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

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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
  • 1929-07-24 NY to San Francisco foot race ends (2½ months) winner is 60 year old Monteverde

Hindenburg Disaster Ends the Age of ZeppelinsHindenburg Disaster Ends the Age of Zeppelins

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

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The Hindenburg bursts into flames as it approaches its mooring mast. Thirty-six people died.
The Hindenburg bursts into flames as it approaches its mooring mast. Thirty-six people died.
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  • 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
  • 1932-06-19 1st concert given in San Francisco's Stern Grove
  • 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
  • 1934-03-04 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
  • 1939-08-13 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

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

Banker and Entrepreneur Amadeo Giannini
Banker and Entrepreneur
Amadeo Giannini

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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
  • 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 NationsUnited Nations Charter

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

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Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations
Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations
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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
  • 1949-01-22 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

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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

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

Sport defeatBoxing 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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano

Sport awardUS 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

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan

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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
  • 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

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 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 releaseMusic 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

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 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
  • 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 Grofé'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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 308

  • 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

Person of interestKeith Hernandez

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 - "Baracuda"; "What About Love"), born in San Francisco, California

Person of interestSteve Jobs

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
  • 1955-04-16 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

Person of interestJoe Montana

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, 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 rocker (Winger-17), 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)

Person of interestJerry 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

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • 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

Person of interestCourtney Love

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, American football safety (San Francisco 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
  • 1967-10-10 Gavin Newsom, American politician (Governor of California 2019-), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967-10-20 Harvey Pulliam, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967-11-08 Courtney Thorne-Smith, American actress (Day by Day, Lucas, Summer School), 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

Person of interestChristy Turlington

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
  • 1970-04-04 Mix Master Mike [Michael Schwartz], American turntablist, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1970-04-28 Mark Harris, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 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 (San Francisco 49ers), 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)
  • 1972-10-23 Daryl Price, defensive 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

Person of interestMonica Lewinsky

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, American football wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers), 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, 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

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
  • 1984-02-11 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

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