San Jose in History

Historical Events

  • 1777-01-18 San Jose in California founded
  • 1857-04-30 San Jose State University forms
  • 1905-01-02 Elara, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine in San Jose, California
  • 1955-09-12 KNTV TV channel 11 in San Jose, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-10-03 KGSC (now KICU) TV channel 36 in San Jose, CA (IND) begins
  • 1983-10-02 Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA San Jose Golf Classic
  • 1984-09-23 Amy Alcott wins LPGA San Jose Golf Classic
  • 1985-09-08 7 die in a car & train crash in San Jose, California
  • 1985-09-22 Val Skinner wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic
  • 1986-09-21 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic
  • 1987-09-27 Jan Stephens wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic
  • 1988-09-25 Kathy Guadagnino wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic
  • 1989-10-01 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic
  • 1991-10-04 San Jose Sharks lose 4-3 to Vancouver Canucks in their 1st NHL game
  • 1991-10-09 San Jose Sharks beat Calgary for their 1st NHL win, 4-3
  • 1992-06-04 San Jose voters reject Giants plan to build a new stadium
  • 1994-01-28 Helicopter crashes into office building in San Jose California, 1 dead
  • 1997-01-18 47th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 11-7 at San Jose Arena

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997-11-20 Flyers Eric Lindros tries to bite San Jose defenseman Marty McSorley

NHL Star Eric Lindros
NHL Star
Eric Lindros
  • 1999-03-28 18th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Purdue beats Duke 62-45
  • 2017-03-07 19 girls killed in a fire at a government-run care center in San José Pinula, Guatemala
  • 2017-06-12 Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat San Jose Sharks 4-2 in San Jose

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1870-05-06 Amadeo Giannini, American banker and entrepreneur (founded Bank of America), born in San Jose, California (d. 1949)

Banker and Entrepreneur Amadeo Giannini
Banker and Entrepreneur
Amadeo Giannini
  • 1887-03-24 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, American actor (The Bell Boy, Moonshine, Keystone comedies), born in Smith Center, Kansas (d. 1933)
  • 1890-01-16 Lloyd Bacon, American actor (Charlie Chaplin), born in San Jose, California (d. 1955)
  • 1892-03-03 Edmund Lowe, American actor (Black Sheep, Good Sam, Dillinger, Hot Pepper), born in San Jose, California (d. 1971)
  • 1915-01-06 Don Edwards, American politician and civil rights champion (Rep-D-CA, 1963-94), born in San Jose, California (d. 2015)
  • 1924-10-18 Allyn Ferguson, orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in San Jose, California
  • 1925-07-01 Farley Granger, actor (Arnold, Rope, Deathmask), born in San Jose, California
  • 1936-08-08 Don Bowden, 1st American to run a sub 4 min mile (1957), born in San José, California
  • 1940-04-03 Lino Brocka, San Jose Philippines, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar)
  • 1941-12-06 John Nelson, San Jose Costa Rica, conductor (Les Troyens of Berlioz)
  • 1945-09-27 Kay Ryan, American poet (Hide and Seek), born in San Jose, California
  • 1947-12-05 Jim Plunkett, American NFL quarterback (New England, Oakland), born in San Jose, California
  • 1948-07-27 Peggy Fleming Jenkins, figure skater (Olym-gold-1968), born in San Jose, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1950-08-11 Steve Wozniak, American pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and co-founder of Apple Computer, born in San Jose, California

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak
Co-founder of Apple
Steve Wozniak
  • 1955-09-10 Giannina Facio Franco, San Jose Costa Rica, Mrs Phillipe Junot
  • 1956-01-03 Willy T. Ribbs, American race car driver, San Jose California
  • 1958-11-15 Marty Davis, American tennis star, born in San Jose, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1958-11-28 Dave Righetti, baseball pitcher (Yankees, Giants), born in San Jose, California

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti
  • 1963-01-20 Scott Fisher, Australian basketball forward (Oly-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1964-10-16 Kay Cockerill, LPGA golfer (1995 Friendly's Classic-32nd), born in San Jose, California
  • 1967-08-09 Debbie Spence, tennis star, born in San Jose, California
  • 1967-10-27 Scott Weiland, American singer (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), born in San Jose, California (d. 2015)
  • 1968-07-21 Brandi Chastain, soccer forward (Olympics-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1969-09-07 Rudy Galindo, 1996 US Mens' Champion, born in San Jose, California
  • 1971-02-19 Becky Dyroen-Lancer, synchronized swimmer (Oly-gold-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1972-01-15 Ernie Reyes Jr, actor (Ernie-Sidekicks), born in San Jose, California
  • 1973-05-15 Suzannah Bianco, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-alt-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1974-11-25 Cynthia Geyn Brown, playmate (May, 1995), born in San Jose, California
  • 1977-01-07 Dustin Diamond, actor (Screech-Saved By Bell), born in San Jose, California
  • 1978-05-15 Amy Chow, gymnast (Olympics-gold/silver-96), born in San Jose, California

Famous Deaths

  • 1977-03-27 A. P. Hamann, American politician and city manager of San Jose, California, dies in the Tenerife airport disaster at 67
  • 2003-02-10 Al Ruffo, Mayor of San Jose, California (b. 1908)