Californian History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 462 of 462

  • 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

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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

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

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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 of California Jerry Brown 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 Governor of California 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 Governor of California 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

2017-10-10 "Thor: Ragnarok" directed by Taika Waititi, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Cate Blanchett premieres in Los Angeles, California

  • 2017-11-22 Californian man Craig Coley pardoned for a double murder after serving 39 years by Governor Jerry Brown. Longest prison term to be overturned in the state.
  • 2017-12-04 Thomas fire begins and spreads to city of Ventura, California
  • 2017-12-10 Governor of California Jerry Brown tours Southern Californian wildfires and declares them "the new normal"
  • 2017-12-11 Six wildfires in Southern California now cover area larger than New York City and Boston combined
  • 2018-01-01 California becomes largest US state to legalise cannabis for recreational use
  • 2018-01-09 Mudslides sweep away 100 houses in Montecito, California, killing at least 20, on land stripped bare by recent fires
  • 2018-03-18 African American Stephon Clark shot 20 times by police in his Grandmother's backyard in Sacramento, California during vandalism investigation
  • 2018-03-22 The "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" between Hawaii and California has 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic and increasing rapidly according to new research
  • 2018-04-26 Serial killer "Golden State Killer" identified after 40 years as a former police officer, responsible for 12 killings, 50 rapes in California
  • 2018-05-04 California overtakes Great Britain to become the worlds fifth largest economy
  • 2018-05-14 Successful memory transfer in snails achieved by scientists from University of California published in journal "eNeuro"
  • 2018-05-21 Teenager who started California's 2017 Eagle Creek Fire ordered to pay $36.6 million to cover damages by district judge
  • 2018-06-05 US Judge Aaron Persky, criticized for his leniency towards campus sex attacker Brock Turner, firt judge voted out in 80 years in Santa Clara, California
  • 2018-06-25 Californian Governor Jerry Brown declares State of Emergency for wildfire spread over 8,200 acres in Lake County
  • 2018-07-04 Wildfire in Yolo county, California, grows to 82,700 acres with 2,800 fire fighters battling the blaze
  • 2018-07-28 Carr Fire reaches Redding, California, with death toll at 5 having burnt 80,000 acres

  • 2018-08-07 Mendocino Fire becomes the largest recorded fire in California's history at 290,600 acres, overtaking 2017 Thomas Fire
  • 2018-08-21 Californian Representative Duncan Hunter indicted for using campaign funds for personal expenses including holidays and flight for a pet rabbit
  • 2018-09-10 California passes law to commit to carbon-free electricity sources by 2045
  • 2018-11-07 Ex-marine opens fire at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, shooting 12, including a police officer, and himself
  • 2018-11-08 Deadliest fire in Californian history, the Camp Fire starts at Plumas National Forest spreads in Butte County destroying town of Paradise, more than 13,000 buildings and killing at least 88
  • 2018-11-08 Woolsey Fire starts near Thousand Oaks, California with Malibu and Calabasas evacuated, kills three

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2018-11-09 Amid Californian forest fires US President Donald Trump accuses state forest management of "gross mismanagement", threatens to withhold funding

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018-11-25 Historic north Californian Camp Fire declared 100% contained with 85 dead, 249 missing, covering 153,000 acres with 14,000 homes burnt
  • 2019-01-09 California's monarch butterfly count drops by 86% according to 2018 census
  • 2019-02-18 16 US states, including California and New York, band together to sue President Donald Trump over his use of emergency powers to build a border wall.
  • 2019-03-13 California Governor Gavin Newsom announces an indefinite moratorium on the death sentence in the state, saying it discriminates against marginalized communities
  • 2019-03-14 California officially free of drought for the first time in more than 7 years (Dec 2011)
  • 2019-03-19 "Superbloom" of poppies in Walker Canyon, southern California visible from space, after high rainfall
  • 2019-04-13 World's largest plane by wingspan at 117m (385 ft), the Stratolaunch, built as a flying launch pad for satellites, takes its first flight from Mojave, California
  • 2019-04-27 Shooter opens fire in a synagogue in Poway, California, killing one and injuring three
  • 2019-07-04 Largest earthquake in California in 20 years 6.4 magnitude near Ridgecrest
  • 2019-07-05 Second stronger earthquake in Southern California at 7.1 magnitude centered near Ridgecrest
  • 2019-09-02 Diving boat catches fire at night killing 34 asleep on board off Santa Cruz Island, California
  • 2019-09-18 US White House bars California and other states from setting their own emission standards
  • 2019-09-26 US Income inequality widest for over 50 years, worst in California, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana and New York, according to new census figures
  • 2019-10-09 Nearly 1 million people in northern California have their power cut by Pacific Gas and Electric to prevent wildfires amid high winds
  • 2019-10-12 California is the 1st US state to pass law banning sale and manufacture of new fur products
  • 2019-10-27 California Governor Gavin Newson declares state of emergency with multiple fires across the state, including Sonomoa County's Kincade Fire burning over 30,000 acres
  • 2019-10-29 1.5 million people without power in California as utility company turns power off to try and avoid sparking more wildfires

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2019-11-03 Olivia Newton-John's black leather outfit from the film "Grease" sells for $405,700 at auction in Beverly Hills, California

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 2019-12-14 Bel Air mansion featured in TV series "The Beverly Hillbillies" sells for $150 million, becoming California's most expensive property

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 3,114

  • 1924-01-17 Jewel Plummer Cobb, educator/pres (California State U at Fullerton)
  • 1924-03-08 Sean McClory, Irish actor (The Californians, My Chauffeur), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2003)
  • 1924-03-22 Paul Fussell, American historian (The Great War and Modern Memory), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2012)
  • 1924-03-24 Lois Andrews [Lorraine Gourley], American actress (Dixie Dugan, Meet Me After the Show, The Desert Hawk), born in Huntington Park, California (d. 1968)
  • 1924-03-31 Leo Buscaglia, American psychologist known as "Dr Love" (Love), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • 1924-04-13 Jack Chick, American religious cartoonist (Chick tracts), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1924-05-03 Mary Carver [Carvellas], American actress (Simon & Simon, Star Trek: Enterprise), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • 1924-06-08 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan, born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2006)
  • 1924-07-02 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), born in Reedley, California (d. 1970)
  • 1924-07-07 Mary Ford [Iris Colleen Summers], American vocalist, guitarist and actress (Les Paul, Queen of Outer Space), born in l Monte, California (d. 1977)
  • 1924-07-29 Robert Horton [Meade Howard Horton Jr.], American actor and singer (Kings Row, Wagon Train, Arena), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1924-08-01 Marcia Mae Jones, American actress (Frankie Darro, The Cisco), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)
  • 1924-08-19 William Marshall, American actor, director, and opera singer (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1924-08-22 James Kirkwood, American actor, author and playwright (A Chorus Line, P. S. Your Cat Is Dead!), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1989)
  • 1924-08-28 Margaret O'Rene "Peggy" Ryan, American dancer and actress (Hawaii Five-0), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2004)
  • 1924-09-14 Jerry Coleman, American MLB 2nd baseman, born in San Jose, California (d. 2014)
  • 1924-10-14 Robert Webber, American actor (12 Angry Men, Moonlighting, 79 Park Avenue), born in Santa Ana, California (d. 1989)
  • 1924-10-18 Allyn Ferguson, orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in San Jose, California
  • 1924-11-16 Mel Patton, American sprinter & Olympic champion, born in Los Angeles, California, (d. 2014)
  • 1924-11-23 Paul Richards, American actor (Kiss Daddy Goodnight, Breaking Point), born in Los Angeles California (d. 1974)
  • 1924-11-23 Paula Raymond, American actress and model (The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2003)
  • 1924-11-25 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Take Five"), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1977)
  • 1924-11-25 Lorraine "Tui" St. George Tucker, American recorder player and composer (Peyote Concerto), born in Fullerton, California (d. 2004)
  • 1925-01-12 Bill Burrud, American television host (Safari to Adventure, Animal World), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1990)
  • 1925-01-12 Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor, American actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Glendale, California (d. 2018)
  • 1925-01-13 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singer and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), born in Culver City, California (d. 2000)
  • 1925-01-15 Ruth Slenczynska, American pianist, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1925-01-23 Marty Paich, American jazz pianist, conductor, producer and arranger (Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson), born in Oakland, California (d. 1995)
  • 1925-01-24 William Hudson, American actor (I Led 3 Lives), born in Gilroy, California (d. 1974)
  • 1925-02-21 Sam Peckinpah, American film director (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs), born in Fresno, California (d. 1984)
  • 1925-03-13 Bertha Tickey, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1973), born in Dinuba, California (d. 2014)
  • 1925-04-02 Hard Boiled Haggerty [Don Stansauk], American pro wrestler (AWA, NWA, WWA World Tag Team C'ship; IWA World Heavyweight C'ship) and actor (The Incredible Hulk), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1925-04-20 Elena Verdugo, American actress (Little Giant, Cavalier of the West), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2017)
  • 1925-04-25 Kay E. Kuter, American actor (Green Acres), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1925-04-30 Johnny Horton, American country music and rockabilly singer (The Battle of New Orleans), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1960)
  • 1925-05-05 Leo Ryan, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1978)
  • 1925-05-25 Jeanne Crain, American actress (Man Without a Star, Pinky), born in Barstow California (d. 2003)
  • 1925-06-14 Pierre Salinger, American newsman (ABC) and press secretary (John F. Kennedy), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2004)
  • 1925-07-01 Farley Granger, American actor (Arnold, Rope, Deathmask), born in San Jose, California (d. 2011)
  • 1925-07-06 Merv Griffin, American TV host (Merv Griffin Show), born in San Mateo, California (d. 2007)
  • 1925-07-23 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1925-07-25 Jerry Paris, American director (Happy Days) and actor (Dick Van Dyke Show-Jerry), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1986)
  • 1925-08-06 Leland Smith, American composer, bassoonist and computer coder who led music publishing into the digital age (SCORE), born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)
  • 1925-08-15 Mike Connors [Krekor Ohanian], American actor (Mannix), born in Fresno, California (d. 2017)
  • 1925-09-01 Art Pepper, American alto saxophonist and clarinetist, born in Gardena, California (d. 1982)
  • 1925-09-12 Dickie Moore, actor (Expert, Oliver Twist, Little Men), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1925-10-27 Jane Connell, American actress (Jane-Stanley, Bridget-Dumpling), born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)
  • 1925-10-27 Mary Kay Stearns, American actress (Mary Kay & Johnny), born in Glendale, California
  • 1925-10-29 John Haley "Zoot" Sims, American jazz saxophonist, born in Inglewood, California (d. 1985)
  • 1926-02-01 Stuart Whitman, American actor (Capt Apache, Ransom, Cimarron Strip), born in San Francisco, California

Person of interestPete Rozelle

1926-03-01 Pete Rozelle, American football executive (NFL Commissioner 1960-89), born in South Gate, California (d. 1996)

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1926-03-21 Virginia Weidler, American child actress (Babes on Broadway, All This & Heaven Too), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1968)
  • 1926-03-30 Sydney Chaplin, American actor and son of Charlie Chaplin (Limelight, Adding Machine), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2009)

Person of interestMarilyn Monroe

1926-06-01 Marilyn Monroe [Norma Jean Mortenson], American actress (Some Like It Hot), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1962)

  • 1926-06-04 Nan Leslie [Nan Coppage], American actress (Kings Row, The Californians), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2000)
  • 1926-07-01 Delmar Watson, American child actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Heidi, Annie Oakley), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2008)
  • 1926-07-05 Diana Lynn [Dolores Eartha Loehr], American actress (Annapolis Story, Easy Come Easy Go), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1971)
  • 1926-08-02 Betsy Bloomingdale, American socialite and fashion leader, born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2016)
  • 1926-08-07 Stan Freberg, American satirist/ad executive/cartoon voice (Bertie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1926-08-12 John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (Knock on Any Door, All the King's Men, Rogues of Sherwood Forest), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • 1926-08-23 Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist (symbolic anthropology), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2006)
  • 1926-09-04 Robert J. Lagomarsino, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Ventura, California
  • 1926-09-19 Duke Snider, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (8 x MLB All Star; World Series 1955, 59; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2011)
  • 1926-09-26 Julie London, American singer and actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency), born in Santa Rosa, California (d. 2000)
  • 1926-10-05 Willi Unsoeld, American mountaineer (First ascent of the West Ridge of Mount Everest), born in Arcata, California (d. 1979)
  • 1926-10-06 Alan Copeland, American orchestra leader and singer (Your Hit Parade), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1926-10-17 Beverly Garland [Fessenden], American actress (My Three Sons, Scarecrow and Mrs. King), born in Santa Cruz, California (d. 2008)
  • 1926-10-21 Bob Rosburg, American golfer, analyst (PGA Championship 1959), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2009)
  • 1926-10-31 Shirley Dinsdale, ventriloquist (Judy Splinters), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1926-11-13 Don Gordon [Donald Guadagno], American actor (Bullitt, Papillon), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • 1926-11-30 Richard Crenna, American actor (Rambo, Summer Rental, Sand Pebbles), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1926-12-11 Richard Devon, American character actor (Magnum Force, Battle of Blood Island), born in Glendale, California (d. 2010)
  • 1926-12-11 Richard "Dick" Tufeld, American voice actor (Lost in Space - "Robot"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1927-01-25 Gregg Palmer [Palmer Edvind Lee], American actor (Scream, To Hell & Back), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • 1927-01-28 Don Fraser, American boxing promoter (LA venues; colourful wardrobe & offbeat PR gimmicks), born in Blythe, California (d. 2019)
  • 1927-02-25 Jane Nigh, American actress (Lorelei-Big Town, Blue Blood, Rawhide), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1993)
  • 1927-03-09 Jackie Jensen, American baseball player (AL MVP 1958), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1982)
  • 1927-03-31 Dave Hassinger, American recording engineer and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)
  • 1927-04-08 Oliver "Ollie" Mitchell, American musician and bandleader (The Wrecking Crew), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • 1927-04-26 John Ralston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker, coach and executive (Cal, Stanford, Denver Broncos), born in Oakland, California (d. 2019)
  • 1927-04-29 Big Jay [Cecil James] McNeely, American R&B saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2018)
  • 1927-06-28 F. Sherwood Rowland, American Nobel laureate in chemistry 1995, born in Delaware, Ohio (d. 2012)

Person of interestJanet Leigh

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

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh
  • 1927-07-23 Al McCandless, American Republican politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Brawley, California (d. 2017)
  • 1927-07-27 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (popularized "We Shall Overcome"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1927-07-30 Victor Wong [Yee Keung Victor Wong], American actor (Big Trouble in Little China), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2001)
  • 1927-09-24 Richard Swift, American singer and songwriter (The Black Keys), born in California (d. 2018)
  • 1927-09-29 Paul McCloskey, (Sen-R-California)
  • 1927-10-25 Franklin "Bud" Held, American javelin world champ (1949, 51, 53-55), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1927-11-18 Lawrence Moss, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1928-02-08 Jack Larson, American actor (The Adventures of Superman -"Jimmy Olsen"), screenwriter, and librettist (Virgil Thomson's "Lord Byron"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1928-04-15 Norma Merrick Sklarek, 1st African-American woman architect in NY & California, born in Harlem, New York (d. 2012)

Person of interestShirley Temple

1928-04-23 Shirley Temple, American actress, famous 1930s child star (Bright Eyes, Heidi) and diplomat, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2014)

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)
  • 1928-05-03 Jeanne Bal, American actress (Pat-Love & Marriage, Star Trek- The Man Trap), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1996)
  • 1928-05-09 Richard A "Pancho" Gonzalez, tennis star (US 1948-49), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1928-05-09 Pancho Gonzales, American tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1948-49), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)

Person of interestBilly Martin

1928-05-16 Billy Martin, American baseball 2nd baseman (MLB All Star 1956; World Series 1951, 52, 53, 56; NY Yankees) and manager (World Series 1977 NY Yankees), born in Berekeley, California (d. 1989)

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1928-06-05 Robert Lansing, American actor (12 O'Clock High, Equalizer, A Man for All Seasons, Chariots of Fire), born in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire (d. 1994)
  • 1928-06-05 Don Chargin, American boxing promoter (IBHOF; Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), born in Santa Clara, California (d. 2018)

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Famous Deaths