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

Film & TV History

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

  • 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

Film & TV History

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Premiere

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, becomes the 1st 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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.

Historic Event

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

Music History

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

  • 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 3,066

  • 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 (with Les Paul - "How High The Moon"), born in El 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) "Peggy" Ryan, American dancer (The Merry Monahans; Herr Come The Co-eds), 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 athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 4x100m relay 1948; WR 100 yards 9.2s 1948), 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 - "Harriet Oleson"), 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 concert pianist, and educator (Southern Illinois University, 1964-87), 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

Pete Rozelle

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

  • 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)

Marilyn 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 pop singer ("Cry Me A River"), and actress (Emergency - "Nurse MaColl"), 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 [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 (Cecil James) "Big Jay" 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)

Janet Leigh

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

  • 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)
  • 1927-09-29 Paul McCloskey, American politician (Senator-R-California 1967-83), born in Loma Linda, California
  • 1927-10-25 Franklin "Bud" Held, American field athlete (2 x WR javelin; first to throw 800-gram javelin over 80m), 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)

Shirley Temple

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

  • 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) "Pancho" González, American tennis player (US Open, 1948-49; Wimbledon & French Open Doubles, 1949), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)

Billy 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)

  • 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)
  • 1928-06-06 George Deukmejian, American politician, 35th Governor of California (1983-91), born in Menands, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1928-06-07 James Ivory, American producer, director and screenwriter (Howard's End; Remains of the Day), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1928-06-20 Eric Dolphy, American jazz saxophone, bass clarinet, and flute player, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1964)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths