Timeline of the San Francisco Bay Area: (C) 1930-1975

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1930        Jan 6, Aviator Douglas Campbell, the 1st American ace of WW I, visited C.A. “Mother" Tusch at 2211 Union St. in Berkeley, Ca. Tusch’s home was known s the “Hangar" because it was one of the most complete privately owned aviation museums in America.
    (SFC, 1/7/05, p.F6)

1930        Jan 22, The concrete freighter Palo Alto arrived at Aptos. She was drawn up toward the beach and converted into a cabaret and amusement center. The 435-foot, cement ship was beached as a tourist attraction. By 1978 it was breaking up and sinking into Monterey Bay.
    (Ind, 11/25/00, 5A)(SFC, 1/24/03, p.E3)

1930        Jan 27, Mayor Rolph urged California to make all of SF and San Mateo counties into one game preserve after Supv. Thomas Hickey of San Mateo argues that the Spring Valley lands surrounding the water reservoirs should be made a sanctuary for wildlife.
    (SFC, 1/28/05, p.F7)

1930        Feb 1, A Loening Air Yacht of Air Ferries made its first passenger run between San Francisco and Oakland, California. Amphibious airplanes offered frequent six-minute flights between San Francisco and Oakland in 1930.
    (HN, 2/1/99)

1930        Mar 11, An escape attempt from Alcatraz by 3 soldier convicts ended as a guard crew pulled them from the water as they struggled to reach the Marin shore.
    (SFC, 3/11/05, p.F8)

1930        Mar 25, Hayward’s Mayor John Lee Wilbur led a groundbreaking ceremony and parade for a new city hall on Castro St.
    (SFC, 3/25/05, p.F8)

1930        Mar 26, SF Mayor Rolph helped inaugurate air ferry service between SF and Vallejo.
    (SFC, 3/25/05, p.F8)

1930        Apr 3, Stanford students retrieved their Stanford ax from UC students, who stole it in 1899.
    (SFC, 4/1/05, p.F8)

1930        May 8, The Richfield Oil Company tanker Richfield wrecked on the rocks off Point Reyes, Ca., with a cargo or 25,000 gallons of high-test gasoline.
    (SFC, 5/6/05, p.F3)

1930        May 15, Ellen Church, the first airline stewardess, went on duty aboard an Oakland-to-Chicago flight operated by Boeing Air Transport (a forerunner of United Airlines).
    (HN, 5/15/98)(AP, 5/15/07)

1930        Jun 1, In SF the Royal Theater on Polk St. was dynamited. In October police discovered an explosive device at the Alhambra Theater. Both theaters were owned by the Nasser Brothers.
    (SFC, 10/14/05, p.F6)

1930        Jun 10, In the 1st night baseball game on the Pacific Coast the Sacramento club beat Oakland 3 to 0 at Moering Field.
    (SFC, 6/10/05, p.F4)

1930        Jun 21, The Rainbow Ballroom opened on the freighter Palo Alto in Aptos. It accommodated 3,000 people and attracted some of the big bands of the time.
    (Ind, 11/25/00, 5A)

1930        Jun 23, The US Coast Guard Cutter Tingard captured the trawler “5048" also known as the Dora, and confiscated 400 cases of imported whiskey in Drake’s Bay, Marin, Ca.
    (SFC, 6/17/05, p.F5)

1930        Jun 27, It was reported that E. John Magnin and Grover A. Magnin have signed contracts for a new $1.2 million, 4-story, I. Magnin store at the northwest corner of 20th and Broadway in Oakland.
    (SFC, 6/24/05, p.F7)

1930        Jul 24, California State Dept. of Public Works estimated a $72 million cost for a double-decked SF Bay Bridge.
    (SFC, 7/22/05, p.F3)

1930        Jul 27, Ebee Landre (12), Oakland’s champion tree-sitter, passed his 240th hour tree-sitting and planned to come down the next day.
    (SFC, 7/22/05, p.F3)

1930        May 1, Anton J. Anderson, a Sausalito fisherman, returned to port in SF, Ca., towing 2 boats and carrying the bodies of Allen Curry (29), a deputy fish and game warden, and James Burke (48), a former game warden. Anderson himself was wounded and explained that he had shot the 2 men in self defense after they tried to confiscate his nets. Anderson was not indicted and returned to fishing. He died mysteriously 3 years later off the Mendocino shore.
    (SSFC, 8/17/08, DB p.58)

1930        Sep 13, Gasoline in SF was raised a penny to 21 cents a gallon.
    (SFC, 9/9/05, p.F5)

1930        Sep 26, SF Chief Engineer M.M. O’Shaughnessy predicted the Sunset District could grow to support 250,000 people from the current 40,000 in the area.
    (SFC, 9/23/05, p.F3)

1930        Oct 21, UC Berkeley dedicated 2 new campus buildings: Giannini Hall and the Ernest V. Cowell Memorial Hospital for students.
    (SFC, 10/21/05, p.F6)

1930        Oct 22, Robert Grodon Sproul was inaugurated as president of the Univ. of California.
    (SFC, 10/21/05, p.F6)

1930        Oct 31, Southern Pacific Co.’s $12 million double-track bridge across Suisun Bay was formally dedicated. This marked the end of train ferries across Carquinez Straits.
    (SFC, 10/28/05, p.F3)

1930        Nov 7, In California a band of 6 gunmen, using machine guns and dynamite, stopped an eastbound train in Alameda County and escaped with $60,000 from a mail car.
    (SFC, 11/4/05, p.F6)

1930        Nov 15, St. Mary's of Moraga (the Mad Magicians of Moraga under coach Slip Madigan) defeated Fordham Univ. (the Seven Blocks of Granite) in a major east vs. west football game 20-12.
    (SFEC, 6/13/99, p.C1,18)

1930        Nov 18, The Stanford Univ. football team defeated UC Berkeley 41-0 in the Big Game. UC coach C.N. Price resigned Nov 24 following the most lopsided loss in the rivalry.
    (SFC, 11/18/05, p.F2)

1930        Aug, The International House in Berkeley opened its doors. It was founded by Harry Edmonds. It was the 1st interracial, coed-educational housing in the US west of NYC.
    (SFC, 9/7/01, p.A25)

1933        Oct 12, The US Army left Alcatraz Island. In 1934 it reopened as a federal penitentiary.
    (OAH, 2/05, p.A6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatraz_Island)

1930        In Oakland, Ca., the Ninth Avenue Terminal building was built. It was doubled in size to 180,000-square-feet in 1951.
    (SFC, 3/16/07, p.B5)
1930        Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, a 175-acre estate of former Sen. James Phelan, was officially bequeathed to California for the encouragement of the arts.
    (SSFC, 2/20/05, Par p.4)
1930        George Hearst purchased the Hillsborough Uplands (Montes Robles) house from Charles Lindgrin. He hired Julia Morgan to redesign it. She turned it into a 22-room Georgian colonial similar to the Washington White House. The Hearsts never moved in due to divorce.
    (Ind, 5/6/00,5A)
1930        Edgar Wakefield McLellan retired from his Burlingame flower business that boasted some 324,000 square feet of glass houses. He had pioneered the shipment of flowers to cities across the US. The operation was taken over by his son Roderick and moved to a 61 acre site in Colma.
    (PI, 1/24/98, p.5)
1930        In Oakland, Ca. the Leona Heights Sulfur Mine ended operations. It had begun operating around 1900 to mine pyrite in the Oakland Hills for conversion to sulfuric acid in Richmond. Rainwater later leached sulfur from the rocks and contaminated Leona Creek, which fed into SF Bay.
    (SFC, 2/22/14, p.A9)

1931        Feb 20, Congress allowed California to build the Oakland Bay Bridge.
    (MC, 2/20/02)

1931        May, Federal agents raided the J.R. Roberts Soda Works in South San Francisco and uncovered the largest illicit distillery ever found in California. It was owned by the South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
    (Ind, 4/21/01, 5A)

1931        Jul 20, The trial of Constance May Flood Gavin, an alleged illegitimate daughter, began in San Mateo, Ca., for a daughter’s share in James L. Flood estate. Before closing arguments Judge George Buck ordered a directed verdict in favor of the Flood family. 10 jurors refused to sign the verdict. Buck lost elections the following year to Maxwell McNutt, the lawyer for Constance. Gavin later received a $1.2 million out-of-court settlement.
    (SMMB)(SSFC, 2/8/04, p.A28)

1931        Aug, The Sisters of the Holy Cross opened St. Matthew’s Catholic School in the former San Mateo home of Walter Hobart. Tuition started at $2 per month for the 140 students.
    (Ind, 8/24/02, 5A)

1931        A new Berkeley Public Library was designed by James Plachek.
    (SFC, 4/4/02, p.A15)

1931        The Paramount Theater in Oakland was built as a movie house. It was restored in 1971 as a multiuse arts center.
    (SFEC, 11/8/98, DB p.36)

1931        Celia Tobin Clark, Hibernia Bank heiress, had her House on Hill completed in Hillsborough. It was designed by David Adler as a Cotswold-style Tudor.
    (Ind, 11/25/00, 5A)

1931        The Sisters of Mercy moved out of the Kohl mansion in Burlingame to newly built facilities. The mansion became Mercy High School.
    (Ind, 1/19/02, 5A)

1931        Charles Crouch and 4 other investors opened 6 grocery stores on the Peninsula called Peninsula, Ltd.
    (SFC, 3/24/98, p.B1)

1931        The Levy brothers opened a new store in San Mateo on 3rd Ave. across from the Benjamin Franklin Hotel.
    (Ind, 11/7/98, p.5A)

1931        Orchard Supply Hardware began operating on San Jose, Ca., as a farmer’s buying cooperative. In 1996 the hardware chain was acquired by Sears. In 2012 Orchard began trading as a public company.

1931        Ernest Lawrence tested the first cyclotron at UC Berkeley, Ca. The device measured 30cm in circumference.
    (Econ, 9/13/08, p.87)

1931        David Starr Jordan, the founding president of Stanford Univ., died.
    (Ind, 4/12/03, 5A)

1932        Janet Lewis (d.1998) published "The Wife of Martin Guere," a historical novel on about 16th century France. The story was turned into an opera in 1961 with music by William Bergsma. In 1984 a French film version was released "The Return of Martin Guere." An American version, "Somersby," was made in 1993 set during the Civil War. Lewis was born in Chicago but moved to California and lived in Los Altos.
    (SFC, 12/5/98, p.C2)

1932        In Oakland, Ca., the Morcom garden was built as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. The 8-acre park included a lily pond and a cascading waterfall.
    (SFC, 9/21/09, p.D2)

1932        International House, designed by George Kelham, opened in Berkeley.
    (SFCM, 11/9/03, p.8)

1932        The Alameda Theater opened in Alameda, Ca. The screen went dark in 1979. In 2005 the city of Alameda used eminent domain to take it over as part of a $30 million redevelopment plan.
    (SFC, 5/21/05, p.B1)

1932        The 18-hole Sharp Park Golf Course opened in Pacifica, Ca. SF park superintendent John McLaren had hired Alister MacKenzie to design the course on land donated by sugar magnate Adolph Spreckels.
    (SFC, 8/31/09, p.A1)

1932        Pari-mutuel betting on horse racing was legalized and racing resumed at Tanforan.
    (Ind, 8/17/02, 5A)

1932        Trader Vic’s began in Oakland as Hinky Dink’s. The Mai Tai was invented there in 1944. A San Francisco branch opened in 1951 at 20 Cosmo Place, but closed in 1994 when it morphed into le Colonial. In 2004 it reopened in SF.
    (SFCM, 1/16/05, p.31)

1932        Sea Cliff Amusement Co. in Aptos went bankrupt.
    (Ind, 11/25/00, 5A)

1932-1936    Charles Templeton Crocker financed and led 6 expeditions for the California Academy of Sciences to the Galapagos Islands and the South Seas aboard his yacht Zaca.
    (Ind, 7/14/01, 5A)

1933        Jan 5, Work on the Golden Gate Bridge began on the Marin County side of SF Bay.
    (SSFC, 5/20/12, p.E10)

1933        Feb 26, Ground was broken for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Russell Cone was hired to oversee the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. He had already worked on the Philadelphia-Camden (Ben Franklin) Bridge, the Detroit-Windsor Ambassador Bridge and the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.
    (HN, 2/26/98) (SFC,12/20/97, p.A21)

1933        Apr 12, The $ 5 million Naval Air Station Sunnyvale opened in Mountainview. It was later renamed Moffet Field after Rear Admiral William Moffet, who was killed in the wreck of the USS Akron.
    (Ind, 1/27/01, 5A)

1933        Jul 4, Work began on Oakland Bay Bridge.
    (Maggio, 98)

1933        Aug 5, Harry V. Hill (50) drowned off Yerba Buena Island becoming the 1st fatality in the construction of the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge.
    (SSFC, 8/4/08, DB p.54)

1933        Oct 16, Some 50,000 people gathered to watch the Macon land at the Sunnyvale Naval Air Station, later named Moffet Field. Hangar One opened to house the 785-foot Macon airship, a dirigible 10 times the size of a blimp.
    (SFC, 2/12/99, p.C1,9)(Ind, 1/27/01, 5A)

1933        Oct 19, Dallas Egan, condemned slayer, was executed at San Quentin after California Gov. James Rolph agreed to allow him 8 ounces of good Kentucky bourbon whiskey.
    (SSFC, 10/19/08, DB p.58)(www.freeotrshows.com/otr/c/Calling_All_Cars.html)

1933        Nov 9, Brooke Hart (22) was abducted from the parking lot of the family-owned department store in San Jose, Ca. The 1943 novel “Against a Darkening Sky" by Janet Lewis was based on the lynching of his accused abductors. The abductors, who killed Hart, were later captured after police traced their calls arranging a $40,000 ransom. [see Nov 26]
    (SFC, 12/5/98, p.C2)(Ind, 4/28/01, 5A)(SFC, 9/13/05, p.B3)

1933        Nov 26, In California a mob attacked the Santa Clara County Jail and dragged out John M. Holmes and Thomas H. Thurmond for the kidnapping and murder of Brooke Hart (22), heir to a San Jose department store fortune. The 2 men were hung and stripped from 2 sycamores at St. James Park, one of which Pres. McKinley had stood under in 1901 to deliver a speech on American liberties and the US Constitution. Gov. Rolph said that if anyone was arrested for the lynching, he would pardon them. [see Nov 9]
    (Ind, 4/28/01, 5A)(SFEC, 5/2/99, Z1 p.4)(SFC, 9/13/05, p.B3)

1933        In Martinez the Contra Costa County Courthouse was completed.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A15)

1933        In Petaluma the D Street drawbridge was completed over the Petaluma River for $77,000 to replace one of the last remaining "swing bridges."
    (SFC, 8/18/00, p.A25)

1933        Gov. James Rolph signed a bill authorizing the creation of a regional park district for the East Bay. The East Bay Regional Park District was formally established in 1934 and in 1936 it logged its 1st acquisition from EBMUD -- 2,166 acres in what became Tilden Regional Park and the Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.
    (SSFC, 8/15/04, p.A14)

1933        George and Mary Fabbro, immigrants from northern Italy, established a bar that grew into Fabbro's Restaurant and Bar in Redwood City at 2915 El Camino. It reportedly housed the first off-track betting machine in the state.
    (SFC, 4/21/99, Z1 p.6)

1933        A fire broke out at the Oakland Pier of the Key System. One building was destroyed and the Peralta ferry was heavily damaged. It was soon sold to the Black Ball Line in Seattle.
    (SFC, 12/26/98, p.A24)

1933        Two killers were lynched in San Jose in St. James Park. The story was  covered in the 1992 book "Swift Justice" by Harry Farrell.
    (SFEC,12/28/97, p.D5)

1933-1934    Wakefield Taylor (1912-2005) served as student body president at UC Berkeley. He and the Stanford student body president agreed that the Axe would serve as the perpetual trophy for the Big Game winner.
    (SFC, 4/12/05, p.B5)

1934        Jan 1, Alcatraz officially became a federal prison. The first prisoners arrived in August. [see Aug 11, 1934]

1934        Mar 3, It was reported that Alf Haraldsen had found some 150 pounds of ambergris on the shore of Bolinas, Ca. The material, formed in the intestines of whales and used in the manufacture of perfume, was estimated to be worth $75,000.
    (SSFC, 3/1/09, DB p.50)

1934        Aug 11, The US government opened a maximum security prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay and the first federal prisoners arrived. From the time it opened to 1937 there was no talking by prisoners allowed. Federal convicts from McNeil Island Prison in Washington joined a small number of military prisoners, left over from the island‘s time as a US Army prison. The facility had been used as a military prison since 1859, but was redesigned to be a high-security penitentiary for the "most dangerous" prisoners. The prison closed in 1963.
    (AP, 8/11/97)(SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W30)(HNQ, 7/10/00)(OAH, 2/05, p.A6)

1934        Aug 20, Gangster Al Capone and 42 other prisoners traveled in steel barred railroad coaches to Alcatraz after being transferred the federal penitentiary in Atlanta, Ga.
    (SSFC, 8/9/09, DB p.46)

1934        Aug 22, Alcatraz began operations as a US federal prison as Al Capone and 52 other felons arrived from eastern prisons.
    (SSFC, 8/17/14, p.42)

1934        Sep 29, In Vallejo, Ca., the body of Joe soon (40), a member of the Hop Sing tong, was found dead in the Vallejo business district with a hatchet wound between the eyes and 4 bullets in his torso. The murderers were believed to be hatchetmen from San Francisco’s Chinatown.
    (SSFC, 9/27/09, p.50)

1934        Oct 12, Michael O'Shaughnessy, SF chief engineer, died, just 12 days before Hetch Hetchy water began flowing to the Bay Area. [see Oct 28]
    (Ind, 3/11/00, p.5A)(SFC, 9/15/02, p.A20)

1934        Oct 28, In Redwood City, Ca., a crowd of 20,000 people gathered at the temporary Pulgas Water Temple to witness the first Sierra water begin to empty into Crystal Springs Lake. The Pulgas Water Temple near the Crystal Springs Reservoir was modeled after the Sunol Water Temple designed by Willis Polk. This marked the end of the 20-year SF water project led by engineer Michael O'Shaugnessy (d.10/18/34) [see Oct 12].
    (SFC, 12/19/96, p.A21)(SFC, 9/27/97, p.A24)(Ind, 3/11/00, p.5A)

1934        Nov 4, The new $400,000, 6,500-seat, Bay Meadows horse racing track opened in San Mateo, Ca., under the direction of Bill Kyne (d.1957). Gov. Frank Merriam christened the one-mile track, which opened on the grounds of an old airfield. Jockey George Burns rode 5 winners, three of them in a row. The track featured the new $250,000 totalizer machine to display bets and payoff. The last day of regular racing was May 11, 2008. A final racing was scheduled for the 2008 county Fair, August 6-18.
    (Ind, 5/13/00,5A)(SFC, 3/23/07, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/08, p.A4)

1934        Nov 17, Victor J. Bergeron (1903-1984), aka Trader Vic, opened Hinky Dink’s, a small food-and-beer joint at 65th and San Pablo in Oakland, Ca. He expanded his business and in 1951 opened Trader Vic’s in SF at 20 Cosmo Place.
    (SSFC, 10/11/09, DB p.46) 

1934        The film "Broadway Bill" with Myrna Loy and Warner Baxter was shot at the Tanforan Race Track.
    (PI, 3/21/98, p.5)
1934        In the SF Bay Area Victor Arnautoff (1896-1979), Russian-born social realist, created a 13-foot painting of port workers in Richmond for the city’s post office. “Richmond: Industrial City" disappeared in 1976 when the post office was remodeled. It was found in 2014 and in 2017 a copy was displayed as the centerpiece of a retrospective of the artist.
    (SFC, 9/7/17 p.D5)
1934        The San Mateo county jail was built. A new jail was to replace it by 2003.
    (Ind, 5/13/00,8A)
1934        The US Justice Dept. took over Alcatraz from the War Dept. and reopened it as a federal penitentiary.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W38)
1934        The California Parks Commission acquired the concrete freighter Palo Alto in Aptos for use as a fishing pier. A storm soon broke the hull in two. The bow section broke off during a 1963 storm.
    (Ind, 11/25/00, 5A)
1934        The East Bay Regional Parks District was established.
    (SFC, 6/25/04, p.F6)
1934        Spenger's Fish Grotto opened in Berkeley. It was taken over in 1998 under a 25-year lease by Bill McCormick and Doug Schmick and reopened in 1999.
    (SFEC, 11/14/99, p.C1)
1934        Ford Motor Co. opened an assembly plant in Richmond. The plant produced tanks during WW II and was later shut down. In 2002 new plans proposed a film complex for the site.
    (SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A21)
1934        UC Berkeley shut down The Razzberry (“uncensored and untrammeled"), a student publication that satirized the faculty.
    (SFC, 3/23/07, p.B9)
1934        The US cruiser San Francisco was built at the Mare Island naval shipyard.
    (SFC, 5/26/18, p.C1)

1935        Apr 29, It was reported that live rabbits were being sewn onto dog-track racing machines in the San Francisco Bay Area counties of San Mateo and Santa Clara.
    (SSFC, 4/25/10, DB p.54)

1935        Jul 2, SF Bay Bridge riveter Michael E. Markey (31) fell 290 feet to his death at Yerba Buena Island. Fellow bridge workers quit for the day in accordance with custom.
    (SSFC, 6/27/10, DB p.46)

1935        Jul 27, Eleanor Louise Christenson (d.1983), the daughter of deceased millionaire Edwin A. Christenson, married Christian de Guigne III at Christenson Hillsborough residence on summit Drive.
    (Ind, 1/04/03, 5A)

1935        Nov 22, Pan Am inaugurated the first transpacific airmail service, San Francisco to Manila. The Pan Am China Clipper took off from Alameda Point bound for the Philippines. It was the company's first trans-Pacific flight. The plane was a 25-ton Martin M-130 flying boat with a wingspan of 130 feet, and was the largest aircraft in world service.
    (HFA, ‘96, p.18)(HN, 11/22/98)(Ind, 5/1/99, p.5A)

1935        Nov 24, Ronald V. Dellums was born in Oakland. he later became a US Congressman and served for 28 years. In 2000 Dellums and H. Lee Halterman  authored the memoir "Lying Down With the Lions: A Public Life From the Streets of Oakland to the Halls of Power."
    (SFC,11/18/97, p.A2)(SFEC, 2/13/00, BR p.1)

1935        Dec 25, Albert Joost (57), SF Bay lighthouse keeper, died of injuries from a fire at the Southampton lighthouse between Angel Island and Richmond harbor.
    (www.rudyalicelighthouse.net/CalLts/Smptn/Smptn.htm)(SSFC, 12/26/10, DB p.46)

1935        Gertrude Stein returned to the site of her former 10-acre home in Oakland and remarked: "there’s no there there."
    (SFC, 5/3/02, p.A20)

1935        The cornerstone of the Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland was laid by Earl Warren. It was built in classical and art deco style.
    (SFC, 4/13/02, p.A17)

1935        The Dominican Sisters of San Rafael built their Santa Sabina retreat.
    (SFCM, 8/29/04, p.4)

1935        The marquee of the Art Deco Fox Theater at 18th and Telegraph in Oakland, Ca., established in 1928, was replaced. The theater folded in 1965. In 2006 plans were made to reopen it for live entertainment at an estimated cost of $45 million.
    (SFC, 12/6/00, p.A24)(SSFC, 4/23/06, p.A1)

1935        The San Mateo County Historical Association was established.
    (LaPen, 12/86, p.2)(Ind, 9/21/02, 5A)

1935        Roderick McLellan developed gardenia production and became the world’s largest gardenia grower with 80,000 plants cultivated under glass. He also had begun experimenting with orchids.
    (PI, 1/24/98, p.5)
1935        Charles Crouch and 4 other investors expanded their Peninsula Ltd. grocery store chain to the East Bay and named the new Berkeley store at Shattuck and Bancroft "Lucky."
    (SFC, 3/24/98, p.B1)

1935        Jack and Bill Dozier founded Fybate Lecture Notes to help students at UC Berkeley. The operation went out of business in 1976.
    (SFC, 12/7/01, WB p.G9)

1936        Feb 11, Pumping began for the creation of Treasure Island in SF Bay.

1936        Mar 22, In Alameda, Ca., Chief Engineer George W. Alberts was found murdered aboard the freighter S.S. Point Lobos. District Attorney Earl Warren prosecuted the case and 4 defendants were convicted and sentenced to prison.
    (SFEM, 6/1/97, p.16-21)

1936        Apr 27, Joseph "Dutch" Bowers (b.1896), reportedly the first man to attempt an escape from Alcatraz prison, fell seventy feet to his death after being shot by a guard while climbing a fence.

1936        May 22, Alexander Mackay and Joseph Kristy were hanged at San Quentin prison. Mackay and Kristy had once kidnapped prison officials in an escape attempt.
    (SSFC, 5/22/11, DB p.46)

1936        Jun 5, SF Bay Bridge worker George Zink (40) of 325 Capistrano Ave. plunged to his death becoming the 22nd man killed on the transbay bridge construction.
    (SFC, 6/5/11, p.42)

1936        Jun 25, Convict James C. Lucas stabbed Al Capone in the back as Capone worked in prison laundry at Alcatraz. Capone was marked for refusing to participate in a mutiny several months earlier. The wound was not serious.
    (SSFC, 6/26/11, DB p.42)

1936        Sep 12, Bill Sam (34) was hanged at San Quentin Prison for the murder of his wife in Stockton 2 years earlier. The Chinese man said he killed her to spare his son the stigma of having estranged parents.
    (SSFC, 9/11/11, DB 46 p.46)

1936        Oct 21, The first 6 passengers on the Pan Am China Clipper paid $1,438.20 for round trip tickets to the Philippines.
    (Ind, 5/1/99, p.5A)
1936        Oct 21, The first fatality in the construction the Golden Gate Bridge took place when Kermit Moore was killed by a falling piece of equipment.
    (SSFC, 5/20/12, p.E10)

1936        Nov 12, The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened. It cost $78 million and was the longest bridge ever attempted. 23 men died during its construction.
    (SFC, 11/11/96, p.A13)(SFEC, 5/2/99, Z1 p.5)

1936        Nov, Seabiscuit, owned by millionaire Charles S. Howard, arrived at Tanforan Park. In 2001 Laura Hillenbrand authored "Seabiscuit: An American Legend." Over 6 years the horse won 33 victories with record earnings of $437,730.
    (WSJ, 3/9/00, p.W9)

1936        Dec 5, Albert Walter Jr. (22) was executed by hanging at San Quentin, Ca. He had admitted to strangling a girl in San Francisco nearly 6 months earlier.
    (SSFC, 12/4/11, DB p.46)

1936        Dec 24, The 1st radioactive isotope medicine was administered in Berkeley, Ca.
    (MC, 12/24/01)

1936        A poetry movement called “the Activists" began in the SF Bay Area. It was led by Lawrence Hart (1900-1996). The movement faded with the rise of the Beat Poets in the 1950s.
    (SSFC, 9/4/05, p.F3)
1936        In Marin county Ca., the Tudor-style Mill Valley City Hall and firehouse opened thanks to a federal job-creation program.
    (SFC, 9/1/08, p.A12)
1936        The Richmond Art Center (RAC) was started in Richmond, Ca., by Hazel Salmi. In 1951 the center got a permanent home at 2540 Barrett Ave.
    (SFC, 3/25/11, p.F1)(http://www.therac.org/)
1936        St. Matthews of San Mateo opened a new school building and the former Hobart mansion was converted to exclusive use by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.
    (Ind, 8/24/02, 5A)
1936        Al Zampa (d.2000 at 95), a worker on the Golden Gate Bridge, survived a fall during construction. In 2003 a new Carquinez Bridge was named after him.
    (SSFC, 8/31/03, p.I3)
1936        William Bourn, president of the Spring Valley Water Co., died. His Filoli estate on the Peninsula was purchased by William P. Roth.
    (SFC, 12/19/96, p.A21)(Ind, 12/26/98, p.5A)
1936        Timothy Hopkins, adopted son of Mark Hopkins, died.
    (Ind, 8/25/01, 5A)

1937        Feb 14, Sarah Althea Hill, former mistress of William Sharon (d.1885), died in a Stockton asylum, where she had lived the last 45 years of her life.
    (Ind, 7/1/00,5A)

1937        Feb 17, Nearly at the end of the four years of construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, 10 construction workers lost their lives when a section of scaffold fell through a safety net. When construction began on the 35-million-dollar bridge spanning the Golden Gate Strait between San Francisco and Marin County, Chief Engineer Joseph B. Strauss was determined to use the most rigorous safety precautions available. Protective hardhats and glare-free goggles were required and special diets were developed to combat dizziness. But it was the safety net strung under the bridge during construction that saved the lives of 19 men who became known as the "Half-Way-to-Hell" Club. Until February 17, 1937, only one life had been lost during construction. The Golden Gate Bridge opened to vehicular traffic on May 28, 1937.
    (HNPD, 2/17/99)
1937        Feb 17, A platform broke on the Golden Gate Bridge and 12 men plunged 250 feet into the bay. Of 3 survivors two men were picked up by a fishing boat and a third man caught hold of a bridge beam. Evan C. "Slim" Lambert (d.1998 at 87) was won of the 2 men in the bay who swam to the fishing boat with a dead companion.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.A19)

1937        Apr 28, A ceremony marked the driving of the last rivet into the Golden Gate Bridge. A rivet gun destroyed a symbolic gold rivet and a steel rivet finished the job.
    (SSFC, 4/22/12, DB p.46)

1937        May 27, The newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting SF and Marin County, Calif., was opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge, designed by Joseph Strauss (d.1938), was built to sway 13 feet six inches of center in either direction. Over 200,000 pedestrians walked across on opening day. The bridge towers stood a record 750 feet. In 2007 Frank Stahl and Daniel Mohn authored “The Golden Gate Bridge, Report of the Chief Engineer, Vol II." They gave credit to engineer Charles Ellis of the Univ. of Illinois for much of the technical and theoretical work that went into the bridge. He was fired by Strauss before construction began.
    (AP, 5/27/97)(SFEC, 10/5/97, Z1 p.6)(SFC, 10/30/99, p.C3)(SFC, 5/11/07, p.A1)(SSFC, 12/10/17, DB p.54)

1937        May 28, President Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington signaling that vehicular traffic could cross the just-opened Golden Gate Bridge in California. Cars were charged 50 cents each way.
    (AP, 5/28/97)(SSFC, 5/20/12, p.E10)

1937        Jun, The Bayshore Highway, between SF and San Jose, was completed. It was designated as US 101.
    (Ind, 6/10/00,5A)

1937        Aug 7, Harold Wobber (47), a WWI veteran, became the first person known to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
    (SSFC, 5/20/12, p.E10)

1937        Aug 24, Treasure Island in SF Bay was completed after 18˝ months. All told 20 million cubic yards of sea bottom had been dredged, dug, dumped and poured inside the rocky walls.

1937        Nov 13, Edward Wutke (36), a convicted murderer serving a 27-year sentence  at Alcatraz prison, became the first suicide in the history of the rock. He slashed his jugular vein with a tiny pencil sharpener blade attached to the handle of a safety razor.
    (SSFC, 11/11/12, p.46)

1937        Nov 16, In Berkeley, California, the Big Game rally turned into an all-night riot. Police arrested 31 people and damages were estimated at $10,000. Some 1,000 high school students were reportedly involved.
    (SSFC, 11/18/12, DB p.50)

1937        Dec 16, Two men from Oklahoma escaped from Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary. Warden Johnson suspected that Theodore Cole (26), a kidnapper serving 50 years, and Ralph Roe, a bank robber serving 99 years, had died in the bay.
    (SSFC, 12/16/12, DB p.42)

1937        Eugene O'Neill, playwright, built his Tao House in Danville, Ca., following his 1936 winning of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
    (SFC, 5/16/03, p.E8)
1937        William Wurster, Berkeley architect, designed a 1,400-square-foot home at 1650 La Vereda Road. It was later hailed as an early example of modernist architecture.
    (SFC, 11/11/04, p.B5)
1937        The Caldecott Tunnel opened with 2 bores under the Oakland-Berkeley Hills.
    (SFC, 9/12/98, p.A21)
1937        On Angel Island a chapel was built.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W39)
1937        The 1915 Claremont Hotel was virtually rebuilt.
    (SFEC, 11/19/00 p.T6)
1937        The Berkeley Rose Garden was created.
    (SFC, 5/10/97, p.A17)
1937        An unfenced government canal was built that ran for 57 miles in Contra Costa County. In 1953 the county called for an investigation of some 33 drownings in the canal.
    (SFC, 11/21/03, p.E4)
1937        Alcatraz prison officials abandoned a silence rule in effect since the prison opened in 1934. The rule had forbidden prisoners to speak while working.
    (SSFC, 12/20/09, DB p.46)

1938        Feb 18, San Quentin prison held its first double hanging in two years as convicted murderers Lee Grant Goodwin and Roy Leon Righthouse were executed before 51 witnesses.
    (SSFC, 2/17/13, p.42)

1938        Mar 7, California’s San Quentin prison received a new lethal gas chamber to supplant its gallows.
    (SSFC, 2/3/13, p.42)

1938        Mar 22, Officials at San Quentin Prison tested the new gas chamber using a little pig. The warden had refused to permit the use of a dog.
    (SSFC, 2/17/13, DB p.42)

1938        Sep 16, Cal Gov. Frank Merriam rode a ceremonial test Key Route train across the Bay Bridge.
    (SFC, 9/4/98, p.S25)

1938            Dec 2, Albert Kessel (29) and Robert Lee Cannon (30) became the first two people to die in California’s new gas chamber at San Quentin. Kessel and Cannon (30) were convicted of the 1937 murder of Folsom Prison Warden Clarence Larkin. Four other inmates were also executed in connection with this murder, three within two weeks.
    (www.corr.ca.gov/CommunicationsOffice/CapitalPunishment/key_events.asp)(SSFC, 12/1/13, DB p.46)

1938        In northern California more military artillery was installed in the headlands of the Golden Gate and Fort Cronkhite was established near Rodeo Beach.
    (SFC, 6/13/08, p.A22)
1938        The San Rafael Theater opened. It was later remodeled, renamed the Rafael Film Center and adopted as the showcase for the Mill Valley Film Festival.
    (SFEM, 9/12/99, p.18)
1938        William Hewlett and David Packard began their Hewlett Packard Co. in a one-car garage at 767 Addison in Palo Alto with $538. As a student at Stanford, Hewlett built a prototype for an audio oscillator. In 1939 it became their first product to be sold. Walt Disney used it in making the film "Fantasia." In 2007 Michael S. Malone authored Bill & Dave."
    (SFC, 1/8/98, p.C3)(SFC, 3/3/99, p.A11)(SFEC, 6/6/99, p.T7)(WSJ, 6/6/07, p.D7)
1938        Albert Seeno Sr. (d.2000 at 84) started the Albert D. Seeno Construction Co. which went on to build over 30,000 homes and dozens of shopping centers in Pittsburg and Contra Costa County.
    (SFC, 1/24/00, p.A15)
1938        Levi Strauss & Co. registered its cloth pocket tab as its trademark.
    (SFC, 11/1/02, p.E7)
1938        The Byron Hot Springs Resort closed down. In 2005 a fire badly damaged a brick hotel built there in 1914. Previous hotels had burned down in 1901 and 1912.
    (SFC, 7/26/05, p.B3)

1939        Jan 1, The Hewlett-Packard partnership was formed and a coin toss determined the order of the company name.
    (SFC, 3/3/99, p.A11)

1939        Jan 13, Five men attempted to escape the US federal prison on Alcatraz island. Kidnapper Arthur “Doc" Barker was killed by guards. He was one of the four sons of Ma Barker (b.1873), killed behind a machine gun by federal agents in Florida in 1935.
    (SSFC, 1/12/14, DB p.42)

1939        Feb 1, Some 4,00 prisoners at California’s San Quentin Prison, went on a hunger strike in protest against the monotony of prison menus.
    (SSFC, 2/2/14, p.42)

1939        Feb 15, SF officials attended IBM’s preview of an electric typewriter and a punch card method of electric accounting at the Palace of Electricity and Communications on Treasure Island.
    (SSFC, 2/9/14, DB p.42)

1939        Feb 18, The Golden Gate International Exposition opened on Treasure Island in the SF Bay. Pan American transferred its headquarters to Treasure Island and its Clipper flights took off from Clipper Cove.  Zoe Dell Lantis (1915-2020), a ballerina and nightclub dancer, served as one of the theme girls for the expo.
    (SFC, 2/18/99, p.D10)(Ind, 5/1/99, p.5A)(SFC, 4/27/20, p.B1)

1939        Mar 23, At San Quentin prison in northern California 41 prisoners were tortured and beaten by guards. On Nov 10 guard boss William G. Lewis testified that he had loaded a rubber hose used to beat convicts with BB shot and detailed his regiment of punishments.
    (SSFC, 10/12/14, p.42)(SSFC, 11/9/14, p.42)

1939        Sep 1, Physical Review published the 1st paper to deal with "black holes." UC Berkeley physicist Robert Oppenheimer (b.1904) spelled out the inevitable fate of a massive star.

1939        Sep 3, Bing Crosby appeared at the Temple Compound on Treasure Island just before the close of the Golden Gate Int’l. Expo.
    (SSFC, 1/21/01, BR p.10)

1939        Sep 21, In the SF Bay Area temperatures reached an all time high of 99 degrees on Treasure Island as a week of high temperatures left 13 people in the Bay Area.
    (SSFC, 9/21/14, p.42)

1939        Sep, The Ocean Shore Highway opened. It reduced the old 98-mile drive to Santa Cruz to 75 miles. It was the only recreational road between SF and the beaches.
    (Ind, 2/6/99, p.5A)

1939        Dec, Ground was broken for the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory next to the Navy base at Moffett Field.
    (SSFC, 8/10/03, p.I1)

1939        Treasure Island on San Francisco Bay was created with 29.5 million cubic yards of sand and gravel. The 403-acre island was built to host the Golden Gate Int’l. Exposition. Jacques Schnier, sculptor, designed art works for the world’s fair on Treasure Island. Pacifica, the 80-foot-tall theme statue of the Int'l. Expo, was created by Ralph Stackpole (d.1973 at 88).
    (SFC, 5/7/97, p.A15)(SFC, 5/9/97, p.E2)(SFC, 10/17/98, p.C2)(Ind, 1/23/99, p.5A)
1939        In Berkeley, Ca., the UC Printing Plant on Oxford Street was built with New Deal stimulus funds. In 2010 it was selected as the new home for the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives.
    (SFC, 3/8/10, p.C2)
1939        The new SF Transbay Terminal, designed by Timothy Pflueger, opened. It served as the port of entry for electric-powered trains that went back and forth from the East Bay on the lower deck of the Bay Bridge.
    (SFC, 8/7/07, p.A6)
1939        The Federal style annex of the San Mateo County Courthouse was built. The original Corinthian pillars in front were removed.
1939        The last person fluent in the Chochenyo, one of eight languages used by the Ohlone people of the San Francisco Bay Area, died.
    (SFC, 11/24/12, p.C4)

1940        Mar 16, In San Francisco fourteen crewmen of the scuttled German liner Columbus, sailed for the Fatherland aboard the Italian motorship Rialto. A 2nd group soon followed. Both ships were boarded by the British in Gibraltar and the Germans were sent to a French prison camp. 451 others remained quartered on Angel Island.
    (SSFC, 3/15/15, p.42)(SFC, 6/11/16, p.C2)

1940        Apr 1-3, Contents of the 15-acre El Cerrito estate on the line between San Mateo and Hillsborough went up for auction following the divorce of St. Cyr and Helen Strong Carter. Contractor David D. Bohannon acquired the property and planned to subdivide what he called El Cerrito Park. The mansion was destroyed within hours of the auction.
    (Ind, 5/31/03, p.5A)

1940        May 25, The Golden Gate International Expo reopened on treasure Island.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1940        Sep 29, In the SF Bay Area the $7.8 Int'l. Exposition on Treasure Island closed at a financial loss. During its 2 seasons some 17 million people visited the 404-acre man made island. It had been organized to compete with the 1939 New York World's Fair.
    (Ind, 1/23/99, p.5A)(SFC, 8/16/13, p.C3)(SFC, 4/27/20, p.B1)

1940        Nov 1, The Iceland skating rink opened in Berkeley, Ca., with an appearance by Sonya Henie, the former Olympic champion and Hollywood actress. The facility closed in 2007.
    (SFC, 1/19/07, p.B2)

1940        Nov 6, The Immigration and Naturalization Service abandoned its Angel Island Station after a fire destroyed the administration building.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W39)(SSFC, 11/1/15, DB p.50)

1940        In Hillsdale development began for 2,500 new homes. Much of the material came from the Dolly Varden Lumber Co. of David D. Bohannon north of Arcata, Ca.
    (Ind, 11/30/02, 5A)
1940        Clark Shaughnessy, coach of the Stanford football team, invented the "T-formation" and led the Wow Boys" to a 10-0 season with a 21-13 Rose Bowl win over Nebraska.
    (SFC, 12/28/99, p.A11)
1940        San Mateo County Parks Dept. purchased 727 acres of Coyote Point.
    (Ind, 12/30/00, 5A)
1940        Lead-based paint for the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge was priced at about $30,000 this year. Fifteen workers were paid $10.50 for a seven-hour day to scrape and paint the 1937 bridge.
    (SSFC, 1/25/15, DB p.42)
1940        Some 13,575 cows grazed in San Mateo County.
    (Ind, 10/7/00,5A)

1940s        Sally Stanford operated a cat house at 1144 Pine St, SF, Ca. It was called "The Fortress" by vice cops because it was so difficult to penetrate. Stanford later authored "A House Is Not a Home" and a personal memoir in 1966. In 1976 she became mayor of Sausalito.
    (SSFC, 12/8/02, p.D6)

1940s-1974    In the Antioch area the park district took over the 3,700-acre area encompassing the old coal and silica mines.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.A21)

1941        Jan 29, Frank M. Stanger (b.1887), a Michigan-born farm boy, opened a small San Mateo museum in a classroom at San Mateo Junior College.
    (Ind, 9/21/02, 5A)

1941        Jan, The Southern Pacific railroad opened its Palo Alto station.
    (SFC, 3/23/01, p.A19)

1941        Mar 2, Bechtel received a telegram from the US Maritime Commission concerning a new shipyard on the West Coast. Bechtel picked the Sausalito waterfront and signed a contract ten days later to deliver 34 ships.
    (SFEC, 5/9/99, Z1 p.4)

1941        Mar 28, Ground was broken for the Marinship yard in Sausalito.
    (SFEC, 5/9/99, Z1 p.4)

1941        Apr 1, US Navy took over Treasure Island in SF Bay.
    (MC, 4/1/02)

1941        Apr, Henry J. Kaiser at his shipyard in Richmond had the keel of his first ship laid. The 1st order called for 30 identical ships for the British.
    (SFEC, 5/9/99, Z1 p.4)

1941        Apr, Bechtel built Marin City to house workers for its Marinship yard. It was planned out in 3 days and built in a few weeks.
    (SFEC, 5/9/99, Z1 p.4)

1941        Jun 27, Bechtel laid the keel of its first ship at the Marinship yard.
    (SFEC, 5/9/99, Z1 p.4)

1941        Sep 26, Bechtel launched its first ship from the Marinship yard. A total of 18 Liberty ships were built by Bechtel. The engines were made at the Joshua Hendy Iron Works in Sunnyvale and shipped in by rail.
    (SFEC, 5/9/99, Z1 p.4)

1941        Nov 21, In the SF Bay Area Mrs. Ethel Leta Juanita Spinelli, aka The Duchess, was executed at San Quentin for the killing of gang member Robert Sherrard (19). Her gang had killed Leland Chase 19 months earlier during a robbery and then killed Sherrard fearing that he would talk. Squeeler Albert Ives was now in an insane asylum and two other gang members were scheduled to be executed later this week.
    (SSFC, 11/20/16, DB p.54)

1941        El Cerrito High was built in the art deco style. In 2005 it was scheduled for demolition and replacement to meet current standards.
    (SSFC, 4/14/02, p.30)(SFC, 5/9/05, p.B1)

1941        San Bruno staged its first "Tournament of Posies" parade dedicated to children. The Posy Parade was based on the earlier Admission Day festivities from the 1920s and set for the 1st Sunday in June.
    (SFC, 6/3/00, p.A18)

1941        The San Mateo County Historical Association established the San Mateo County Historical Museum located on the campus of the College of San Mateo.
    (LaPen, 12/86, p.2)

1941        The Belgian American Educational Foundation donated a carillon to the Hoover Institution at Stanford for famine relief efforts during and after WW I. The bells were placed atop the Hoover Tower.
    (SFC, 9/4/99, p.A23)

1941-1945    During WW II some 368 underwater mines were placed to guard the entrance to the Golden Gate.
    (G, Winter, p.2)

1941-1945    Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser, who helped build the Hoover and Grand Coulee dams, established bay area ship yards that were able to launch a "Liberty Ship" every 24 hours. He expanded a health plan begun on his earlier dam projects that grew to become Kaiser Permanente, the world’s largest health maintenance organization. The Kaiser Richmond yard built 747 ships.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W31)

1941-1945    Henry Doelger offered his services to the Army Corp. of Engineers. He was assigned to build defense housing in the Bay Area and built some 3,000 units in Oakland and South San Francisco.
    (GTP, 1973, p.108)

1942        Jan 18, The transfer of Treasure Island to the Navy was approved.
    (Ind, 1/23/99, p.5A)

1942        Jan 22, The statue of Pacifica was pulled down by the Navy.
    (Ind, 1/23/99, p.5A)

1942        Jan, A Japanese submarine rammed a US merchant ship 30 miles off the Golden Gate.
    (Ind, 1/27/01, 5A)

1942        Feb 24, Some 1,600 Pittsburg, Ca., residents of Italian descent were evacuated. In the Bay Area more than 75 leading members of the Federation of Italian War Veterans were seized this month by the FBI. Nationwide some 600,000 of 5 million Italians were undocumented and deemed "enemy aliens" until Oct 12.
    (SSCM, 10/21/01, p.11, 19)(SSFC, 2/26/17, DB p.50)

1942        Apr, Workers arrived at the 119-acre Tanforan race track to begin construction of barracks and 13 mess halls to house a potential 8,000 Japanese detainees.
    (Ind, 2/2/02, 5A)

1942        Jun, Merchant Marine training began on a 26 acre area of Coyote Point.
    (Ind, 12/30/00, 5A)

1942        Aug 16, The US Navy L-8 patrol blimp crash-landed at 419 Bellevue St., Daly City, Ca., after drifting in from the ocean. The ship’s crew, Lt. Ernest Dewitt Cody (27) and Ensign Charles E. Adams (38), were missing and no trace of them was ever found.
    (GDCH, 1986, p.17)(Ind, 5/3/03, p.5A)

1942        Sep 17, Japanese detainees from the California assembly center at Tanforan race track began their transfer to Abraham, Utah, 140 miles south of SLC. The assembly center remained in operation for 169 days after which detainees were transferred to relocation camps. The first trainload internees arrived at the Topaz internment camp. By October the desert camp had reached its maximum capacity of 8,232.
    (Ind, 2/2/02, 5A)(SFC, 4/30/16, p.C2)

1942        Dec 28, In the SF Bay Area shore leaves for 1,800 Negro sailors were cancelled as the Navy began investigations of weekend riots in Vallejo.
    (SSFC, 12/24/17, DB p.54)

1942        Moffet Field received its 1st squadron of blimps, non-rigid airships.
    (Ind, 1/27/01, 5A)
1942        Saunders Samuel King (d.2000 at 91), Oakland, Ca., gospel singer, made a hit with "S.K. Blues." It was the same year that his wife, Margie King, killed herself.
    (SFC, 9/4/00, p.B4)
1942        The Stanford basketball team won the NCAA championship.
    (SFC, 3/27/98, p.A1)
1942        The US Army dog training facility, Dogtown, the War Dog Reception and Training Center, was established in San Carlos, Ca.
    (Ind, 6/14/03, p.5A)
1942        Max Friedman opened The Marin Town and Country Club on property purchased from the Marin School for Boys in 1940.
    (SFC, 5/29/98, p.A19)(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A24)
1942        Roderick McLellan began selling orchids in the SF Bay Area and by 1998 over 3,000 orchids were registered with the Royal Horticultural Society in England.
    (PI, 1/24/98, p.5)
1942        Thousands of Mexican arrive in the SF Bay Area to work on agricultural and railroad jobs under the Bracero Program.
    (SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1 p.5)
1942        Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, Ca., set a ship construction record by building the Robert E. Peary Liberty Ship in 4 days and 15 hours. A total of 747 ships were built at the Richmond facility. The improved Victory ships were developed late in the war and in 1998 the Red Oak Victory cargo ship was de-mothballed for exhibit at the Richmond Point Molate Naval Station.
    (SFC, 7/13/98, p.A12)
1942        Bechtel Corp. began producing Liberty ships at the Marinship shipyard on Richardson Bay in Sausalito, Ca. Fifteen Liberty cargo ships were built before production was switched to tankers with one produced every 43 days until operations closed in 1945.
    (SFC, 8/1/17, p.C2)
1942        Fred Korematsu, a shipyard welder from Oakland, Ca., refused to obey the US government internment order. He was arrested, convicted of a felony and interned in Utah. He reopened the case in 1983 and got his conviction reversed.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W27)

1943        Apr 3, In the SF Bay Area 4 men attempted to escape the federal prison on Alcatraz Island. Harold Brest and Fred Hunter were recaptured. James Boardman and Floyd Hamilton drowned after being wounded by rifle fire from gun towers.
    (SSFC, 4/8/18, DB p.54)

1943        Dec 2, A US federal judge ordered officials at the Boilermakers' Union to issue temporary work permits for 160 Negro employees at Marin ship. The SF Bay Area employees had been discharged when they refused to join a "Jim Crow" auxiliary, which gave them no voice in the union.
    (SSFC, 12/2/18, DB p.46)

1943        Dec 9, In the SF Bay Area gale-strong winds and resulting fires caused damages running into millions of dollars. In San Francisco 50-74 mph winds invoked a rare 10-1 emergency call ordering all firemen to stand by.
    (SSFC, 12/9/18, DB p.50)

1943        Construction workers in Millbrae uncovered elephant bones that dated back 100,000 years.
    (Ind, 9/21/02, 5A)

1944        Jul 17, An explosion at Port Chicago, now the Concord Naval Weapons Station in Ca., killed 320 seamen when a pair of ammunition ships exploded. 10,000 tons of ammunition exploded. 202 of the victims were black enlisted men. The Navy court-martialed 50 black sailors for refusing to go back to work after the catastrophe. They were released from prison in 1946 with dishonorable discharges and reductions in rank. The story was later described by Robert Allen in his 1989 "The Port Chicago Mutiny." In 1999 Pres. Clinton issued a pardon to Freddie Meeks, one of the last living convicted African American sailors.
    (SFEC, 3/2/97, z1 p.3)(SFC, 2/24/98, p.A15)(SFC, 12/24/99, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/6/05, Par p.6)

1944        Nov 9, The 455-foot Red Oak Victory ship was launched from Richmond, Ca. It was named after an Iowa town with the highest number of casualties per capita in WW II. The Victory ships were successors of the Liberty ships. The ship was laid up in 1968 and became a museum ship in 1998.
    (SFC, 9/16/98, p.A20)(SSFC, 8/26/18, p.A2)

1944        Nov 30, A US Navy reconnaissance plane crashed into the south face of Mount Tamalpais, in Marin County, Ca. 8 Navy fliers were killed.
    (SSFC, 11/29/09, p.A1)

1944        The US Navy built the Midway Village housing complex in Daly City, Ca., next to the former PG&E gas plant site off Bayshore Blvd. Plant residues were used to fill the marshland of the complex site.
    (SFC, 1/19/00, p.A4)(SFC, 3/2/09, p.B1)
1944        Seaport opened in Richmond as a cluster of apartments to house war workers. It bordered the SF Bay and a Stauffer’s chemical plant. In 1956 it was torn down to make way for commercial development and I-580.
    (SFC, 8/31/04, p.A11)
1944        The  first US viral diagnostic laboratory was established in Berkeley.
    (SFC,12/17/97, p.A2)

1944        Pan American seaplane operations moved to a lagoon at San Francisco Airport.
    (Ind, 5/1/99, p.5A)

1944        Roderick McLellan registered his 1st hybrid orchids with the Royal Horticultural Society in England.
    (SSFC, 7/7/02, Par p.14)

1945        Nov 9, FBI agents staked out a house in Berkeley to watch George Eltenton, a suspected Soviet spy. In 1946 Eltenton admitted that he had tried to obtain secret data on Berkeley’s radiation lab. Eltenton moved to Britain in 1947.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F2)

1945        Oct, Henry and Ellis Stoneson formulated plans to build Broadmoor Village, one of the 1st major post-war subdivisions. The 1,500 homes were surrounded by Colma and Daly City.
    (Ind, 11/30/02, 5A)

1945-1946    Al Ruffo (d.2003 at 94) served as mayor of San Jose. He helped launch the SF 49ers football team in the All-American Football Conference in 1946. The team joined the NFL in 1949.
    (SFC, 2/12/03, p.A24)

1946        Mar 23, Gilbert N. Lewis (b.1875), UC Berkeley chemist, died in his lab while working on an experiment with liquid hydrogen cyanide. In 1916 Lewis discovered the covalent bond.
    (SFC, 8/5/06, p.B5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_N._Lewis)

1946        May 2-1946 May 4, A 3-day siege at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay ended after five people were killed. Six led by bank robber Bernard Paul Coy (46) inmates took 9 guards hostage. Inmate Joe Cretzer shot the 9 hostages but killed only one. He and 2 compeers were later shot and killed. 2 inmates were executed for their part and one served out a life sentence.
    (AP, 5/4/97)(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A12)(SFC, 4/12/14, p.C1)

1946        Nov 7, Willis Linn Jepson (b.1867), “Profound Scholar, Inspiring Teacher, Indefatigable Botanical Explorer," died in Berkeley, Ca. “In the ordered beauty of nature he found enduring communion."

1946        Accordionist Joe Smiell (b.1925), born in Pittsburgh, Pa., put together a brass band in the SF Bay Area to play traditional music of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His son Joseph joined the band in 1972.
    (SFC, 9/14/10, p.D1)(www.buttonboxmusic.com/Pages/JSmiell.html)

1946        In northern California the coast batteries around the SF Bay were deactivated.
    (SFC, 6/13/08, p.A22)

c1946    After the war Henry Doelger built homes along MacArthur Blvd. between Oakland and San Leandro.
    (GTP, 1973, p.108)

1946        Rev. Carl Anderson (d.2000 at 82) founded his St. John Missionary Baptist Church at 14th and Magnolia.
    (SFC, 9/16/00, p.A22)

1946        Pan American removed its flying boats from operations.
    (Ind, 5/1/99, p.5A)

1946        Rod McClellan parachuted thousands of gardenias to patrons of the Bay Meadows race track.
    (Ind, 7/6/02, 5A)

1946        William E. Moore (1917-2004) founded Kelly-Moore Paint in San Carlos, Ca., with William Kelly, his former retired boss at Glidden.
    (SFC, 11/25/04, p.B5)

1946        Edgecourt, the Hillsborough home of George Pope (d.1942), was destroyed by fire.
    (Ind, 6/7/03, p.5A)

1947        Sep, Classes at San Mateo Junior College moved to the Merchant Marine buildings at Coyote Point.
    (Ind, 12/30/00, 5A)

1947        The 1st families began moving into Broadmoor Village.
    (Ind, 11/30/02, 5A)

1947        In Oakland Harry Yaglijian began operating a hot dog stand, later known as Original Kaspar’s Hot Dogs, on a triangle of land bounded by 46th St., Shattuck and Telegraph. In 1998 his son used a handgun to fend off robbers.
    (SFC, 1/31/98, p.A15)

1947        The Hewlett-Packard Company was incorporated and reported revenues of $1.5 million.
    (SFC, 3/3/99, p.A11)

1947        Nick De John was found stuffed in the trunk of his car in a mob-related murder.
    (SFC, 2/1/02, p.G6)

1947-1962    Robert Koshland served as the president of the Peninsula Hospital District.
    (Ind, 10/3/98, p.5A)

1948        Jul 1, Charles D. Harrold, radio pioneer, died in Oakland, Ca. He broadcast the 1st radio entertainment program in 1912.

1948        Dec 3, Sam Shockley (b.1909) and Miran Edgar Thompson (b.1917), 2 Alcatraz inmates, were executed at the San Quentin gas chamber for a 1946 escape attempt in which 2 guards and 3 prisoners were killed.
    (SFC, 6/27/09, p.B4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatraz_escape_attempts)

1948        Dec 12, Charles Templeton Crocker (b.1884), multi-millionaire grandson of the Central Pacific (and Southern Pacific) railroad magnate and banker, Charles Crocker (1822-1888), died. He authored "The Cruise of the Zaca" in 1933.

1948        The Tilden Merry-Go-Round began operating in the Berkeley Hills of the SF Bay Area. The carousel was built in 1911 in Tonawanda, NY, and operated in Urbita Springs, Ca., from 1912-1920. It then moved to San Diego for 10 years, then to Long Beach for 2 years and Los Angeles for 3 years. It then went into storage until it was moved to Tilden.
    (SSFC, 8/14/11, p.C2)
1948        Henry and Ellis Stoneson began construction of the SF Stonestown shopping Center.
    (Ind, 11/30/02, 5A)
1948        Dr. Gordon F. Williams (d.2002 at 84) founded the Menlo Medical Clinic in Menlo Park.
    (SFC, 2/1/02, p.A31)
1948        H. Myrl Stearns (1916-2006) joined the founding team of Varian Associates in San Carlos, Ca. Sigurd Varian (1901-1961) had co-invented the klystron tube with his brother, Russel.
    (SFC, 10/19/06, p.B5)
1948        Foundations were laid for the $2 million Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. It was completed in 1951.
    (Ind, 11/30/02, 5A)
1948        Francis J. Violich (1911-2005) and T. J. Kent, co-founders of Telesis, laid the groundwork for the creation of  UC Berkeley’s Dept. of City and Regional Planning. With Telesis they tried to integrate principles of social activism into new approaches to city planning.
    (SFC, 8/26/05, p.B7)
1948        Al Ross founded Doggie Diner in Oakland, Ca., on San Pablo and 19th Ave. Its iconic dachshund head was designed by Harold Bachman in 1965. The chain grew to 30 diners including 13 in San Francisco and was sold in 1979. The chain closed down in 1986.
    (SFC, 10/6/05, p.B7)(SFC, 4/5/10, p.C6)
1948        A Point Reyes landowner purchased some fallow and axis deer from the SF Zoo and released them in West Marin. In 2005 the National Park Service released plans to eliminate them by 2017.
    (SFC, 2/4/05, p.A1)

1949        Jan, Electric streetcars quit operating along the Peninsula.
    (Ind, 1/9/99, p.5A)

1949        Apr 15, The Berkeley radio station KPFA-FM began broadcasting over on a 550-watt surplus government transmitter. Lewis Hill made the first broadcast over the first listener-supported radio station in the US. Eleanor McKinney (d.2000 at 81) helped found KPFA-FM in Berkeley. In 1966 McKinney authored "The Exacting Ear: The Story of Listener Sponsored Radio."
    (SFC, 4/7/99, p.A21)(SFC, 8/24/00, p.A23)

1949        Apr 20, Jockey Bill Shoemaker won his 1st race, in Albany, California.
    (MC, 4/20/02)

1949        May 7, Diane Hobart Crocker married John Redington at St. Matthews in San Mateo. Diane was the great-granddaughter of railroad builder Charles Crocker. John was the grandson of John Hoby Redington, founder of the pharmaceutical house Redington & Co.
    (Ind, 2/27/99, p.5A)

1949        Jun 3, Amadeo Peter Giannini (b.1870), founder of the Bank of America, died in San Mateo, Ca.
    (SFC,12/23/97, p.A13)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amadeo_Giannini)

1949        Jul, Henry Doelger began construction of Westlake’s first 32 homes. The 1st model listed for $9,000, and sold in 1950 within 30 minutes on the market. Edward Hageman (b.1916) designed the Westlake homes. Over his career with Doelger he designed some 5,000 homes.
    (Ind, 11/30/02, 5A)(SFC, 7/16/05, p.F1)

1949        Sep 27, HUAC held hearings on alleged communist infiltration of the Radiation Laboratory at UC Berkeley.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F2)

1949        Nov 22, Russian born Maestro Aaron Sten (Stankevich: 1910-1994), recently moved to San Carlos, conducted the first concert of the Peninsula Symphony at the Sequoia High School auditorium.
    (Ind, 10/24/98, p.5A)

1949        Dec, A US congressional subcommittee held hearings on a plan by John Reber to build two dams across San Francisco Bay. Congress soon approved $2.5 million to study the plan. In 1955 California state engineers labeled the plan as fatally defective.
    (SSFC, 11/27/16, p.C5)

1949        George R. Stewart authored "Earth Abides," a novel that imagined the SF Bay Area after humans are driven away by plagues.
    (SSFC, 10/27/02, p.M1)

1949        David D. Bohannon began construction of the 41.5 million, 140-unit, 11-story Da Sabla apartments at Baldwin Ave. and el Camino.
    (Ind, 11/30/02, 5A)

1949        The first Eichler prototype homes were built in the Bay Area. Architect Robert Anshen, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed the initial homes for developer Joseph Eichler.
    (SFC, 9/29/99, Z1 p.7)

1950        Aug 25, The navy hospital ship USS Benevolence sank after it was struck by the SS Mary Luckenbach in dense fog off the Golden Gate. 23 crew members of the Benevolence died. San Francisco fisherman John A. Napoli single-handedly rescued 70 people from the Benevolence. Napoli hurt his back wand was forced to sell his crab boat. In 1961 US Congress passed a bill to pay Napoli $25,000 for his efforts.
    (SSFC, 5/15/11, DB p.46)(SSFC, 1/6/19, DB p.42)

1950        Sep 2, In Oakland the Children’s Fairyland opened at Lake Merritt. 6,000 children streamed through the instep of Old Mother Hubbard's Shoe. Walt Disney based his theme park on Fairyland and stole away the first director, Dorothy Manes, with a higher salary. It was reconstructed in 1998.
    (SFEC,12/21/97, p.B5)(SFC, 3/18/98, p.A15)(SFEC, 10/31/99, p.C1)

1950        Sep, A secret US Army and Navy experiment spread Serratia marcescens bacteria, because of its red pigment, and Bacillus globigii, because of its formed spores similar to anthrax, off the coast of San Francisco Bay from a mine laying ship for 6 days. The bacteria was thought to be harmless, but the germs sent 11 people to hospitals and killed one person. Edward J. Nevin, from a heart infection. In 1977 Senate subcommittee hearings the Army revealed that it had staged the mock biological attack.
    (SFC, 2/21/98, p.A15)(WSJ, 10/22/01, p.A1)(AH, 6/03, p.49)

1950        The Jepson Herbarium was founded at UC Berkeley for the study and collection of California flora.
    (SFC, 7/4/01, p.D4)

1950        Morris Ross (d.1997 at 87) opened his first retail store, The Ross Department Store, on San Mateo Ave. in San Bruno. It was the precursor of the Ross Dress-For-Less discount chain.
    (SFC,12/5/97, p.B8)

1950        Countess Lillian Remillard Dandini, the divorced daughter of an Oakland brick maker, purchased the Chateau Carolands. She kept it for 2 decades and called it the Chateau Remillard.
    (Ind, 2/26/00, p.5A)

1950        Evangelist C. Thomas Patten (d.1958) was convicted of defrauding followers. He served a 3 year sentence for 5 counts of grand theft. His wife Bebe Patten (d.2004) continued the Pentecostal ministry and in 1961 moved 4 of their institutions from downtown Oakland to the Fruitvale neighborhood.
    (SFC, 1/28/04, p.A17)

1950        Berkeley, Ca., 1st noted smog damage to vegetation.
    (SFC, 2/18/05, p.F4)

1950s        Federal officials returned the former PG&E plant side east of Cow Palace to PG&E. The military housing was deeded to San Mateo County.
    (SFC, 3/10/98, p.A14)

1951        Apr 13, Edward Joseph Carrigan, US Marshal, was arrested for accepting a $2,000 bribe from millionaire auto dealer Phil Davis of Oakland. Davis hoped to buy a soft jail term.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, WBb p.3)

1951        May, A Teamsters Union dispute with 14 Northern California dairies led the Associated Farmers group to block delivery of milk to Alameda County. The boycott was lifted Oct 26.
    (SFC, 10/26/01, WB p.7)

1951        Jun 9, The Navy transport Clymer dropped anchor in the Bay and severely damaged the underwater transbay cables of Pacific Telephone and Telegraph.
    (SFC, 5/24/02, p.G8)

1951        Jul 21, Some 9,000 telephone operators in Northern California went on strike including 5,000 at PT&T in the Bay Area.
    (SFC, 7/20/01, WBb p.7)

1951        Jul, David D. Bohannon released plans for a $15 million, 200-store shopping complex in Hillsdale.
    (Ind, 11/30/02, 5A)

1951        Sep 1-10, The 40-person Soviet delegation to the peace treaty signing in SF stayed at the Uplands mansion in Hillsborough.
    (Ind, 9/8/01, 5A)

1951        Oct 5, The World Series was telecast on the West Coast. The NY Giants defeated the NY Yankees 5-1.
    (SFC, 10/5/01, WB p.6)
1951        Oct 5, A preliminary plan for an underground parking garage at Civic Center Plaza called for a $5.78 million 2,075-car garage.
    (SFC, 10/5/01, WB p.6)

1951        Oct 6, Construction began on a new $6.77 million south terminal at the airport.
    (SFC, 10/5/01, WB p.6)

1951        Nov 3, All Bay Area Chinese lotteries halted operations because of a new federal gambling tax that required 10% of gross receipts for the government.
    (SFC, 11/2/01, WB p.6)

1951        Nov 18, Two 4-engine Korean airlift planes collided above Oakland Municipal Airport. One plane crashed and the crew of 3 were killed. The other made an emergency landing at SFO.
    (SFC, 11/16/01, WB p.G4)

1951        Dec 1, A tempest raged over SF and forced the first-ever closure of the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge closed for 3 hours.
    (SFEC, 2/1/98, p.A1)(SFC, 11/30/01, WB p.G8)

1951        St. Ann’s Chapel in Palo Alto was built by diplomat Clare Booth Luce as a memorial to her daughter, a Stanford student, who was killed in a car crash.
    (SFC, 8/12/98, p.A19)
1951        A 42-acre canyon park near Canada College was donated to Redwood City by the Morris Stulsaft Foundation. The city allowed a company to mine mercury ore from the site during the 1950s and 1960s after which a playground was erected. The grounds were closed in 1999 due to high levels of mercury and chromium.
    (SFC, 1/26/99, p.A17)
1951        In Walnut Creek, Ca., the Broadway Plaza opened.
    (SFC, 4/17/12, p.A1)

1952        Feb 6, The SF Chronicle reported that Tom Keen, manufacturer of racetrack tote boards, was blown to bits gangland style at his San Mateo home when he pushed the starter on his Cadillac Fleetwood sedan.
    (SFC, 2/1/02, p.G6)

1952        Feb 17, Residents of the SSF Southwood district voted 174 to 28 to exclude Sing Sheng (25) and his Chinese American family from the all white area. Sheng suggested the vote following objections to his purchase of a house on West Orange Ave.
    (SFC, 2/15/02, p.G8)

1952        Feb 20, Gov. Earl Warren sent a letter to Sing Sheng and his family denouncing the vote of the Southwood residents to exclude them.
    (SFC, 2/15/02, p.G8)

1952        Apr 1, Some 12,000 AFL carpenters in SF, Alameda, San Mateo and Marin went on strike
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.AG4)

1952        Jun 8, Oakland celebrated its 100th birthday with a parade that stretched for 15 blocks.
    (SFC, 6/8/02, p.G8)

1952        Jul 1, Clark Kerr was appointed to be the 1st chancellor for UC Berkeley.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F2)

1952        Sep 13, John Melville, federal housing administrator, announced that all adults living in San Francisco Bay Area federally aided public housing will be asked to sign a loyalty affidavit under the Levering Act. Refusal would be grounds for eviction.
    (SFC, 9/13/02, p.E2)

1952        Dec 11, Stanford scientist demonstrated the new $1,750,000 linear electron accelerator. Its 200-foot barrel fired electrons at 99.99% the speed of light.
    (SFC, 12/6/02, p.E16)
1952        Dec 11, The outbound Norwegian ship Fernstream was sliced open by the inbound SS Hawaiian Rancher under heavy fog inside the Golden Gate. The Fernstream sank in 30 minutes but all passengers escaped.
    (SFC, 12/6/02, p.E16)

1952        The Sausalito Arts Festival started with some 2 dozen artists. Voters shifted responsibility for the city-funded show to the Chamber of Commerce in 1981.
    (SFEC, 9/3/00, p.C3)

1952        Stanford asked Prof. John Herriot (d.2003 at 87) to lead a new Computation Center following the acquisition of its 1st computer, an IBM Card Programmed Calculator.
    (SFC, 4/14/03, p.A1)

1952        David and Alice Schwartz started Bio-Rad in West Berkeley. They created custom methods of separating proteins and other contents of living cells from each other. They took the company public in 1966. In 2005 revenue reached $1.2 billion.
    (SFC, 2/18/02, p.E1)(SFC, 8/22/06, p.E4)

1952        The Levy brothers opened a new San Mateo store at 4th and B St. with the 1st up escalator in the country.
    (Ind, 11/7/98, p.5A)

1952        Roy Cloud, educator, died at age 75.
    (Ind, 9/30/00,5A)

1953        Feb 12, An explosion at the Hercules Powder Co. near Pinole, Ca., killed 12 employees.
    (SFC, 11/21/03, p.E4)

1953        Mar 22, UC Pres. Robert Gordon Sproul addressed a Charter Day banquet and contended that faculty members who support the Communist Party do not deserve membership in a university faculty.
    (SFC, 1/21/02, p.E3)

1953        Apr 29, Joseph Magnin (87), pioneer SF merchant, died in Hillsborough.
    (SFC, 4/25/03, E4)

1953        May 2, Twenty new Alcatraz inmates rioted for 2 days. They objected to being placed opposite or adjacent to cells housing black convicts.
    (SFC, 5/2/03, p.E3)

1953        Jul 17, Stanford University's trustees voted to move the Medical School from SF at Clay and Webster to the Stanford campus in Palo Alto.
    (SFC, 7/11/03, p.E6)

1953        Oct 29, A British airliner with 11 passengers and 8 crew crashed into Kings Mountain, 10 miles west of Redwood City, Ca., and all aboard were killed. William Kapell (b.1922), genius pianist, died in the crash. He was returning from a tour in Australia when his airplane crashed into a mountain outside San Francisco. A set of his 1944-1953 recordings was released in 1998 by RCA. In 1999 BMG released "The William Kapell Edition," a nine-disk set.
    (SFC, 10/24/03, p.E10)(SFEC, 11/29/98, DB p.44)(WSJ, 2/1/99, p.A19)(WSJ, 5/24/08, p.W12)

1953        Nov 6, Albert Croxson (35) and Donald Hogan (35) were killed when their 25-ton steel and timber scaffold tore loose from beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. They were part of a 28-man crew installing lateral bracing beneath the roadway of the bridge.
    (SFC, 11/7/03, p.E3)

1953        Nov 21, Over 3 tons of blasting powder exploded at the Hercules Powder Co. near Pinole, Ca., and 2 men were killed.
    (SFC, 11/21/03, p.E4)
1953        Nov 21, The Univ. of California football team tied Stanford 21-21 in the Big Game before a crowd of 92,500 at Stanford.
    (SFC, 11/21/03, p.E4)

1953        Nov 22, The Ford Motor Co. planned to spend an estimated $40 million to build an assembly plant in Milpitas, Ca.
    (SFC, 11/21/03, p.E4)

1953        Alfredo Santos (26), San Quentin inmate, won a contest to paint murals on dining hall walls. He completed 6 murals of California history over the 2 years and was paroled in 1955.
    (SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A25)

1953        Mario Gaidano (1914-2003) designed the Marin Joe's restaurant in Marin, Ca.
    (SFC, 9/20/03, p.A20)

1953        The McLellan flower business was renamed to "Acres Of Orchids."
    (PI, 1/24/98, p.5)

1953        The House Committee on Un-American Activities held hearings in the Bay Area. Paul Sidney Chown (d.1997 at 80), a supporter of the old Independent Progressive Party, defied the committee and described its witnesses as "paid, professional, hopped-up informers."
    (SFC, 6/23/97, p.A22)

1953        In California Roberts Regional Recreation Area opened in the Oakland Hills.
    (SFC, 6/1/07, p.B9)

1953        W.W. Dixon (b.1883), storybook home architect, died. Most of his homes were built in the East Bay of the SF Bay Area.
    (SFC, 8/20/05, p.F1)

1954        Jan 24, A winter storm brought snow to the Bay Area Hills.
    (SFC, 1/23/04, p.E3)

1954        Feb 6, A US Air Force 4-engine RC-121 Super Constellation, one of the new flying radar stations, crashed in the shallows of San Pablo Bay. All 13 crew members survived.
    (SFC, 2/6/04, p.E12)

1954        Feb 15, The 1st bevatron went into operation in Berkeley, California.
    (440 Int’l., 2/15/99)

1954        Mar 1, Peninsula Hospital and Medical Center opened after 2 years of construction. It was build over 23 acres of the old Mills estate.
    (Ind, 10/3/98, p.5A)

1954        Apr 23, It was reported that the US Army Corps of engineers planned to spend $5 million on secret projects in the Bay Area. It was presumed that this included Nike Guided Missile defense installations.
    (SFC, 4/23/04, p.F5)

1954        May, The US Coast Guard began around the clock patrols outside the San Francisco’s Golden Gate to guard against ships that might smuggle nuclear bombs into SF Bay. The patrols were made public in Feb 2, 1955.
    (SFC, 1/28/05, p.F7)

1954        Jun, The Darius Ogden Mills mansion burned down.
    (Ind, 10/3/98, p.5A)

1954        Jul 1, The Round-Up Club of Rodeo published “The Round Up of Rodeo History."
    (SFCM, 5/30/04, p.4)

1954        Jul 8, The raft Lehi with 5 amateur sailors was towed out of SF Bay to attempt a 2,200 drifting voyage to Hawaii. Mormon elder DeVere Baker (38) led the expedition. The freighter Metapan rescued the crew on July 14.
    (SFC, 7/9/04, p.F5)

1954        Sep 25, Jack La Lanne, professional muscleman from Oakland, became the 1st man to swim the Golden Gate underwater. He crossed in 45 minutes using flippers, a rubber suit and air tanks.
    (SFC, 9/24/04, p.F9)

1954        Nov 4, Frank “Lefty" O’Doul announced that he will return to the Bay Area from San Diego and manage the Oakland Oaks for owner C.L. Laws in 1955.
    (SFC, 11/5/04, p.F7)

1954        Nov 6, Marion Olson swam the 6 and 7/8-mile Gold Gate in a record 25 minutes and 42 sec. The old record was set in 1917 by Katherine Flaherty.
    (SFC, 11/5/04, p.F7)

1954        cNov 9, The San Mateo County Supervisors voted to allow the coastal communities Linda Mar, Pedro Valley and rockaway Beach to cast ballots for or against incorporation.
    (AP, 11/6/04)

1954        Nov 19, The Univ. of California defeated Stanford 28-20 in Berkeley in the 57th Big Game.
    (SFC, 11/19/04, p.F2)

1954        Dec 3, The Public Housing Administration announced rent increases in federally owned war housing throughout the Bay Area. Average cost including utilities would be $49 a month.
    (SFC, 12/3/04, p.F8)

1954        Dec 23, Safeway stores in the Bay Area announced they will stop welling comic books and pocket-size books due to their emphasis on horror, crime and sex.
    (SFC, 12/24/04, p.F2)

c1954        John Diebenkorn, California artist, painted his work "Berkeley." It sold for $1.8 million in 1998.
    (WSJ, 5/15/98, p.W12)

1954        US missile silos were built in the Marin, Ca., headlands. They were decommissioned in 1974. In 1975 the area became home to the non-profit Marine Mammal Center.
    (SFC, 9/2/08, p.E1)

1954        Greenmeadow, a development of 270 homes by Joe Eichler, opened off San Antonio and Alma in Palo Alto.
    (SFCM, 8/22/04, p.4)

1954        Sturgeon fishing re-opened in SF Bay for sport anglers with rod and reel.
    (SSFC, 10/19/03, p.A22)

1955        Feb 3, AFL grocery clerks struck against the 400-members of the Retail Grocers Association and began picketing 2 stores in SF. Negotiations had broken down over union demands for $3 per week wage increase. An employer’s lockout soon closed at least 100 stores.
    (SFC, 2/4/05, p.F9)

1955        Apr 28, Stephanie Bryan (14) failed to return home from school at Willard Jr. High in Berkeley. She was kidnapped by Burton Abbott, a married accounting student at Cal. [see Jul 20]
    (SFEC,12/28/97, p.D5)

1955        Jun 3, Barbara Graham was executed at San Quentin. John Santo and Emmett Perkins were executed later the same day. They had been convicted in the 1953 murder of wealthy Burbank widow Mabel Monahan.
    (SFC, 5/20/05, p.F9)(SFC, 6/3/05, p.F2)

1955        Jun 28, It was reported that Henry J. Kaiser had agreed to purchase the 7-acre site of the College of Holy Names overlooking Lake Merritt for $2,560,000. He planned a new headquarters for his industrial empire.
    (SFC, 6/24/05, p.F7)

1955        Jul 8, Gov. Goodwin Knight signed legislation creating a 6-county SF Bay Smog Control District.
    (SFC, 7/8/05, p.F6)
1955        Jul 8, Plans were announced for a double-decked section of the Eastshore Freeway along Cypress Street in Oakland. The $7 million job was expected to be finished in 2 years.
    (SFC, 7/8/05, p.F6)

1955        Jul 9, Gov. Goodwin Knight vetoed an omnibus park and recreation bill. This prompted Santa Cruz Lumber Co. to begin intensive logging operations in the Butano forest, the last stand of virgin giant redwoods in the Bay Area.
    (SFC, 7/29/05, p.F7)

1955        Jul 10, Jack LaLanne in handcuffs swam from just south of Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf in 56 minutes, where he knocked of a dozen one-handed pushups.
    (SFC, 7/8/05, p.F6)

1955        Jul 15, Georgia Abbott, a beautician, found Stephanie Bryan’s red purse in the basement of her Alameda home. Police and FBI dug up the basement floor the next day and found Stephanie’s books, glasses and a brassiere. Burton Abbott still denied any knowledge of the crime.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W20)

1955        Jul 20, The body of Stephanie Bryan was found in Trinity County where Burton Abbott owned a fishing cabin. Burton W. "Bud" Abbott, an ex-GI, was later convicted and executed for her murder. The story is covered in the 1997 book: "Shallow Grave in Trinity County" by Harry Farrell.
    (SFC, 12/2/97, p.D5)(SFEC,12/28/97, p.D5)

1955        Jul 22, Burton Abbott was arraigned in Berkeley for the murder of Stephanie Bryan (14).
    (SFC, 7/22/05, p.F3)

1955        Jul, Weldon Kees, poet, painter and artist, jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge. Kees had recently completed a short film called “Hotel Apex," which showed the destruction of a hotel near his home in Point Richmond.
    (SFC, 6/8/06, 96 Hours p.41)

1955        Aug 12, William Grami (28), AFL Teamsters Union official, was kidnapped, bound and beaten near Sebastopol, Ca. He was leading a drive to organize apple plant workers in the area.
    (SFC, 8/12/05, p.F3)

1955        Sep 12, A new toll schedule, effective Sep 30, on the SF Golden Gate Bridge charged 25 cents for vehicles and 10 cents for bicyclists and pedestrians.
    (SFC, 9/9/05, p.F5)

1955        Sep 26, The Bay Area Rapid Transit Commission (BART) called for a billion-dollar network of rapid transit facilities.
    (SFC, 9/23/05, p.F3)

1955        Oct 9, The Federal Bureau of Roads approved plans for a new California freeway down the center of the SF Peninsula, around the Bay and north through Dublin and Walnut Creek to Vallejo.
    (SFC, 10/7/05, p.F2)

1955        Oct 14, In SF, Ca., a US Navy attack bomber crashed on the eastern shore of Yerba Buena Island. Pilot Gilbert David Reeve died in the wreck.
    (SFC, 10/14/05, p.F2)

1955        Oct 16, In SF, Ca., Dick Poe (9) swam the Golden Gate channel in 38 minutes accompanied by his father Rupert Poe.
    (SFC, 10/14/05, p.F6)

1955        Oct 17, Federal narcotics agents in California arrested Oakland grocer Chin Yick Gee after discovering 100 bundles of opium concealed in a rented room.
    (SFC, 10/14/05, p.F6)

1955        Oct 18, Ernest O. Lawrence, Univ. of California Radiation lab. director, announced the discovery of the existence of an anti-proton, an atomic particle postulated in 1928.
    (SFC, 10/14/05, p.F6)

1955        Oct 23, A 4.5 Richter scale earthquake hit the SF Bay Area.
    (SFC, 10/21/05, p.F6)

1955        Nov 4, August Vollmer (79), father of modern police science, shot himself to death in Berkeley, Ca. He was afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease late in life, and also cancer, and he refused to be bedridden or a burden to others. Vollmer was a pioneer in the use of radio and fingerprints for police work.
    (SFC, 11/4/05, p.F6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Vollmer)

1955        Nov 18, The Stanford Univ. football team defeated UC Berkeley 19-0 in the 58th Big Game. This tied the series with 24 victories and 10 ties each.
    (SFC, 11/18/05, p.F2)

1955        Dec 30, Snow covered the SF Bay Area peaks but quickly melted after sunrise.
    (SFC, 12/23/05, p.F4)
1955        Joseph Eichler created the $10 million Eichler Highlands west of San Mateo.
    (Ind, 11/30/02, 5A)

1955        The Burlingame Club moved to its 5th quarters at New Place, the former mansion of William H. Crocker.
    (Ind, 5/12/01, 5A)

1955        Gov. Goodwin J. Knight vetoed a bill to purchase the 12,000 acres of the Butano forest in southern San Mateo County. 1,200 acres were declared a State park in 1961.
    (Ind, 9/22/01, 5A)

1955        William Schockley, co-inventor of the transistor, arrived in Silicon Valley in 1955 with funding from Beckman Instruments.
    (SFEC,12/14/97, p.A12)

1955        Prof. John Herriot (d.2003 at 87) began teaching Stanford's 1st programming course, Math 139: Theory and Operation of Computing Machines.
    (SFC, 4/14/03, p.A1)

1955        Pasteurized potting mix first appeared in the McLellan catalog. It was developed in joint research with the Univ. of Calif. and was later named "Supersoil."
    (PI, 1/24/98, p.5)

1955        Los Altos High School opened.
    (SFCM, 5/8/05, p.8)

1955        The US Navy turned over the Midway Village, Daly City, site to San Mateo County, Ca., for public housing and schools.
    (SFC, 1/19/00, p.A4)(SFC, 3/2/09, p.B1)

1955        The synthetic element mendelevium, atomic number 101, was constructed atom by atom by a team at UC Berkeley. The team included Albert Ghiorso, Glenn T. Seaborg, Gregory R. Choppin, Bernard G. Harvey, and Stanley G. Thompson (team leader).
    (SFC, 7/3/10, p.C4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mendelevium)

1956        Jan 5, Engineering consultants recommended the construction of a 123-mile network of high-speed electric trains to serve the Bay Area. The 6-county BART, the SF Bay Area Rapid Transport system, was estimated to cost $716.5 million.
    (SFC, 12/30/05, p.F2)

1956        Jan 23, Fremont, Ca., became a city of 22,000 residents following the incorporation of 5 separate townships, Irvington, Mission San Jose, Centerville, Warm springs, and Niles. Developer John Brooks (1923-2015) was instrumental in helping to found the city and took out its first building permit. Firms under his management built one out of every four homes in Fremont.
    (SFC, 1/23/06, p.B5)(SFC, 4/24/15, p.D7)

1956        Jul 9, Tom Hanks, actor (Bossom Buddies, Forrest Gump, Phila), was born in Concord, Calif.
    (MC, 7/9/02)
1956        Jul 9, Fred (d.1983) and Pat Cody (d.2010 at 87) opened Cody’s bookstore in Berkeley, Ca. In 1977 they sold the operation to Andy Ross. In 2005 Ross planned to open a store in Union Square, SF. In 2006 Ross sold the company to a Japanese firm. Cody’s closed its last store in Berkeley on June 20, 2008.
    (SFC, 1/7/05, p.C1)(SFC, 6/23/08, p.A7)(SFC, 6/23/08, p.A7)(SFC, 10/6/10, p.C5)

1957        Aug 1, Lewis Hill (b.1919) committed suicide in Duncan Mills, Sonoma County, Ca. He had helped found Pacifica Radio (KPFA).
    (SFC, 7/22/99, p.E5)(www.ringnebula.com/folio/Issue-12/Conversation_Joy_Hill.htm)

1956        Aug 20, The Republican Convention opened at the Cow Palace.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, Z1 p.4)

1956        Aug 22, President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon were nominated for second terms in office by the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.
    (AP, 8/22/97)(Ind, 11/3/01, 5A)

1956        Sep 1, The Richmond-San Rafael bridge was opened and the Richmond-San Rafael Ferry Co. went out of business.
    (SFC, 8/8/97, p.A20)(SFEC, 5/16/99, Z1 p.4)

1956        Oct 14, The San Carlos Babylon Club was burned down. It had begun as the Ohio Building in the 1915 SF Panama-Pacific Expo and was towed to San Carlos in 1916.
    (Ind, 6/30/01, 5A)

1956        Joe’s of Westlake was built in Daly City.
    (SFC, 3/28/01, Food p.5)

1956        Cubberley High School opened in the Greenmeadow development of Palo Alto. It closed in 1979.
    (SFCM, 8/22/04, p.4)

1956        Most of the Folger estate, Hazelwood Hills, was sold to Martin Wunderlich, a Danish contractor. His plan to subdivide the property derailed due to the proximity of the San Andreas fault. He later deeded the property to San Mateo Ct. for use as a public park.
    (Ind, 5/26/01, 5A)

1956        William Schockley, co-developer of the transistor, founded Schockley Semiconductor Laboratory in Palo Alto. Two of his hires, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, later went on to start Intel Corp.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, BR p.4)

1956        Lockheed Corp. began moving engineers to Sunnyvale, Ca., lured by offers of land and talent from Stanford Univ.
    (SFC, 9/15/06, p.D3)

1956        Edward (d.1984) and Violet (d.2002) Daly moved the headquarters of World Airways to Oakland Int’l. Airport from New Jersey. They had purchased the airline in 1952.
    (SFC, 2/2/02, p.A18)

1956        Stanford began developing a shopping mall in Palo Alto, Ca. Major interest was sold to Simon Property in 2003 for $333 million.
    (SFC, 7/2/03, p.B1)

1957        Mar 15, Burton Abbott was executed in San Quentin’s gas chamber for the 1955 murder of Stephanie Bryan (14). Burton claimed innocence to his death.
    (SFC, 12/2/97, p.D5)

1957        Mar 22, An earthquake, centered in Daly City, Ca., hit the SF Bay Area and caused extensive damage to Mary’s Help Hospital.
    (Ind, 8/11/01, 5A)(CW, Winter 04, p.45)(DCFD, Centennial, 2007)

1957        May 3, A low flying Navy bomber, while practicing evasion maneuvers, sheared two high-voltage lines in the East Bay of San Francisco causing a power outage in SF and the Peninsula.
    (SFC, 5/4/09, p.B2)

1957        Jun 26, Marin County, Ca., selected Frank Lloyd Wright (88) as architect for its new civic center.
    (SSFC, 5/20/18, p.L11)

1957        Sep 19, Eight engineers, who had recently left Shockley Semiconductor, signed papers to form Fairchild Semiconductor in Santa Clara County. Jean A. Hoerni (1925-1997) was one of the "Fairchild Eight." He was credited with building the bridge from the transistor to the integrated circuit. Eugene Kleiner (d.2003), another co-founder, helped found the Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers venture capital firm in 1972. The other engineers included Julius Blank (1925-2011), Jay Last (1929-2021), Victor Grinich (d.2000 at 75), Gordon Moore, Robert Noyce and Sheldon Roberts. NYC bankers Arthur Rock and Bud Coyle helped the engineers start Fairchild Semiconductor.
    (SFC, 11/11/00, p.A26)(SFC, 11/26/03, p.D1)(SSFC, 9/30/07, p.F1)(SFC, 9/24/11, p.C3)(SFC, 11/23/21, p.C4)

1957        Nov, William E. Schirmer (b.1891), SF Bay Area architect, died in a car crash along with his wife when a drunk driver crossed a center line.
    (SFC, 8/2/08, p.F6)

1957        Harold Gilliam authored “San Francisco Bay."
    (SFC, 12/27/14, p.C2)
1957        Stanford Prof. Edward Gintzton (d.1998 at 82) wrote his textbook "Microwave Measurement." He was a pioneer in the development of medical linear accelerators for the treatment of cancer and co-founded Varian Associates (1948).
    (SFC, 8/18/98, p.A18)
1957        The Gothic St. Matthew Episcopal Church in San Mateo, designed by Willis Polk, was pulled apart to allow for 160 more pews.
    (Ind, 9/1/01, 5A)
1957        Rev. Cecil Osborne (d.1999 at 94), pastor of the First Baptist Church in Burlingame, founded Yokefellows Inc., a group counseling center. Osborne wrote 13 books 2 of which were best sellers: "The Art of Understanding Yourself" and "The Art of Understanding Your Mate."
    (SFC, 3/31/99, p.C2)
1957        In northern California the Almaden Air Force Station was established on Mount Umumhum, a 44-acre site just south of Los Gatos. The site had played a role in the creation story of the local Amah Mutsun Indians. The base was decommissioned in 1979. In 2010 a cleanup of toxic paint and asbestos began under a $3.2 million federal grant.
    (SFC, 7/10/10, p.A1)
1957        Lloyd Neale Cobbledick Jr. (d.1997 at 75) helped form the Glass Management Association designed to negotiate fair contracts with the Glaziers Union.
    (SFEC, 6/22/97, p.D8)
1957        San Mateo County voters approved a bond issue for a new San Mateo Junior College campus.
    (Ind, 12/30/00, 5A)
1957        Alvin Leonard (d.2008 at 90) began serving as the public health director of Berkeley, Ca., and continued there until 1970.
    (SFC, 5/29/08, p.B5)
1957        Coastal residents in north San Mateo County incorporated as the City of Pacifica.
    (Ind, 1/23/99, p.5A)
1957        The Hewlett-Packard Corp. went public and began operating its new site at Stanford Research Park.
    (SFC, 3/3/99, p.A11)
1957        In South San Francisco Alphonse Seubert (1916-2006) began planting trees on the southern slope of San Bruno Mountain. He continued for 40 years and ultimately oversaw the planting of some 35,000 trees.
    (SFC, 4/11/06, p.B5)
1957        Bernard Maybeck (.b1862), architect, died. Most of his Arts and Crafts style homes were done in Berkeley, Ca., where he lived.
    (SFC, 1/29/03, p.F7)

1958        Feb, Anna Cucchiara opened Ann's Café on Fruitvale Ave. in Oakland. Frances Bienati, her daughter, continued to run it until 2000.
    (SFC, 2/17/00, p.A17)

1958        Mar, KTVU-Channel 2 went on the air in the SF Bay Area.  Bob March (1927-2020) began hosting the Captain Satellite TV show on the Oakland-based station. The show continued to 1972.
    (SFC, 8/13/20, p.B3)

1958        Apr 19, The last Key System train left Oakland for SF. Ferry service from the Ferry Building ended the next day when the Southern Pacific "Eureka" made its last crossing from SF to Oakland.
    (SFC, 8/10/98, p.A5)(SFC, 9/4/98, p.A25)(SFC, 8/7/07, p.A6)(SFC, 4/18/08, p.B1)

1958        Apr 20, The last Key System train left San Francisco for Oakland. Ferry service from the SF Ferry Building ended when the Southern Pacific "Eureka" made its last crossing to Oakland. Train tracks were taken off the lower deck of the Bay Bridge and the lanes were paved in for car traffic.
    (SFC, 8/10/98, p.A5)(SFC, 9/4/98, p.A25)(SFC, 8/7/07, p.A6)(SFC, 4/18/08, p.B1)

1958        Apr 27, Billy Graham began a 6-week Bay Area crusade at the Cow Palace in Daly City, Ca. Some 18,000 crowded inside as another 5,000 stood in the parking lot. Graham began a 3-day revival crusade at the Cow Palace that drew nearly 700,000 people.
    (SFC, 10/1/96, p.D1)(SSFC, 4/27/08, DB p.58)

1958        Jun 23, Dr. John Jay Osborn (d.2014) and cardiac surgeon Frank Gerbode used their heart-lung machine to operate on a boy (8) at Stanford Hospital before a Bay Area televisioon audience of some 1.2 million.
    (SFC, 5/1/14, p.D6)
1958        Sep 29, Clark Kerr (47) was inaugurated as UC’s 12th president after serving 6 years as chancellor.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F2)

1958        The "Film Quarterly" began publishing from UC Berkeley under editor Ernest Callenbach. In 1999 Brian Henderson and Ann Martin edited "Film Quarterly: Forty Years - A Selection."
    (SFEC, 3/7/99, BR p.3)(SFEC, 8/22/99, BR p.5)

1958        The El Cerrito Plaza was completed.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.A17)

1958        A 2nd eastern Carquinez Bridge opened over the Sacramento River between Crocket and Vallejo. The 1st cantilever bridge was built by American Toll Bridge Co. in 1927.
    (SFC, 1/29/00, p.A19)(SFC, 6/24/02, p.B3)

1958        Pres. Eisenhower gave the green light for the Corona project, which would create satellites to spy on the Soviet Union. The new Lockheed Corp. facility in Palo Alto, Ca., quickly became involved in the program, which remained classified until 1995. Satellites equipped with parachutes kept tabs on the Eastern Bloc from 1960-1972.
    (SFC, 9/15/06, p.D3)

1958        The Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) hired B.R. Stokes (d.2013 at 89) as its director of information. He thus became BART’s first employee.
    (SSFC, 5/26/13, p.C13)

1958        UC Berkeley Prof. Harold F. Weaver (1917-2017) founded the UC Radio Astronomy Laboratory at Berkeley, Ca.
    (SSFC, 5/7/17, p.C10)

1958-1970    Jeffery Cohelan served as congressman from the Oakland-Berkeley district.
    (SFC, 2/18/99, p.C4)

1959        Jan 16, Brennan’s Restaurant opened in Berkeley near the foot of University Ave. John P. Brennan, contractor, opened it to cater to the working man.
    (SFC, 11/2/04, p.B5)(SFCM, 1/23/05, p.4)

1959        Mar 3, A SF Bay Area earthquake measured 5.5 on the Richter scale in Berkeley.
    (SSFC, 3/1/09, DB p.50)

1959        Mar, In California 22 college kids of St. Mary’s in Moraga stuffed themselves into a telephone booth. Their effort was captured by a Life Magazine photographer. A South African team had set the world record of 25 1958. In 2009 St. Mary’s students attempted to break the campus record, but failed when a plexiglas wall popped.
    (http://tinyurl.com/c9et4a)(SFC, 3/27/09, p.F2)

1959        Jun 5, In the San Francisco Bay Area 40 teachers were subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Hearings were to open on June 17. The ACLU said it would do everything it can to block the San Francisco hearings.
    (SSFC, 5/31/09, DB p.50)

1959        Aug 5, Eugene A. Doran, a Hillsborough police officer, was gunned down during a traffic stop at Bunker Hill Drive. Alexander Robillard XIV, was convicted and executed 2 years later. In 1969 the high bridge over I-280 near the Crystal Springs Reservoir was named in his honor.
    (SFC, 1/26/98, p.A11)(Ind, 6/24/00,5A)

1959        The band "The Blue Velvets" made their debut performance at a sock hop at El Cerrito High. The John Fogerty band went on to become the Golliwogs and then Credence Clearwater Revival.
    (SSFC, 4/14/02, p.30)

1959        Patrick Henry (d.1999) founded the Bay Area KJAZ-FM radio. He sold the station to Ron Cowan in 1980 and it went off the air in 1995 when Cowan sold the frequency to KZSF, a Spanish language station.
    (SFEC, 12/12/99, p.C6)
1959        William Wurster (1895-1973), American architect and teacher, co-founded the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley, Ca.
    (SFC, 4/9/10, p.D3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wurster)

1959        Moe Moskowitz opened Moe’s Books on Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley, Ca.
    (SFC, 10/3/08, p.C3)

1959        A state law identified the state highways forming El Camino Real, which included Highway 1, Highway 101 and Highway 82.
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.A19)

1959        The Reichardt Duck Farm on Old Mission Rd. was forced to close for development of the El Camino High School. The farm was moved to Petaluma.
    (Ind, 4/17/99, p.5A)

1959        William Emerson Ayer (d.1998 at 76) founded Applied Technology Inc. of Palo Alto, Ca. He established success with a device that warned combat pilots when they were under enemy radar surveillance.
    (SFC, 2/14/98, p.A21)

1959        The new Shane Telescope was installed at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton under director Albert E. Whitford (d.2002 at 96). The Whitford Reddening Curve quantified the interstellar absorption of light and helped map the distribution of stars in the Milky Way.
    (SFC, 4/4/02, p.A19)

1960        Feb 9, The Angelo Petri, the world’s largest wine tanker, foundered outside the San Francisco Golden Gate. It carried a capacity load of 2,383,000 gallons of wine and vegetable oil. In 1946 the vessel had broken in two near Honolulu.
    (SSFC, 2/7/10, DB p.42)(www.navsource.org/archives/11/0103.htm)

1960        Feb 19, UC Regents retracted the following question from an English aptitude test for high school applicants: "What are the dangers to a democracy of a national police organization, like the FBI, which operates secretly and is unresponsive to public criticism." FBI director J. Edgar Hoover had organized a covert public relations campaign and put pressure on Gov. Brown to retract the question.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)

1960        Mar 2, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover received a 60-page report on the "political complexion" of UC Berkeley.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)

1960        May 2, Convicted sex offender and best-selling author Caryl Chessman was executed at San Quentin Prison in California. SFC crime reporter Bernice Davis (d.2002 at 97) later authored "Desperate and the Damned," an account of the Chessman case.
    (AP, 5/2/97)(SFC, 2/8/02, p.A25)

1960        May 13, Bill Mandel was brought before a House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) committee at SF City Hall concerning his broadcasts at KPFA radio and KQED TV about press and periodicals of the Soviet Union. His TV show was canceled but he continued broadcasting at KPFA. Some 300 protesters, mostly from Berkeley, gathered at SF City Hall, to protest the HUAC hearing. There was a protest over the hearing and 64 people were arrested as police turned on fire hoses to quell the disturbance. The event led Frank Cieciorka (1939-2008) to create his woodcut of a fist that became an icon of the 1960s. The film “Operation Abolition" was later made depicting the riots. The ACLU called the film a propaganda job.
    (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2501072550238174626#)(SFEC, 9/29/96, DB p.44)(SFEC, 7/26/98, p.D1,4)(SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)(SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.1)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)(SFC, 11/29/08, p.B5)(SSFC, 2/6/11, DB p.42)(SFC, 1/7/17, p.C1)

1960        Sep 20, David Park (b.1911), a SF Bay Area figurative painter, died at 49. His work included: "Man in a T-Shirt" and  "Untitled" (1958), "Torso" (1959). He made the 1st serious break with Abstract Expressionism in his 1950  painting "Kids of Bikes." In 2012 Nancy Boas authored “David Park: A Painter’s Life."
    (SFEC, 12/1/96, DB p.21)(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A20)(SFEM, 9/21/97, p.31)(WSJ, 12/3/01, p.A17)(SSFC, 5/6/12, p.F7)

1960        Nov 3, The first Arhoolie LP (Long Play, 33 1/3 rpm record) arrived from the pressing plant: 250 copies of Mance Lipscomb’s “Texas Sharecropper and Songster." Chris Strachwitz founded Arhoolie Records in Berkeley, Ca.
    (www.arhoolie.com/about-us.html)(SFC, 1/25/11, p.E1)

1960        T. Jack Foster, a land developer from Texas, purchased Brewer Island and several square miles of marsh for $200,000. He dredged the wetlands for 6 years to form 230 acres of lagoons and pumped 18 million cubic yards of mud and sand on to the island, raising it slightly above sea level. He planned a SF Bay Area, scientifically controlled community that became known as Foster City. George Gatter served on the planning team for Foster City. By 2006 Foster City had grown to some 29,000 residents. Developer T. Jack Foster, to finance the development of Foster City, persuaded California state Sen. Richard Dolwig (R.-Redwood City) to pass a bill creating the Estero Municipal Improvement District, which was authorized to issue over $85 million in bonds through 1967.
    (SFC, 8/31/06, p.B7)(SFC, 6/14/09, p.H2)(SSFC, 6/20/21, p.A18)
1960        The US Army completed Capehart Housing, some 30 duplexes in the Marin Headlands.
    (SFCM, 10/3/04, p.14)
1960        The Woodside Community Church was built in Woodside, Ca. It was designed by Donn Emmons (d.1997 at 87).
    (SFC, 9/3/97, p.A20)
1960        The new King Estates Middle School opened in Oakland, Ca.
    (SFC, 10/31/00, p.A1)
1960        Ralph Stackpole presented the new city of Pacifica, Ca., with 2 working models of his 1939 Expo statue of the same name.
    (Ind, 1/23/99, p.5A)
1960        The Oakland Raiders began play in the fledgling American Football League at Youell Field, Kezar Stadium and the new Candlestick Park. The team was founded by developers John Brooks and Wayne Valley.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W39)(SFC, 4/24/15, p.D7)
1960        The SF Bay was reduced to 548 sq. miles by silting, diking, draining and filling.
    (SFC, 11/4/98, p.A29)
1960        A fire swept the old Madden & Lewis boatyard in Sausalito, Ca., and devastated the studio of David Morris (d.1999 at 88). Morris had served as the head of the arts section of the WPA in the 1930s.
    (SFC, 2/25/99, p.C2)

1960s-70s    Developers dodged rattlesnakes and bulldozed farmland in Pinole to make way for new subdivisions.
    (SFC, 11/16/98, p.A17)

1961        Mar 8, The San Mateo Board of supervisors signed a contract for the construction of a $100,000 museum at the new campus of San Mateo College. In 1998 the museum was moved to the old San Mateo County Courthouse.
    (Ind, 9/21/02, 5A)

1961        Apr 26, Alexander Robillard XIV was executed for the 1959 murder of Hillsborough police officer Eugene A. Doran.
    (Ind, 6/24/00,5A)

1961        Jun 12, A state Senate fact-finding sub-committee of Un-American Activities issued a report that charged UC Pres. Clark Kerr "had opened the campus gates to communists."
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F4)

1961        Jul 28, Mickey Cohen, Los Angeles gangster, arrived at Alcatraz. Three weeks earlier he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for income tax evasion.
    (SSFC, 7/24/11, DB p.42)

1961        Dec 3, In the SF Bay Area Francis Patrick Kennedy jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and landed on the ground near Lime Point in Marin County. He survived the 200-foot leap and doctors gave him a 50-50 chance of pulling through. Kennedy died 10 days later.
    (SSFC, 12/4/11, DB p.46)

1961        The development of the land for Foster City began with the leveling of Brewer Island. Dairyman Frank M. Brewer had drained and diked the land at the turn of the century and used it for pasture.
    (Ind, 8/4/01, 5A)
1961        The Association of Bay Area Governments was formed following the efforts of UC Prof. Victor Jones (d.2001 at 92).
    (SFC, 4/12/01, p.A25)
1961        Sylvia McLaughlin (1916-2016), Kay Kerr (d.2010 at 99) and Esther Gulick (d.1995) founded the Save the Bay Association in an effort to stop plans by the city of Berkeley to create 2,000 new acres by filling in shallow bay waters. Their efforts led to the 1965 McAteer-Petris Act, which placed a moratorium on filling the SF Bay.
    (SFCM, 10/5/03, p.13)(SFC, 5/10/04, p.B5)(SFC, 1/3/11, p.C4)(SFC, 1/22/16, p.D1)
1961        In the SF Bay Area Brisbane became a city to stop San Mateo County’s plans to build housing on San Bruno Mountain and take charge of its own future.
    (SFC, 3/24/17, p.A10)
1961        Richard Masato Aoki (1938-2009), a Japanese-American, began working as an FBI informant (1961-1977) in the SF Bay Area. He became and early member of the Black Panthers (1967) gave the Panthers some of their first guns.
    (SFC, 8/20/12, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/9g5u4zn)(SFC, 9/8/12, p.C2)
1961        John Houlihan was elected mayor of Oakland. In 1966 he was indicted for embezzlement.
    (SFC, 2/12/03, p.A25)
1961        The Oakland Zoo moved to its new Knowland Park location.
    (SFC, 4/6/98, p.A17)
1961        1,200 acres of the Butano forest in southern San Mateo County were declared a state park.
    (Ind, 9/22/01, 5A)
1961        The Audubon Canyon Ranch was established in Marin County. Aileen Pierson (d.2003 at 91) was a co-founder.
    (SFC, 2/6/03, p.A20)
1961        Dr. Leo Postman (d.2004) founded the Institute of Human Learning at UC Berkeley and served as director until 1977. His books included “The Psychology of Rumor."
    (SFC, 5/7/04, p.B7)

1962        Jan 21, Snow fell in the SF Bay Area and accumulated to about 3 inches in Daly City and San Francisco. This was the heaviest local snowfall since 1887.
    (SFC, 2/23/11, p.A10)(SSFC, 1/22/12, DB p.42)

1962        Mar 5, California Lt. Gov. Glenn Anderson said Alcatraz should be abandoned as a prison site and the island turned into a “place of culture and recreation."
    (SSFC, 3/4/12, DBp.42)

1962        Mar 23, Pres. John F. Kennedy visited San Francisco and spoke at UC Berkeley on the 100th anniversary of the Morrill Act. “For this university and so many other universities across our country owe their birth to the most extraordinary piece of legislation this country has ever adopted, and that is the Morrill Act, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in the darkest and most uncertain days of the Civil War, which set before the country the opportunity to build the great land grant colleges of which this is so distinguished a part. Six years later this university obtained its Charter."

1962        Mar 30, M.C. Hammer, [Stanley Kirk Burrell], rapper (Hammer Time), was born in Oakland, Ca.
    (MC, 3/30/02)

1962        Jun 11, Frank Lee Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin escaped from Alcatraz and disappeared into the SF Bay. Their fate was never resolved. The 1979 film "Escape From Alcatraz" with Clint Eastwood was based on this event.
    (SFC, 7/9/96, p.A20)(SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W38)(SFC, 12/1/98, pA3)

1962        Jun 24, Movers in San Francisco began transporting the Moffitt Mansion, built for $30,000 in 1904 by William Knowles, from 1818 Broadway to the Marina Green. It was chainsawed into two, 85-ton pieces, crossed the SF Bay on July 3 and settled at 8 W. Shore Road in Belvedere. The house had just been purchased for $3,500 and the move cost more than $13,000. In 2018 it sold for $3.7 million.
    (SSFC, 11/8/20, p.J8)(SFC, 2/24/21, p.B5)

1962        Joel Hedgepeth (1912-2006), marine biologist, authored “Introduction to Seashore Life of the San Francisco Bay Region."
    (SSFC, 8/13/06, p.B6)

1962        The Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Aaron Green (d.2001 at 84), was completed.
    (SFEM,10/19/97, p.22)(SSFC, 6/10/01, p.A27)

1962        In Berkeley, Ca., 4 Protestant seminaries formed the Graduate Theological Union. In 1964 theologian John Dillenberger (1918-2008) became its first president.
    (SFC, 2/19/08, p.B3)

1962        Ground was broken for the new Stanford Linear Accelerator Center at Stanford Univ., Ca. Atom smashing began in 1966. [see Dec 11, 1952] US Congress had approved funds in 1961. The project was led by Wolfgang K.H. Panofsky (1919-2007).
    (SFC, 9/30/02, p.A5)(SFC, 9/26/07, p.B7)

1962        Alameda and Contra Costa counties got their own Catholic diocese and bishop.
    (SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A22)

1962        John Patrick Whooley (d.2003 at 82) founded the Irish Herald, a monthly newspaper for Irish immigrants to the West Coast of the US.
    (SSFC, 6/28/03, p.A31)

1962        Boyd Stewart, a Marin, Ca., cattleman, helped create the Point Reyes National Seashore on 70,000 acres of grassland.
    (SFC, 1/1/05, p.A14)

1962        The Richardson Bay Foundation was created to purchase and preserve tidal marshes threatened by development. It was spearheaded by Dr. David Steinhardt (d.2005) and effectively stopped plans, drawn up in the 1950s, to fill in Richardson Bay for housing development.
    (SFC, 12/7/00, p.A27)(SSFC, 7/17/05, p.A25)

1962        A surprise snowfall hit the region.
    (GDCH, 1986, p.14)

1963        Mar 21, The Alcatraz federal prison island in San Francisco Bay was emptied of its last 27 inmates at the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
    (SFC, 6/29/96, p.E4)(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A12)(AP, 3/21/97)(SSFC, 2/17/13, DB p.42)

1963        Jul, Home construction began on Foster City. The masterplan called for 5,000 single family homes to sell for between $20,000 and $28,000, 1,600 apartments, 1,000 town apartments, and 1,000 garden apartments.
    (Ind, 8/4/01, 5A)

1963        Oct 22, Brian Boitano, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1988), was born in Mountain View, Calif.
    (MC, 10/22/01)

1963        Angel Island was declared a state park.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W37)
1963        Al Davis (33) took over as head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W39)(SFC, 1/22/03, p.A10)
1963        Cal State Hayward opened its ridgetop campus in Hayward.
    (SFC, 10/7/04, p.B1)
1963        The new San Mateo Junior College opened.
    (Ind, 12/30/00, 5A)
1963        GM opened a 380-acre assembly plant in Fremont, Ca., GM closed the plant in 1982.
    (SSFC, 2/28/10, p.D1)
1963        The Proctor & Gamble Company purchased the SF based Folger Coffee. In 1994 P&G closed the Folgers plant in South San Francisco, the brands last presence in the Bay Area.
    (SFC, 6/28/97, p.D2)(SFC, 6/5/08, p.C2)
1963        Herb Sandler, a NY lawyer, and Marion Sandler, a Wall Street analyst, bought the 2-branch World Savings and Loan Association (later Golden West Financial corp.) of Oakland, Ca., for $3.8 million. They sold the company in 2006 to Wachovia for $24.2 billion.
    (SFC, 5/9/06, p.C1)

1964        Mar 9, A group of 5 Lakota (Sioux) Native Americans occupied Alcatraz Island in a peaceful protest. They declared that it should be a Native American cultural center and university.
    (SFC, 5/19/96,City Guide, p.7)(G, Summer ‘97, p.4)

1964        Apr, In Marin County, Ca., Danny Nowell (11) was caught by the hand on a hot-air balloon rope and went airborne for about 10 minutes and  2 miles before being rescued.
    (SFC, 10/20/09, p.A1)

1964        May 7, A disturbed man entered the cockpit of a Pacific Airlines flight and killed pilot Ernie Clark (52). All 44 people aboard the Fairchild F-27A died as the plane crashed in San Ramon, Ca.
    (SFC, 10/9/09, p.D12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Air_Lines_Flight_773)

1964        May, Gertrude Kavesh Jones (43) went missing in Mill Valley, Ca. Bruce Jones, her husband (d.1987), reported her missing and soon showed up with a new wife from Tahiti. In 2008 DNA testing identified her bones, found in a shallow grave near her home.
    (SFC, 4/10/08, p.B1) 

1964        Aug 12, Charles Ogle, land investor, vanished after flying out of Oakland, Ca., en route to Reno, Nevada.
    (SFC, 9/10/07, p.A1)

1964        Aug, A US presidential commission on the future of Alcatraz Island in the SF Bay recommended a proposal by the American Association for the UN that the island be used as the site for a monument commemorating the founding of the UN and as a symbol of peace.
    (SSFC, 8/3/14, DB p.38)

1964        Sep 14, UC Berkeley officials announced a new policy prohibiting political action at the campus entrance at Bancroft Way and Telegraph.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F5)

1964        Sep 21, At UC Berkeley United Front held its first rally to protest the banning of political advocacy and information tables on campus.
    (SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A13)

1964        Sep 30, UC Berkeley suspended indefinitely five students for manning illegal political advocacy and information tables on campus. 400 students signed statement that they also manned tables.
    (SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A13)

1964        Oct 1, The Free Speech Movement was launched at the University of California at Berkeley. Mario Savio (1943-1996), UC Berkeley physics student, began the Free Speech Movement to fight prohibitions against students distributing political brochures and other materials such as civil rights. The incident began when police arrested Jack Weinberg for setting up an unauthorized table in Sproul Plaza. Students surrounded the police car in a standoff that lasted 32 hours. In 1998 a Free Speech Movement Cafe was planned. In 2002 Robert Cohen and Reginald E. Zelnik edited "The Free Speech Movement: Reflections on Berkeley in the 1960s."
    (SFC, 11/6/96, p.B2)(AP, 10/1/97)(SFC, 4/30/98, p.A18)(SSFC, 12/29/02, p.M5)

1964        Oct 3, At UC Berkeley the Untied Front became the Free Speech Movement and protests conitnued sporadically including a major rally on Nov 9.
    (SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A13)

1964        Nov 20, Regents of UC Berkeley ratified the suspension of eight students, placed students Mario Savio and Art Goldberg on probation and allowed on-campus political advocacy  that doesn’t lead to unlawful activity.
    (SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A13)

1964        Nov 24, The UC Berkeley Academic Senate defeated a motion to support the position of the Free Speech Movement by a vote of 274-261.
    (SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A13)

1964        Dec 2, Mario Savio (d.1996) made a speech on behalf of the Free Speech Movement that caused hundreds of students to take over Sproul Hall in Berkeley. Gov. Pat Brown ordered police to arrest students occupying Sproul Hall. Police moved in the next day and arrested 780, which prompted a student strike. "There comes a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies on the gears, and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve go to make it stop." In 2002 Robert Cohen and Reginald E. Zelnik edited "The Free Speech Movement: Reflections on Berkeley in the 1960s."
    (SFC, 12/3/97, p.A21)(SSFM, 4/29/01, p.13)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F5)

1964        Dec 3, California Gov. Edmund Brown sent police from throughout the East Bay to arrest protesters at UC Berkeley and clear Sproul Hall. Police arrested 824 students one day after the students stormed the administration building and staged a massive sit-in as part of the Free Speech Movement. It was the largest mass arrest in US history.
    (AP, 12/3/98)(SSFC, 12/29/02, p.M5)(SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A13)

1964        Dec 4, Some 10,000 people attended a protest rally at Sproul Hall, UC Berkeley, and speakers included Willie Brown and John Burton.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F4)

1964        Dec 7, UC Pres. Clark Kerr held an unprecedented  campus-wide meeting at the Greek Theater to propose a compromise that fell short of campus free speech demands. Mario Savio attempted to announce an FSM rally to vote on the proposal and was dragged away by police officers.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F4)(SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A13)
1964        Dec 8, The UC Academic Senate passed resolutions that affirmed the rights of students to participate in political activity. It voted 842-115 that regulation of speech and advocacy is a function of the state, not the university. The FSM voted to support the faculty position.
    (SFC, 11/7/96, p.A15)

1964        Dec 18, The UC Regents affirmed that university rules should follow the US Supreme Court decisions on free speech.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F4)

1964        In Martinez the 12-story Contra Costa County McBrien Administration Building opened. In 1998 it was slated for demolition when supervisors learned that it would cost more to repair than to replace.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A15,17)

1964        In Oakland, Ca., a new Mormon temple, designed by Harold W. Burton (d.1969), opened at 4770 Lincoln Ave.
    (SFC, 5/7/19, p.C1)
1964        A third bore was opened for the Caldecott Tunnel under the Oakland-Berkeley Hills.
    (SFC, 9/12/98, p.A21)

1964        The US Berkeley Wurster Hall, a high-rise housing the College of Environmental Design, was constructed.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A15)

1964        The US Berkeley Barrows Hall was constructed.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A15)

1964        The 1st homes of Foster City were completed. The Charles Zerbe family were the first to me in at 613 Pilgrim.
    (Ind, 8/4/01, 5A)

1964        The SF Bay Area city of Tiburon, Ca., was incorporated.
    (SFC, 12/14/05, p.B7)

1964        In California the prison gang Aryan Brotherhood was founded at San Quentin State Prison. Members held the credo “kill or be killed." In 2006 the US Justice Dept. hoped to destroy the organization through capital prosecutions. On July 28, 2006, 4 leaders were convicted for using murder and intimidation to protect their drug-dealing operations behind bars.
    (SFC, 3/14/06, p.A1)(SFC, 7/29/06, p.A3)

1964        KCSM Channel 60 was licensed to the San Mateo County Community College District. The analog signal ended in 2004 due to increased transmitter costs.
    (SFC, 6/5/04, E1)

1964        David Glickman, attorney turned Bangkok gem salesman, purchased the 6-acre Red Rock Island near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, for $50,000. In 2001 the island went on sale for $10 million.
    (SFC, 6/7/01, p.A19)

1964        Thomas W. Ford (d.1998 at 77) acquired 16 acres at the top of Sand Hill Road near the proposed Highway 280 and began his Ford Land Co.
    (SFC, 12/1/98, p.A18)

1964        The Tanforan racing complex burned. Work on a new shopping center at the site began in 1969.
    (Ind, 8/17/02, 5A)

1965        Jan 3, UC Berkeley officials announced a new campus policy that allowed political activity on campus.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F5)

1965        Mar 12, The SF FBI sent bureau headquarters a secret 33-page report on Mario Savio, leader of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement.
    (SFCM, 10/10/04, p.18)

1965        Apr 23, Ken Kesey, author of "Sometimes a Great Notion," and 13 pals, that included Neal Cassidy, were arrested in La Honda for growing Marijuana.
    (SFC, 5/24/97, p.A8)(SSFC, 6/18/17, DB p.54)

1965        Jun 28, In California a blazing engine tore from the Pan American Flight 843. The engine plunged into San Bruno and a piece of the wing fell into South San Francisco. The plane with 153 passengers landed safely at Travis airport.
    (SSFC, 6/28/15, DB p.50)

1965        Aug 13, The Berkeley Barb, an underground weekly, debuted in Berkeley, Ca. The radical paper, founded by Max Scherr, continued for fifteen years.
    (SSFC, 8/2/15, p.A1)

1965        Aug 31, The Beatles stayed at the 8-story Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto. It was later renovated as the Crowne Plaza Cabana Palo Alto and in 1999 Room 810 was set aside as the Beatles Room.
    (SFC, 8/30/99, p.A17)

1965        Oct, The submarine Mariano G. Vallejo was built and launched from Mare Island. It was the 40th of the Polaris/Poseidon missile submarines for a fleet that was called "Forty-One for Freedom." It was decommissioned in 1995.
    (SFC, 7/3/99, p.A16)

1965        Nov, In California the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved a development project for a new community of 20,000 people located in the hills around the Golden Gate. Lawyers filed suit and the Marincello project was put on hold. In 1972 the Nature Conservancy got an option on the property and the development project ended.
    (SSFC, 10/24/10, p.A2)

1965        Dec 10, The Warlocks band, renamed as the Grateful Dead, made their debut under the new name at the Fillmore Auditorium. The band began life as a Palo Alto area jug band and moved to the Haight Ashbury in 1966.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.4)(SFEC, 8/29/99, BR p.6)
1965        Dec 10, The Kamehameha submarine, launched at Mare Island in Jan 1965, was commissioned. It was decommissioned in 2001.
    (SFC, 9/7/01, p.A21)

1965        Dick Cavett performed as a young stand-up comedian at Enrico Banducci’s "hungry i."
    (SFEM, 9/24/00, p.12)
1965        India-born Eknath Easwaran (d.1999 at 88) founded the Nilgiri Press in Berkeley. In 1978 he published "Meditation." His 8-point meditation program was taught by the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation established in 1961 in Tomales.
    (SFC, 11/1/99, p.A23)
1965        The US Army returned the land leased for the Benicia Arsenal and gave most of the rest to Benicia.
    (SFEC, 8/29/99, p.A14)
1965        The SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) was established by the state legislature as a regional agency by the McAteer-Petris Act and was charged with minimizing landfill in the bay and safeguarding public access to the water.
    (SFC, 11/4/98, p.A29)(SFEC, 2/27/00, p.B3)
1965        There was an unsuccessful proposal to slice off the top of San Bruno Mountain for airport landfill. 200 million cubic yards from the mountain were proposed to fill in the Bay for airport expansion. This led to the founding of the Committee to Save San Bruno Mountain.
    (Ind, 4/27/99, p.A1,11)
1965        In Berkeley, Ca., a groups of native plant enthusiasts banded together to save a Berkeley native plant botanic garden from being sacrificed for development. This gave birth to the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of native plants.
1965        Carr Jones (b.1885), SF Bay Area architect, died. His work was rooted in the 19th century Arts and Crafts tradition.
    (SFC, 9/13/03, p.E1)

1966        Feb 20, Chester W. Nimitz (80), US admiral (WW II), died at home on Yerba Buena Island (Treasure Island) in SF Bay.
    (MC, 2/20/02)(Ind, 11/9/02, 5A)

1966        Mar 30, The Union City 6-screen drive-in theater opened at the intersection of I-880 and Alvarado-Niles Rd. In 1998 it closed to make way for a 25-screen "Union Landing" multiplex with seating for 5,000.
    (SFC, 3/7/98, p.E1)

1966        May 12, Ronald Reagan told a crowd at the Cow Palace that a 153-page report by the Burns committee accused UC Pres. Kerr of fostering an atmosphere that turned the university into a haven for protesters and sex deviants.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F6)

1966        May 21, The new $114 million Stanford Linear Accelerator Center at Stanford Univ., Ca., began smashing atoms.
    (SFC, 9/30/02, p.A5)(SFC, 9/26/07, p.B7)

1966        Jul 24, Oakland-born golfer Tony Lema (32), while flying with his wife Betty to an exhibition match in Chicago, Illinois, crashed on the seventh hole of a golf course in Lansing, Illinois, after their chartered twin-engine Beechcraft Bonanza ran out of fuel. All four people on board were killed.

1966        Aug 18, The Japanese Garden at San Mateo’s Central Park was dedicated.
    (SFC, 8/2/01, p.D3)

1966        Aug 20, Ronald Reagan announced a plan for a new anti-crime academy to be located in Berkeley.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F6)

1966        Oct 15, The Black Panthers wrote their Ten Point Program at the Office of Economic Development Corp. in Oakland, Ca. It called for adequate housing, jobs, education and an end to police brutality. The Black Panther Party was founded by Merritt College students Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. In 2006 Flores A. Forbes authored “Will You Die With Me: My Life and the Black Panther Party."
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A15)(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W31)(SSFC, 7/9/06, p.M1)

1966        Oct 16, Joan Baez and 123 other anti-draft protestors were arrested in Oakland.
    (MC, 10/16/01)

1966        Artist Frank Cieciorka (1939-2008) created his image of a black panther, which became a symbol for the Black Panther Party, formed in Oakland, California. The image first appeared in the SNCC’s newspaper, the Movement.
    (SFC, 5/19/96, p.C-9)(SFC, 11/29/08, p.B5)
1966        The Oakland Ballet Co. was founded by Ronn Guidi. The company closed in 2006.
    (SFC, 2/8/06, p.E1)
1966        The US Berkeley Hildebrand Hall, home of the chemistry labs and offices, was constructed.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A15)
1966        The Oakland Coliseum Complex opened under public ownership. It included a 62,500 seat stadium and a 19,200 seat indoor arena. Robert Nahas (d.2002) was the driving force behind it and getting the Oakland Athletics to come from Kansas City in 1968.
    (SFC, 5/28/98, p.A1)
1966        The SF Bay Guardian was founded by Bruc Brugmann and his wife, Jean Dibble. They ran it until 2012 when it was acquired by San Francisco Media. The last issue of the Bay Guardian was publisjhed on Oct 15, 2014.
    (SFC, 10/15/14, p.A15)
1966        Stephen Edward Epler (1909-1997) founded Ohlone College in Fremont.
    (SFC, 7/25/97, p.A18)
1966        John Reading (d.2003), Oakland City Council member, was appointed mayor after Mayor John Houlihan was indicted for embezzlement. Reading was later elected 3 times until defeated by Lionel Wilson in 1977.
    (SFC, 2/12/03, p.A25)
1966        The US Navy submarine "Vallejo" was christened at Mare Island.
    (SFC, 2/24/99, p.C4)
1966        In Berkeley, Ca., police raided the first lab of Owsley Stanley and confiscated a substance they said was methedrine. It turned out to be something else and Owsley sued for the return of his lab equipment. It was later estimated that his Bear Research Group made 1.25 million doses of LSD between 1965-1967, essentially seeding the psychedelic movement. During this period he also served as the sound engineer for the Grateful Dead. In the 1980s he moved to northern Australia.
    (SFC, 7/12/07, p.A13)
1966        Alfred Peet (1920-2007) opened Peet's Coffee and Tea on Vine St. in Berkeley. He expanded to 5 shops and sold the operation in 1979. Baldwin and Bowker of Starbucks then acquired Peet's in 1983.
    (SFEM, 8/1/99, p.8)(SFC, 9/1/07, p.C2)
1966        Lucius Beebe, social commentator and writer, died in his Hillsborough home at 804 Vista Way.
    (Ind, 6/29/02, 5A)

1967        Jan 18, In the SF Bay Area a massive racial confrontation between armed white and negro convicts at San Quentin prison was broken up after guards threw up a wall of fire to keep some 1400 whites separated from some 1000 Negroes.
    (SSFC, 1/15/17, DB p.54)

1967        Jan 20, Clark Kerr, president of the UC system, was fired by Gov. Reagan and the UC Regents for being too soft on student protesters at Berkeley. In 2003 Kerr authored vol. 2 of his memoir: "The Gold and the Blue: A Personal Memoir of the Univ. of California.
    (SSFC, 2/17/02, p.M6)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F6)

1967        Feb, In California the six-piece jug band Little Princess 109 first performed at the James Logan High School in Union City. In 1968 they began the first of 205 nights for Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco as six-man lighting act. The group folded after a Cow Palace gig on New year’s Eve 1977.
    (SFC, 8/3/17, p.E6)

1967        Apr 12, In the SF Bay Area Aaron Charles Mitchell (37) was executed in San Quentin’s gas chamber for the 1963 killing of a policeman.
    (SSFC, 4/9/17, DB p.50)

1967        Jun 10, In Marin County, Ca., the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival drew some 36,000 Bay Area fans to the Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre on Mount Tamalpais.
    (SFC, 6/8/17, p.A1)

1967        Aug 15, The price of a haircut in San Francisco went up 25 cents to $2.75. The barber’s union announced the same increase for Daly City, South San Francisco, San Bruno and Millbrae.
    (SSFC, 8/13/17, DB p.50)

1967        Oct 29, In Oakland, Ca., police made a traffic stop on Black Panther leader Huey Newton (d.1989). In a gun battle Newton was wounded and police officer John Frey was killed. Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter but the conviction was overturned. Gene McKinney (d.2000 at 58) and Newton had driven out for takeout feed following a Black Panther Party fundraiser when they were pulled over. McKinney commandeered a passing car to get Newton to a hospital.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A15)(SFC, 9/23/00, p.A19)

1967        Oct, John Lion (d.1999 at 55) staged "The Lesson" by Eugene Ionesco as his UC thesis project. The play moved to the Steppenwolf Bar in Berkeley and inspired Lion to open his Magic Theater.
    (SFEC, 10/5/97, DB p.43)(SFC, 8/4/99, p.E1)

1967        Sly & the Family Stone released the first of their 8 albums. The group was led by Sylvester Stewart, aka Sly Stone, an African American from Vallejo, Ca. In 2008 Jeff Kaliss authored “I Want To Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly & the Family Stone."
    (SFC, 11/24/08, p.E2)
1967        In Oakland, Ca., the 16-story Lakeside Regency Plaza was constructed at 1555 Lakeside Drive. It was designed by Michel Marx.
    (SSFC, 7/11/10, p.C2)
1967        The new San Mateo-Hayward Bridge was constructed.
    (SMBP, 2004)
1967        The Sunvalley Shopping Center opened off I-680 in Concord.
    (SFC, 12/14/04, p.B1)
1967        In Oakland, Ca., H. James Schlader (d.1010 at 96) and his wife, Harriet, co-founded the Woodminster Summer Musicals at the WPA-built Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park.
    (SFC, 5/14/10, p.C6)
1967        The Mill Valley Center for the Performing Arts was founded by Sali Lieberman and performed in the Mill Valley Golf Club clubhouse.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W29)
1967        The Renaissance Pleasure Faire was first held. Its last season at Black Point in Novato was in 1998.
    (SFC, 7/22/98, p.D1)
1967        In Oakland 3 museums merged to form the Oakland Museum and J.S. Holliday was hired as executive director.
    (SFEC, 1/11/98, DB p.39)
1967        In Marin County, California, Donald McCoy (1932-2004), a houseboat developer, used inheritance money to lease a 700-acre estate at Rancho Olompoli and recruited others, including activist Frank Cerda (1913-2007), to join him at a 22-room mansion there. Commune leaders became known as “the Chosen Family."
    (SSFC, 10/24/04, p.B7)(SFC, 8/4/07, p.B5)(SFC, 1/14/09, p.B12)

1967-1982    Pete McCloskey served in the US House of Representatives for the San Francisco peninsula. He was co-chairman of the first Earth Day in 1970 and co-wrote the Endangered Species Act of 1973. In 1972 he ran against Richard Nixon for the Republican nomination for president.
    (Econ, 6/3/06, p.30)

1968        Jan 2, San Francisco poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, arrested during the pre-Christmas series of peace demonstrations outside the Oakland Induction Center, was sentenced to 17 days in county jail after pleading guilty no contest to a charge of disturbing the peace.
    (SSFC, 12/31/17, DB p.54)

1968        Apr 6, Black Panther member Bobby Hutton (17) was killed in a gun battle with police in West Oakland, Ca., and Eldridge Cleaver was arrested.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A15) (SFC, 4/25/98, p.A13)

1968        May 8, Catfish Hunter of the Oakland Athletics pitched the first perfect game in the American League in 47 years before a crowd of 5,000 at the Oakland Coliseum.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W39)

1968        May, The Lawrence Hall of Science opened in the Berkeley Hills. It was built in honor of Ernest Orlando Lawrence, who developed the cyclotron. The octagonal shape represented the 8 branches of physical science.
    (LHS, 2/12/1998)

1968        Jul 15, Intel was founded. Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore had left Fairchild Semiconductor to form NM Electronics in Mountain View, Ca. In 1997 Tim Jackson published "Inside Intel: Andrew Grove and the Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Chip Company." Grove (1936-2016) joined Intel in this year as its first employee and became its president in 1979. They bought the rights to the name Intel from Intelco for $15,000.
    (SFEC, 10/26/97, BR p.3)(SFEC, 12/21/97, p.A2)(SFC, 10/11/00, p.A6)(SFC, 7/16/03, p.B1)(Econ, 3/26/15, p.75)

1968        Sep 10, Two Oakland, Ca., police officers fired a barrage of rifle shots into the national headquarters of the Black Panther party at 4421 Grove St. Officers William V. Williams and Robert W. Farrell were arrested shortly after the incident. Both uniformed and on duty officers were said to be heavily intoxicated.
    (SSFC, 9/9/18, DB p.50)

1968        Oct 19, The Golden Gate Bridge became the first major bridge in the world to offer one-way toll collection.
    (SSFC, 5/20/12, p.E10)

1968        Oct 30, Luis W. Alvarez (1911-1988) of UC Berkeley won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the bubble chamber.
    (SFC, 10/10/96, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Walter_Alvarez)

1968        Nov 5, Ronald Stanley Bridgeforth (24) fired on South San Francisco police officers who tried to arrest him for credit card fraud at a discount store. Bridgeforth (67), a councilor and faculty member at Washtenaw Community College in Michigan, surrendered in 2011. On March 23, 2012, Bridgeforth was sentenced to a year in county jail, 3 years probation, 300 hours of community service and a fine of $8,500.
    (SFC, 11/11/11, p.C1)(SFC, 11/22/11, p.A11)(SFC, 3/24/12, p.C2)

1968        Nov 17, NBC outraged football fans by cutting away from the final minutes of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a TV special, "Heidi," on schedule. The jets led 32-29 with one minute remaining. Viewers were deprived of seeing the Raiders come from behind to beat the Jets, 43-to-32.
    (AP, 11/17/98)(SFC, 11/14/03, p.I8)

1968        Dec 20, The first known murder by the  Zodiac killer took place. Two teenagers, David Farraday and Betty Lou Jensen, were shot to death in a parked car on Lake Herman Road outside Vallejo, Ca. The California Zodiac killer later identified himself with a letter to the Times-Harold in Vallejo. After that he claimed to have killed 37 people but the police connected him to only five deaths.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zodiac_Killer)(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W20)(SFC, 10/2/00, p.A19)(SFC, 4/7/04, p.A7)

1968        Edwin Hawkins recorded his arrangement of “Oh Happy Day" on a 2-track tape machine for the Northern California State Youth Choir. An album was made with Century Records to help finance a trip to a church youth conference in Washington DC. In 1969 Abe Kesh at KSAN-FM began playing the song, which featured the voice of Dorothy Morrison. The album was soon re-issued by Buddah Records.
    (SFC, 10/23/09, p.F1)
1968        The Berkeley Repertory Theater was founded by Michael Leibert on College Ave.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W29)(WSJ, 5/8/01, p.A24)
1968        The Hillbarn Theater, co-founded by Robert Brauns (d.2001 at 87) opened on East Hillsdale Blvd in Foster City. The original outdoor theater, had been in the corral of the old Pingrey estate overlooking El Camino Real near the Belmont city line.
    (SFC, 3/31/01, p.A21)
1968        David “Moses" Berg of Oakland, Ca., founded the Children of God. He combined the free love of the sexual revolution with the fervor of the American evangelical movement [see May, 2, 1978].
    (SSFC, 2/27/05, p.A1)
1968        Yusuf Bey (d.2003) created “Your Black Muslim Bakery" in Oakland, Ca.
    (SFC, 11/30/05, p.A16)
1968        The Industrial Center Building at 480 Gate Five Rd. in Sausalito, Ca., became a haven for artists.
    (SFEM,11/30/97, p.10)
1968        Mary Moore (d.2001 at 73) founded Mandrake’s nightclub at University and 10th St. in Berkeley. The club folded in 1974.
    (SFC, 12/28/01, p.A34)
1968        Canăda College opened in Redwood City, Ca.
    (SFEC, 3/15/98, p.W20)
1968        In the SF Bay Area Marine World/Africa U.S.A. opened on 66 acres in Redwood Shores. The animal-themed amusement park moved to Vallejo in 1985 and the Redwood Shores land was developed as the headquarters of Oracle Corp.
    (SFC, 3/10/18, p.D1)
1968        US Federal agents raided the Marin, Ca., home of Frank Werber (1929-2007), the original manager of the Kingston Trio, and seized 258 pounds of Mexican marijuana. He served a 6-month sentence in Marin County, Ca. In 1972 he retired on 160 acres of wilderness in New Mexico.
    (SFC, 6/8/07, p.B7)
1968        Myth has it that the Nuestra Familia prison gang was organized after a stolen shoe incident at San Quentin prison. It set the Mexican Mafia, a gang rooted in East Los Angeles, against the Familia based in San Jose.
    (SFEC, 6/29/97, Z1 p.1)
1968        Architect Henry Schubart (d.1998 at 81) moved his family to Salt Spring Island in British Columbia due to his opposition to the Vietnam War. He had designed the campus buildings of the Dominican College in Marin, Ca., the St. Louis Bertrand Church in Oakland and the Holy Names Church in SF among other works. In BC he introduced the use of skylights.
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.A23)
1968        Sears Point Raceway began operating in Marin County, Ca.
    (SFC, 12/15/99, p.A21)
1968        The Kansas City Athletics under owner Charlie Finley moved to Oakland, Ca., and began playing in the new Oakland Coliseum.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W39)
1968        The last of the hog farms in Colma, Ca., closed. Some 10,000 garbage-eating pigs were raised along the Hillside Blvd. farm
    (Ind, 7/15/00,5A)
1968        T. Jack Foster, the developer of Foster City, Ca., died. His sons continued his project and sold out to Centex Corp. in 1970.
    (Ind, 8/4/01, 5A)

1969        Jan, A 50-cent one-way toll became permanent on the Golden Gate Bridge following efforts to reduce congestion by Bruce Goecker (1919-2006), former mayor of Corte Madera. Soon toll bridges around the world began following suit.
    (SFC, 9/14/06, p.B5)

1969        Feb 2, In Marin County, Ca., a fire destroyed a 22-room mansion at Rancho Olompali occupied by members of “the Chosen Family" led by Donald McCoy (1932-2004)."
    (SSFC, 10/24/04, p.B7)(SFC, 1/14/09, p.B12)

1969        Feb 4, John Madden was named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders.
    (MC, 2/4/02)

1969        Feb 20, A full blown riot erupted on the Berkeley campus of the Univ. of California between striking students and police. The Third World Liberation Front strike in Berkeley led to the founding of the Department of Ethnic Studies.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y4f45ove)(SSFC, 2/17/19, DB p.46)

1969        Apr 6, In Oakland there was a shootout between Black Panthers and 2 police officers. David Hilliard was convicted for assault in 1971 and served time in state prison. In 2000 he ran for a seat on the Oakland City Council.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, p.D6)

1969        Apr, The reef and beach at Moss Beach became part of the San Mateo County parks and Recreation Division.
    (Ind, 7/1/00,5A)

1969        Apr, A university owned lot was turned into People’s Park.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F7)

1969        May 15, Univ. of California officials fenced People’s Park and planned to build dormitories. This prompted some 3,000 protesters to try to seize it back. Gov. Reagan placed Berkeley under martial law and dispatched tear gas-spraying helicopters and riot police who shot and killed one man.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F7)

1969        May 19, In Berkeley, Ca., James Rector (25), an onlooker from a rooftop watching the "Bloody Thursday" rioting concerning People's Park, died four days after he was hit by police buckshot pellets.

1969        May 26, An open house was celebrated for the newly completed Eugene A. Doran Memorial Bridge on I-280 over San Mateo Creek.
    (Ind, 6/24/00,5A)

1969        Jun 19, The Kinsey Institute said it has selected the SF Bay Area for the most extensive investigation into homosexuality ever conducted. A pool of 5,000 homosexuals would be interviewed for the 3-year project budgeted at $575,000.
    (SSFC, 6/16/19, DB p.38)

1969        Jul 4, Darlene Ferrin (22), a waitress, was shot and killed at the Blue Rock Springs Golf Club in Vallejo. She was parked with Michael Mageau (19), who survived the shooting. The Zodiac killer reported the shooting within an hour from a pay phone.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W20)(SFC, 10/2/00, p.A19)

1969        Jul 31, The Zodiac killer sent a poorly-spelled letter to the SF Chronicle, Examiner and Vallejo Times-Herald and took responsibility for the July 5 shootings along with a portion of a cipher.
    (SFC, 10/2/00, p.A19)

1969        Sep 27, The Zodiac killer pulled a gun on two teenagers, Brian Hartnell and Cecelia Shepard, picnicking at Lake Berryessa. He stabbed them repeatedly and killed the girl.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W20)

1969        Sep 22, Susan Nason (8) of Foster City, Ca., was bludgeoned to death. Her body was found 2 months later near Crystal Springs. In Dec 1989 Nason's neighbor and schoolmate, Eileen Franklin-Lipsker, told police that she suddenly remembered seeing her father batter her friend and hide the body. In 1990 George Franklin was convicted in the first case to use recovered-memory testimony. Franklin was released after 6 1/2 years when a federal judge ruled a mistrial. DNA evidence showed Franklin was not responsible.
    (SFC, 2/4/00, p.A21)(SSFC, 2/8/04, p.A28)(http://tinyurl.com/9hl2at)

1969        Oct 11, The Zodiac killer shot and killed SF cab driver Paul Stine (29) at Cherry and Washington in Presidio Heights. This was his last known murder. His last authenticated communication was in 1974.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W20)(SFC, 10/2/00, p.A19)

1969        Oct 13, The SF Chronicle received a letter containing a bloody swath of Stine’s shirt along with a threat to shoot children on a school bus.
    (SFC, 10/2/00, p.A19)

1969        Oct 29, Researchers sent the first inter-node message between two sites on ARPAnet. The first e-mail message crossed the Arpanet as a team under Professor Leonard Kleinrock of UCLA communicated with a team under Douglas Englebart at Stanford. The US Dept. of Defense’s Advanced Research and Projects Agency (ARPANET) launched a self-healing computer network with TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol) [see Sep 2].
    (http://tinyurl.com/lpq766)(WSJ, 1/14/99, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARPANET)

1969        Nov 9, A group of American Indians occupied Alcatraz Island. The story is told in the 1996 book "The Occupation of Alcatraz Island, Indian Self-Determination and the Rise of Indian Activism" by Troy R. Johnson.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p. H2)(SFEC, 1/5/97, BR p.8)

1969        Nov 10, The SF Chronicle received a letter from the Zodiac killer containing detailed plans for a "death machine" to blow up a school bus.
    (SFC, 10/2/00, p.A19)

1969        Nov 20, A group of 80 Native Americans, all college students, seized Alcatraz Island in the name of "Indians of All Tribes." The occupation lasted 19 months. They offered $24 in beads and cloth to buy the island, demanded an American Indian Univ., museum and cultural center, and listed reasons why the island was a suitable Indian reservation.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W38)

1969        Nov 23, Donnell "Spade" Cooley (59) American musician known as the "king of Western swing" prior to his conviction of murder, died of a heart attack following a performance for a police officers benefit concert in Oakland. Cooley's career ended in 1961 when he was arrested and convicted for the brutal murder of his second wife, Ella Mae Evans.

1969        Nov, Moss Beach was designated as the James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Fitzgerald was the president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors instrumental in winning the reserve status.
    (Ind, 7/1/00,5A)

1969        In Marin County, Ca., the Mill Valley Public Library was built. It was designed by Donn Emmons (d.1997 at 87).
    (SFC, 9/3/97, p.A20)
1969        In San Mateo County, Ca., work on the new Tanforan Shopping Center began. It replaced the race track the 1st opened in 1899. The center opened in 1970.
    (Ind, 8/17/02, 5A)
1969        The 43-acre Shelter Creek development in San Bruno, Ca., was constructed. In 1999 water mains to the complex began breaking.
    (SFC, 2/2/99, p.A14)
1969        Credence Clearwater Revival put out its "Willy and the Poorboys" LP. The cover featured a photo of the band in front of the Duck Kee Market in Oakland, Ca.
    (SFC, 9/12/98, p.A19)
1969        In northern California the Concord Jazz Festival began.
    (SFC, 6/10/97, p.D3)
1969        Loni Kuhn (d.1997 at 65) started her school, Loni Kuhn’s Cook’s Tour in SF. Her great-grandfather started the San Jose Normal School (now San Jose State Univ.) and her grandfather helped found the First National Bank of San Jose (now Bank of the West).
    (SFC, 6/26/97, p.A22)
1969        Franz Schurman (1926-2010), UC Berkeley sociologist and historian, co-founded the non-profit Pacific News Service (PNS) with Orville Schell  to get accurate news on the war in Vietnam.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y7579x83)(SFC, 8/23/10, p.C4)(SFC, 11/27/17, p.A10)
1969        The medical volunteer organization Interplast, specializing in reconstructive surgery, was founded at Stanford Univ. by Dr. Donald Laub.
    (SFEC, 2/8/98, Z1 p.1,4)
1969        In the SF Bay Area Nello Bianco (1928-2006) was appointed to the BART board of directors. He was re-elected 4 times and served a board president 3 times.
    (SFC, 9/14/06, p.B5)
1969        Skyline College in San Bruno, Ca., opened.
    (SFEC, 3/15/98, p.W21)
1969        In northern California a breach at the Sherman Island levee left part of Highway 160 submerged for 6 months.
    (SFC, 1/10/05, p.B1)
1969        In the SF Bay Area the Albany Bulb, east of Golden Gate Fields, began as a site for industrial dumping. It later was turned into a public space area and artists constructed numerous works from debris that washed ashore. In 2007 plans called for incorporating it into the East Bay Regional Park District and removing the art work.
    (SFC, 4/13/07, p.B9)

1970        Feb 20, Students at San Jose Univ., Ca., buried a brand new Ford Maverick as part of their Survival Faire. The Maverick was exhumed one year later.
    (SFC, 4/20/10, p.E1)(http://tinyurl.com/yyplgjc)

1970        May 1, The US troop ship General John Pope came to rest at the Suisun Bay, Ca., reserve fleet rest stop. It was launched in 1943 and served up to this time. In 2010 it was scheduled to be recycled at a Texas shipyard.
    (SSFC, 5/9/10, p.A2)

1970        Jul 26, The SF Chronicle received a letter from the Zodiac killer with an unsubstantiated claim of killing 13 people.
    (SFC, 10/2/00, p.A19)

1970        Feb 28, Bicycles were permitted to cross the Golden Gate Bridge.

1970        May, The US government shut off power and stopped fresh water supplies from the Native American Indians on Alcatraz Island. A fire broke out and each side blamed the other.
    (G, Summer ‘97, p.5)(www.nps.gov/alca/historyculture/we-hold-the-rock.htm)

1970        Aug 7, At a hearing for the "Soledad Brothers," Jonathon P. Jackson (17), the younger brother of George L. Jackson, attempted an armed rescue attempt at the Marin Civic Center. A shootout in the parking lot followed and 4 people were killed and 5 injured. Assistant DA Gary Thomas (d.2017) grabbed a pistol from one of the convicts and shot dead three of them. Among the dead were Jackson, Judge Harold Haley, Black Panther James McClain, and convict William A. Christmas. Angela Davis was charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy, but was acquitted in 1972 after spending a year in jail.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W21)(SFC, 8/19/98, p.A18)(AP, 8/7/00)(SSFC, 4/23/17, p.C2)

1970        Aug 15, A ferryboat named the M.V. Golden Gate made its maiden voyage from San Francisco to Sausalito marking a revival of ferry service on San Francisco Bay. It was retired from service on March 26, 2004. The Golden Gate Bus and Ferry Transit system began operating with one ferry and 4 leased busses. Ferry service to Sausalito was inaugurated. The ferryboat Golden Gate was retired in 2004.
    (www.goldengateferry.org/researchlibrary/history.php)(SFC, 12/2/99, p.A36)(SFC, 3/26/04, p.A1)

1970        Aug 20, Ronald Tsukamoto (b.1942), a Berkeley, Ca., rookie police officer, was shot and killed. In 2004 Don Juan Warren Graphenreed (54) was arrested as a suspect in the murder, but was released without being charged. In 2005 police arrested Styles Price (56), a retired Oakland schoolteacher for the killing. Graphenreed was again arrested at Corcoran State Prison, where he was held on a drug charge. Price was soon freed and the case against Graphenreed was dropped due to “insufficient corroborating evidence."
    (SFC, 5/26/04, p.B3)(SFC, 6/16/04, p.B5)(SFC, 8/11/05, p.B1)(SFC, 8/13/05, p.B1)

1970        Susan Lydon (1943-2005) authored the feminist essay “The Politics of Orgasm" in the Rolling Stone rock magazine.
    (SSFC, 7/24/05, p.A19)

1970        Yasundo Takahashi (1912-1996), professor at UC Berkeley, wrote his textbook "Control and Dynamic Systems." It became a standard reference in the field of control engineering, the study of how machines work.

1970        The submarine Drum was launched at Mare Island in the SF Bay. It was the last ship produced there.
    (SSFC, 8/11/02, p.C5)
1970        The UC Berkeley Art Museum on Bancroft Way was constructed.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A15)
1970        The Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) of Xerox opened on the outskirts of Palo Alto. George Pake (1924-2004) ran the center until 1978. It was founded by Dr. Jacob Goldman (1921-2011).
    (SFC, 10/25/00, p.D1)(SFC, 3/11/04, p.C5)(SFC, 12/28/11, p.C5)
1970        Madge Short (d.1998 at 80) and Jane Saunders (50) co-founded The Body Shop in Berkeley, Ca. The name was sold to Britain’s Anita Roddick in 1987 for $3.5 million.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.A20)(SSFC, 5/16/04, p.F6)
1970        Ron Dellums (34) was elected as representative of the East Bay’s 7th Congressional District, Oakland, Ca. He was later re-elected by the 9th District and stayed in Congress for 27 years.
    (SFC,11/17/97, p.A1)
1970        A 10-cent walkway toll on the Golden Gate Bridge was eliminated. In 1998 a $1 walkway toll was proposed for pedestrians and bicyclists.
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.A19)
1970        The Marine Science Institute was founded in Redwood City, Ca., to monitor the South Bay.
    (SFC, 7/22/03, p.A12)

1970s        Eden Housing, a nonprofit housing organization, began to purchase and renovate housing for low income people in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    (SFC, 2/25/99, p.A15)
1970s        Melvin Carter confessed to terrorizing over 100 women over 9 years in the College Terrace rapes in Palo Alto, Berkeley and other cities before he was arrested. He was paroled in 1994 to public outrage.
    (SFC, 8/23/97, p.A1,15)
1970s        "Stinky," the smelly rapist of Berkeley, was never caught.
    (SFC, 8/23/97, p.A15)

1971        Apr 9, Demonstrators occupying the Stanford Univ. Hospital administration offices clashed with police and 9 Palo Alto officers were injured. Police later raided the Stanford Daily to recover photos of the demonstrators.
    (SFC, 1/17/03, p.E8)

1971        Jun 10, Federal marshals, FBI agents and special forces swarmed Alcatraz Island and removed the Native American occupiers: 5 women, 4 children and 6 unarmed men.

1971        Jul 12, Kristi Tsuya Yamaguchi, figure skater, was born in Hayward, Cal. In 1992 she won an Olympic gold medal.

1971        Aug 14, Philip Zimbardo, a Stanford Univ. psychologist, began his Stanford Prison Experiment. He had recruited 24 students and randomly divided them into guards and prisoners in a simulated prison environment on campus. The experiment ended after six days. A film dramatizing the experiment opened in 2015.
    (SSFC, 7/19/15, p.A6)

1971        Aug 21, Three prisoners, George Jackson (29), Ronald Kane (28), John Lynn (29), and 3 guards, Jere Graham (39), Frank DeLeon (44) and Paul Krasenes (52), were killed during an attempted prison escape at San Quentin, California. Jackson after meeting with his lawyer, Stephen Bingham, pulled a hidden automatic pistol from his hair and began to release other prisoners. Jackson’s prison letters were published as "Soledad Brother." Hugo Pinell, one of the San Quentin 6, was killed in 2015 by two fellow inmates.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1688)(SFC, 8/25/96, Z1 p.5)(SSFCM, 8/19/01, p.7)(SFC, 12/10/15, p.D8)

1971        Oct 21, Half Moon Bay, Ca., held its 1st Art and Pumpkin Festival. The 1-day event was thought up by Dolores Mullin to raise money for the Main Street Beautification Committee to buy trees. John Minaidis of Half Moon Bay won with a 132-pound pumpkin.  Terry Pimsleur (d.2008 at 77), public relations executive, helped develop the fair.
    (Ind, 9/29/01, 5A)(SFC, 10/10/06, p.B3)(SFC, 9/26/08, p.B9)

1971        The film "Harold and Maude" with Ruth Gordon was produced. The opening scene was filmed at in the music room of Rosecourt, a Burlingame, Ca., home built by SF Chronicle publisher George Cameron for his wife Helen, a daughter of Michael de Young.
    (SFEC, 10/11/97, DB p.36)(PI, 3/21/98, p.5)

1971        The 14-story Great Western Building went up in Berkeley, Ca.
    (SFC, 4/28/98, p.A12)
1971        The Berkeley Evans Hall was constructed at UC Berkeley, Ca. It was named after Griffith C. Evans, chairman of mathematics from 1934 to 1949 who combined the fields of mathematics and economics.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A15)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evans_Hall_%28UC_Berkeley%29)
1971        The Int’l. Bird Rescue Research Center was founded by Alice Berkner in Berkeley, Ca.
    (SFC, 8/17/96, p.A17-18)
1971        The Berkeley-Oakland Support Services program began. It was renamed in 1996 to Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS).
    (SFEC, 12/22/96, Z1 p.2)
1971        Sue Rugge (d.1999 at 58) co-founded Information Unlimited, an independent research firm based in Berkeley, Ca.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.B4)
1971        The SF Bay Area Reporter (B.A.R.), a gay community publication, was begun by Bob Ross (d.2003 at 69) and Paul Bentley.
    (SFC, 12/12/03, p.A29)
1971        Phil Wood (d.2010 at 72) founded Ten Speed Press in Berkeley, Ca. The publishing house was named for its first book, a bicycle repair manual called “Anybody’s Bike Book."
    (SFC, 12/20/10, p.C3)
1971        Journalist Don Hoefler, editor of the Electronic News, coined the term Silicon Valley to describe the technology base in the southern San Francisco Bay Area.
    (SSFC, 10/30/05, p.J4)(Econ, 12/16/06, p.67)
1971        Alice Waters (b.1939) opened Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, Ca.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W35)
1971        The SF Warriors moved to the Oakland Coliseum Arena and changed their name to the Golden Gate Warriors.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W29)(SFC, 4/26/10, p.A8)
1971        Foster City, Ca., was incorporated. After 8 years of controversy the Foster City lagoon was polluted and residents paid the highest property taxes in San Mateo County to cover bond debt. Over developer’s objections, residents incorporated and established a city council.
    (Ind, 8/4/01, 5A)(SFC, 6/14/09, p.H2)
1971        Dominican College in San Rafael, Ca., began to admit male students.
    (SFC, 6/26/00, p.A17)
1971        Stanford Univ. opened up about 700 acres for development and Hewlett-Packard was among the earliest tenants.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W6)
1971        Stanford Prof. Philip Zimbardo conducted a psychology experiment that randomly assigned college-age men to roles as prisoners and guards. The experiment turned into a nightmare and was soon called off. In 2007 Zimbardo authored “The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil."
    (SSFC, 4/29/07, p.M1)
1971        Mary Bowerman (1908-2005) and Art Bonwell co-founded the Save Mount Diablo group and were instrumental in expanding the boundaries of the northern California Mount Diablo state park from 6,788 acres to over 20,000 acres in 2006. In 1944 Bowerman published her doctoral thesis: “Flowering Plants and Ferns of Mount Diablo."
    (SFC, 8/25/05, p.B7)(SFC, 12/29/06, p.B1)
1971        Albert H. Bowker (1919-2008), 8-year chancellor of City Univ. of New York, was named chancellor of California’s UC Berkeley.
    (SFC, 1/25/08, p.B9)(www.nndb.com/people/673/000167172/)
1971        San Francisco Bay Area  cemetery workers went on a 4-month strike. Some 1800 coffins went unburied until union and cemetery workers reached agreement.
    (SSFC, 3/28/10, DB p.42)

1972        Jan 8, Kenneth Patchen (b.1911), American poet, died in Palo Alto, Ca. He was bed-ridden in his later years from a debilitating spinal injury. His works included "Before the Brave" and "Hurrah for Anything."
    (HN, 12/13/99)(SFC, 3/24/00, p.D6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Patchen)

1972        Jul, Robert Metcalf (b.1946) at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) combined packet switching from the Arpanet and single wire broadcasting to lay the foundations for computer networks. This system was called Ethernet and marked the first Internet message. The IEEE committee 802.3 later defined the Ethernet standard. He later fixed May 22, 1973, as the birthdate of Ethernet, a day on which he circulated a memo about his ideas to PARC colleagues.
    (WSJ,11/14/94, p.R26)(SFEC, 3/28/99, Z1 p.8)(Econ, 6/12/04, p.26)(Econ, 12/12/09, p.23)

1972        Oct 12, US House Resolution 16444, establishing the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), was passed by Congress and was signed by President Richard Nixon 15 days later. The island of Alcatraz was incorporated into this park. California Congressman Phillip Burton pushed through legislation preserving thousands of acres of forested hills, valleys and rugged shoreline. Burton got Congress to agree to transfer the Presidio in San Francisco to the park service if the army ever pulled out.
    (www.sftravel.com/Alcatraz1950on.html)(SFEC, 6/27/99, Z1 p.1,4)(SFCM, 4/25/04, p.18)(SFC, 10/4/96, p.A21)

1972        Oct 22, The Oakland Athletics beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 in a 7th game to win the World Series, bringing home the first Bay Area’s  baseball world championship. It was the first of 3 in a row.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W39)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_World_Series)(SFC, 12/28/99, p.A1)

1972        Oct 27, Federal legislation established the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in the Bay Area of SF. The park was expanded from 870 acres in 1948 to 6,300 acres by 1972.
    (http://usparks.about.com/library/miniplanner/blgoldengatenra.htm)(SFEC, 6/27/99, Z1 p.1,4)(SFCM, 4/25/04, p.18)

1972        Roy W. Fairchild (d.1998 at 77) co-founded the Lewis Marshall Lloyd Center for Education and Counseling as an on-campus teaching facility at SF Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, Ca.
    (SFC, 12/17/98, p.C11)
1972        Kermit Lynch opened Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant in Berkeley, Ca. He focused on importing small-production French wines. In 2005 the French government announced that he would be awarded the insignia of Chevalier de la Legion d’Honeur.
    (SFC, 12/22/05, p.F5)
1972        In northern California the Marin Town and Country Club was closed after area residents passed a ballot measure that required voter approval prior to any new development.
    (SFC, 5/29/98, p.A19)
1972        The See family sold their South San Francisco, Ca., chocolate and candy business to Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Buffet named Charles Huggins as See’s Candies top officer. Huggins retired at the end of 2005.
    (SSFC, 1/15/06, p.D6)(www.ifa.com/Library/Buffet.html)
1972        Stanford Univ. changed its mascot from an Indian to a cardinal following complaints of racism.
    (SSFC, 11/30/14, DB p.42)

1973        Feb 27, Naomi Sanders (57) was found dead inside her apartment in Vallejo, Ca. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled to death. In 2020 police announced that the use of genetic genealogy had led them to her killer, Robert Dale Sanders, who died of a drug overdoes in 1993.
    (SSFC, 3/1/20, p.B10)

1973        May 22, Robert Metcalf (b.1946), at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), circulated a memo about his Ethernet ideas to PARC colleagues. He later fixed this day as the birthdate of Ethernet. Metcalf had combined packet switching from the Arpanet and single wire broadcasting to lay the foundations for computer networks.
    (Econ, 12/12/09, TQ p.23)

1973        Oct, The US National Park Service welcomed the first visitors to Alcatraz Island.

1973        Nov 6, The Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) assassinated Marcus Foster, the 1st black superintendent of the Oakland school district, and wounded Robert Blackburn, his assistant. The SLA warned against a proposed student ID program. Russell Little and Joseph Remiro were arrested following a shootout in Jan, 1974. Little’s eventual conviction was reversed Feb 28, 1979, due to errant jury instructions. Remiro was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W22)(SFC, 1/23/01, p.A13)(SFC, 9/17/02, p.A20)(SFC, 11/14/02, p.A17)

1973        Richard and Christina Milner authored “Black Players: The Secret World of Black Pimps." The book was the product of an anthropological study regarding both the lifestyles and subculture of San Francisco Bay Area pimps and their prostitutes.

1973        Bananas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families in northern Alameda County, Ca., was founded.
    (SSFC, 10/19/03, p.E1)
1973        BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) opened a station in downtown Walnut Creek, Ca.
    (SFC, 7/17/06, p.B5)
1973        Santa Clara County, Ca., bought 2,455 acres of the New Almaden mine land and named it the Almaden Quicksilver Equestrian Park.
    (SSFC, 12/22/02, p.A26)
1973        American President Lines moved from SF to the port of Oakland. The line became a subsidiary of Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines in 1997.
    (SFEC, 11/22/98, p.B1)
1973        Dorothy Turner Everett (1932-2007) started a barbecue business in Oakland, Ca., that grew to become the Everett & Jones chain of barbecue restaurants.
    (SFC, 10/12/07, p.B11)
1973        The Good Guys, a retail store home entertainment products, was founded in Alameda, Ca. In 2003 the chain of 71 stores in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington was sold to CompUSA. In 2005 CompUSA announced the closure of Good Guy stores in California and Hawaii due to waning demand.
    (SFC, 10/6/05, p.C1)
1969        Larry Lee Hillblom co-founded DHL Corp. upon graduation from the Univ. of California, Berkeley, at Boalt Hall law school. The original idea was to help cargo ships save wharf charges by air-delivering freight documents before the ships reached port. The D was for co-founder Adrian Dalsey (1914-1994) and the L was for Robert Lynn.
    (SFEC, 1/11/98, p.A16)(SFC, 9/6/99, p.A24)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DHL_Express)
1973        The first Magnetic Resonance Image was published and the first study performed on a human took place on July 3, 1977. Lawrence E. Crooks and Jerome Singer, professors at UC in SF and Berkeley, invented Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology along with about 20 other univ. employees.
    (SFC, 12/2/97, p.A18)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic_Resonance_Imaging)

1974        Feb 4, Newspaper heiress Patty Hearst (b.1954) was kidnapped in Berkeley, Ca., by a left-wing urban guerrilla group called the Symbionese Liberation Army. Her boyfriend Steven Weed was beaten and she was held for 4˝ weeks at 37 Northridge Drive in Daly City. Patty was then taken to 1827 Golden Gate Ave, apt. #6, in San Francisco and held for another four weeks. Hearst then joined the underground revolutionary group.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mtthp28)(SFC, 2/8/97, p.A7)(AP, 2/4/97)(AP, 2/4/97)(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W22)

1974        Feb 12, The SLA sent a letter a tape with the voices of Patty Hearst and "general field marshal Cinque" to KPFA. They demanded free food to the poor of the Bay Area, prison reform and social justice. Symbionese Liberation Army asked the Hearst family for $230 million in food for the poor.
    (HN, 2/12/97)(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W22)

1974        Feb 16, Rev. Cecil Williams of Glide Memorial Church received a tape from the SLA wherein Cinque said a "reasonable" food giveaway would be acceptable as a condition for the release of Patty Hearst.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W22)

1974        Feb 18, In California Randolph Hearst was to give $2 million in free food for the poor in order to open talks for his daughter Patty.
    (HN, 2/18/98)

1974        Feb 19, Randolph Hearst announced a $2 million food program called People in Need.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W22)

1974        Feb, William F. Knowland, former Cal. state senator and Oakland Tribune newspaper publisher and editor, committed suicide. In 1998 Gayle B. Montgomery and James W. Johnson, in collaboration with Paul G. Manolis, published the biography "One Step from the White House: The Rise and Fall of Senator William F. Knowland."
    (SFEC, 5/17/98, BR p.5)

1974        Mar 24, In the SF Bay Area Janet Taylor (21), a community college student, was last seen hitchhiking on Junipero Serra Blvd. on the western edge of the Stanford campus. Her body was found the next day by a truck driver along Sand Hill Road. In 2021 DNA evidence led to the conviction of John Arthur Getreu (77).
    (SFC, 9/16/21, p.C6)

1974        Apr 3, A tape from the SLA announced Patty Hearst’s decision to "stay and fight" with the SLA.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W22,23)

1974        Apr 15, SLA members including Patty Hearst robbed the Sunset Branch of the Hibernia Bank of more than $10,000. The wounded 2 passersby as they fled.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W23)

1974        May 16, SLA members William and Emily Harris were identified with Patty Hearst in LA during a shoplifting attempt at a sporting good store. They escaped in a stolen van with an 19-year-old kidnapped victim.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W23)

1974        May 17, LA police and FBI agents engaged in a gun battle with SLA members in a bungalow. The house caught fire and 6 bodies were recovered that included Cinque and William Wolfe. Patty Hearst was not there.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W23)

1974        Jul 1, Joseph Leopold Eichler (b.1900), 20th-century post-war American real estate developer, died in San Mateo county, Ca. He is known for developing distinctive residential subdivisions of Mid-century modern style tract housing in California.

1974        Jul 8, The SF Chronicle received the last verified letter from the Zodiac killer.
    (SFC, 4/7/04, p.A7)

1974        Oct 13, In the SF Bay Area Arlis Perry (19) was found sexually assaulted and killed at the Stanford Memorial Church. In 2018 DNA evidence led police to Stephen Blake Crawford, who shot himself on June 28 as police surrounded his home in San Jose.
    (SFC, 6/29/18, p.A1)

1974        Nov 24, Susan Murphy, 3-months pregnant, was killed in her Oakland home on her 19th birthday. In 2002 DNA evidence identified and arrested Ellis Lorenzo Lockett for the murder.
    (SFC, 7/19/02, p.A23)

1974        Henry A. Rosso (d.1999 at 81) and his wife, Dottie, founded the Fund Raising School in San Rafael. It later became part of the Indiana Univ. Center on Philanthropy.
    (SFC, 2/26/99, p.A25)
1974        The Disney film "Escape to Witch Mountain" with Eddie Albert and Ray Milland was set at the Peninsula School, the Menlo Park home of James V. Coleman.
    (PI, 3/21/98, p.5)
1974        Oakland held the first annual Black Cowboys Parade, the only one of its kind in the country.
    (SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1 p.6)
1974        Ken Behring, a Florida land developer, and his partners agreed to donate 2,052 acres near Danville to the state park system in exchange for the right to build 2,400 homes that became the Blackhawk community. The last 511-acre parcel was transferred in 1999. In 1975 Dan Van Voorhis (1939-2005), East Bay attorney, and Sandy Skaggs formed a new law firm to help develop the Blackhawk project.
    (SFC, 5/14/99, p.A21)(SFC, 3/17/05, p.B7)
1974        The FBI counterintelligence program, known as Cointelpro, was directed against Marxist and student-radical groups. Charles W. Bates (d.1999 at 79) led 8 full-time employees in the SF Bay Area and 22 informants worked the local campuses.
    (SFC, 2/26/99, p.A25)
1974        Kathleen Smith (17), a prostitute, was killed on a north Oakland street corner. Huey Newton was later arrested and tried for the murder. In 1979 charges were dropped following 2 mistrials.
    (SFC, 9/24/04, p.F9)

1975        Mar 5, The Homebrew Computer Club, founded by peace activist Fred Moore, held its first meeting in Menlo Park, Ca. It was an outgrowth of the store-front based People’s Computer Co. The meeting inspired Steve Wozniak (24) to design and build the first Apple computer.
    (SSFC, 4/23/05, p.B1)(Reuters, 9/27/06)

1975        May 25, The Golden Gate Warriors won the NBA title in a 4-game sweep over the Washington Bullets.
    (SFC, 4/26/10, p.A8)(www.nba.com/history/finals/19741975.html)

1975        Jun, In California Sonya Higginbotham (19) was raped and stabbed to death in her 98th Ave. Oakland home. DNA evidence in 2002 identified Charles Jackson, a recently deceased Folsom inmate, as her killer.
    (SFC, 3/19/02, p.A10)(SFC, 9/30/05, p.B5)

1975        Aug, In, Oakland, California, Ann Johnson (27) was raped and stabbed to death in her Montclair District home. DNA evidence in 2002 identified Charles Jackson, a recently deceased Folsom inmate, as her killer.
    (SFC, 3/19/02, p.A10)

1975        Sep 18, Police and FBI arrested Patty Hearst, William and Emily Harris, and Wendy Yoshimura in SF. Hearst was convicted of bank robbery and served over 22 months in federal prison. Pres. Carter commuted her sentence in 1979.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W23)

1975        The 12,400 seat Concord Pavilion was built. In 2000 it was renamed the Chronicle Pavilion of Concord.
    (SFC, 3/21/00, p.A19)

1975        The Hospice of Marin was founded to care for dying patients. It was the first hospice in California. Connecticut founded the first hospice in the US in 1974.
    (SFC, 8/2/10, p.E1)
1975        The Oakland Youth Chorus was founded.
    (SFC, 5/10/97, p.A17)

1975        The Elizabeth Terwilliger Nature Education Foundation was founded in Corte Madera, Ca., to provide nature programs for Bay Area schools. It was named after environmental teacher Elizabeth Terwilliger (1909-2006).
    (SFC, 11/30/06, p.B7)

1975        Visitacion Associates, co-owners of 3600 acres of San Bruno Mountain with the Crocker Land Co., proposed a major development of over 8,500 residential units and 2 million square feet of office and commercial space. Residents began lobbying county officials against the development.
    (Ind, 4/27/99, p.11A)

1975        Beryl Buck, philanthropist, left a $10 million estate to benefit "all mankind" from a Marin base. By 1999 the trust had grown to $850 million and The Buck Center for Research in Aging opened.
    (SFC, 8/24/99, p.E1)

1975        Richard J. Elkus (d.1999 at 88) and his wife Ruth (d.1991) donated 630-650 acres in Half Moon Bay to the Univ. of California Cooperative Extension with the condition that it be used to educate children. Elkus was also the author of "Alamos: A Philosophy in Living."
    (SFC, 3/20/99, p.A21)(DCR, 3/20/99, p.6)

1975        Mrs. Roth, daughter of Capt. William Matson, gave her 654-acre Filoli estate in Woodside, Ca., to the National Trust for Historic Preservation along with $2.5 million. This included the Filoli orchard, established in 1919 by William Bowers Bourn II. Capt. Matson was the founder of the Matson Steamship Navigation Lines.
    (Ind, 12/26/98, p.5A)(SSFC, 9/26/10, p.E2)

1975        The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Ca., began treating marine mammals rescued along the California coast.
    (SFC, 11/11/05, p.B3)

1975        The New Almaden mine south of San Jose, Ca., was closed. It had mined mercury for over 120 years. In the 1980s it was placed on the state’s list of Superfund cleanup sites.
    (SSFC, 12/22/02, p.A26)

1975        Chiura Obata (b.1885), Japanese-born Bay Area painter, died. He was a prof. of art at UC Berkeley for 20 years.
    (SFC, 9/25/00, p.F5)

1975-1983    In San Jose Janet Gray Hayes served as the city’s first woman mayor.
    (SFC, 7/19/97, p.A17)

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