappa), born in San Francisco, California
  • 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
  • 1954-02-20 Patty Hearst Shaw, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1954-03-16 Nancy Wilson, rock guitarist (Heart-Never, What about Love), born in San Francisco, California

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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
  • 1958-10-30 Kevin Pollak, comedian (Usual Suspects, Grumpy Old Men), born in San Francisco, California
  • 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
  • 1960-08-15 Maureen "Peanut" Louie Harper, tennis player (Denver-1985), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1960-08-27 Damon Keeve, heavyweight (209+ lbs) judoka (Olympics 1992, 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 (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962-10-28 Daphne Zuniga, actress (Jo Reynolds-Melrose Place, Spaceballs), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962-11-27 Mike "Puffy" Bordin, rock drummer (Faith No More), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1963-10-31 Rob Schneider, American actor (Saturday Night Live, Jamie Coleman-Men Behaving Badly), 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 1996), 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
  • 1967-01-05 Ricky Paull Goldin, actor (Doug-Hail to the Chief, Another World), 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
  • 1967-11-16 Lisa Bonet, actress (Cosby Show, Different World, Angel Heart), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-01-14 Fred[ric] Honebein, rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-05-25 Nathalie Schneyder, synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), 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 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-10-02 Mark James Crear, 110m hurdler (Olympic silver 1996), 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 (Olympic bronze 1992, 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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