Exploration in 1776
Father Pedro Font wrote in his diary about the salmon in the Salinas River. He was traveling with De Anza and the first colonists from Mexico to Alta California.
Government in 1804
The Spanish king divided Alta California and Baja California, separating Franciscan missions in the north from Dominican missions in the south.
King in 1864
Reverend Thomas Starr King died in San Francisco at age 39. He spoke passionately to keep California in the Union during the Civil War.
Government in 1881
California passed the first plant quarantine legislation in the U.S. It was to protect local crops from invasive plants and insects.
Races in 1928
The Trans-America Footrace, nicknamed the Bunion Run, started at Legion Ascot Speedway in Los Angeles. Runners raced 3,423.5 miles to Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Parks in 1940
Kings Canyon National Park, called General Grant National Park when it opened on October 1, 1890, had It’s name changed when it grew to 461,901 acres including the protection of giant sequoias.
Parks in 1980
Channel Islands National Park opened. It includes five of the eight Channel Islands off the coast from San Pedro to Santa Barbara, covering 249,354 acres, half of which are under the ocean.
Computers in 1975
Homebrew Computer Club met for the first time at a garage in Menlo Park. Several important computer entrepreneurs and hackers met there, including the founders of Apple Inc. They imagined the personal computer revolution.
Science in 1978
The Landsat 3 launched from Vandenberg AFB. It continued the longest running project to collect satellite images of Earth.
Inventions in 1877
Susannah Burton, of San Francisco, patented bird cage awnings. “My invention relates to certain improvements in awnings or shelters, such as are employed to protect birds in cages from wind, rain, and particularly from the sun.”
Dance in 1910
A dance marathon at Puckett’s Cotillion Hall in San Francisco ended. Six couples broke the world record by dancing for 14 hours and 41 minutes.
Movies in 1921
The National Association of Moving Picture Industry announced they would censor U.S. movies.
Accidents in 1937
The tanker ship Frank H. Buck, loaded with oil, sank off the coast of San Francisco. It was visible during low tide from between Point Vista and the Palace of the Legion of Honor.
Protests in 1968
Moctesuma Esparza, Chicano student organizer and later a film producer, lead the first East Los Angeles high school walkout protesting unequal conditions in Los Angeles high schools.
Flight in 1990
Ed Yielding and Joseph Vida set a transcontinental speed record, flying a SR-71 Blackbird from California to Virginia in 64 minutes, averaging 2,124 mph.
Awards in 1997
The first ever Webby Awards ceremony was held in San Francisco. It honors excellence on the Internet across Websites, Mobile, Social, Interactive Advertising and Online Film and Video.
Gas prices in 2000
Gasoline prices in California reached an average $1.63 per gallon.
Business in 2002
Federal regulators approved the proposed $22 billion merger of Hewlett-Packard Co., headquartered in Palo Alto, and Compaq Computer Corp.
Government in 2006
A San Francisco judge ordered University of California to pay over $33.8 million to some 40,000 students, who claimed their fees had been improperly raised.
Crime in 2009
Annette Yeomans, age 51, was booked at the Vista jail and charged with grand theft and embezzlement. The former bookkeeper for Quality Woodworks, Inc. in San Marcos reportedly embezzled $9.9 million, forcing layoffs. Yeomans bought 400 pairs of shoes that she kept in a closet decorated with a crystal chandelier and a plasma television.
Accidents in 2013
A lion attacked and killed Dianna Hanson, age 24, a sanctuary worker at Project Survival’s Cat Haven in Dunlap.
Exploration in 1844
John Frémont, explorer, reached Sutter’s Fort at the end of his second overland expedition. Two years later, he lead the Bear Flag Revolt to free California from Mexico (1846).
Overland Trail in 1847
A blizzard struck the Sierra for three days, trapping the rescuers and Donner Party survivors. They huddled around a fire and struggled to keep it burning for two days. After the storm, most of the survivors were too weak to move. James Reed and his companions took three children and left what became called “Starved Camp,” where three other people died and were cannibalized.
Newspapers in 1864
Le National, the first French newspaper in California, debuted and continued until 1870.
Cities in 1872
Alameda incorporated on a 2,200 acre peninsula adjacent to Oakland. Its first high school was built two years later.
Prisons in 1938
San Quentin prison received a gas chamber to replace its gallows for executions.
Music in 1967
The Doors, from Los Angeles, made their second trip to San Francisco. They played at the Matrix and Avalon clubs.
Crime in 1981
An 18-year-old was stabbed to death at Disneyland, the first homicide at the park.
Prisons in 1994
Timothy Scot, a San Quentin prison officer, shot and killed Mark Adams, an inmate. A federal jury awarded the Adams family $2.3 million based on wrongful death (1998).
Winfield in 2004
Paul Winfield, actor known for versatility in stage, film and television roles, died in Los Angeles at age 62. He was best known for playing a Louisiana sharecropper during the Great Depression in “Sounder” (1972).
Gale in 2008
David Gale, mathematician, died in Berkeley at age 87. He was affiliated with the mathematics, economics, and industrial engineering and operations research departments at U.C. Berkeley.
Crime in 2009
San Francisco Bay Area police completed a two-day sweep, arresting at least 42 people, all alleged member of the so-called “Taliban” gang.
Business in 2012
Apple, Inc., headquartered in Cupertino, unveiled a third-generation iPad. The most basic model, with wireless connectivity only, went on sale in the U.S. at $499, the same price as the previous models.
Inventions in 1870
Elizabeth A. Burns, of Meadow Lake, patented an Improvement to roasting ores.
Sports in 1935
A boxing match between Joe Lewis and Red Barry ended when Barry fell to the mat at San Francisco’s Dreamland before some 8,000 fans. Lewis won around $3,650 – Barry got about $1,200.
Space shuttle in 1979
Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) was transported 38 miles overland from Palmdale to Dryden Flight Research Facility at Edwards Air Force Base.
Labor in 1979
Cesar Chavez led some 5,000 striking farm workers on a march through the streets of Salinas.
Crime in 1987
FBI agents captured Claude Dallas, Jr. The self-styled mountain man killed two game wardens in Idaho. He escaped from prison and eluded capture for nearly a year before being caught in southern California.
Accidents in 1988
At least three people made off with more than $500,000 after money spilled from a Loomis Armored truck in San Francisco. Louis Lopez of Daly City picked up two bundles containing $40,100 and returned them to the Loomis offices.
Business in 1999
Intel, headquartered in Santa Clara, settled an antitrust suit charge of abusing monopoly power in the computer chip industry.
Crime in 2000
Fifty-five Oscar statues were stolen from a loading dock in Los Angeles. They were found in a dumpster. Police arrested two men who worked for the trucking company.
Pastorelli in 2004
Robert Pastorelli, actor, died in Hollywood Hills at age 49. His last role was with John Travolta in “Be Cool,” released in 2005.
Flamm in 2010
Jerry Flamm, newspaper reporter, died at Stanford at age 93. His books included Good Life in Hard Times (1977), a look at the Bay Area during the Great Depression, and Hometown San Francisco (1994).
Environment in 2011
Possibly millions of sardines floated dead in the King Harbor area of Redondo Beach. Experts said a storm chased them toward shore where they died due to a lack of oxygen. They also tested positive for domoic acid, a neurotoxin found in the stomach of fish that fed on plankton during toxic algae blooms.
Crime in 2012
Donald Atkinson, a retired El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy, was arrested for embezzling over $300,000 from his union (2005-2011). He had been president of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Association. Atkinson was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
Gold in 1842
Francisco Lopez found gold at Placerita Canyon, north of the Pueblo de Los Angeles. He woke from a nap under an oak tree then crossed a creek to a grove of trees. He stuck his knife into the ground to dig wild onions and clinging to the onions were chunks of gold.
Mexican American War in 1846
John Frémont lowered the U.S. flag over Gavilan Peak and retreated to Sutter’s Fort after angering Mexican officials who suspected him of wanting to free California from Mexican rule.
Gold Rush in 1848
Isaac Humphrey introduced the first machine to the Gold Rush. But his rocker or cradle was too crude to catch the fine gold particles called gold dust.
Newspapers in 1867
The Red Bluff Sentinel debuted and continued publishing to 1882.
Toys in 1959
Barbie, made by Mattel in El Segundo, debuted at the American International Toy Fair in New York. Today she is one of the most famous dolls in history.
Protests in 1964
Five Lakota Sioux men occupied Alcatraz Island in a peaceful political protest. They demanded the island become a Native American cultural center and university.
Burns in 1996
George Burns, legendary comedian, died in Beverly Hills weeks after turning 100. His career spanned vaudeville, film, radio and television.
Government in 2006
Government authorities ordered Michael Jackson to shut down his Neverland Ranch, in Santa Barbara County, and fined the pop star $169,000 for failing to pay his employees or maintain proper insurance.
Business in 2006
Google announced purchase of Upstartle LLC, whose Writely.com service allowed users to create, edit and share documents online.
Accidents in 2008
Kristy Gough, age 30, and Mat Peterson, age 29, racing cyclists, were killed during a training ride in Cupertino when a deputy sheriff veered into the opposite lane of traffic. Officer James Council, age 27, said he fell asleep at the wheel.
Crime in 2010
San Francisco officials shut down drug testing at the police crime lab. Deborah Madden, age 60, a technician, was accused of stealing cocaine she was to analyze.
Exploration in 1776
Juan Bautista de Anza and his expedition of Mexican colonists reached Monterey Bay to start a civilian outpost. They traveled for months, covering more than 1,000 miles overland.
Cities in 1847
Stephen Kearny authorized the sale of 444 lots on the east side of San Francisco, some on the beach and others under water.
Cities in 1847
Jasper O’Farrell surveyed San Francisco which covered about one and one-half square miles. The city’s population was 459.
Earthquakes in 1933
The Long Beach Earthquake caused some $50 million in property damage and killed 120 people. More than 230 school buildings were destroyed or made unsafe, which lead to laws making school buildings earthquake safe.
Music in 1940
Dean Torrence, musician, was born in Los Angeles. He became famous as part of Jan and Dean, an early surf music band in the late 1950s and mid ’60s.
Water in 1962
A water desalination plant opened at San Diego. Kelp and sea grass clogged the intake, causing operational challenges.
Sports in 1963
The Syracuse Nationals beat the San Francisco Warriors despite the 70 points scored by Wilt Chamberlain.
Bridges in 1998
Lloyd Bridges, actor, died in Westwood at age 85. He played in over 100 movies and starred in the television series “Sea Hunt” (1957-1961).
Religion in 2007
Some 22,000 evangelical teenagers attended the Battle Cry rally in San Francisco.
Jeni in 2007
Richard Jeni, popular standup comedian, regular guest on the “Tonight Show” and movie actor, died in West Hollywood at age 49.
Haim in 2010
Corey Haim died in Los Angeles at age 39. He was a teen heartthrob for his roles in “Lucas” (1986) and “The Lost Boys” (1987).
Art in 2012
A 340 ton granite boulder arrived at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art under the direction of Michael Heizer, earth artist.
Inventions in 1873
Eliza L. Moore, of San Francisco, patented an couch for child birthing.
Government in 1889
Orange County was established from Los Angeles County. It had three incorporated cities and a population of about 15,000. Today, there are 34 cities and more than 3,000,000 residents.
Government in 1891
Glenn County was, established at the north end of the Central Valley. It produces rice, wheat, hay, almonds, walnuts, corn, oranges, prunes, milk products and livestock.
Government in 1893
Riverside County was established between San Bernardino, San Diego and Madera Counties. It contains the part of Yosemite National Park.
Environment in 1918
Save the Redwoods League was founded. It protected ancient redwoods from more logging and tourism after the Redwood Highway opened.
Music in 1963
Buck Owens, of Bakersfield, and the Buckaroos released “Act Naturally.” It was the #1 song on the charts for four weeks that summer.
Fashion in 1969
Levi-Strauss started to sell bell-bottom jeans.
Music in 1974
Rhino Store, in Claremont, gave people $.05 to take home Danny Bonaduce’s album. It was the only album by the radio/television personality, comedian, professional wrestler and former child actor on “The Partridge Family” (1970 – 1974).
Pomo Indians in 1983
The Cloverdale Rancheria opened. It returned Pomo land in Sonoma County to native ownership.
Sports in 1991
The Raiders, who moved to Los Angeles in 1982, announced their return to Oakland, where they began in 1960.
Sports in 1997
J. T. Snow, San Francisco Giants first baseman, suffered a fractured eye socket when hit by a pitch.
Environment in 1998
The David and Lucille Packard Foundation announced a $175 million gift over 5 years to protect the California landscape from over-development.
Crime in 1998
Efren Saldivar, a respiratory care therapist, claimed to have killed as many as 50 terminally ill patients from 1989 to 1997 at the Glendale Adventist Medical Center. He was eventually sentenced to six life terms in prison plus 15 years to life for attempted murder.
Public health in 2003
Scientists reported that polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), a family of flame retardants, were found in elevated amounts in the breasts of Bay Area women.
Government in 2004
The California Supreme Court halted gay weddings in San Francisco for at least a few months while it decided whether they are legal.
Government in 2004
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazzard Assessment raised the action level for reporting perchlorate pollution in drinking water from 4 to 6 parts per billion.
Accidents in 2004
Four Marines were killed when their UC-35 jet crashed at Air Station Miramar.
Hutton in 2007
Betty Hutton, stage, film, and television actress, comedian, dancer and singer, died in Palm Springs at age 86. Her films included “Annie Get Your Gun” (1950) and “Somebody Loves Me” (1952).
Governement in 2008
San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a law requiring chain restaurants post nutrition information on their menus.
Environment in 2009
A study reported global warming would cause sea levels to rise nearly five feet along the California coast and threaten San Francisco Bay by 2100. Rising waters could cost the state some $14 billion in safety measures.
Homeless in 2011
San Francisco police issued warnings to homeless people, enforcing an ordinance that banned sitting or lying on sidewalks during daytime hours.
Environment in 2011
A tsunami from the earthquake off Japan caused some $17.1 million in damage to the Santa Cruz harbor and $4 million to private boats. Governor Jerry Brown issued an emergency declaration for the harbor.
Business in 2011
Apple’s iPad2 tablet computer arrived in stores.
Rowland in 2012
F. Sherwood Rowland, Nobel prize winner in chemistry (1995), died in Newport Beach at age 85. He warned of Earth’s thinning ozone layer and crusaded against the use of man-made chemicals that harm the atmosphere.