Californian History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 350 of 350

  • 1995-07-20 The Regents of the University of California vote to end all affirmative action in the UC system by 1997.
  • 1995-09-02 Southern California begins using new area code 562

MurderMurder of Interest

1995-10-03 O.J. Simpson found not guilty of the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman in Los Angeles, California

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

Film release premierFilm Premier

1996-06-25 "Independence Day" directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum premieres in Westwood, California

Actor Will Smith
Actor
Will Smith
  • 1996-12-18 The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect.
  • 1997-11-03 California law ends affirmative action
  • 1998-01-01 All California bars, clubs & card rooms must be smoke-free

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1998-05-04 A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • 1999-03-20 Legoland, California, the first Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California
  • 2000-01-31 Alaska Airlines flight 261 MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 persons aboard.

Sport awardGolf Major

2000-06-18 100th US Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 272 at Pebble Beach, California

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2001-02-20 The United States Supreme Court declines to consider an appeal by five major oil companies against Unocal's patent on production of cleaner "reformulated" gasoline sold in California

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001-12-12 Winona Ryder is arrested on shoplifting charges in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Winona Ryder
Actress
Winona Ryder
  • 2002-02-02 52nd NHL All-Star Game: World beats North America 8-5 at Los Angeles, California
  • 2002-12-18 Governor of California Gray Davis announces the state faces a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier

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2003-05-01 In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" on board the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003-10-07 American gubernatorial recall election is held in California. Governor Gray Davis is recalled and Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes governor.

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • 2003-10-26 The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in Californian history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 kmĀ²), destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego
  • 2003-12-22 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits near San Simeon, California.
  • 2004-02-12 The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
  • 2005-01-10 A mudslide occurs in La Conchita, California, killing 10 people, injuring many more and closing the Highway 101, the main coastal corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles, for 10 days.
  • 2005-01-26 Glendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005-06-13 A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch.

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 2005-12-03 XCOR Aerospace makes first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California.
  • 2007-06-24 The Angora Fire starts near South Lake Tahoe, California destroying 200+ structures in its first 48 hours
  • 2008-05-15 California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state's own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional.
  • 2008-06-17 First day of legal same-sex marriage in California
  • 2010-08-04 California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state's voters in 2008, was overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011-06-22 After hiding for 16 years, Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California

Gangster Whitey Bulger
Gangster
Whitey Bulger
  • 2012-04-26 Indonesia suspends imports of American beef after a confirmed case of mad cow disease in California
  • 2012-08-24 A US jury in California finds that Samsung is guilty of patent infringement and awards over US$1 billion in damages to Apple
  • 2012-10-01 California becomes the first US state to ban conversion therapy for minors
  • 2012-10-24 3 people are shot dead and two critically wounded after being shot by an unknown gunman in Downey, California
  • 2012-11-06 5 people are shot at a poultry processing plant in Fresno, California
  • 2013-02-04 8 people are killed and 30 are injured after a bus collides with two vehicles and flips in Yucaipa, California

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013-04-14 Comedian Kevin Hart is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in California

Comedian and Actor Kevin Hart
Comedian and Actor
Kevin Hart
  • 2013-05-05 5 people are killed after a limousine catches fire in Hayward, California
  • 2014-05-03 140th Kentucky Derby: Victor Espinoza aboad California Chrome wins in 2:03.66
  • 2014-05-17 139th Preakness: Victor Ezpinoza aboard California Chrome wins in 1:54.84

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-03-05 Harrison Ford crash-lands his 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR aeroplane in California

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-09-13 Governor of California Jerry Brown declares a State of Emergency after wildfires devastate Lake and Napa counties

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • 2015-10-05 Governor Jerry Brown of California signs a bill giving terminally ill patients the "right to die"
  • 2015-10-19 US scientists from University of California find evidence life on earth may have begun 4.1 billion years ago, 300 million earlier than previously thought
  • 2015-12-02 Attack on a social services centre in San Bernardino, California kills 14 and wounds 17
  • 2016-01-06 Californian Governor Jerry Brown declares state of emergency over methane gas leak on outskirts of Los Angeles
  • 2016-04-11 Updated "Tree of Life" published in "Nature Microbiology" by scientists from Berkeley University in California
  • 2016-08-16 Wildfire breaks out in San Bernardino County, California, engulfing 15,000 acres, prompting evacuation of 82,000 people
  • 2017-02-12 Emergency spillway at Oroville Dam, California threatens to collapse, 180,00 residents ordered to evacuate
  • 2017-09-03 Californian governor Jerry Brown issues state of emergency due to La Tuna brush fire near Los Angeles
  • 2017-10-08 Wildfires ignite in Northern Californian wine country, killing at least 41 over the next week, with 20,000 evacutated

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,928

  • 1926-09-26 Julie London, actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1926-10-06 Alan Copeland, orchestra leader/singer (Your Hit Parade), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1926-10-07 Diana Lynn, actress (Annapolis Story, Easy Come Easy Go), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1926-10-17 Beverly Garland, Santa Cruz California, actress (My 3 Sons)
  • 1926-10-31 Shirley Dinsdale, ventriloquist (Judy Splinters), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1926-11-11 Richard Tufeld, voice actor (Lost in Space), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1926-11-13 Don Gordon [Donald Guadagno], American actor (Bullitt, Papillon), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • 1926-11-30 Richard Crenna, actor (Rambo, Summer Rental, Sand Pebbles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1927-01-01 Barbara Baxley, actress (Norma Rae, Countdown), born in Stockton, California
  • 1927-02-25 Jane Nigh, American actress (Lorelei-Big Town, Blue Blood, Rawhide), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1993)
  • 1927-04-13 Mari Blanchard, actress (Kathy-Klondike), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1927-06-28 Frank Rowland, Newport Beach, California, Nobel laureate in chemistry, (d. 2012)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1927-07-06 Janet Leigh [Jeanetta Morrison], American actress (Psycho), born in Merced, California (d. 2004)

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh
  • 1927-07-27 Guy Carawan, folk singer and folklorist (popularized "We shall Overcome"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1927-09-29 Paul McCloskey, (Sen-R-California)
  • 1928-02-08 Jack Larson, playwright and actor (Jimmy Olsen-Superman), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1928-04-23 Shirley Temple, American actress, famous as a child star in the 1930s (Bright Eyes, Heidi) and diplomat, born in Santa Monica, California

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • 1928-04-28 Eugene M. Shoemaker, American planetary scientist and geologist (Shoemaker-Levy comet), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • 1928-04-29 Big Jay McNeely, R&B saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1928-05-03 Jeanne Bal, actress (Pat-Love & Marriage), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1928-05-09 Richard A "Pancho" Gonzalez, tennis star (US 1948-49), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1928-05-16 Billy Martin, American baseball 2nd baseman and manager (NY Yankees, Oakland A's), born in Berekeley, California (d. 1989)
  • 1928-06-05 Robert Lansing, SD California, actor (12 O'Clock High, Equalizer, Automan)
  • 1928-06-20 Eric Dolphy, jazz musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1964)
  • 1928-07-07 Colleen Summers, vocal overdubber, born in Pasadena, California
  • 1928-07-23 Leon Fleisher, pianist and conductor (Annapolis Symph 1973-77), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1928-08-06 Janice-Lee York Romary, California, fencer (Olympics-1948-68)
  • 1928-11-14 Kathleen Hughes, actress (It Came From Outer Space), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1929-01-07 Terry Moore, [Helen Luella Koford], actress (Little Sheba), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1929-02-03 Russell Arms, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1929-02-22 Marni Nixon, American singer (for Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood & Deborah Kerr), born in Altadena, California (d. 2016)
  • 1929-07-31 Don Murray, American actor (Bus Stop, Advise & Consent, Endless Love), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1929-10-04 Scotty Beckett, actor (Listen Darling, Battleground), born in Oakland, California
  • 1929-10-21 Ursula K[roeber] Le Guin, American sci-fi author (Tombs of Atuan), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1929-11-26 Betta St John, Hawthorne California, actress (Corridors of Blood)
  • 1930-01-17 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, born in San Rafael, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1930-01-30 Gene Hackman, actor (Bonnie & Clyde, Under Fire, The French Connection), born in San Bernardino California

  • 1930-01-31 Lynn Carlin, actress (Joan Hunter-James at 15), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1930-04-11 Carl Franklin, actor (Fantastic Journey), born in Richmond, California
  • 1930-04-14 Bradford Dillman, actor (Piranha, Sudden Impact, Enforcer), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1930-04-19 Dick Sargent [Richard Stanford Cox ], American actor (Bewitched), born in Carmel, California (d. 1994)
  • 1930-04-24 Conn Findlay, coxswain (Olympic -2 gold, bronze 1956, 64, 76), born in Stockton, California
  • 1930-05-12 Pat McCormick-Keller, diver (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Lakewood, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1930-05-31 Clint Eastwood, American actor (Dirty Harry)/mayor (Carmel, California), born in San Francisco, California

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • 1930-06-27 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, weightlifter (Olympic gold 52, 60), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2016)
  • 1930-07-21 Gene Alec Littler, PGA golfer (1961 US Open), born in San Diego, California
  • 1930-08-08 Jerry Tarkanian, basketball coach (California State, UNLV, 625-122)
  • 1930-08-16 Frank Gifford, American NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)
  • 1930-08-16 Robert Culp, Berkley California, actor (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)
  • 1930-08-30 Ernie Ball, American entrepreneur and musician who pioneered the development of guitar-related products, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2004)
  • 1930-09-24 John Watts Young, astronaut (Gem 3 10, Apol 10 16, STS 1 9), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1930-09-29 Billy Strange [William], singer-songwriter (A Little Less Conversation), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2012)
  • 1930-10-30 Marilyn Alex, actress (Molly-Young & Restless), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1930-11-08 Bob Harris, actor (Jim-Troubleshooters), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1930-11-17 Bob Mathias, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1948, 52) and congressman, born in Tulare, California (d. 2006)
  • 1930-11-30 William H Dana, test pilot (X-15), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1930-12-22 Larry Stevenson [Richard], skateboard innovator (kicktail), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2012)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931-01-05 Robert Duvall, actor (Great Santini, Taxi Driver), born in San Diego, California

  • 1931-02-18 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1931-03-06 John Smith, actor (Cimarron City, Laramie, 7 Angry Men), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1931-04-08 John Gavin, actor ( Imitation of Life, Psycho), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1931-04-11 Johnny Sheffield, actor (Boy-Tarzan Finds a Son), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1931-05-31 Steve Horn, (Rep-R-California)
  • 1931-06-24 Billy Casper, American golfer and three time PGA Player of the Year (1966, 1968 and 1970), born in San Diego, California (d. 2015)
  • 1931-07-28 Darryl Hickman, American actor (Human Comedy, Tea & Sympathy), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1931-08-14 Frederic Raphael, writer (After the War, California Time)
  • 1931-08-21 Nancy Hadley, actress (Love That Jill, Joey Bishop Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1931-10-30 Dick Gautier, stage and screen actor (Get Smart, Mr Terrific), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • 1931-11-03 Joan Kenmore, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931-11-30 Bill Walsh, NFL coach (San Francisco 49ers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • 1931-12-02 Edwin Meese III, US attorney General (1985-88), born in Oakland, California
  • 1931-12-11 Richard Devon, actor (Battle of Blood Island), born in Glendale, California
  • 1931-12-23 Ronnie Schell, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Good Morning World), born in Richmond, California
  • 1932-01-03 Mara Corday, actress (Foxfire, Black Scorpion), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1932-01-16 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1932-01-28 Parry O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, silver 1960), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1932-03-03 Mara Corday, American playmate (Oct, 1958), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1932-05-05 Will Hutchins, Atwater California, actor (Sugarfoot, Hey Landlord)
  • 1932-06-04 John Drew Barrymore, American actor (Pantomine Quiz), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2004)
  • 1932-07-29 Marguerite Empey, [Diane Webber], Los Angelas California, playmate (May 1955, Feb 1956)
  • 1932-09-03 Eileen Brennan, American actress (Laugh-In, Pvt Benjamin), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • 1932-10-16 Henry Jay Lewis, conductor/bass (LA Philharmonic 1955-59), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1932-10-26 Anthony Beilenson, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1977-97), born in New York
  • 1932-11-08 Richard E Lawyer, astronaut, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1932-12-18 Roger Smith, South Gate California, actor (77 Sunset Strip)
  • 1932-12-22 Joe Clark, WLAF off coordinator coach (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1933-01-17 Sheree North [Dawn Bethel], American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2005)
  • 1933-03-11 Terry J Hatter Jr, US judge in California
  • 1933-04-14 Morton Subotnick, US composer (Wild Bull), born in Los Angeles, California

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1933-04-15 Elizabeth Montgomery, US actress (Samantha/Serena-Bewitched), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1933-04-16 Joseph Bottoms, US actor (Blind Date, Braker), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1933-04-29 Rod McKuen, American singer/composer (Alone, Beatsville), born in Oakland, California
  • 1933-06-20 Brett Halsey, actress (Paul-Follow the Sun), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1933-06-25 Gary Crosby, California, actor (Bill Dana Show, Adam 12, Chase)
  • 1933-07-27 Nick Reynolds, folk musician (The Kingston Trio), born in San Diego, California
  • 1933-07-30 Edd "Kookie" Byrnes, American actor (77 Sunset Strip, Jack the Ripper), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1933-08-16 Julie Newmar, actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1933-08-17 Glenn Corbett [Glen Edwin Rothenburg], El Monte, California, American actor (Route 66, Shenandoah)
  • 1933-08-17 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Watsonville, California (d. 2017)
  • 1933-09-14 Harve Presnell, Modesto California, actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 301 - 324 of 324

  • 2016-02-20 TV personality and actress Casey Reinhardt (30) weds longtime beau Sean Brown in California
  • 2016-05-06 Actress Kaitlin Doubleday (31) weds DJ Devin Lucien in an outdoor ceremony in Big Sur, California
  • 2016-05-07 Rich Kids of Beverly Hills star Morgan Stewart (27) weds cast-mate and real estate agent Brendan Fitzpatrick at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California
  • 2016-05-29 Actor Topher Grace (37) weds actress and model Ashley Hinshaw in Santa Barbara, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2016-06-13 Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps (30) weds former Miss California USA Nicole Johnson (30) in Paradise Valley, Arizona

  • 2016-07-09 Fashion model Hannah Davis (26) weds former Yankees player Derek Jeter (42) at Meadowood Napa Valley Resort in St. Helena, California
  • 2016-07-17 Actress and model Tatyana Ali (37) weds Vaughn Rasberry in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2016-07-23 Actor Corbin Bleu (27) weds actress Sasha Clements (26) at Hummingbird Nest in Santa Susana, California
  • 2016-07-31 Herjavec Group CEO Robert Herjavec (53) weds former "Dancing with the Stars" Kym Johnson (39) in Los Angeles, California
  • 2016-07-31 Ballet dancer Misty Copeland (33) weds attorney Olu Evans in Laguna Beach, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2016-08-13 Comedian Kevin Hart (37) weds Eniko Parrish near Santa Barbara, California

Comedian and Actor Kevin Hart
Comedian and Actor
Kevin Hart
  • 2016-08-20 Stand-up comedian Chris Hardwick (31) weds actress Lydia Hearst (44) in Pasadena, California
  • 2016-09-10 Actress and singer Anna Camp (33) weds Pitch Perfect co-star Skylar Astin (29) in a vineyard wedding at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California
  • 2016-11-13 The Office actress Angela Kinsey (45) weds Days of Our Lives actor Joshua Snyder in Topanga, California
  • 2016-12-10 Actress Troian Bellisario (31) weds actor and director Patrick J. Adams (35) in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2017-02-11 Actor Bug Hall (32) weds Jill Marie DeGroff in Encino, California
  • 2017-03-03 Bachelorette TV personality Ali Fedotowsky (32) weds TV and radio host Kevin Manno (33) at Terranea Resort in Los Angeles, California
  • 2017-03-25 Orange Is the New Black actress Samira Wiley (30) weds writer Lauren Morelli (34) in Palm Springs, California
  • 2017-03-26 FIFA Women's World Cup champion Julie Beth Johnston (25) weds NFL player Zach Ertz (26) in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2017-04-21 Actor David Henrie (27) weds former Miss Delaware Maria Cahill in Southern California
  • 2017-05-19 Roller derby skater Bonnie Thunders weds NFL player Larry English (31) at The Montage in Laguna Beach, California
  • 2017-05-27 Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel (27) weds Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr (34) in Los Angeles, California
  • 2017-05-28 Actress Maggie Grace (33) weds entrepreneur Brent Bushnell in La Jolla, California
  • 2017-06-03 Actress, singer and Broadway star Bell Bundy (36) weds TBS executive Thom Hinkle at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California

Famous Deaths