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  • Oliver Pollock - a New Orleans Businessman - creates the "$".
  • San Francisco County Government established.
  • Navy takes over Treasure Island.
  • TIROS I (Television & Infra-Red Observation Satellite) launched to improve weather prediction.


  • Congress establishes Coin denominations of United States.
  • Watson Watt granted a patent for RADAR.


  • Thomas Douglas becomes 1st San Francisco public teacher.


  • Pony Express begins service - from St. Joseph - Missouri.
  • Golden Gate Park established by City Order #800.


  • Pocahontas marries John Rolfe.
  • Castro and Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses.


  • Battle of Shiloh.
  • Brigham Young marries number 27 - his final wife.
  • first animated cartoon is copyrighted.
  • 4 planes take off on 1st successful around-the-world flight.
  • New York City ends trolley car service.


  • Seals Stadium opens.
  • Prohibition ends.
  • World Health Organization is established.


  • Ponce de Leon arrives in Florida.
  • 17th Amendment - requiring direct election of senators - ratified
  • Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th home run - beats Babe Ruth's record.


  • Lee surrenders at Appomattox.
  • TV Guide publishes their first issue.
  • United Nations Charter hearing.


  • 1st hotel in Hawaii opens.
  • Safety pin patented.
  • William Hammond Hall's maps & surveys of Golden Gate Park officially accepted.
  • California Street Cable Car Railroad Company starts service.
  • Matson founds his shipping company (San Francisco & Hawaii)
  • House of Wax - first 3-D movie - released in New York.


  • Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks organized.
  • Anaheim completes it's new electric light system.
  • Jackie Robinson becomes 1st black in major league baseball.
  • Brooks Hall in Civic Center dedicated.
  • (Monday) Went into the farm at 11:43 AM for 24 days.


  • Hibernia Savings & Loan Society of San Francisco incorporated.
  • Fort Sumter - S. C. - shelled by Confederacy - starts Civil War.
  • Army transfers Yerba Buena Island to Navy.
  • Moffatt Field is commissioned.
  • Yuri A. Gagarin becomes 1st man to orbit Earth.
  • San Mateo County withdraws from BART district.
  • 1st launch of the space shuttle - Columbia.


  • 2 dollar bill re-introduced as United States currency.


  • 1st edition of Noah Webster's dictionary is published.
  • 1st Pony Express rider arrives in SF from St. Joseph - Missouri.
  • Abraham Lincoln assasinated in Ford's Theater.
  • Veteran's Hospital at Fort Miley established.
  • regular air passenger flights between San Francisco and Los Angeles started - by Maddux Air Lines.
  • Fort Point dedicated as 1st National Park in Bay Area.


  • City of San Francisco incorporated.
  • Titanic sinks at 2:20 AM.
  • the famed Poodle Dog Restaurant closes.
  • insulin becomes generally available for diabetics.
  • Alioto's on Fisherman's Wharf is founded.
  • Ray Kroc starts the McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants.


  • Nitroglycerine at the Wells Fargo & Co. office explodes.


  • New York Harbor discovered by Giovanni Verrazano.
  • US Marine Hospital at the Presidio established.
  • Treaty of Shimonoseki signed - ends 1st Sino-Japanese War (1894-95).
  • Office of Price Administration established (handled rationing)
  • Bay of Pigs - invasion.


  • The British are Coming! - Paul Revere rides.
  • San Francisco Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals formed.
  • 1st International Cricket Match - held in SF - won by Californian
  • San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
  • Fairmont Hotel opens.
  • 1st "Washateria" (laundromat) is opened - in Fort Worth - Texas
  • Clipper starts providing regular passenger flights from San Francisco to Honolulu.
  • San Francisco's Old Hall of Justice demolished.


  • at Lexington Common - the shot 'heard round the world'.
  • California Historical Society founded.
  • Barracks on Alcatraz Island destroyed in fire.
  • Charles Duryea takes the 1st American-made auto out for a spin.
  • Connecticut finally approves the Bill of Rights (only 148 years late)


  • Bar Association of San Francisco organized.
  • Buses replace Key System trains at 3AM.


  • Congress establishes US Mint in Denver - Colorado.
  • 1st buffalo born in Golden Gate Park.




  • Blossom Rock in San Francisco Bay blown up.
  • Courtesy Mail Boxes for motorists started in San Francisco.


  • Library of Congress founded.
  • Fire Alarm & Police Telegraph system put into operation.
  • the passing of Andrew Halliday - Cable Car Pioneer.


  • President Benjamin Harrison visits San Francisco.
  • New York becomes 1st state requiring license plates for cars
  • United Nations Conference starts.
  • Robert Noyce granted a patent for the integrated circuit.


  • 1st British to establish an American colony land at Cape Henry - Va.
  • 1st motion pictures shown in Hawaii.
  • nationwide test of the Salk anti-polio begins.
  • San Francisco Lightship replaced by automatic buoy.


  • 1st Spanish settlement in Phillipines - Cebu City - founded.
  • Grant's Tomb (famed of song & legend) is dedicated.
  • US Social Security system makes its first benefit payment.
  • founding of the Second Republic - in Austria.


  • Mutiny on the HMS Bounty occurs.
  • 1st successful parachute jump is made.
  • Last Americans evacuated from Saigon.


  • Headquarters for the US Army - Division of the Pacific - permanently established at the Presidio.
  • the all-purpose zipper is patented.


  • George Washington inaugurated as 1st president of the US
  • Department of the Navy established.
  • US more than doubles its size thru the Louisiana Purchase.
  • founding of what would be San Jose State University.
  • the Hawaiian YMCA organized.
  • NBC makes 1st US demo of TV at opening of NY World's Fair.





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