Californian History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 462

  • 1909-12-21 1st junior high school established (Berkeley California)
  • 1910-01-02 1st junior high schools in US opens (Berkeley California)
  • 1910-03-14 Lakeview Gusher, the largest U.S. oil well gusher near Bakersfield, California, vented to atmosphere
  • 1911-03-07 Willis Farnsworth of Petaluma, California, patents coin-operated locker
  • 1911-08-29 Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California.
  • 1912-12-28 1st municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California as SF Municipal Railway starts operation at Geary St (MUNI)
  • 1913-07-10 World's official highest recorded temperature at Greenland Ranch (now known as Furnace Creek Ranch), Death Valley, California at 134 °F (56.7 °C)
  • 1913-08-03 Wheatland Hop Riot on a California farm, 4 die in one of the first farm labour disputes
  • 1914-01-28 Beverly Hills, California, is incorporated
  • 1915-11-29 Fire destroys most of the buildings on Santa Catalina Island, California
  • 1917-01-28 Municipally owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco, California
  • 1918-01-01 4th Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Mare Island, USMC beats Camp Lewis, US Army, 19-7; MVP: Hollis Huntington, USMC
  • 1918-07-25 Annette Adams sworn in as 1st woman district attorney of US, California
  • 1920-02-22 1st artificial rabbit used at a dog race track (Emeryville, California)
  • 1923-02-22 1st successful chinchilla farm in US (Los Angeles California)
  • 1923-09-08 Honda Point Disaster: nine US Navy destroyers run aground off the California coast. Seven are lost.
  • 1924-11-04 California legalizes professional boxing (illegal since 1914)
  • 1926-04-07 Forest fire burns 900 acres & kills 2 (San Luis Obispo California)
  • 1926-05-18 Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanishes in Venice, California She shows up a month later saying she's been kidnapped
  • 1927-05-18 Grauman's Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood, California
  • 1928-03-12 In California, the St. Francis Dam fails, killing over 600 people
  • 1928-05-19 51 frogs enter 1st annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee" (Angel's Camp, California)
  • 1928-06-09 Charles Kingsford-Smith & Charles Ulm are 1st to fly across the Pacific when they end their flight from California to Brisbane
  • 1929-01-13 Humanist Society established, Hollywood, California
  • 1929-07-15 1st airport hotel opens at Oakland, California
  • 1930-05-20 University of California dedicates $1,500 to research on prevention & cure of athlete's foot
  • 1930-11-24 Ruth Nichols sets women's transcontinental air flight record (Mineola, NY to California), in a Lockheed-Vega
  • 1931-02-20 Congress allows California to build Oakland-Bay Bridge
  • 1933-03-10 Major earthquake (6.4 magnitude) in Long Beach, California kills 120, and destroys 70 school buildings
  • 1935-05-06 KTM-AM in Los Angeles California changes call letters to KEHE (now KABC)
  • 1935-11-22 Flying boat "China Clipper" takes off from Alameda, California, carrying 100,000 pieces of mail on 1st trans-Pacific airmail flight
  • 1935-12-05 First commercial hydroponics operation established (Montebello, California)
  • 1936-03-01 A strike occurs aboard the S.S. California, leading to the demise of the International Seamen's Union and the creation of the National Maritime Union.
  • 1936-03-25 200-inch mirror blank to build the Hale telescope leaves Corning New York for California (then largest telescopic mirror ever made)
  • 1936-12-24 1st radioactive isotope medicine administered in Berkeley, California
  • 1937-01-20 -45°F (-43°C), Boca, California (state record)
  • 1937-02-20 1st automobile/airplane combination tested, Santa Monica, California
  • 1937-07-12 -13) Tupolev ANT-25 non-stop flight Moscow to San Jacinto, California
  • 1938-03-02 Landslides & floods cause over 200 deaths (Los Angeles California)

Oops, Wrong Way!

1938-07-18 Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan arrives in Ireland after a 28 hours flight, supposedly left NY flying for California

Historic Event

1939-01-01 Hewlett-Packard is founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in a garage in Palo Alto, California "the birthplace of Silicon Valley"

  • 1940-02-27 Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14 (radiocarbon dating) at the University of California Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California
  • 1940-05-15 Richard and Maurice McDonald open the 1st McDonald's restaurant in San Bernardino, California
  • 1940-12-30 California's 1st freeway, (Arroyo Seco Parkway), opens
  • 1941-02-26 Cowboys' Amateur Association of America organized (California)

Film & TV History

1941-05-06 At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show

  • 1942-02-23 Japanese submarine fires on oil refinery in Ellwood, California
  • 1942-10-23 All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is composer Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory")
  • 1943-01-22 66.34 cm (26.12") precipitation over 24 hour period in Hoegees Camp, California (state record)
  • 1944-07-17 2 ammunition ships explode at Port Chicago, California, killing 322
  • 1946-06-13 1st transcontinental round-trip flight in 1-day, California-Maryland

Golf Tournament

1946-09-02 American golfer Ben Hogan wins the Golden State Open at California CC in Los Angeles; his 3rd consecutive PGA event and 11th title of the season; 2nd time that year he wins 3 straight tournaments

Historic Event

1947-01-15 The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short ("The Black Dahlia") found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California

  • 1947-01-22 1st commercial TV station west of Mississippi opens in Hollywood, California
  • 1947-06-19 1st plane (F-80) to exceed 600 mph (1004 kph)-Albert Boyd, Muroc, California

Music Recording

1947-09-13 T-Bone Walker records his biggest hit "Call it Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)" in Hollywood, California

  • 1948-01-01 1st color newsreel filmed (Pasadena, California)
  • 1948-07-03 Kidnapper Caryl Chessman sentenced to death, California; execution doesn't happen until 1960
  • 1948-10-01 California Supreme Court voids state statute banning interracial marriages, in Perez v. Sharp case
  • 1948-12-22 KPIX TV channel 5 in San Francisco, California (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-01-07 1st photo of genes taken at University of Southern California by Pease & Baker

Sports History

1949-04-20 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California

  • 1949-05-05 KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, California (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film Release

1951-12-26 "The African Queen", directed by John Huston and based on the 1935 novel of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, is released in LA, California (Academy Awards Best Actor 1952)

  • 1952-07-21 7.8 earthquake shakes Kern County California, 14 killed
  • 1953-08-01 California introduces sales tax (for education)
  • 1953-08-17 Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
  • 1954-02-15 1st Bevatron particle accelerator in operation at Berkeley, California
  • 1954-02-18 The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954-06-10 KQED TV channel 9 in San Francisco, California (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-09-11 1st Miss America TV broadcast; 19 year old Lee Meriwether of California crowned 27th Miss America
  • 1955-07-17 Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California.
  • 1955-10-18 University of California discovers anti-proton
  • 1956-06-29 American Charles Dumas records first high jump over 7' (2.13m) during US Olympic Trials at Los Angeles, California
  • 1956-08-01 KRCR TV channel 7 in Redding-Chico, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-01-16 3 US B-52 bombers leave California for 1st non-stop around the world flights
  • 1957-01-31 Eight people on the ground in Pacoima, California are killed following the mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet.
  • 1957-02-22 Walter O'Malley says Dodgers may play 10 exhibitions in California in 1958
  • 1957-06-01 Don Bowden becomes first American to run a sub-4 minute mile (3:58.7) at the Pacific Association AAU Meet in Stockton, California
  • 1957-10-12 First commercial flight between California & Antarctica
  • 1957-11-11 Demolition begins on cable car barn at California & Hyde, San Francisco
  • 1958-03-03 KTVU TV channel 2 in Oakland-San Francisco, California (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1958-04-15 1st baseball game in California, SF Giants beat LA Dodgers, 8-0

Music History

1958-06-13 Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California

  • 1958-09-18 The Fresno Drop: Bank of America mails out 60,000 BankAmericards in Fresco, California, the first credit card (later renamed VISA)

Sports History

1959-03-21 21st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: California beats West Virginia, 71-70; WV future Hall of Fame point guard Jerry West is named MOP

  • 1959-06-07 KLX-AM in Oakland California changes call letters to KEWB (now KNEW)
  • 1960-02-18 VIII Winter Olympic Games open in Squaw Valley, California
  • 1960-02-28 VIII Winter Olympic Games close in Squaw Valley, California

Sports History

1960-03-19 22nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Ohio State beats California, 75-55; Buckeyes' future Hall of Fame forward Jerry Lucas is named tournament MOP

  • 1960-05-16 Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California
  • 1960-05-17 1st atomic reactor system patented by J W Flora of Canoga Park, California
  • 1960-08-15 UFO is sighted by 3 California patrolmen
  • 1960-10-10 16 California Poly football team members die in plane crash in Toledo
  • 1961-06-25 Baltimore and California use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 inns
  • 1962-04-24 Massachusetts Institute of Technology sends TV signal by satellite for 1st time: California to Massachusetts

Election of Interest

1962-11-07 Richard Nixon tells press he won't be available to kick around any more after losing election for Governor of California

  • 1963-09-07 American Bandstand moves to California, & airs once a week on Saturday

Historic Event

1964-06-19 Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, home of the famous horticulturist, is designated a National Historical Landmark in Santa Rosa, California

  • 1964-08-30 Electric designer Norman Manley records back-to-back holes-in-one on the 7th & 8th holes at Del Valle in Saugus, California; Guinness BWR' best

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 3,058

  • 1894-11-02 Bill Johnston, American tennis player (US Open 1915, 19; Wimbledon 1923), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1946)
  • 1894-12-17 David Butler, American director (April in Paris, Calamity Jane), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1895-02-04 Nigel Bruce, British actor (Rebecca, Suspicion, Sherlock Holmes), born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (d. 1953)
  • 1895-05-15 Charles Lamont, director (Abbott & Costello Go to Mars), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1895-07-23 Aileen Pringle, American actress (Murder at Midnight), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1989)
  • 1895-07-26 Gracie Allen, American comedian and actress (Burns & Allen), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1964)
  • 1895-08-03 Marguerite Nichols, American actress (An Old Man's Folly), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1941)
  • 1895-10-20 Rex Ingram, American actor (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tarzan of the Apes, The Ten Commandments), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1969)
  • 1895-11-19 Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American fashion photographer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1989)
  • 1895-11-29 Busby Berkeley [Enos], American film choreographer (42nd Street) and director (Strike Up The Band: They Made Me A Criminal), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1976)
  • 1896-02-08 Orville Caldwell, American actor (Patsy, French Doll, Last Warning), born in Oakland, California (d. 1967)
  • 1896-06-07 Douglas Campbell, American aviator and World War I flying ace, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1990)
  • 1896-11-16 Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (Metropolitan 1923-50), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 1960)

Jimmy Doolittle

1896-12-14 James Doolittle, American air force general who conducted the raid on Tokyo in 1942, born in Alameda, California (d. 1993)

  • 1897-02-19 Alma Rubens, American actress (Humoresque), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1931)
  • 1897-03-11 Henry Dixon Cowell, Menlo Park California, composer (New Musical Resources)
  • 1897-10-28 Edith Head, Hollywood costume designer (8 Oscars), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1981)
  • 1897-11-17 Frank Fay, American vaudeville comedian and actor (God's Gift to Women, Love Nest), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1961)
  • 1897-11-30 Quinto Maganini, American composer (The Argonauts), born in Fairfield, California (d. 1974)
  • 1898-06-19 James Joseph Sweeney, American Catholic prelate, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1968)
  • 1898-07-04 Johnny Lee, American actor (Song of the South, The Amos 'n' Andy Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1965)
  • 1898-07-28 Lawrence Gray, American actor, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1970)
  • 1898-10-03 Leo McCarey, American film director (The Awful Truth), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1969)
  • 1899-04-19 George O'Brien, American actor (Sunrise: A Song of Two Human), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1985)
  • 1899-07-25 Arthur Lubin, American film director and producer (Francis The Talking Mule, Mr Ed), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)
  • 1899-08-08 Victor Young, American violinist, arranger, orchestra leader, and composer ("Street of Dreams"; "Love Letters"; "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1956)
  • 1899-12-25 Frank Ferguson, American character actor (My Friend Flicka, Peyton Place), born in Ferndale, California (d. 1978)

Adlai Stevenson II

1900-02-05 Adlai Stevenson II, American politician (US Ambassador to UN, 1961-65; Governor of Illinois, 1949-53; Democratic presidential candidate, 1952 & 1956), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1965)

  • 1900-02-23 Elinor Remick Warren, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1991)
  • 1900-08-23 Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer and songwriter (Morningtown Ride), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1978)
  • 1900-09-07 Emerson Treacy, American actor (California Straight Ahead, Prowler), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1900-10-15 Mervyn LeRoy, American movie producer (Devil at 4 O'Clock), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1987)
  • 1900-10-16 Lloyd Corrigan, American actor (Papa Dodger, The Manchurian Candidate), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1969)
  • 1901-01-17 Olin Dutra, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1932, US Open 1934), born in Monterey, California (d. 1983)
  • 1901-04-04 Carmel Myers, American actress (Carmel Myers Show), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1980)
  • 1901-05-21 Horace Heidt, American orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon), born in Alameda, California (d. 1986)
  • 1901-06-24 Harry Partch, American composer (Revelations in the Courthouse Park; Delusion Of The Fury), born in Oakland, California (d. 1974)
  • 1901-10-18 Barbara Brown, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1975)
  • 1902-02-14 Fred Scott, American vocalist & actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), born in Fresno, California (d. 1991)

Ansel Adams

1902-02-20 Ansel Adams, American landscape photographer and environmentalist (Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1984)

John Steinbeck

1902-02-27 John Steinbeck, American author (Grapes of Wrath-Nobel 1962), born in Salinas, California (d. 1968)

  • 1902-03-29 Onslow Stevens, American actor (This is the Life), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1977)
  • 1902-05-02 Erin O'Brien-Moore, American actress (Peyton Place, Our Little Girl), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1979)
  • 1902-05-03 Hugo Friedhofer, American composer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1981)

George Murphy

1902-07-04 George Murphy, American politician (US Senator, California), actor and dancer (MGM Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1992)

  • 1902-08-11 Lloyd Nolan, American actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1985)
  • 1902-10-03 Pappy Waldorf, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle and coach (Northwestern, California), born in Clifton Springs, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1903-02-12 Chick Hafey, American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1926, 31 St. Louis Cardinals; NL batting champion 1931; MLB All Star 1933), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1973)
  • 1903-02-14 Stuart "Stu" Erwin, American actor (The Stu Erwin Show), born in Squaw Valley, California (d. 1967)
  • 1903-12-06 Tony Lazzeri, American Baseball HOF second baseman (World Series x 5; only player to complete natural cycle with grand slam; NY Yankees), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1946)
  • 1903-12-26 Elisha Cook Jr, American actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane, Magnum PI), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • 1904-03-01 Paul Hartman, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Inherit the Wind), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1973)
  • 1904-05-03 John Breeden, American actor (Salute, Madame Racketeer, Joy Street), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1977)
  • 1904-05-06 Raymond Bailey, American actor (Vertigo, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Incredible Shrinking Man), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1980)
  • 1904-11-17 Isamu Noguchi, Japanese American sculptor (1963 Fine Arts Medal, Noguchi table), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1988)
  • 1905-01-03 Anna May Wong [Wong Liu-tsong], Chinese-American actress, 1st Asian-American movie star (Shanghai Express; Gallery of Mme Lui-Tsang), and 1st Asian-American on US currency (American Women series quarter, 2022), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1961)
  • 1905-01-26 Charles Lane, American actor (Homer-Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • 1905-01-27 Howard McNear, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show, Anatomy of a Murder, Irma La Douce), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1969)
  • 1905-04-21 Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown, American politician and Governor of California (D: 1959-67), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1996)
  • 1905-06-30 Nestor Paiva, American-Portuguese actor (Zorro, The Creature from the Black Lagoon), born in Fresno, California (d. 1966)
  • 1905-09-18 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, American comedian and actor (The Jack Benny Program), born in Oakland, California (d. 1977)

Helen Wills Moody

1905-10-06 Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (19 Grand Slam titles), born in Centerville California (d. 1998)

  • 1905-11-05 Joel McCrea, American actor (Foreign Correspondent, Sullivan's Travels), born in South Pasadena, California (d. 1990)
  • 1905-12-08 Charles Cushing, American composer, born in Oakland, California (d. 1982)
  • 1906-01-03 Gus Suhr, American baseball first baseman (1435 MLB games Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies; only player to be sued by a fan injured after struck by a foul ball), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2004)
  • 1906-02-20 Gale Gordon [Charles Thomas Aldrich, Jr], American actor and comedian (Our Miss Brooks; Dennis The Menace; The Lucy Show; Here's Lucy), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)
  • 1906-04-05 Lord Buckley, American comedian, born in Tuolumne, California (d. 1960)
  • 1906-06-30 Anthony Mann, American film actor and director (El Cid, Winchester '73, The Glenn Miller Story), born in San Diego, California (d. 1967)
  • 1906-07-18 S. I. Hayakawa, U.S. senator from California (1977–83) and educator (Language in Action), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1992)
  • 1906-09-24 Victor Wong, American actor (Mission to Moscow, War Correspondent, King Kong), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1972)

Joe Cronin

1906-10-12 Joe Cronin, American Baseball HOF shortstop (7 x MLB All Star), manger (Boston RS, Washington Senators) and executive (AL President 1959-73), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1984)

  • 1906-11-19 Henri Temianka, Scottish-born Polish composer (California Chamber Symphony), born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1992)
  • 1906-12-20 Irving Krick, American meteorologist & inventor, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1907-02-20 Nadine Conner [Henderson], American operatic soprano (Carmen; The Magic Flute - "Pamina"), born in Compton, California (d. 2003)
  • 1907-04-19 Lina Basquette, American actress (Paradise Park, Pleasure, Goldie), born in San Mateo, California (d. 1994)
  • 1907-07-29 Melvin Belli, American lawyer known as "The King of Torts" and "Melvin Bellicose", born in Sonora, California (d. 1996)
  • 1907-09-18 Edwin M. McMillan, American physicist and discoverer of plutonium (Nobel 1951), born in Redondo Beach, California (d. 1991)
  • 1907-11-01 Larry French, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1940; Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs; Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Visalia, California (d. 1987)
  • 1908-02-07 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), born in Oakland, California (d. 1983)
  • 1908-04-12 Virginia Cherrill, American actress (City Lights; Lake Extra; Brat), born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 1996)

Lita Grey

1908-04-15 Lita Grey, American actress, born in Hollywood, California (d. 1995)

  • 1908-05-02 William Bakewell, American actor (All Quiet on the Western Front; Gone With The Wind), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1993)
  • 1908-05-30 Mel Blanc, American voice actor, comedian best known for his Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd & Porky Pig), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1989)
  • 1908-08-06 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), born in Globe, Arizona (d. 1997)
  • 1908-08-31 William Saroyan, American novelist and playwright (Time of Your Life), born in Fresno, California (d. 1981)
  • 1908-11-26 Lefty Gomez, American Baseball HOF pitcher (7 × MLB All-Star; 5 × World Series; Triple Crown 1934, 37; NY Yankees), born in Rodeo, California (d. 1989)
  • 1908-12-14 (Moritz) "Morey" Amsterdam, American comedian, cellist, and actor (The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Buddy"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1908-12-21 Pat Weaver, American radio advertising executive (started Today show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)
  • 1909-08-10 Leo Fender, American inventor, and electric guitar designer (Telecaster; Stratocaster; Precision Bass), born in Anaheim California (d. 1991)
  • 1909-08-13 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, American 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1976)

Mel Hein

1909-08-22 Mel Hein, American NFL center (NY Giants), born in Redding, California (d. 1992)

  • 1909-10-10 Robert F. Boyle, American production designer and art director, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • 1909-10-29 Douglass Montgomery, American actor (Forbidden, Harmony Lane), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1966)
  • 1909-11-26 Frances Dee, American actress (Of Human Bondage), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1910-01-03 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball utility (World Series 1941; Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Coalinga, California (d. 2000)
  • 1910-01-08 Richard Cromwell [LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh], American actor (Jezebel, Riot Squad), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1960)
  • 1910-01-09 Dick Henry Jurgen, American swing music bandleader, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1995)
  • 1910-02-03 Nelson Case, TV host (Trash or Treasure), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1910-06-10 Frank Demaree, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1936, 37; Chicago Cubs, NY Giants), born in Winters, California (d. 1958)

Gloria Stuart

1910-07-04 Gloria Stuart, American actress (Titanic) and founder of the Screen Actors Guild, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2010)


Famous Weddings

Weddings 101 - 200 of 327

  • 2003-06-07 "Dawson's Creek" actor Kerr Smith (31) weds actress Harmoni Everett (28) at The La Quinta Resort and Club in Palm Springs, California

Christy Turlington

2003-06-07 "Sidewalks of New York" actor-director Edward Burns (34) weds Calvin Klein model Christy Turlington (32) at St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in San Francisco, California

Adam Sandler

2003-06-22 Actor Adam Sandler (36) weds actress-model Jackie Titone (28) at Dick Clark's oceanfront in Malibu, California

James Van Der Beek

2003-07-05 "Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (26) weds actress Heather Ann McComb (26) at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California; divorced 2010

  • 2003-07-05 TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos (28) weds Lions Gate Entertainment president Jay Faires at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, California
  • 2003-10-11 American Pie star Alyson Hannigan (29) weds Angel's Alexis Denisof (37) at the Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, California

Carmen Electra

2003-11-22 Actress Carmen Electra (31) weds rocker Dave Navarro (36) at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles, California; divorce in 2007

Wedding of Interest

2003-12-05 British 'Coldplay' lead vocalist Chris Martin (35) weds American actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow (39) at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California; divorce in 2016

  • 2003-12-06 "The Bachelorette" star Trista Rehn (31) weds Ryan Sutter (29) at The Lodge in Rancho Mirage, California

Larry Ellison

2003-12-18 Founder of Oracle Larry Ellison (59) weds romance novelist Melanie Craft in Woodside, California

Selma Blair

2004-01-24 Actress Selma Blair (31) weds producer Ahmet Zappa (29) at Carrie Fisher's mansion in Beverly Hills, California; divorce in 2006

Rosie O'Donnell

2004-02-26 Comedian Rosie O'Donnell (41) weds marketing executive Kelli O'Donnell (36) in San Francisco, California

  • 2004-04-04 Latina singer Joy Enriquez (25) weds Grammy-winner Rodney Jerkins (26) at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California
  • 2004-05-09 "Underworld" director Len Wiseman (31) weds actress Kate Beckinsale (30) at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California

Jennifer Lopez

2004-06-05 American singer and actress Jennifer Lopez (34) weds American salsa artist Marc Anthony (35) in Beverly Hills, California; divorce in 2014

  • 2004-07-03 Actress Tori Spelling (31) weds actor-writer Charlie Shanian (35) at her parents 56,000-square foot mansion in Bel Air, California

Nicolas Cage

2004-07-30 Actor Nicolas Cage (40) weds Alice Kim (20) at a private ranch in Northern California

  • 2004-08-14 "Dancing With The Stars" contestant and "Seinfeld" actor John O'Hurley (49) weds Lisa Mesloh at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2004-08-14 Actor Josh Brolin (36) weds actress Diane Lane (39) at his ninety-seven acre spread in San Luis Obispo, California

Mariska Hargitay

2004-08-28 "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actress Mariska Hargitay (40) weds actor-writer Peter Hermann (37) at the Unitarian Society in Santa Barbara, California

Britney Spears

2004-09-18 Pop star Britney Spears (22) weds rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (26) in Studio City, California

  • 2004-10-02 "Married ... With Children" actress Katey Sagal (50) weds "The Shield" writer Kurt Sutter (42) in Los Feliz, California
  • 2004-10-30 Blink-182 pop punk band drummer Travis Barker (28) weds actress and First Runner Up Miss USA 1995 Shanna Moakler (29) at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2005-04-16 One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush (23) weds actor Chad Michael Murray (24) at Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, California
  • 2005-04-19 "Extra" co-host Dayna Devon (35) weds plastic surgeon Dr. Brent Moelleken at the Hans Fahden Winery in Calistoga, California
  • 2005-05-18 Television presenter and former Miss Germany Verona Feldbusch (37) weds German entrepreneur Franjo Pooth at the San Diego Court House in San Diego, California
  • 2005-05-22 "Alias" actor Kevin Weisman (34) weds Jodi Tanowitz at Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, California; divorce in 2011
  • 2005-06-09 "Good Morning, Miami" actor Mark Feuerstein (34) weds TV writer/producer Dana Klein at The Four Seasons-Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2005-06-11 "Clueless" actress Alicia Silverstone (28) weds musician Christopher Jarecki in Lake Tahoe, California; divorce in 2018

Jerry Brown

2005-06-18 Politician Jerry Brown (67) weds businesswoman Anne Gust (47) in Oakland, California

  • 2005-06-29 "Access Hollywood" host Nancy O'Dell (39) weds business executive Keith Zubchevich (36) at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2005-07-09 Former Beverly Hills 90210 actress Tiffani Thiessen (31) weds actor-artist Brady Smith (33) at a private estate in Montecito, California

Sandra Bullock

2005-07-16 Academy award-winning actress Sandra Bullock (40) weds "Monster Garage" host Jesse James (36) at sunset on the grounds of The Folded Hills Ranch in Gaviota, California

  • 2005-08-20 Award-winning American news anchor Lauren Sanchez (35) weds prominent talent agent Patrick Whitesell at The Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California

Wedding of Interest

2005-09-24 American "That 70s Show" actor Ashton Kutcher (27) weds American actress Demi Moore (42) in Beverly Hills, California; divorce in 2013

  • 2005-11-19 "KISS" lead singer Paul Stanley (53) weds Erin Sutton at The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena, California

Christina Aguilera

2005-11-19 Singer and actress Christina Aguilera (28) weds music executive Jordan Bratman (32) under a mountainside tent at the Staglin Family Vineyards in Rutherford, California

  • 2005-12-04 2004 Olympic volleyball team member Kerri Walsh (27) weds fellow volleyball player Casey Jennings (30) at the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, California
  • 2006-03-14 Comedian and actor Jack Black (36) weds musician and animator Tanya Haden (34) in Big Sur, California
  • 2006-04-29 Ranchera singer Lupillo Rivera weds Mayeli in Garden Grove, California
  • 2006-05-16 "Korn" bassist Fieldy (36) weds Deena Beber at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California
  • 2006-06-04 "General Hospital" actor Greg Vaughan (32) weds Dutch actress Touriya Haoud (28) in Los Angeles, California
  • 2006-06-04 "KISS" guitarist Tommy Thayer (45) weds Amber Peek at Four Seasons Aviara in Carlsbad, California
  • 2006-06-24 "Numb3rs" actress Diane Farr (36) weds marketing executive Seung Yong Chung (35) at Rainbow Tarns, California
  • 2006-06-24 "The Desperate Housewives" actress Marcia Cross (44) weds stockbroker Tom Mahoney (48) at Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Parish in Pasadena, California
  • 2006-06-25 Wyatt Earp actor Hugh O'Brian (81) weds Viginia Barber at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California
  • 2006-07-06 "National Treasure" director Jon Turteltaub (42) weds co-founder of Creative Visions Foundation Amy Eldon at Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyard in Malibu, California
  • 2006-07-07 "Extreme Makeover" Bill Dorfman (47) weds former contestant on "The Apprentice" and beauty queen Jennifer Murphy (27) at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California
  • 2006-07-07 Anchor and Skating with Celebrities runner-up Jillian Barberie (39) weds actor Grant Reynolds (33) in Tarzana, California

Avril Lavigne

2006-07-15 Singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne (21) weds "Sum 41" lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley (26) at a private estate in Montecito, California

  • 2006-08-12 Phil McGraw's son and "Renovate My Family" host Jay McGraw (27) weds former Playboy playmate Erica Dahm (28) in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2006-09-02 "7th Heaven" actor Jeremy London (33) weds actress Melissa Cunningham at Hidden Chateau and Garden in West Hills, California
  • 2006-11-10 "The Grudge" actor Jason Behr (32) weds actress KaDee Strickland (30) in Ojai, California
  • 2006-12-27 Supermodel Niki Taylor (31) weds NASCAR driver Burney Lamar (26) at The Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California
  • 2006-12-29 Comedian Jay Mohr (36) weds "Las Vegas" actress Nikki Cox (28) at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California
  • 2006-12-31 L.A. Galaxy soccer player Landon Donovan (24) weds actress Bianca Kajlich (29) at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2007-01-09 "Ugly Betty" actress Ashley Jensen (37) weds actor and writer Terence Beesley in a ceremony in the woods of Big Sur, California
  • 2007-07-14 Actor Jerry O'Connell (33) weds Xmen's "Mystique" Rebecca Romijn (34) at Calabasas, California
  • 2007-07-22 Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila Ali (30) weds former NFL player Curtis Conway (36) in Marina del Rey, California
  • 2007-09-01 "Dancing with the Stars" TV personality Alec Mazo (29) weds fellow dancer Edyta Sliwinska (28) in San Francisco, California
  • 2007-09-01 "Grey's Anatomy" actress Kate Walsh (39) weds movie executive Alex Young (35) at the Ojai Presbyterian Church in Ojai, California
  • 2007-11-24 "Superman Returns" actor Brandon Routh (28) weds actress Courtney Ford (29) at the beautiful El Capitan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2008-02-02 Singer-actress Katharine McPhee (23) weds producer Nick Cokas (42) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2008-04-20 "The Game" actress Tia Mowry (29) weds actor Cory Hardrict (32) at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2008-05-17 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (23) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (28) in Encino, California

Jessica Alba

2008-05-19 Film actress Jessica Alba (31) weds film and TV producer Cash Warren (33) at the Beverly Hills Courthouse in Beverly Hills, California

Charlie Sheen

2008-05-30 Film actor Charlie Sheen (42) weds socialite Brooke Mueller (30) at a private estate in Los Angeles, California

  • 2008-06-09 "Tommy Tutone" band lead singer Tommy Heath weds longtime girlfriend Lisa Scholtz in Lake Tahoe, California
  • 2008-06-28 "Saturday Night Live" actor-comedian Chris Kattan (37) weds model Sunshine Tutt (31) at Chateau Du Sureau in Yosemite, California
  • 2008-07-05 "The Bachelor" TV personality Andrew Firestone (32) weds Serbian model and actress Ivana Bozilovic (30) at St Mark's in the Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos, California
  • 2008-07-12 "Black Eyed Peas" rapper Taboo (32) weds fashion publicist Jaymie Dizon (29) at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Pasadena, California
  • 2008-07-13 American Pie actor Jason Biggs (30) weds actress Jenny Mollen (28) at Honig Winery and Vineyard in Napa, California

Ellen DeGeneres

2008-08-16 "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (54) weds actress Portia de Rossi (39) in Beverly Hills, California

  • 2008-09-22 TV personality and glamour model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds Philadelphia Eagles NFL player Hank Baskett (26) at Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, California
  • 2008-09-27 "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" actress Kaitlin Olson (33) weds actor Rob McElhenney (31) at the Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California
  • 2008-09-28 American tennis player Mardy Fish (26) weds "Deal or No Deal" model Stacey Gardner at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2008-10-05 American Idol season 6 fourth finalist LaKisha Jones (28) weds financial adviser Larry Davis at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

Michael Chang

2008-10-18 Tennis player Michael Chang (35) weds fellow tennis player Amber Liu (24) at Lake Hills Community Church in Laguna Hills, California

  • 2008-11-01 Actress Marisa Coughlan (34) weds Stephen Wallack at a private estate in Pasadena, California

Fergie

2009-01-10 "The Black Eyed Peas" singer Fergie (33) weds actor Josh Duhamel (36) at Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California

  • 2009-02-07 Actress and skating champ Kristy Swanson (39) weds 1993 World Pair Skater Champion Lloyd Eisler (45) at The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California

Mike Dirnt

2009-03-14 Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt (36) weds Brittney Cade at a private ceremony in Ojai, California

  • 2009-03-21 British songbird who soared to the top of the charts with her hit "Unwritten" Natasha Bedingfield (27) weds California businessman Matthew Robinson at Church Estate Vineyard's in Malibu, California

Kim Rhode

2009-03-21 Olympic gold medalist Kim Rhode (29) weds technician Michael Harryman in El Monte, California

  • 2009-03-22 "The Wonder Years" actress Danica McKellar (36) weds composer Mike Verta (36) at St. James by the Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, California
  • 2009-05-09 "The O.C." actress Autumn Reeser (28) weds writer-director Jesse Warren (31) under a 200-year old oak tree at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California
  • 2009-05-16 Actress Jennifer Freeman (23) weds NBA guard Earl Watson (29) in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2009-06-27 "Playboy Playmate" model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds NFL player beau Hank Baskett (26) at the Playboy Mansion in Bel Air, California

Eddie Van Halen

2009-06-27 Rocker Eddie Van Halen (54) weds publicist Janie Liszewski (39) at his seven-acre estate in the hills above Studio City, California

  • 2009-07-11 "Step Up" actor Channing Tatum (32) weds actress Jenna Dewan (31) at Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California

Milla Jovovich

2009-08-22 Actress and model Milla Jovovich (36) weds film director Paul W. S. Anderson (47) in Beverly Hills, California

  • 2009-09-26 "Half and Half" actress Essence Atkins (37) weds football free safety Jaime Mendez (38) at Ambassador Mansion and Gardens in Pasadena, California

Khloé Kardashian

2009-09-27 Businesswoman and TV personality Khloé Kardashian (28) weds NBA basketball forward Lamar Odom (32) in Beverly Hills, California

  • 2010-05-01 Actor-producer Seth Green (36) weds actress Clare Grant (30) at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch in Nacasio, California
  • 2010-05-28 "Beverly Hills 90210" actor Ian Ziering (46) weds Erin Kristine Ludwig at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California
  • 2010-07-02 Miss California USA 2009 Carrie Prejean (23) weds Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller (29) in San Diego
  • 2010-07-17 Boston Celtics star player Paul Pierce (32) weds interior-designer Julie Landrum (27) at Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast, California

Hilary Duff

2010-08-14 Actress and singer Hilary Duff (24) weds retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre Mike Comrie (31) at La Quinta Estate in Montecito, California

Jenni Rivera

2010-09-08 Grammy nominated singer Jenni Rivera (41) weds MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza (38) at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, California

  • 2010-09-25 Charlie Sheen's daughter Cassandra Estévez (25) weds Casey Huffman (27) in Santa Barbara, California

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