San Francisco in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 473

  • 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 in 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

Historic Event

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
  • 1929-07-24 NY to San Francisco foot race ends (2½ months) winner is 60 year old Monteverde
  • 1929-10-20 Bayshore Highway opens (San Francisco)
  • 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
  • 1931-04-07 Seals Stadium opens in San Francisco
  • 1931-11-11 Cornerstones laid for Opera House & Veteran's Building in San Francisco, California
  • 1932-06-19 1st concert given in San Francisco's Stern Grove
  • 1932-12-11 San Francisco's coldest day (27°F) - it snows

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 1935-03-14 36-Folsom becomes 1st line to use 1-man streetcars 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
  • 1937-05-27 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
  • 1939-08-12 Sabotage suspected in 'City of San Francisco' train crash which derails near Harney, Nevada, killing 24
  • 1940-10-06 Zoological Gardens opens at Sloat & Skyline Boulevards in San Francisco, California
  • 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

Historic Event

1941-12-09 300 Montgomery, San Francisco opens as new Bank of America HQ

Historic Event

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

  • 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

United Nations Charter

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

  • 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 with Pierre Monteux conducting the San Francisco Symphony,
  • 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
  • 1949-01-22 Chinatown telephone exchange in San Francisco is closed
  • 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
  • 1950-09-17 San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, lose 21-17
  • 1951-02-16 San Francisco City Hall dome fire
  • 1951-09-08 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

Sports History

1955-03-19 17th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: San Francisco beats La Salle, 77-63; Dons' future Hall of Fame center Bill Russell is named tournament Most Outstanding Player

Boxing Title Fight

1955-05-16 Rocky Marciano beats Don Cockell by TKO in the 9th round at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

US Golf Open

1955-06-19 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic CC: Jack Fleck wins an 18-hole playoff by 3 strokes to claim his only major title and deny Ben Hogan a record fifth US Open title

Historic Event

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

  • 1956-03-24 18th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: San Francisco beats Iowa, 83-71; Dons' back-to-back National titles
  • 1956-05-23 World Trade Center dedicated in Ferry Building, San Francisco

Presidential Convention

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

  • 1956-09-02 San Francisco Washington-Jackson 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

Music Premiere

1957-09-20 Leontyne Price makes her operatic stage debut singing Madame Lidoine in the US premiere of "Dialogues of the Carmelites" in San Francisco

  • 1957-11-11 Demolition begins on cable car barn at California & Hyde, San Francisco
  • 1957-12-02 Pacific Coast League franchises forced to relocate when Dodgers and Giants confirm their move to California for 1958 MLB season; Hollywood Stars move from LA to Salt Lake City; LA Angels move to Spokane, and San Francisco Seals transfer to Phoenix
  • 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, California
  • 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, a minor league baseball park and temporary home of MLB Giants) in San Francisco, California demolished
  • 1960-05-08 1st performance of Ferde Grofé's "San Francisco Suite", with Grofé conducting, in San Francisco
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 305

  • 1951-06-04 Wendy Pini, American comic book writer (Elfquest), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1951-09-15 Pete Carroll, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2013, Seattle Seahawks 2010-20; New York Jets, New England Patriots; USC), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1952-01-08 Lauri Walters, American actress (8 is Enough, Harrad Experiment), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1953-02-11 Philip Anglim, American 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

Keith Hernandez

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

  • 1954-02-20 Patty Hearst Shaw, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1954-03-16 Nancy Wilson, rock guitarist (Heart - "Baracuda"; "What About Love"), born in San Francisco, California

Steve Jobs

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

  • 1955-03-21 Jean Marie Hon, actress (Jane-Man From Atlantis), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1955-04-16 Bruce Bochy, American baseball player and manager (San Francisco Giants), born in Landes de Boussac, Bussac-Forêt, France
  • 1955-06-02 Gary Grimes, American actor (Summer of '42, Class of '44), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1955-06-29 Terence M. O'Sullivan, American labor union activist who is president of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), born in San Francisco, California

Joe Montana

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

  • 1958-10-30 Kevin Pollak, American comedian (Usual Suspects, Grumpy Old Men), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1958-11-02 Willie McGee, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1983, 85, 87-88; NL MVP 1985; St Louis Cardinals), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1959-01-20 Bernard Tyson, American healthcare advocate & 1st African American CEO of Kaiser Permanente, born in San Francisco Bay Area, California
  • 1959-06-04 Paul Taylor, American rock keyboardist (Winger - "Seventeen"; "Can't Get Enuff"), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1960-08-15 Maureen "Peanut" Louie Harper, tennis player (Denver-1985), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1960-08-23 Rodney Alan Greenblat, American graphic artist, 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
  • 1961-10-07 Matthew Roloff, American reality star, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1961-10-16 Chris Doleman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 3 × First-team All-Pro; Minnesota Vikings), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1961-10-30 Scott Garrelts, American baseball player (San Francisco Giants), born in Urbana, Illinois
  • 1962-01-01 Pierce Holt, American NFL defensive lineman (Pro Bowl, All-Pro selection 1992; San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Marlin, Texas
  • 1962-02-23 Michael Wilton, American heavy metal guitarist (Queensrÿche), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962-09-24 Jake Phelps, American skateboarder, journalist (editor Thrasher magazine), born in San Francisco, CA (d. 2019)

Jerry Rice

1962-10-13 Jerry Rice, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (SF 49ers, 13 x Pro Bowl), born in Starkville, Mississippi

  • 1962-10-15 Susan DeMattei, American 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, American 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
  • 1964-01-09 Stan Javier, Dominican outfielder (Oak A's, SF Giants), born in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 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

Courtney Love

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

  • 1965-01-06 Tim McDonald, American football safety (Super Bowl 1995; First-team All-Pro 1989; 6 × Pro Bowl; St. L/Phoenix Cardinals, SF 49ers), born in Fresno, California
  • 1965-05-27 Todd Bridges, actor (Diff'rent Strokes, Fish), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1966-02-23 Mark Abrahamian, American guitarist (Starship), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • 1966-04-24 Theo Adams, American football tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1966-06-13 Thyme Lewis, American actor (Jonah-Days of our Lives), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1966-10-11 Rikishi [Solofa F. Fatu Jr.], Samoan American professional wrestler, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967-01-05 Ricky Paull Goldin, American actor (Doug-Hail to the Chief, Another World), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967-01-30 Jay Gordon, American rock vocalist, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967-02-17 Chanté Moore, American R&B singer, actress and author (Precious), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967-10-04 Liev Schreiber, American actor (Spotlight), born in San Francisco, California

Gavin Newsom

1967-10-10 Gavin Newsom, American politician (Governor of California 2019-), born in San Francisco, California

  • 1967-10-20 Harvey Pulliam, American MLB outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967-11-08 Courtney Thorne-Smith, American actress (Melrose Place, Two and a Half Men), 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 Honebein, American rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-01-25 Heinrich "Haini" Wolfgramm, Polynesian-American actor & musician (The Jets), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-05-25 Nathalie Schneyder, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-07-04 Derek Kevin Loville, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-10-02 Mark Crear, American athlete (Olympic 110m hurdles silver 1996, bronze 2000), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-12-05 Margaret Cho, American actress and comedienne (Face/Off), born in San Francisco, California

Christy Turlington

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

  • 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
  • 1970-04-04 Mix Master Mike [Michael Schwartz], American turntablist, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1970-09-18 Aisha Tyler, American actress and talk show host (The Talk), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1970-11-09 Domino [Damian Siguenza], American Hip Hop Producer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1971-01-25 China Kantner, American actress & 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
  • 1971-04-09 James Hundon, American football wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1971-04-24 Jeff Brohm, American football quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1971-07-04 Koko, sign-language gorilla, born in San Francisco Zoo (San Francisco, California)
  • 1972-01-27 Bryant Young, American football defensive tackle (San Francisco 49ers), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1972-02-17 William Floyd, American NFL full back, 1994-2000, Superbowl champ (San Francisco 49ers; Carolina Panthers), and broadcaster, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972-04-01 Mike McCoy, American football coach (NFL: San Diego Chargers 2013-16), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1972-04-07 Greg Clark, tight end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1972-11-09 Eric Dane, American actor, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1973-03-23 Jason Kidd, Basketball Hall of Fame point guard, coach (10-time NBA All Star), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1973-07-11 Christine Monge, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets), born in San Francisco, California

Monica Lewinsky

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

  • 1973-12-07 Terrell Owens, American Pro Football HOF wide receiver (5 × First-team All-Pro; 6 × Pro Bowl; 3 × NFL receiving TD leader; SF 49ers, Dallas Cowboys), born in Alexander City, Alabama
  • 1974-01-28 Zack Bronson, safety (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974-08-10 Dave Fiore, tackle (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974-09-06 Justin Whalin, American actor (Jimmy-Lois & Clark, Charles in Charge), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1974-10-07 Alexander Polinsky, American 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, American actress (Clueless, Batman Forever), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1976-10-12 Sarah Lane, American television personality and ballet dancer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1977-04-25 Jonathan Angel, American actor (Tommy Delucca-Saved By The Bell), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1978-06-12 Shiloh Strong, American actor (Maybe This Time, House of Cards), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1978-09-09 Mariano Puerta, Argentine tennis player (World #9 2005; French Open runner-up 2005), born in San Francisco, Argentina
  • 1978-12-29 LaToya London, American R&B and soul singer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1979-12-11 Rider Strong, American actor, writer and director (Boy Meets World), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1979-12-14 Kyle Shanahan, American NFL coach (San Francisco 49ers 2017-20), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1982-04-19 Ali Wong, American stand-up comedian, actress and writer (Always Be My Maybe), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1982-12-06 Robbie Gould, American football player (San Francisco 49ers), born in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania

Alexander Wang

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

  • 1984-02-11 Aubrey O'Day, American singer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1984-02-23 Andre Ward, American professional boxer, unified light heavyweight champion and world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1984-04-08 Taran Noah Smith, American actor (Mark Taylor-Home Improvement), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1984-05-03 Cheryl Burke, American professional dancer (Dancing with the Stars), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1984-07-20 Troy Smith, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2006, Ohio State; NFL: Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1987-02-05 Darren Criss, American actor & singer-songwriter (Glee, The Assassination of Gianni Versace), born in San Francisco, California

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Famous Deaths