San Jose in History

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 1991-12-17 Pittsburgh Penguins score team record 8 goals in one period in 2nd session of 10-2 win over NHL expansion San Jose Sharks
  • 1992-06-04 San Jose voters reject Giants plan to build a new stadium
  • 1992-12-26 The NHL's San Jose Sharks end a 13-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the LA Kings, albeit allowing 59 shots, the most in team history; Jeff Hacket makes 57 saves
  • 1994-01-28 Helicopter crashes into office building in San Jose California, 1 dead
  • 1997-01-18 47th NHL All-Star Game, San Jose Arena, San Jose, CA: East beats West, 11-7; Mark Recchi, Montreal, RW
  • 1997-01-25 In a high profile NHL trade, San Jose obtain future Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Ed Belfour from Chicago in exchange for goaltender Chris Terreri, Ulf Dahlen, Michal Sykora and a conditional pick in 1998 Entry Draft

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
  • 2001-10-04 Brendan Shanahan scores a hat trick in Red Wings 4-3 OT win at San Jose; becomes second player in NHL history to score an opening-night hat trick twice in his career
  • 2016-01-31 61st NHL All Star Games, Bridgestone Centre, Nashville, TN: Pacific Division All Stars win four-team 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: John Scott, San Jose, LW
  • 2016-06-12 Stanley Cup Final, SAP Center, San Jose, CA: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat San Jose Sharks, 3-1 for a 4-2 series victory; Penguins 4th title
  • 2019-01-26 64th NHL All Star Games, SAP Centre, San Jose, CA: Metropolitan All Stars win four-team, 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, C

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestAmadeo Giannini

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
  • 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)
  • 1924-09-14 Jerry Coleman, American MLB 2nd baseman, born in San Jose, California (d. 2014)
  • 1924-10-18 Allyn Ferguson, orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in San Jose, California
  • 1925-07-01 Farley Granger, American actor (Arnold, Rope, Deathmask), born in San Jose, California (d. 2011)
  • 1936-08-08 Don Bowden, American middle distance runner (1st American to run sub 4 minute mile 1957, 3:58.7), born in San José, California
  • 1945-09-27 Kay Ryan, American poet (Hide and Seek), born in San Jose, California
  • 1947-12-05 Jim Plunkett, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1970, Stanford; Super Bowl 1980, 84 LA/Oakland Raiders), born in San Jose, California
  • 1948-07-27 Peggy Fleming, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1968, 3-time world champion), born in San Jose, California

Person of interestSteve Wozniak

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
  • 1951-04-19 Barry Brown, American actor (Frederick Winterbourne-Daisy Miller), born in San Jose, California (d. 1978)
  • 1956-01-03 Willy T. Ribbs, American auto racer (first African-American to drive in Indianapolis 500), born in San Jose, California
  • 1958-11-15 Marty Davis, American tennis star, born in San Jose, California

Person of interestDave Righetti

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
  • 1958-12-11 Nikki Sixx [Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.], American musician (Mötley Crüe), born in San Jose, California
  • 1961-05-03 Joe Murray, American cartoonist (Rocko's Modern Life), born in San Jose, California
  • 1961-10-08 Ted Kooshian, American jazz pianist, born in San Jose, California
  • 1963-01-20 Scott Fisher, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • 1964-03-31 David Diaz-Infante, American NFL guard, coach, broadcaster (2-time Super Bowl winner, Denver Broncos, born in San Jose, CA
  • 1967-08-09 Debbie Spence, tennis star, born in San Jose, California
  • 1967-10-13 Kate Walsh, American actress (Grey's Anatomy), born in San Jose, California
  • 1967-10-27 Scott Weiland, American singer (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), born in San Jose, California (d. 2015)
  • 1968-02-21 Pellom McDaniels, American professor & NFL defensive lineman (KC Chiefs), born in San Jose, California
  • 1968-07-21 Brandi Chastain, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • 1969-09-07 Rudy Galindo, American figure skater, born in San Jose, California
  • 1970-09-26 Sheri Moon Zombie, American actress, born in San Jose, California
  • 1971-02-19 Becky Dyroen-Lancer, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • 1972-01-15 Ernie Reyes Jr., American actor & martial artist (Ernie-Sidekicks), born in San Jose, California
  • 1973-05-15 Suzannah Bianco, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-alt-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1976-05-11 Lloyd Pierce, American basketball head coach (Atlanta Hawks 2019), born in San Jose, California
  • 1976-10-26 Miikka Kiprusoff, Finnish NHL hockey player (San Jose Sharks), born in Turku, Finland
  • 1977-01-07 Dustin Diamond, American 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
  • 1981-01-31 Sergio D. Acosta, American Chicano Filmmaker, born in San Jose, California
  • 1981-02-06 Calum Best, American model, born in San Jose, California
  • 1984-03-31 James Jones, American NFL receiver (NFL receiving TD leader 2012), born in San Jose, CA

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)