Business in 1875
Depositors anxious about Nevada silver mining stocks made a run on the Bank of California. The bank failed, ruining William Ralston, who drown himself in San Francisco Bay.
Environment in 1915
Remnants of a tropical cyclone brought around an inch of rain to Riverside.
Chaney in 1930
Lon Chaney, stage and film actor, director and screenwriter, died in Los Angeles at age 47. He was best known for roles in silent horror films, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1923) and “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925).
Crime in 1969
Charles Manson and followers murdered Donald “Shorty” Shea, a Hollywood stuntman, living with them on Spahn Ranch about this time. Manson ordered him killed because he suspected Shorty reported them to the police. Shorty’s body was not found until 1977.
Sports in 1973
Mary Boitano,10 years old, won the 6.8-mile Dipsea Race in Marin County. She beat 1,500 runners and was the first woman to win. At age 11, and for 3 years straight, she won the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco.
Stone in 1989
Irving Stone, writer born in San Francisco, died in Los Angeles at age 86. Men to Match My Mountains (1956) tells the story of the opening of the West,1840–1900.
Crime in 1993
Dorothea Puente was convicted in Monterey of murdering three of her boardinghouse tenants. She was later sentenced to life without parole.
Landmarks in 2001
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors proclaimed the City Lights as Landmark No. 228. It has been at the center of poetry and literature since the Beatnik era and is most famous for publishing Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems (1956).
Music in 2007
The 17th annual Accordion Festival in Cotati, attended by some 5,000 people and 30 bands, closed after 2 days.
Environment in 2007
Remnants of Hurricane Dean make landfall in Santa Barbara area, triggering heavy rains and minor flooding for 2 days throughout Southern California.
Government in 2008
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a measure to place a statewide bullet train measure on the November ballot.
Government in 2008
California Attorney General Jerry Brown said he expected raids on San Francisco Bay Area medical pot clubs that sell for big profits. He issued guidelines on medical marijuana sales and state officials raided a Los Angeles County club.
Fires in 2009
Station Fire grew into the largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history. Two firefighters died battling the blaze. It burned over 230 square miles of land within the Angeles National Forest, La Canada, Flintridge, La Crescenta, Acton, Soledad Canyon, Pasadena, Glendale and Sierra Madre. It burned 209 structures, including 89 homes.
Fires in 2009
Big Meadow Fire burned 12 square miles inside Yosemite National Park. Tioga Road closed. The fire wasn’t fully contained until September 10. It started when a controlled burn got out of control, leading people to question the judgment of Park authorities.
Fires in 2013
Rim Fire grew to 150,000 acres on the western edge of Yosemite National Park. The fire began on Aug 17 and now covered over 250 square miles. Officials said it was 20% contained.
Music in 1861
A German song festival, Deutsche saengerfest, was held in San Francisco.
Fires in 1913
In San Francisco a fire at arcade stables on Folsom St. between 5th and 6th killed 95 horses.
Environment in 1951
Remnants of a tropical cyclone brought enough rain over a few days to wash out some roads in Southern California.
Allen in 1964
Gracie Allen, radio and television comedian born in San Francisco, died in Los Angeles at age 69. She was best known as the comic partner of George Burns, her husband.
Sports in 1982
Rickey Henderson, Oakland A’s outfielder, broke the Major League Baseball record for stolen bases in one season when he stole #119.
Government in 1996
Governor Pete Wilson signed an executive order halting state benefits to illegal immigrants.
Business in 2001
Intel, in Santa Clara, released the 1.9 GHz and 2.0 GHz Pentium 4 processors.
Environment in 2009
Remnants of Tropical Storm Ignacio triggered heavy rains for several days across northern and central California.
Race relations in 1863
The Koncow Trail of Tears began. All Koncow Maidu were forced from their homeland, rounded up at Bidwell Ranch, near today’s Chico, then lead away to Round Valley Reservation in Mendocino County. Any Indians remaining in the area were to be shot. 461 Maidu began the Trail of Tears, 277 survived.
Flight in 1883
John Montgomery made the first manned, controlled flight in the U.S. His glider, inspired by watching birds, weighed 38 pounds and flew at 15 feet for at least 300 feet at Otay Mesa near San Diego.
Sports in 1982
The first Gay Olympic Games were held in San Francisco. The games were open to all to participate, without regard to sexual orientation. Competitors came from many countries, including those where homosexuality was illegal.
Turner in 1986
Tina Turner’s star was unveiled in Hollywood. She was one the world’s most popular entertainers of the 1960s – 90s. She’s been called the “Queen of Rock ‘n Roll.” She won eight Grammys and sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history.
Sports in 1993
Long Beach defeated Panama in the Little League World Series. The team included future major leaguer Sean Burroughs, who scored in the bottom of the sixth to edge Panama, 3-2 and win the world championship.
Government in 1995
Governor Pete Wilson formally entered the GOP presidential race.
Crime in 2003
Two pipe bombs exploded at Chiron Corporation. a biotechnology firm in Emeryville. Revolutionary Cells, animal rights radicals took responsibility for the attack.
Benedict in 2006
Ed Benedict, legendary Hollywood animator, died in Auburn. He drew Hanna-Barbera Studios cartoon characters like Fred Flintstone, Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear.
MacCready in 2007
Paul MacCready, designer of the Gossamer Albatross, died in Pasadena at age 81. His bicycle powered plane crossed the English Channel in 1979. He founded AeroVironment to monitor air pollution (1971).
Fires in 2009
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Monterey counties due to fires.
Crime in 2010
A drug task force found 47,800 marijuana plants in an 8-acre cornfield in Atwater. Two men were arrested.
Isi in 1911
Ishi, the last Yahi Indian, walked out of the wilderness into the modern world near Oroville. He was befriended by U.C. Berkeley anthropologists who studied and hired him as a research assistant. Ishi lived for five years in San Francisco. Ishi Wilderness Area in northeastern California, his tribe’s ancestral grounds, is named in his memory.
Television in 1953
KHSL TV channel 12 in Chico began broadcasting. It dominates the airwaves in the Central Valley north of Sacramento.
Movies in 1964
Walt Disney released “Mary Poppins” to widespread praise. It received 13 Academy Award nominations and won 5, a record for Walt Disney Studios. It is considered one of the greatest films of all time but P.L. Travers did not like it.
Music in 1965
The Beatles gave a press conference at the Capitol Tower at Hollywood and Vine and were presented them with gold discs for sales of Help!. Afterwards an armored truck drove them to perform at the Hollywood Bowl. 18,000 people attended. One fan gave birth in the car park outside the venue.
Music in 1966
The Beatles played their final public concert in San Francisco. Ringo Starr remembered, “There was a big talk at Candlestick Park that this had got to end. At that San Francisco gig it seemed that this could possibly be the last time, but I never felt 100% certain till we got back to London. John wanted to give up more than the others. He said that he’d had enough.”
Salazar in 1970
Ruben Salazar, a 42-year-old Latino journalist for KMEX, was killed by a tear gas canister fired by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy during the National Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War. No evidence established he was killed deliberately. A U.S. postage stamp was issued in his honor (2008).
Crime in 1971
Gunmen burst into the Ingleside Police Station and fired through a hole in a bullet-proof glass window, killing Sergeant John Young and wounding a civilian clerk. In 2007 police charged nine former members of the Black Liberation Army with waging a campaign of “chaos and terror” that left at least three officers dead from 1968-1973.
Sports in 1972
Jim Barr, San Francisco Giants pitcher, retired the first 20 batters he faced, which added to the 21 he retired 6 days earlier for a record 41 in-a-row.
Labor in 1996
Exotic dancers at Lusty Lady Club, a San Francisco North Beach club, joined the Service Employees International Union.
Crime in 2006
Anthony Quintero, 24-year-old Brink’s guard, was killed during a robbery by his partner Clifton Wherry Jr. and Dwight Campbell in East Oakland. Campbell shot Quintero. They were arrested, convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Slow food in 2008
The first Slow Food Nation, a 4-day event, opened in San Francisco, attracting over 50,000 people. They envisioned a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who produce it and good for the planet.
Business in 2011
Adult film productions in Los Angeles stopped after a performer tested HIV-positive. A retest by the end of the week indicated no virus and film production continued.
Crime in 2013
California border patrol agents found nearly 18,500 pounds of marijuana, estimated at $14.7 million, in a tractor-trailer at a San Clemente checkpoint.
Overland trail in 1846
The Donner Party reached Redlum Spring. That was the last place for water before crossing the dry Great Salt Lake Desert. They would run out of water in 3 days. They didn’t know it would take 5 days to cross the desert.
Bronson in 2003
Charles Bronson, film and television actor, died in Los Angeles at age 81. Most famous as a tough-guy, he was in some 60 films including the “Death Wish” series (1974-1994).
Government in 2006
California passed the most sweeping controls on carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. That made California a leader in curbing man-made causes of climate change.
Ford in 2006
Glenn Ford, legendary film actor, died at his home in Beverly Hills. He played strong, thoughtful leading men in films like in “Gilda” (1946), “The Big Heat” (1953) and “The Blackboard Jungle” (1955).
Crime in 2010
Hewlett-Packard Co., in Palo Alto, agreed to pay $55 million to settle a Justice Department investigation of a kickback scheme.
Public health in 2012
Yosemite National Park closed Curry Village tent cabins following additional cases of hantavirus. Six people were infected, two died. Cabins were infested with deer mice that carry the disease.
Transportation in 1851
Flying Cloud, a Yankee clipper ship, set a record for sailing from New York around South America to San Francisco in 89 days.
Crime in 1881
Charles Earl Bowles, English born gentleman bandit known as Black Bart, left poems at the scene of his crimes. He held up Wells Fargo stage coaches 28 times. The 16th was near Yreka in Siskiyou County.
Saroyan in 1908
William Saroyan, Armenian-American writer, was born near Fresno. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1940) and an Academy Award for Best Short Story (1943) for the film of his novel The Human Comedy.
Sports in 1959
Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, broke Dizzy Dean’s National League record of 18 strikeouts in one game.
Sports in 1964
Ground was broken for Anaheim Stadium, home of the Angels, nicknamed The Big A. It opened in 1966. Today it is the fourth-oldest Major League Baseball stadium after Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium.
Historic sites in 1964
John Muir’s home in Martinez, where the Sierra Club founder lived, became a National Historic Site. Along with the house, 325 acres of native oak woodlands and grasslands nearby, owned by the Muir family, were preserved.
Music in 1965
The Beatles returned to the Cow Palace in San Francisco for their second concert, the 10th and final stop of their 1965 North American tour.
Ford in 1973
John Ford, legendary film director, died in Palm Desert at age 79. He directed some 140 films, many classic Westerns and literary movies.
Crime in 1978
Emily and William Harris, Symbionese Liberation Army founders, pleaded guilty to kidnapping newspaper heiress, Patty Hearst (1974).
Crime in 1985
Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker serial killer, was arrested in East L.A. Elderly Mexican women recognized his face on the covers of newspapers. He was captured by local residents.
Accidents in 1986
Aeroméxico Flight 498, approaching Los Angeles, collided with a light plane and crashed in Cerritos. Eighty-two people died, passengers in both planes and people on the ground.
Sports in 2002
The Los Angeles Sparks beat the New York Liberty to defend their Women’s National Basketball Association championship, 69-66.
Computers in 2004
Apple, Inc., in Cupertino, introduced the iMac G4 with the computer built into the monitor.
Crime in 2006
Tony Daniloo, former President and CEO of DreamLife Financial, of Turlock, was indicted on 122 charges of fraud and money laundering, He allegedly stole $7 million from East Bay and the Central Valley homeowners.
Government in 2007
A federal court decided the U.S. Navy can continue underwater sonar blasts in anti-submarine warfare tests off of Southern California. The court decided military needs were more important than whales.
Cities in 2008
Open Streets began in San Francisco. The city closed 4.5 miles of waterfront streets to cars and invited people to come out and play in the streets.
Crime in 2009
Anand Jon Alexander, celebrity fashion designer, was sentenced to 59 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting aspiring models he brought to Los Angeles.
Fires in 2009
The Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest nearly doubled in size overnight, threatening 12,000 homes. Two firefighters died a day earlier when their vehicle rolled down a mountainside amid the flames.
Business in 2009
The Walt Disney Co., in Burbank, announced plans to buy Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion. That would bring characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man into the family with Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear.
Business in 2011
Solyndra, a solar-cell maker in Fremont, announced plans to layoff 1,100 employees and file for bankruptcy. Solyndra received a $535 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Missions in 1772
Father Junipero Serra dedicated San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, the fifth of California’s 21 missions. Serra chose the location for natural resources, good weather and friendly Chumash, a local tribe they put to work building the mission. Today the mission church is a parish church of the Diocese of Monterey.
Overland trail in 1846
The Donner Party, 87 people in 23 wagons, ran out of water on their third day crossing the Great Salt Lake Desert. The Reed family oxen ran off at night and weren’t found so the Reeds had to walk.
Government in 1849
A Constitutional Convention to prepare for statehood met upstairs at Colton Hall in Monterey. A school was downstairs, a jail next door.
Newspapers in 1868
The Daily Dramatic Chronicle, published in San Francisco, widened its coverage and changed its name to the Morning Chronicle.
Transportation in 1873
Regular cable car service began on Clay Street in San Francisco. The line’s success made it a model for other cable car transit systems. Andrew Hallidie enforced his patents and grew rich.
Crime in 1880
Charles Earl Bowles, English born gentleman bandit known as Black Bart, left poems at the scene of his crimes. He held up Wells Fargo stage coaches 28 times. The 12th was near Last Chance Station in Shasta County.
Stevenson in 1879
Robert Louis Stevenson, 28 years old and in love with a married older woman, traveled by transcontinental railroad from New York to be with her. They married in San Francisco the next year and honeymooned in the Napa Valley. That’s where he wrote The Silverado Squatters (1883).
Japanese American Internment in 1942
A federal judge in Sacramento upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals. More than 10,000 people were forced from their homes and kept in primitive, remote camps in California and other states during World War II.
Slatkin in 1944
Leonard Slatkin, music conductor and composer, was born in Los Angeles. Music runs through several generations of his Russian Jewish family.
Sports in 1946
San Francisco 49ers played their first home game at Kezar Stadium before a crowd of 45,000. They beat the Chicago Rockets, 34-14.
Cities in 1952
Developer George Whitney bought Sutro Baths in San Francisco. He sold it to the National Parks Service in 1977.
Transportation in 1954
A terminal designed in the International and Mid-Century Modern architectural styles opened at San Francisco International Airport. It closed after 50 years then remodeled and reopened in 2011.
Sports in 1967
The San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds in 21 innings,1-0. That was the longest game in Reds history.
Hollywood in 1979
Debbie Boone married Gabriel Ferrer in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of singer Pat Boone and granddaughter of country music star Red Foley. He is the son of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney, brother of actors Miguel and Rafael Ferrer and cousin of George Clooney.
Hollywood in 1979
A Los Angeles court ordered Clayton Moore to stop wearing his Lone Ranger mask. For years after “The Lone Ranger” (1949-1957), he made appearances wearing his costume. After the court order, he replaced the mask with similar-looking sunglasses. He counter-sued and won the right to wear his original costume.
Chamberlain in 1984
Howland Chamberlain, film and stage actor, died in Oakland at age 73. He was involved with Southern California theater during the WPA. He debuted in “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946) which won seven Oscars.
Protest in 1987
S. Brian Wilson, a 46-year-old Vietnam veteran, had his legs sliced off when a munitions train at the Concord Naval Weapons Station ran him over during the Nuremberg Actions. He was protesting against weapons shipments to Central America.
Parks in 1995
Limekiln State Park, 716 acres on the Big Sur coast, opened. It has four lime kilns from an 1887–1890 foundry, a beach, redwood forest and 100-foot Limekiln Falls.
Government in 1998
California Legislature approved $425 million to purchase the 9,400-acre Headwaters Forest Reserve in Humboldt County. The federal government already approved $250 million.
Sports in 2001
The Los Angeles Sparks won the WNBA championship, defeating the Charlotte Sting, 82-to-54.
Government in 2002
California Legislature approved a $99 billion budget, ending a 2-month-old standoff.
Government in 2005
California Senate approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
Crime in 2009
Five San Francisco Public Utilities Commission workers and two others were charged with falsely charging the city for $200,000 in goods over four years.
Fires in 2009
The Station Fire burned 53 homes and threatened thousands more. People evacuated neighborhoods just 15 miles from downtown Los Angeles. On Sep 3 investigators said the fire was an act of arson. The 250-square-mile fire was 100% contained 52 days after it began.
Business in 2010
Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, introduced Ping as the music social network. It launched with 1 million members in 23 countries.
Explorers in 1769
Gaspar de Portolà’s camped at Oso Flaco (skinny bear) Lake, north of Guadalupe. He was traveling with Father Crespí, 63 leather-jacket soldiers and a 100 mules loaded with provisions, searching for Monterey Bay to establish a Spanish colony. now a Californa State Park
Missions in 1797
A 24-year-old woman was the first Indian baptized at Mission San Jose. They baptized her Josefa but her name was first recorded as Gilpae de los Palos Colorados. She was probably from the redwoods area around modern San Leandro.
Transportation in 1863
The first railroad and ferry link between San Francisco and Oakland began operations.
Champion in 1919
Marge Champion, legendary dancer, choreographer and actress, was born in Los Angeles. She modeled as a child for Walt Disney animated films. Later she hosted a General Electric Theater television show series of song and dance (1956-1957).
Cities in 1950
Children’s Fairyland opened at Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Walt Disney hired away Dorothy Manes, its first director, and, some believe, based Disneyland somewhat on Fairyland.
Sports in 1962
The Los Angeles Angels, preparing to move to Anaheim, changed their name to the California Angels and then to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The team name started in 1892 with the first Los Angeles-based sports team.
Communication in 1969
The first Internet message was sent to UCLA from Bolt Beranek and Newman Corp. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. By 2007 some university researchers want to scrap the Internet and start over.
Crime in 1980
U.S. District Judge William Ingram found Joseph Bonanno, a Mafia boss, guilty of conspiracy to influence witnesses before a federal grand jury investigating his sons’ Santa Clara Valley business affairs.
Crime in 1986
A judge in Los Angeles sentenced Cathy Evelyn Smith to three years in prison in connection with the drug overdose death of comedian John Belushi (1982). She served 18 months.
Environment in 2000
American Discovery Trail, 6,356 miles long, was was celebrated at San Francisco’s Crissy Field. The 15-state trail came from an 11-year effort by Backpacker Magazine and the American Hiking Society.
Religion in 2002
Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles was dedicated. The $195 million building was designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.
Crime in 2004
A military jury at Camp Pendleton, in San Diego County, convicted Marine Sergeant Gary Pittman of dereliction of duty and abuse of prisoners at a makeshift detention camp in Iraq.
Mathias in 2006
Bob Mathias, born in Tulare, died in Fresno at age 75. He was a 2-time Olympic decathalon champion (1948, 1952), starred as himself in the film “The Bob Mathias Story” (1954) and served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (1967-1976).
Music in 2007
A free concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love. It featured veteran musicians of the era.
Business in 2008
Google, in Mountain View, announced Chrome, a new Web browser was available for download.
Crime in 2008
Mark Guardado, 45-year-old president of the San Francisco Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, was killed during a fight in the Mission District. Christopher Ablett, age 37, a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, was later named as a suspect in the killing.
Crime in 2011
Kinde Durkee, Democratic campaign manager in Burbank, was arrested for mail fraud. She stole some $670,000 from state Assemblyman Jose Solorio. She was sentenced to eight years in prison for the largest embezzlement of political funds in California history.
Crime in 2012
Audrie Pott, age 15, went to a house party in Saratoga, where she drank and passed out. Teenage boys took advantage of her, took pictures then posted them on Facebook. Eight days later, Pott hanged herself in shame. On April 11, 2013, police arrested 3 boys in connection with her death.
Transportation in 2013
The widest bridge in the world, the eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, opened to traffic. It replaced an unsafe section of the bridge from Yerba Buena Island to Emeryville. Construction took 11 years.