San Francisco in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 418

  • 1930-05-15 Ellen Church becomes 1st female airline stewardess aboard a United flight from San Francisco to Cheyenne
  • 1931-04-07 Seals Stadium opens in San Francisco
  • 1931-11-11 Cornerstones laid for Opera House & Veteran's Building in San Francisco
  • 1932-06-19 1st concert given in San Francisco's Stern Grove
  • 1932-12-11 San Francisco's coldest day (27°F) - it snows

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1934-03-04 Easter Cross on Mt Davidson (San Francisco) dedicated
  • 1934-07-05 "Bloody Thursday" - Police open fire on striking longshoremen in San Francisco
  • 1934-08-11 1st federal prisoners arrive at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay
  • 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
  • 1937-05-27 Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens to pedestrians
  • 1937-05-28 Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens to vehicular traffic
  • 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
  • 1938-07-05 Herb Caen's 1st column in San Francisco Chronicle
  • 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'
  • 1940-10-06 Zoological Gardens opens on Sloat & Skyline in San Francisco
  • 1941-03-31 Ground broken for Union Square Garage, 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
  • 1941-12-09 300 Montgomery, San Francisco opens as new Bank of America HQ

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Aviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle
Aviation Pioneer
Jimmy Doolittle
  • 1942-08-20 Dim-out regulations implemented in San Francisco
  • 1943-11-01 Dim-out ban lifted in San Francisco Bay area
  • 1945-04-25 45 countries convene UN Conference on Intl Organization in San Francisco

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1945-06-26 United Nations Charter signed by 50 nations in San Francisco
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  • 1945-07-16 Cruiser Indianapolis leaves San Francisco with atom bomb
  • 1945-08-15 A riot ensues in San Francisco while the city is celebrating the end of WW II
  • 1946-05-04 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco bay
  • 1946-07-16 Attempt made to recall Mayor Lapham (1st time in San Francisco history)
  • 1947-01-09 Roger Sessions' 2nd Symphony premieres in San Francisco
  • 1947-11-12 KPO-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KNBC (now KNBR)
  • 1948-03-14 Freedom Train arrives in San Francisco
  • 1948-04-08 Soen Nakagawa & Nyogen Senzaki (Zen teachers) meet in San Francisco
  • 1948-05-25 San Francisco receives its 1st telecast
  • 1948-11-25 16-inch coastal guns removed from Fort Funston, San Francisco
  • 1948-12-22 KPIX TV channel 5 in San Francisco, California (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-04-03 KQW-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KCBS
  • 1949-04-23 Courtesy mail boxes for motorists started in San Francisco
  • 1949-05-05 KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-11-15 KRON TV channel 4 in San Francisco, California (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
  • 1951-05-27 Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park, San Francisco opens
  • 1951-09-08 Japan signs peace treaty with 48 countries in San Francisco
  • 1952-08-26 Fluoridation of San Francisco water begins
  • 1952-09-01 Sutro Baths, San Francisco purchased by George Whitney
  • 1952-10-16 Woolworth's at Powell & Market (San Francisco) opens
  • 1952-12-21 Broadway Tunnel opens in San Francisco
  • 1953-01-22 1953 NFL Draft: Harry Babcock from University of Georgia first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • 1954-06-10 KQED TV channel 9 in San Francisco, California (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-08-29 San Francisco International Airport (SFO) opens
  • 1955-06-19 55th US Golf Open: Jack Fleck shoots a 287 at Olympic CC in San Francisco

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1956-05-23 World Trade Center dedicated in Ferry Building, San Francisco

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
  • 1956-10-15 First plane to land safely on water - Pan Am Flight 6 San Francisco to Honolulu, all 24 passengers and 7 crew survive
  • 1957-03-22 Earthquake shakes San Francisco
  • 1957-11-11 Demolition begins on cable car barn at California & Hyde, San Francisco
  • 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, California (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1958-04-11 Brooks Hall in Civic Center dedicated in San Francisco
  • 1958-05-26 Union Square, San Francisco becomes state historical landmark
  • 1958-07-29 Southern Pacific Bay ferries stop running in San Francisco
  • 1959-03-03 San Francisco Giants rename their stadium Candlestick Park
  • 1959-06-02 Allen Ginsberg writes his poem "Lysergic Acid", San Francisco
  • 1959-11-11 Seals Stadium in San Francisco, demolished
  • 1960-04-23 1st performance of Ferde Grofe's "San Francisco Suite"
  • 1960-06-29 KYA-AM in San Francisco changes call letters to KDBQ (for 2 weeks)
  • 1960-07-13 KDBQ-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KYA
  • 1960-10-03 San Francisco's White House department store is the 1st to accept BankAmericard

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961-04-30 San Francisco Giant Willie Mays hits 4 HRs in a game

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1961-06-14 106°F, hottest temperature in San Francisco
  • 1961-07-11 30th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 in 10 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco
  • 1961-08-01 New San Francisco Hall of Justice opens
  • 1961-12-02 Wind Bell, journal of San Francisco Zen Center, begins publishing
  • 1962-01-17 Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in San Francisco
  • 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
  • 1962-12-10 Hunters Point (San Francisco) jitney ends service after 50 years
  • 1963-03-14 San Francisco Guy Rogers ties NBA record with 28 assists

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
  • 1963-09-15 Alou brothers-Felipe, Matty, & Jesus-appear in San Francisco outfield for 1 inn
  • 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
  • 1964-08-18 Beatles arrive in San Francisco, 2nd US visit
  • 1964-10-01 San Francisco cable cars declared a national landmark
  • 1964-10-05 San Francisco Fire Department Museum dedicated

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 215 of 215

  • 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 (Olympic bronze 1996), 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

Person of interestAlexander Wang

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
  • 2179-01-22 Hikaru Walter Sulu, Fictional Star Trek character, born in San Francisco, California

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths