Timeline San Francisco 1930-1959

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1930        Jan 22, SF city and army authorities began an investigation into the deaths of Lauretta Watson and Sgt. John Yates, a Crissy Field flyer, to determine whether the couple died from poison gin purchased from a local bootlegger.
    (SFC, 1/21/05, p.F3)

1930        Jan 23, Antone “Black Tony" Parmagini and William Levin, said to be the brains of an int’l. narcotics ring and the western associates of the notorious Rothstein ring of NY, were found guilty in SF, Ca., on 5 different counts of violating narcotics law.
    (SFC, 1/21/05, p.F3)

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        Feb 3, The Glide Foundation announced plans to build a large church at Taylor and Ellis streets as a memorial to H.L. Glide, millionaire Sacramento cattleman.
    (SFC, 2/4/05, p.F9)

1930        Feb 7, L.M. Giannini, son of A.P. Giannini, officially became president of the Transamerica Corp.
    (SFC, 2/4/05, p.F9)

1930        Feb 12, Divine Scientists in SF and Oakland were shocked by the news that 2 East Coast cult leaders, brothers Fenwick and Ernest Holmes, were under investigation for alleged fake stock sales totaling $5 million.
    (SFC, 2/11/05, p.F10)

1930        Feb 14, “The Maltese Falcon," by SF based writer Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961), was published.
    (SFC, 6/7/04, p.C1)

1930        Feb 25, Doctors from around the nation arrived in SF to study the Coffey-Humber experimental treatment for cancer.
    (SFC, 2/25/05, p.F4)

1930        Mar 1, In San Francisco the 22 storey Clay-Jones Apartments, designed by architect Albert Larsen, opened at 1250 Jones St.
    (SSFC, 2/1/15, p.D2)(SFC, 2/11/15, p.D1)

1930        Mar 2, SF took possession of the Spring Valley Water Co. The company had its headquarters in a 7-storey building at 425 Mason St.
    (SFC, 12/17/04, p.F2)(SSFC, 8/24/14, p.C2)

1930        Mar 4, A Federal Grand Jury indicted George Noel Keyston, president of the SF Stock Exchange, along with 8 others for an alleged conspiracy to embezzle some $550,000 from the Post and Fillmore branch of the Bank of Italy in 1929.
    (SFC, 3/4/05, p.F3)

1930        Mar 5, Some 10,000 people gathered in front of SF City Hall as part of “Red Thursday," a nationwide and worldwide unemployment demonstration.
    (SFC, 3/4/05, p.F3)

1930        Mar 19, A gas explosion and flood from a broken 16-inch water main washed out half of 47th Avenue for a block near Anza.
    (SFC, 3/18/05, p.F6)

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

1930        Apr 16, SF school teachers won an increase in pay. The raise increased the budget for the school year to $11.2 million. Annual pay would now range from $1,500 to $4,056.
    (SFC, 4/15/05, p.F8)

1930        May 4, SF prohibition agents raided the Silver Slipper Café at 621 Union and Shorty Roberts’ Place at the beach. None of the 650 guests were arrested but alcohol was seized.
    (SFC, 4/29/05, p.F2)

1930        May 21, At Tomales Bay Vincent Lucich, rum runner, shot and killed M.S. Sturtevant, a codefendant and witness in the Mason rum trial. Lucich surrendered to SF police the next day.
    (SFC, 5/20/05, p.F9)

1930        May 26, Mayor James Rolph Jr. declared May 26 to be Living Music Day in SF.
    (SFC, 5/20/05, p.F9)

1930        May 31, Clint Eastwood, actor and director, was born was born in SF and went to high school in Oakland. He became famous for his "Dirty Harry" films and "Spaghetti Westerns." A biography: "Clint Eastwood," by Richard Schickel was published in 1996 and made into a TV documentary in 1997.
    (SFC,10/31/97, p.C7)(HN, 5/31/98)(HN, 5/31/99)

1930        Apr 29, Officer John Malcolm was killed by payroll robbers at Pier 26.
    (SSFC, 6/2/02, p.D3)

1930        May 30, US Census figures moved San Francisco from 12th to 11th place on the list of large US cities.
    (SFC, 5/27/05, p.F5)

1930        Jun 6, A Chronicle-Universal talkie newsreel was shown at the Marion Davies and Embassey Theaters as well as motion-picture houses throughout Northern California and Nevada.
    (SFC, 6/3/05, p.F6)

1930        Jul 29, The US Coast Guard towed the Canadian rum-runner Ray Roberts into SF with a cargo of 1,050 cases of whiskey.
    (SFC, 7/29/05, p.F7)

1930        Aug 1, The new $700,000 Maurice Hotel opened in SF at 761 Post St. Each of its rooms and suites featured a bath and shower.
    (SFC, 7/29/05, p.F7)

1930        Aug 7, James D. Phelan (1897-1901), former 3-time mayor of SF, died. In 1914 he was elected and served a single term in the US Senate. His unsuccessful 1920 reelection campaign used the slogan "Keep California White."
    (SFC, 11/7/00, p.A15)(SFC, 8/5/05, p.F4)

1930        Aug 25, Max Baer (1909-1959) knocked out Frankie Campbell in the 5th round of a boxing match in San Francisco. Campbell died and Baer was jailed, but then cleared by a grand jury. On Oct 1 a municipal judge dismissed manslaughter charges against Baer. 
    (SFC, 8/25/05, p.B1)(SFC, 9/30/05, p.F3)

1930        Sep 7, Billy Hajek, sailor and jazzman, passed the world’s record of 72 hours of continuous piano playing at Clay & Co. at Sutter and Kearny streets in SF.
    (SFC, 9/2/05, p.F3)

1930        Sep 28, Acting SF Mayor Angelo Rossi presided over ground-breaking exercizes at 36th Ave. and Vincente Street for work on the Sunset Boulevard.
    (SFC, 9/23/05, p.F3)

1930        Sep, Louis Frost was shot and killed while making an illegal liquor delivery on Hoffman Ave.
    (SSFC, 6/2/02, p.D3)

1930        Oct 27, SF Bohemian Club Pres. James Swinnerton announced plans for a new $750,000 clubhouse in SF. The present site was at Post and Taylor streets.
    (SFC, 10/21/05, p.F6)

1930        Nov 4, In SF George Christopher defeated Democrat George Reilly for mayor and went on to serve 2 terms. Voters also approved a $35 million bond issue to build the Golden Gate Bridge.
    (SFC, 9/15/00, p.A19)(SFC, 11/4/05, p.F6)

1930        Nov 7, Stock prices fell to new lows on the SF Stock Exchange.
    (SFC, 11/4/05, p.F6)

1930        Nov 10, Some 600 men were put to work on 10 public projects in SF. They were to work 3 days a week for a month at $5 per day to relieve unemployment.
    (SFC, 11/4/05, p.F6)

1930        Nov 24, In SF George Bernard Shaw’s 40th play, “The Apple Cart," opened to rave reviews at the Geary Theater.
    (SFC, 11/18/05, p.F6)

1930        Dec 7, In San Francisco Leo Diegel won the $7,500 inaugural national match play open golf championship at the Olympic Club.
    (SFC, 12/2/05, p.F3)

1930        Dec 8, In San Francisco Rosetta Baker, a wealthy widow with a taste for younger men, was found strangled in her California St. apartment. Liu Fook, her butler (63) and a secret opium addict, was suspected but found innocent at trial.
    (SSFC, 6/2/02, p.D3)(SFC, 2/17/09, p.A11)

1930        Dec 12, The California Palace of the Legion of Honor held a reception for Diego Rivera to honor the opening of the completed exhibition of his paintings there.
    (SFC, 12/9/05, p.F6)

1930        Dec 14, US Customs agents in San Francisco seized $56,000 worth of opium from the Japanese liner Asama Maru as festivities marked the liner’s 1st year of trans-Pacific service.
    (SFC, 12/9/05, p.F6)
1930        Dec 14, A Swarthmore College report on 431 US educational institutions counted 871,184 full and part-time students. The Univ. of California, which included the LA branch, topped the list with 17,322.
    (SFC, 12/9/05, p.F6)

1930        Dec 22, The SF Board of Supervisors voted 14-2 to elect Angelo Rossi to succeed Gov.-elect James Rolph on Jan 6, 1931, as mayor of SF.
    (SFC, 12/16/05, p.F7)

1930        The 29-story Shell Oil Building was constructed in 300 days at the Bush, Battery and Market St. corner.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, BR p.4)

1930        In San Francisco the Independent Order of Foresters built a 3-storey Art Deco building, designed by Harold Stoner, at 170 Valencia. In the 1970s it was converted to a Baha’i temple.
    (SSFC, 9/7/14, p.C2)
1930        In San Francisco the 3-story Roosevelt Middle School, designed by Miller & Pflueger in the Dutch Expressionist style, was built at 460 Arguello.
    (SSFC, 5/10/09, p.B2)
1930        In San Francisco a 28-story tower, designed by Miller and Pflueger and Lewis Hobart, was built at 100 McAllister St. It opened as a hotel atop a church. The federal government used it for offices during WWII. As of 2009 it contained apartments for UC Hastings Law College.
    (SSFC, 6/21/09, p.B2)
1930        In San Francisco the 19-story Cathedral Apartments, a residential tower designed by Weeks and Day, was built at 1201 California St.
    (SSFC, 5/9/10, p.C2)
1930        In San Francisco the 6-story building at 130 Montgomery St. was completed. The Art Moderne style was by architects O’Brien Bros. and Wilbur Peugh.
    (SSFC, 10/14/12, p.C4)
1930        In San Francisco the neoclassical bulkhead structure at Pier 15 was constructed. In 2013 the pier was reborn as the new $205-million Exploratorium science museum with a 66-year lease.
    (SSFC, 7/10/16, p.A12)
1930        The SF Water Dept. acquired 508 acres near Pleasanton. Wells on the site provided a water source until the 1960s when Pleasanton was allowed to use the land for sewage disposal.
    (SFC, 6/16/97, p.A1,11)

1930        The Orpheum Theater on O’Farrell St. became the Columbia, a 2nd-run movie and burlesque house. It was razed in 1938.
    (SFEC, 4/5/98, DB p.44)

1930        San Francisco Stock and Bond Exchange opened in a new building at Pine and Sansome.
    (SSFC, 7/3/05, p.F3)

1930        The SF Bank of Italy became the Bank of America. A.P. Giannini consolidated his banking holdings into the Bank of America National Trust and Savings Association under Transamerica’s control.
    (SFC, 1/3/98, p.A19)(SFC, 4/14/98, p.B4)

1930        The SF College of Mortuary Science was established.
    (SFC, 9/25/99, p.A1)

1930        James R. Rolph, "Sunny Jim," was elected governor of the state and served one 4-year term.
    (SFC, 3/16/98, p.A14)(SFEC, 6/14/98, p.B8)

1930        Mills Field was renamed SF Municipal Airport.
    (Ind, 5/5/01, 5A)

1930s        The neighborhood of stucco homes with tiled roofs known as Little Hollywood was built between Visitacion Valley and the Bayview.
    (SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A14)

1930s        Some 2 dozen houses were built in SF in the Francisco Heights neighborhood on Almaden Court in the Rousseau style of small Tudor and Spanish revival.
    (SFCM, 3/20/05, p.6)

1930s        Jose Cansino and his sister Elisa opened a dance studio next to the Curran Theater. The taught "bailes de figura" and flamenco dancing.
    (SFEC,10/26/97, DB p.41)

1930-1945    Charles J. Connick created the stained-glass windows for Grace Cathedral. The Cathedral was built on Nob Hill at the site of the Charles Crocker home.
    (SFC, 4/21/99, p.E5)(Ind, 9/23/00,5A)

1931        Jan 3, The SF Board of Supervisors ordered that construction begin on a long-planned roadway around Lake Merced and voted to name it the Elizabeth W. Coit Blvd.
    (SFC, 12/30/05, p.F2)

1931        Jan 6, Angelo Rossi succeeded Gov.-elect James Rolph as mayor of SF.
    (SFC, 12/16/05, p.F7)

1931        Jan 7, The SF Police Homicide Squad reported that 27 murders in SF for 1930.
    (SFC, 1/6/06, p.F6)

1931        Jan 8, US Sen. Tallant Tubbs of SF introduced a joint resolution urging Congress to repeal the 18th amendment.
    (SFC, 1/6/06, p.F6)

1931        Jan, Foundation work began on the new Opera House and Veteran’s Building in the Civic Center.
    (SFEM, 8/31/97, p.7)

1931        Jan, Henry Schmidt was found bound, gagged and strangled in his Fulton Street store.
    (SSFC, 6/2/02, p.D3)

1931        Feb, Albina Voohries was murdered and set afire in her 48th Ave. store to cover up a robbery.
    (SSFC, 6/2/02, p.D3)

1931        Apr 2, Virne "Jackie" Mitchell became the 2nd woman to play for an all-male pro baseball team. In an exhibition game against the New York Yankees, she struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
    (HN, 4/2/01)(www.exploratorium.edu/baseball/mitchell.html)

1931        The 2 Piazzoni murals, "The Land" and "The Sea" were painted in the SF Main Library.
    (SFC, 12/11/98, p.A25)
1931        Diego Rivera, Mexican muralist, arrived in SF. He painted "Allegory of California" for the Pacific Stock Exchange.
    (SFEC, 5/18/97, SF p.2)(SFC, 8/30/03, p.D10)
1931        In San Francisco the El Rey Theatre, designed by architect Timothy Pfleuger, was built at 1970 Ocean Ave. It closed in 1977 and the structure was taken over by a Pentecostal church.
    (SSFC, 1/13/13, p.C5)
1931        In San Francisco the Main Post Chapel at the Presidio was built in a Spanish Colonial Revival style.
    (SFEM, 6/27/99, p.13)
1931        Construction began on San Francisco’s Municipal Pier at Aquatic Park. 634 pilings attached to pre-cast concrete created calm waters for swimming.
    (SFC, 10/3/08, p.B7)(SFC, 11/14/15, p.C2)
1931         In San Francisco Seals Stadium opened at 16th and Bryant streets. The $1.5 million single-deck cement structure, was designed by H.J. Brunnier. The 18,500-seat baseball stadium had a public address system and lights for night games. It was also home to the Mission Reds until 1938. Seals Stadium was demolished in 1959.
    (SFEC,12/797, Z1 p.4)(SSFC, 10/4/09, p.50)(SFC, 5/12/18, p.C2)
1931        The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco created the California Book Award to foster and recognize literature in the Golden State. The 1st recipients this year were: California Sen. William McAdoo for his journal, Lincoln Steffens for his autobiography, and Herbert E. Bolton for his history of SF: “Outposts of Empire."
    (SFEC,11/2/97, BR p.13)(SFC, 6/6/06, p.D1)
1931        Lizzie Glide, a Methodist philanthropist, opened Glide Church and founded the Glide Foundation as a memorial to her husband, cattle baron H.L. Glide.
    (SFC, 9/15/98, p.A9)
1931        In San Francisco Douglas Shaw opened Shaws candy store in the West Portal neighborhood. The operation grew to a 50-store chain and then shrank back down to the original store, which closed in 2020.
    (SFC, 2/17/20, p.D1)
1931        Joe DiMaggio (17) joined the San Francisco Seals, a Pacific Coast League baseball team.
    (CHA, 1/2001)
1931        SF purchased a brand new Lincoln Phaeton convertible touring car for $4,400. It was the 1st car to cross the GG Bridge on opening day in 1937.
    (SFC, 12/27/00, p.A23)
1931        Rosalie Meyer Stern donated 12 acres of land at 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd. to San Francisco for open-air concerts and as a tribute to her late husband. Architect Bernard Maybeck was consulted in developing the grove. The Trocodero Clubhouse demonstrates Stick-Eastlake architecture.
    (SFC, 5/19/96,City Guide, p.6)(SFC, 10/2/13, p.D5)
1931        A.P. Giannini regained control Transamerica Corp. after ousting CEO Elisha Walker who planned to liquidate the organization to stave off bankruptcy.
    (SFC, 4/14/98, p.B1)
1931        Francis Marion "Borax" Smith, founder and developer of the Pacific Coast Borax Company, died. He consolidated the SF Bay Area trolley lines into the Key System, built the East Bay water system and helped build the Claremont Hotel. His Arbor Villa in Oakland was demolished in 1932.
    (SFC, 11/6/98, p.D5)(SSFC, 10/20/02, p.A19)
1931        In San Francisco the cable car lines on Casto and Fillmore streets ended operations.
    (SFC, 2/8/14, p.C1)

1931-1944    Angelo Rossi served as mayor of SF.
    (SFC, 11/5/03, p.A27)

1932        Feb 18, In SF federal prohibition agents seized the offices and storehouses of two wholesale liquor setups: The Chicago Specialty Company at 724 Montgomery St. and J.C. Millet at 241 Clay St. The raids were aimed at breaking up a major bootlegging ring said to be headed by Johnny Marino.
    (SSFC, 2/18/07, DB p.58)

1932        Feb 19, In SF Bank of Canton manager Arthur G. Wong reported that over $1,000,000 in gold had been wired from SF to aid Chinese forces in Shanghai.
    (SSFC, 2/18/07, DB p.58)

1932        Mar 3, George Gordon was found slain at a Utah St. factory.
    (SSFC, 6/2/02, p.D3)

1932        Mar 23, Paul Hanson, defending the honor of his date, was killed by 3 thugs at a lovers lane at Lake Merced.
    (SSFC, 6/2/02, p.D3)

1932        Apr, Jessie Scott Hughes was killed near her home on Lakeview St. in a faked automobile accident. It was later revealed that Frank Egan, the county public defender, engineered the killing.
    (SSFC, 6/2/02, p.D3)

1932        May 5, O’Bryan Bemis was found dead at the California Rod and Gun club range at Fort Funston after a good day at the track.
    (SSFC, 6/2/02, p.D3)

1932        May 18, Luigi Malvese, bootleg gangster, was ambushed and shot to death in front of the Del Monte Barbershop at 720 Columbus Ave, SF, Ca. A police dragnet rounded up some 1,000 "usual suspect" in an attempt to pressure the underworld to rein in its wild men. Louis Dinato, Al Capone’s tailor, was among those rounded up.
    (SSFC, 6/2/02, p.D3)

1932        Aug, Fluoridation of SF drinking water began in the city’s western neighborhoods. The program went city-wide in 1955.
    (SFC, 7/22/05, p.F3)

1932        Oct 15, The War Memorial Opera House opened with Puccini’s Tosca. Gaetano Merola led the orchestra.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.D3)(SFEC, 8/10/97, p.A12,B9)

1932        Nov, In San Francisco the Group f.64 announced themselves to a sceptical art world at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum. The 11-member group of photographers included Imogen Cunningham, Preston Holder and Brett Weston.
    (SFC, 11/24/14, p.78)

1932        Dec 11, Snow fell in San Francisco and accumulated to 1 inch. Temperatures dropped to a record low of 27 degrees.
    (SFEM, 12/22/96, p.20)(SFC, 12/25/08, p.A14)

1932        Ten oil on canvas paintings by Gottardo Piazzoni were installed along the side of the loggia in the Main Library. 5 view were of the Pacific Ocean and 5 were of the mountains. Another 4 landscapes were added later.
    (WSJ, 1/19/98, p.A20)
1932        In San Francisco the College of Women, founded by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, was erected at the top of the 448-foot Lone Mountain hill. It later became part of the Jesuit Univ. of San Francisco.
    (SFC, 11/13/13, p.E1)
1932        In San Francisco a series of homes were built on the 1500 block of 36th Avenue in the storybook style designed by architect Oliver Rousseau.
    (SSFC, 6/10/12, p.E2)
1932        The national radio show "One Man’s Family" premiered. It was about a fictional San Francisco family.
    (SFEC, 3/30/97, BR. p.4)
1932        The SF Opera Company was founded at the Civic Auditorium.
    (WSJ, 12/26/95, p. A-5)
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        In San Francisco the 3-story, Art Deco style, telephone exchange building at 1930 Steiner, designed by E.V. Colby, was completed.
    (SSFC, 8/11/13, p.C2)
1932        In San Francisco the structure at 320-326 Judah was built and extended in 1940. It contained the sales office of Henry Doelger, who developed the Sunset district from sand dunes to subdivisions.
    (SSFC, 3/25/12, p.C2)
1932        In San Francisco the Roman Catholic church St. Anne of the Sunset was built at 850 Judah St. It was designed in a Romanesque style by architects Shea & Lofquist.
    (SSFC, 11/15/09, p.C3)
1932        The anchor-shaped Public Health Service Hospital was built in the Presidio as a hospital for merchant marines. 2 wings were added in 1952.
    (SFC, 7/30/03, p.A23)
1932        In San Francisco the Mission revival style Pier 38 was completed. The bulkhead building on the pier was built in 1936.
    (SFEC, 2/27/00, p.B3)(SSFC, 7/10/16, p.A12)
1932        The YWCA building at 1830 Sutter St. was built with money raised by Japanese immigrants. It was designed by Julia Morgan. In 2002 the Nihonmachi Little Friends community day care center gained title in a settlement with YWCA.
    (SFC, 2/27/02, p.A15)
1932        The small (575 sq. ft.) Ocean View Library opened at 111 Broad St.
    (SFC, 8/19/99, p.A17)
1932        John P. McLaughlin founded the SF Municipal park Employees Union.
    (SFC,11/24/97, p.A21)
1932        In San Francisco the Convent of the Good Shepherd opened on University Mound in the Portola District. It later sold its educational complex to an evangelical school and in 1961 began offering shelter for homeless women in a small house that formerly served graduates of the girls school.
    (SFC, 6/12/13, p.E5)
1932        San Francisco’s modern-day charter was first adopted. The charter shrank the Board of Supervisors to 11 members chosen citywide.
    (SFC, 1/8/98, p.A20)(SSFC, 2/28/10, p.E2)
1932        SF held 9 State Assembly seats.
    (SFEM, 11/17/96, p.12)
1932        A SF police raid at the Beach Chalet netted a dozen men charged with sponsoring lewd shows and gambling parties.
    (SFC, 12/26/96, p.C1)
1932        Fields Book Store at 1419 Polk St. began business.
    (SFEC, 12/13/98, Z1 p.4)

1933        Jan 5, In San Francisco federal judge Harold Lauderback ordered the auction of 2,245 gallons of moonshine that had been seized in raids.
    (SSFC, 1/4/09, DB p.50)
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 13, The Merchants Exchange Club at 465 California St. unveiled 3 murals on its walls commissioned to painter Jose Moya del Pino (d.1969).
    (SFC, 4/7/97, p.E1)

1933        May 12, In San Francisco a drawbridge, designed by Joseph B. Strauss, opened on Third St. across Mission Creek Channel. In 1969 it was renamed in honor of the famous baseball player Lefty O'Doul.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lefty_O%27Doul_Bridge)(SFC, 3/14/00, p.A15)

1933        Jun 2, The SF Ballet performed "Le Ballet Mecanique" by Adolph Bolm at the new Opera House. The piece was originally created for a Hollywood film.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.35)

1933        Jun 10, Col. Eugene Northington (53) of the US Army Medical Corps died in SF from X-ray cancers. He had dedicated his life to pioneering work studying X-rays.
    (SSFC, 6/8/08, DB p.58)

1933        Jun 22, Dianne Feinstein, 1st female mayor of SF, (Sen-D-Ca), was born in SF.
    (MC, 6/22/02)

1933        Oct, San Francisco’s Coit Tower was dedicated. It was built with $100,000 in funds bequeathed by Lillie Hitchcock Coit. It was designed by Arthur Brown Jr. and contains frescoes by Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Eliza Wychie Hitchcock Coit died at age 88 and rests in Cypress Lawn, Colma.
    (SFEC, 11/3/96, DB p.33)(HT, 5/97, p.14)(CHA, 1/2001)

1933        Dec 5, SF became a dry city with the death of Prohibition as the city went under state license control with no licenses issued.
    (SSFC, 11/30/08, DB p.58)
1933        Dec 5, In SF some 6,259 men received pay from the Civil Works Administration for projects that included Lake Merced road and Balboa reservoir.
    (SSFC, 11/30/08, DB p.58)

1933        Dec 15, In San Francisco Lloyd J. Evans became the first worker on the Bay Bridge to die. He had been working 112 feet down on the bay bottom and experienced decompression sickness. An 11-hour effort to revive him in a recompression chamber failed.
    (SSFC, 12/14/08, p.54)

1933        Dec, In San Francisco Walter Heil, head of the de Young Museum, and other officials chose 25 artists to create murals at the new Coit Tower. They would be paid $25 to $45 per week.
    (SFC, 7/8/17, p.C1)

1933        Journalist Herbert Asbury (1889-1963) authored “The Barbary Coast:  An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld."
1933        The SF Opera Ballet was founded.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.35)
1933        Sargent Johnson (1888-1967), a successful African-American artist in SF, made his sculpture "Forever Free."
    (SFEC, 2/8/98, DB p.31)(SFEM, 3/22/98, p.8)
1933        In San Francisco the Municipal Pier at Aquatic Park, begun in 1931, reached its full length of 1,850 feet.
    (SFC, 11/14/15, p.C2)
1933        In San Francisco Pasquale Gagno constructed a 4-storey stack of one-room flats topped with a blue dome on Dunne’s Alley, Telegraph Hill.
    (SSFC, 1/22/15, p.C2)
1933        Lillian Schuman (1906-1996) and her husband Adolph founded the San Francisco clothing company Lilli Ann Corp.
    (SFC, 6/18/96, p.A17)
1933        Photographer Horace Bristol moved to SF from Ventura Ct. and opened a studio near Union Square. He soon met Ansel Adams and the members of the Group f/64, a Bay Area affiliation of photographers that included Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Otto Hagel and Hansel Mieth. Bristol collaborated with Steinbeck in 1938 to shoot photographs of migrant workers in the valley and their work led to Steinbeck’s 1939 "The Grapes Of Wrath."
    (SFC, 8/7/97, p.A18)
c1933        The Anchor Brewing Co. was purchased by employee Joe Allen after Prohibition. He ran the operation to 1958.
    (SFC, 3/3/99, Z1 p.9)
1933        The Fritz Cos., a SF freight-forwarding firm, was founded. Lynn Fritz, son of the founder, sold the company to United Parcel Service in 2001 for $437 million.
    (SSFC, 3/27/05, p.B1)
1933        The Black Cat Café, a San Francisco Tenderloin bar driven out of business in 1921, reopened at 710 Montgomery under Charles Ridley, the same manager who had run the original. In 1945 it was sold to Sol Stouman and began to attract a clientele of homosexuals. In 1947 Jose Sarria (1922-2013) began hanging out there and gained a reputation for performing female impersonations. In 1998 Michael R. Gorman authored “The Empress Is a Man: Stories from the Life of Jose Sarria."
    (SFC, 11/8/14, p.C1)
1933        Patrick H. McCarthy, former mayor of SF (1909-1911), died.
    (SFC, 9/12/98, p.C3)
1933        The square-rigged Star of Alaska (1904-1933), formerly the Balclutha (1886-1904), was sold by Alaska Packers to new owners who renamed and transformed the ship into the Pacific Queen pirate ship and towed it up and down the Pacific coast as a floating carnival boat. In 1955 it became the 1st of the SF Maritime collection of historic ships.
    (SFEC,11/23/97, p.D3)(SFC, 3/11/05, p.E4)

1934        Jan 22, Bill Bixby, actor (Incredible Hulk, My Favorite Martian), was born in SF, Calif.
    (MC, 1/22/02)

1934        Feb 2, The SF Police Commission promulgated a set of regulations regarding dance permits to Barbary Coast nightclubs. These included a prohibition against colored and white people dancing together.
    (SSFC, 2/1/09, DB p.50)

1934        Feb 7, Kathleen Norris, a SF Bay Area novelist based in Palo Alto, summed up a trip to Germany saying Hitler has virtually solved problems of unemployment and poverty. She said the leader was idolized everywhere as the people’s rescuer.
    (SSFC, 2/1/09, p.50)

1934        Feb 20, In San Francisco a fire destroyed the recently opened Anchor Brewing Co. at 1610 Harrison St. The plant specialized in  steam beer for which SF was once famous.
    (SSFC, 2/15/09, DB p.50)

1934        Mar 8, It was reported that workmen excavating for the SF Federal Building unearthed the skeletal remains of 3 SF settlers and several gold and silver coins near the corner of McAllister and Hyde streets. Over 20 graves were uncovered during the course of the excavation.
    (SSFC, 3/8/09, DB p.45)

1934        Mar, In SF Michael R. Catalano, underworld figure, was murdered.
    (SSFC, 3/15/09, DB p.50)

1934        Mar 24, San Francisco’s 103-foot Mount Davidson Cross was illuminated by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt via an electrical impulse telegraphed to turn on floodlights at the base. It was created by architect George Kelham. This was the 5th cross created at this site. The first was erected in 1923 as a memorial to the veterans of WW I.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Davidson_%28California%29)(SFC, 8/21/96, p.A1,11)(SFC, 4/24/98, p.A17)(SFC, 1/5/00, p.A18)(SFC, 8/14/13, p.D5)

1934        May 9, The San Francisco waterfront strike began. The Int’l. Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), headed by Australian immigrant Harry Bridges, shut down seaports in Washington, Oregon and California for 3 months. Union workers went on strike for a 6 hour day and a hiring hall to replace the company operated Blue Book Union on the waterfront. Strike breakers were housed in ships to avoid getting beat up by the dock workers. In 1996 David F. Selvin published "A Terrible Anger: The 1934 Waterfront and General Strikes in San Francisco." [see Jul 5]
    (SFEC, 12/15/96, BR p.5)(SFEM, 3/2/97, p.21)(SFC, 8/4/97, p.E5)(SFEC, 5/2/99, Z1 p.4)(SFC, 10/4/02, p.A17)

1934        May 28, In San Francisco nearly 1,000 longshoremen clashed with police at Pier 18 on the 20th day of their strike. Alphonse Metzgar was shot in the back with light buckshot.
    (SSFC, 5/24/09, DB p.39)   

1934        Jun 2, Sunny Jim Rolph (b.1869), former mayor of SF (1912-1931) and Governor of California (1931-1934), died. He lived at his home at 288 San Jose Ave. in the Mission throughout his life.
    (SFEC, 4/25/99, Z1 p.5)(SSFC, 5/31/09, DB p.50)

1934        Jun 22, San Francisco Police Capt. Charles Goff voiced the sensational charge that carefully planned communistic programs are being carried out in SF schools and churches.
    (SSFC, 6/21/09, DB p.50)

1934        Jun 30, In San Francisco a group of men with sledgehammers and crowbars attacked the headquarters of the Western Worker, a Communist Party publication, near the Civic Center Plaza. They fled when men associated with the publication rushed out from a back room.
    (SSFC, 6/28/09, DB p.50)

1934        Jul 5, During the West Coast maritime strike Mayor Angelo J. Rossi, a former florist, unleashed the city’s violently anti-union police department on the workers. 33 people were shot with 2 men killed in what came to be called "Bloody Thursday." Police fired into a crowd of strikers at Steuart and Mission streets and killed Howard S. Sperry and Nickolas Bordoise. Another 109 strikers were wounded. Police had tried to escort scabs to the docks. Civil liberties attorneys Ernest Besig (d.1998 at 94), and Chester Williams were called in from New York. They founded a local American Civil Liberties Union and sued SF and Oakland for failure to protect striker’s First Amendment rights.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W31)(SFC, 11/21/98, p.C2)(SFC, 9/27/02, p.D11)(SSFC, 7/3/11, DB p.38)

1934        Jul 9, A parade of 15,000 was held on Market Street for the 2 men killed on Jul 5. The funeral was followed by a general strike. SF Mayor Angelo J. Rossi and Gov. Frank Merriman blamed the strike on Communists.
    (SFEM, 1/18/98, p.6)(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W31)(SFEC, 5/2/99, Z1 p.4)

1934        Jul 16, The nation’s 1st general strike was called in San Francisco in response to violence and disregard of worker’s rights in the waterfront strike. Some 140,000 workers walked off their jobs. It collapsed after 4 days. Seven men were killed and thousands were injured. The general strike ended after 4 days and went into arbitration. In the fall arbitrators gave the union a hiring hall, a 6-hour day and a small wage increase. [see May 9, Jul 5]
    (SFEC, 12/15/96, BR p.5)(SFEC, 5/2/99, Z1 p.4)(SFC, 9/27/02, p.D11)(PCh, 1992, p.826)

1934        Jul 29, The West Coast longshoremen’s strike came to an end on its 82nd day when the dock workers’ leaders accepted conditions proposed by the National Longshoremen’s board, pending arbitration. Men returned to work on July 31.
    (SSFC, 7/26/09, DB p.42)(www.lib.washington.edu/exhibits/STRIKES!/exh.html)

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. Alcatraz, previously used only for American military criminals, received its first group of civilian prisoners. The federal convicts joined a small number of military prisoners, left over from the island‘s time as a U.S. Army prison. The facility had been used as a military prison since 1859, but was redesigned in the 1930s to be a high-security penitentiary for the "most dangerous" prisoners. Gangster Al Capone arrived at Alcatraz later that August.
    (SFC, 5/19/96,City Guide, p.7)(AP, 8/11/97)(SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W30)(HNQ, 7/10/00)

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, In San Francisco the new Coit Tower in Pioneer Park on Telegraph Hill opened to the public. At least 8 frescoes, painted by 27 artists employed by the WPA, were washed out and eliminated because they were “architecturally inharmonious." The July 7 opening date had been cancelled due to controversy over the new frescoes. Victor Arnautoff (1896-1979), Russian-born social realist, was in charge.
    (SSFC, 10/4/09, p.50)(SFC, 7/8/17, p.C2)(SFC, 9/7/17 p.D5)
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        Oct, In San Francisco flammable eucalyptus fueled another fire in Sutro’s forest. It took nearly the entire SF Fire Dept , some 400 men, to put it out.
    (SFC, 2/27/13, p.A9)

1934        Nov 1, Jeanette MacDonald arrived in San Francisco for the upcoming premier of “The Merry Widow," in which she co-starred with Maurice Chevalier.
    (SSFC, 11/1/09, DB p.42)(TVM, 1977, p.470)

1934        Nov 2, In San Francisco a fight for control of the beer market expanded as brewers matched the prices of Humboldt Brewery at $1 a case of 24 pints.
    (SSFC, 11/1/09, DB p.42)

1934        The non-profit Wine Institute was founded in SF sponsored by 48 California wineries to help the industry regroup following prohibition.
    (SFEC, 3/14/99, p.C1)
1934        The SF County Jail, designed for 550 inmates, was built in San Bruno, Ca. It was replaced in 2006 with a new facility next door designed for 768 inmates.
    (SFC, 9/5/97, p.A24)(SFC, 8/17/06, p.B8)
1934        Alexander Roberts asked the state Legislature to purchase 53 acres of city-owned land near Lake Merced as a new campus.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)
1934        The Pacific Rod and Gun Club moved into a new 13-acre city-owned facility at Lake Merced in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 3/20/08, p.A1)
1934        In SF Vincente La Rocca opened La Rocca’s Corner, a bar in North Beach at Columbus and Taylor. His son Leo La Rocca (1913-2006) took over in the 1950s and sold the bar in 1995.
    (SFC, 2/8/06, p.B5)
1934        In San Francisco Ernie Carlesso opened the Il Travatore restaurant on Montgomery near Broadway in an old brick building that was once the Frisco Dance Hall. It was later sold to waiter Ambrogio Gotti. The renamed Ernie’s closed in 1995.
    (SFC, 11/13/14, p.D5)
1934        San Francisco-based Levi Strauss introduced Lady Levi's, the company's first jeans for women.
    (SSFC, 3/24/19, p.D4)

1934-1940    Henry Doelger became America’s biggest homebuilder. He was managing to build 2 homes a day. The area from 27th to 39th Avenues between Kirkham and Quintara came to be called Doelger City. His next project was Golden Gate Heights on 15th and 16th Avenues.
    (GTP, 1973, p.108)

1935        Jan 31, The San Francisco emergency relief committed said there are 80,491 people on relief. 20,000 were employed, 10,000 were on direct relief and 550 were unemployable.
    (SSFC, 1/31/10, DB p.42)

1935        Mar 8, In San Francisco a boxing match between Joe Lewis and Red Barry was stopped after Barry collapsed under punches from Lewis. Close to 8,000 fans watched the bout at  Dreamland where Lewis won close to $3,650 with Barry getting about $1,200.
    (SSFC, 3/7/10, p.46)

1935        Mar 27, The steamer North Haven departed San Francisco with 2 prefabricated hotels and other supplies to establish bases on Wake and Guam Islands in the Marianas to support Pan Am flights.
    (SFEM, 2/13/00, p.32)

1935        Apr 16, Captain Musick lifted the Sikorsky S-42 Pan American Clipper up from the waters of the SF Bay for its historic flight to Hawaii.
    (SFEM, 2/13/00, p.33)

1935        May 7, US Commissioner Ernest E. Williams listened as witnesses charged Walter Lord, head of Drive-Away Travel Service of Detroit, with violating the National Recovery Administration automobile code. At least 10 young men were left stranded in San Francisco after driving in cars from Detroit with no pay. Drivers figured they had worked 138 hours, which at the NRA rate of 37.5 cents and hour, would have meant $51.75 in wages for each driver.
    (SSFC, 5/2/10, DB p.46)

1935        Jun 21, Jack Loreen (34), holder of the world’s roller skating record from New York to Miami, allowed himself to be buried at Balboa Street and the Great Highway in San Francisco in an effort to beat his 65-day record, established last year, for being buried  alive in a coffin.
    (SSFC, 6/20/10, DB p.50)

1935        Oct 1, Some 500 SF commercial fishing boats began to be blessed in the traditional Madonna del Lune rite.
    (SFC, 10/1/04, p.F5)

1935        Oct 11, In San Francisco 5 tons of molten glass escaped from a break in a 300-ton furnace at the 15th and Folsom streets plant of Owens-Illinois Co. An emergency pit caught most of the escaping glass.
    (SSFC, 10/10/10, DB p.50)

1935        Nov 22, Pan Am inaugurated the first transpacific airmail service, San Francisco to Manila. The Pan Am China Clipper under Captain Ed Musick took off from Alameda Point bound for the Philippines with 111,000 letters. 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.
    (HN, 11/22/98)(Ind, 5/1/99, p.5A)(SFEM, 2/13/00, p.35)(NPub, 2002, p.13)

1935        Dec 6, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that rats now exceeded city’s population of people by a factor of 3 to 1.
    (SSFC, 12/5/10, DB p.50)

1935        Sargent Johnson (1888-1967), African-American artist in SF, made his sculpture "Negro Woman."
    (SFEC, 4/12/98, DB p.43)
1935        A.G. Rizzoli created his work "Mrs. Geo. Powleson Symbolically Portrayed."
    (SFEC, 4/12/98, DB p.43)
1935        The SF Museum of Art opened on the 4th floor of the new Veterans Building. The 1st exhibition included gothic tapestries as well as contemporary art.
    (SFC, 10/21/04, p.A15)
1935        Pierre Monteux began conducting the SF Symphony Orchestra.
    (SFC, 10/5/01, WB p.6)
1935        The SF Opera performed its first Ring Cycle with Lauritz Melchior and Kirsten Flagstad in her company debut.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.35)
1935        In San Francisco Paul C. Smith (27) was named executive editor of The Chronicle newspaper.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A8)
1935        Lawrence Hart (1901-1996) established a seminar that produced the "Activist Group" of poets. He lived on the "Monkey Block" where the Transamerica Pyramid now stands. A manifesto by the group was published by the Berkeley magazine Circle in 1947 titled: Ideas of Order in Experimental Poetry.
    (SFC, 6/6/96, p.C6)
1935        John Joseph Mitty succeeded Archbishop Hanna as Archbishop of SF and served until 1961. Mitty was the city's 4th Catholic archbishop.
    (SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A22)
1935        John Graffeo opened his Graffeo Coffee House in North Beach. When he died in the early 1950s the business was taken over by Luciano Repetto and his family, and called the Graffeo Coffee Roasting Co.
    (SFC,12/31/97, Z1 p.6)
1935        In San Francisco Mike Geraldi, a Sicilian immigrant and commercial fisherman, founded Fisherman’s Grotto on Fisherman’s Wharf. In 2016 the restaurant was sold to Chris Henry, owner of Tommy’s Joint in SF and Barrel House Tavern in Sausalito.
    (SFC, 6/23/16, p.C1)
1935        Giuseppe Luigi Mezetta and his son Daniel Joseph Mezetta (1916-2005) founded G.L. Mezetta, importer of Italian specialty foods that included glass-packed peppers and olives. The firm was originally based at the SF Produce Market.
    (SFC, 3/26/05, p.B4)
1935        Joe DiMaggio hit .398 for the Seals and 34 homers in his last year in the minors.
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.A10)
1935        SF State Normal School, located at 55 Laguna St., changed its name to SF State College and introduced a liberal arts curriculum.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)(SFC, 8/1/13, p.E1)
1935        The WPA began construction on major exhibits at the SF Zoo. These included Monkey Island, Lion House, the Aviary and Elephant House.
    (SFC, 7/30/04, p.E15)
1935        Peter Petri (1916-2007), Italian immigrant, hired in as an elevator operator for the St. Francis Hotel for $2.80 per day.
    (SFC, 1/17/07, p.B7)
1935        The Symon Brothers company completed the wrecking of 165 buildings in San Francisco to make way for the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
    (SSFC, 9/26/10, DB p.50)

1936        Jan 22, In San Francisco 5 Filipino men appeared before a municipal judge on vagrancy charges and admitted to intermingling with white girls. Police chief Quinn instructed police officers to take into custody all white girls seen with Filipinos, together with their escorts.
    (SSFC, 1/23/11, DB p.42)

1936        Feb 13, San Francisco-based magician Charles Joseph Carter (61), aka “Carter the Great," died of a heart attack while on tour in Bombay, India.
    (SSFC, 2/13/11, DB p.42)

1936        Feb 29, Abraham Ruef (71), San Francisco power broker, died. He had served time at San Quentin prison following graft prosecutions in 1906-1908.
    (SSFC, 2/27/11, DB p.46)

1936        Apr 18, Pan-Am Clipper began regular passenger flights from SF to Honolulu.
    (MC, 4/18/02)

1936        Apr 30, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Park-O-Meter has been recommended by Chief Administrative Officer Alfred Cleary. A trial plan called for 50 meters on Market St. charging 10 cents for 20 minutes.
    (SSFC, 4/24/11, DB p.46)

1936        May 3, Joe DiMaggio (21) of San Francisco made his major-league debut as NY Yankee and got 3 hits.
    (MC, 5/3/02)(CHA, 1/2001)(WSJ, 3/9/99, p.A1)

1936        May 14, In San Francisco a fire at the Shamrock Club, 560 Geary St., left 4 people dead as flames from dancer Betty Blossom’s torches ignited drapes hanging from the ceiling.
    (SSFC, 5/8/11, p.46)

1936        May 16, San Francisco Municipal Judge Lazarus condemned dance hall operators who made white girls dance with Filipinos. He had just held Terry Santiago (22) to answer a charge of assault with intent to murder for stabbing Norma Kompisch (22) 22 times with an 8-inch butcher knife, despite her cries for mercy. Lazarus had recently call Filipinos “savages."
    (SSFC, 5/15/11, DB p.46)

1936        May 25, San Francisco journalist Winifred Sweet Bonfils (b.1863), aka Annie Laurie, died at her home in the Marina. She was one of the most prominent "sob sisters", a label given female reporters who wrote human interest stories. Her first husband was Orlow Black, and her second was publisher Charles Bonfils.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winifred_Bonfils)(SFC, 8/22/20, p.B1)

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 18, In San Francisco Wally the elephant (25) was shot to death following the June 16 trampling death of Fleishhacker Zoo keeper Edward Brown (42).
    (SSFC, 6/12/11, DB p.46)(SSFC, 6/19/11, DB p.46)

1936        Jun 21, The first Herb Caen (age 20) column appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. He replaced J.E. "Dinty" Doyle. Executive editor Paul C. Smith had hired Caen to write a radio column.
    (SFC, 6/5/96, p.C1)(SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A12)(SSFC, 6/7/09, p.W2)

1936        Jun 22, San Francisco Mint janitor W.F. Williams was buried under 7 tons of gold pieces in an accident that would likely lead to his death.
    (SSFC, 6/19/11, DB p.46)

1936        Aug 25, George Washington High School opened at 32nd and Anza. It was designed by Timothy Pflueger and partially funded by the WPA.
    (SFCM, 8/15/04, p.13)

1936        Sep 7, Some 60,000 workers marched in the San Francisco Labor Day parade as some 250,000 spectators watched.
    (SSFC, 9/4/11, DB p.50)

1936        Oct 21, Pan Am inaugurated the first passenger flight from California to the Philippines with 9 passengers.
    (SFEM, 2/13/00, p.37)
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 12, In San Francisco Charlie Low opened Low’s Chinese Village at 702 Grant Ave. This was SF Chinatown’s first cocktail bar.
    (SFC, 1/10/15, p.C2)

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 18, Su-Lin, the 1st giant panda to come to US from China, arrived in SF.
    (MC, 12/18/01)

1936        In San Francisco the Covenant Presbyterian Church at 321 Taraval St. was built in Spanish revival style. A sanctuary and bell tower in Scandinavian modern style were added in 1956.
    (SSFC, 9/15/13, p.C2)
1936        The film "China Clipper" with Humphrey Bogart was released. It had been shot in the SF Bay Area.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, DB, p.39)
1936        The SF Symphony performed with George Gershwin in his "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F Minor."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.35)
1936        French Conductor Pierre Monteux began a 17-year tenure with the SF Symphony.
    (SFEC, 8/10/97, p.B9)
1936        The "Marriage of Figaro" with Ezio Pinza was performed by the SF Opera. It was the first Mozart opera performed in the new house.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.35)
1936        In San Francisco the Merced Manor Reservoir was built at 2920 23rd Ave.
    (SSFC, 7/1/12, p.C2)
1936        The entire streetcar line through Daly City was shifted and new pavement was laid over the center lines on Mission St. Later service ceased beyond the Top of the Hill, which remained the terminus for SF car 14 [through at least 1973].
    (GTP, 1973, p.74)
1936        Finnochio's nightclub opened at 506 Broadway. It became world famous for its female impersonators.
    (SFC, 11/4/99, p.A1)
1936        Eddie Shipstad (d.1998 at 91), his brother Roy and Oscar Johnson founded the Ice Follies based in SF.
    (SFC, 8/25/98, p.B2)
1936        The S.S. Ohioan ran ashore and sank near Seal Rock and the Point Lobos overlook.
    (G, Winter 96/97, p.3)(SFC, 6/29/13, p.C2)
1936        Some 782 WPA workers arrived at San Francisco waterfront to begin work on a seawall at Aquatic Park.
    (SFC, 11/21/15, p.C2)

1936-1937    The Lucien Labaudt murals were painted at the Beach Chalet in Goldengate Park.
    (SFEC, 12/15/96, p.C4)(SFC, 7/29/97, p.A7)

1937        Jan 8, In San Francisco demonstrations took place in front of the German Consulate at 201 Sansome Street protesting the bombing of Madrid.
    (SSFC, 1/8/12, p.42)

1937        Jan 20, In San Francisco a fire gutted the 7-story Wilson building at 975 Market St.
    (SSFC, 1/15/12, p.46)

1937        Jan 22, In San Francisco riots between longshoremen factions surged through the financial district. 33 men were sent to jail and 4 to the hospital. This was the first major disturbance in the 85-day-old maritime strike.
    (SSFC, 1/22/12, DB p.42)

1937        Feb 9, In San Francisco United Airlines DC-3 crashed 2 miles from Mills Field. The co-pilot had dropped his microphone which jammed the controls preventing the pilot from pulling out of the glide. The plane crashed killing all 11 aboard.
    (http://planecrashinfo.com/unusual.htm)(SSFC, 2/5/12, DB p.42)

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        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)(SSFC, 2/12/12, DB p.42)

1937        Mar 6, The tanker ship Frank H. Buck sank off the coast of San Francisco. It was visible during low tide from between Point Vista and the Palace of the Legion of Honor.
    (http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?142746)(SFC, 9/17/14, p.A10)

1937        Mar 22, Ray Woods, a professional diver from St. Louis, leaped from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in an attempt to set a new world record for high dive. He suffered 6 broken vertebrae, but survived.
    (SSFC, 3/18/12, DB p.42)(http://tinyurl.com/6nxsa69)

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 12, In San Francisco over 1,000 tons of gold were moved from the old to the new US Mint. The Old Mint stopped being an actual mint and was just used for federal offices. It had once stored a third of the nation’s gold supply. The new mint opened on upper Market near the Castro District.
    (SFC, 8/2/01, p.A14)(SSFC, 1/28/03, p.E6)(SSFC, 5/13/12, p.42)

1937        May 21, The San Francisco Theater Union premiered the first stage version of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men."   
    (SSFC, 5/13/12, p.42)

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 10, San Francisco police began the destruction of some 400 slot machines seized in the past years. They planned to dump the destroyed machines in the SF Bay.
    (SSFC, 6/10/12, DB p.42)

1937        Jul 7, In San Francisco a 3-month hotel strike continued as union members demonstrated in front of the Hotel Manx on Powell St. Owner Harvey M. Toy protested with a telegram to Mayor Rossi.
    (SSFC, 7/8/12, p.42)

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 12, Kenichie Horie (23), a Japanese auto parts salesman, sailed into the San Francisco Bay aboard a 19-foot sloop, “The Mermaid," after a 90 voyage from Japan. He hailed a Coast Guard patrol boat and was towed to the St. Francis Yacht Harbor.
    (SSFC, 8/12/12, DB p.42)

1937        Sep 21, San Francisco’s worst fire since 1906 erupted in the plants of Standard Oil at 16th and Arkansas Streets. Buildings for blocks around were shaken as though by earthquakes.
    (SSFC, 9/16/12, DB p.46)

1937        Nov, San Franciscans voted 65,725 to 32,449 to remove the Laurel Hill Cemetery. Over the next few years over 150,000 people were removed and reburied in Colma.
    (SFC, 4/14/18, p.C2)

1937        Dec 8, In San Francisco 5 men were sentenced to death at San Quentin for the Sep 19 Folsom Prison break that cost Warden Clarence Larkin his life.
    (www.odmp.org/officer/7907-warden-clarence-larkin)(SSFC, 12/9/12, p.46)

1937        In San Francisco painter Reuben Kadish (1913-1992), under the auspices of the WPA, created “A Dissertation on Alchemy" in the science wing of San Francisco State Normal School at 55 Laguna. In 2013 the site was scheduled for demolition, but his mural was saved.
    (SFC, 8/1/13, p.E1)
1937        Harriet Lane Levy published her memoir "920 O’Farrell Street." She had spent time in Paris and London with writers and artists and had introduced Gertrude Stein to Alice B. Toklas.
    (SFEC, 4/20/97, BR p.10)
1937        Willam Christensen (d.2001 at 99), director of a dance school in Portland, accepted an offer to become the principal male soloist in the SF Opera Ballet.
    (SFC, 10/16/01, p.B2)
1937        A row of 6 matching bungalows was built on Stanyon St. in Cape Cod style. The area had formerly been the Odd Fellows Cemetery (1865-1935).
    (SFCM, 1/18/04, p.12)
1937        Helen Strybing made a bequest to Golden Gate Park for an arboretum and it was built with WPA funds.
    (SFC, 5/19/96,City Guide, p.5)
1937        Adolph Sutro’s grandson converted the large tank in the Sutro Baths to a skating rink.
    (SFC, 5/19/96,City Guide, p.7)
1937        Norman Bright (1910-1996) won the Bay to Breakers race.
    (SFC, 9/19/96, p.A17)
1937        Leon Miller (1910-1996), founded the Littleman Grocery Store at Geary and 22nd Ave., which grew to a chain of 16 supermarkets. The chain was sold to Cala in 1965.
    (SFC, 6/6/96, p.C6)
1937        The Federal Reserve, dominated by bankers who feared interstate banking, forced A.P. Giannini’s Transamerica Corp. to divest 58% of its ownership in BankAmerica stock.
    (SFC, 4/14/98, p.B1)
1937        Edwin Atherton, a former FBI agent, was hired by SF to look into police graft and corruption. He found so much that hundreds of officers were reassigned and more than a dozen were fired or resigned.
    (SSFC, 12/11/05, p.A10)
1937        In San Francisco George K. and Leo Whitney purchased the vacant Cliff House and turned it into a popular restaurant.
    (SFC, 10/19/02, p.A21)
1937        Ante “Tony" Rodin (1913-2006) and 2 partners purchased the Golden Pines restaurant at 144 Taylor St. and renamed it Original Joe’s.
    (SSFC, 3/12/06, p.B6)
1937        The 1907 Del Monte cannery on Jefferson St. closed. In 1963 Leonard Martin (d.2002 at 81) acquired the building and converted it to a shopping complex.
    (SFC, 1/29/02, p.A17)
1937        Joe DiMaggio, baseball star, bought a 2-story house at 2150 Beach St. in the Marina for $14,600. In 1999 the house listed for $1.4 million.
    (SFEC, 6/13/99, p.D1)

1938        Mar 27, San Francisco SPCA officer Al Girolo broke up a cockfight at the back of 1363 Underwood Street in Hunters Point. 7 men were arrested and 6 roosters seized.
    (SSFC, 3/24/13, DB p.42)

1938        Apr 20, San Francisco’s Joe DiMaggio ended his holdout with Colonel Jacob Rupert, owner of the NY Yankees, and accepted an annual salary of $25,000. DiMaggio had asked for $40,000.
    (SSFC, 4/21/13, DB p.46)

1938        May 30, In San Francisco followers of Adolf Hitler opened their 2-day German-American Bund convention at California Hall at Polk and Turk Streets. As an estimated 3,000 pickets shouted anti-Nazi slogans.
    (SSFC, 5/26/13, DB p.42)

1938        Jul 5, The Herb Caen column "It’s New to Me" had its debut.
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A12)

1938        Aug 15, Former SF Supervisor Andrew J. Gallagher, representing the directors of Agricultural District 1-A, said the “Int’l. Live Stock Show Pavilion" will hereafter be called “The Cow Palace." The new building in Daly City opened in 1941.
    (SSFC, 8/11/13, DB p.42)(SFC, 2/28/08, p.A11)

1938        Sep 5, In San Francisco some 85,000 unionists, led by ILWU head Harry Bridges, marched to celebrate Labor Day.
    (SSFC, 9/1/13, 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        Oct 16, In San Francisco the new Aquatic Park was officially opened at the end of Polk St. and Van Ness Ave after 7 years of work and $1 million in costs.
    (SSFC, 9/22/13, DB p.46)

1938        Dec 22, In San Francisco Charlie Low opened his Forbidden City nightclub at 363 Sutter (later 369 Sutter), one block outside the gate of Chinatown. In 1960 dancer Coby Yee (1926-2020) bought the club from Low and changed the name to "Coby Yee's Forbidden City." It closed in 1970. In 2014 Arthur Dong authored “Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American nightclubs, 1936-1970."
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_City_(nightclub))(SFC, 1/10/15, p.C2)

1938        Dec, San Francisco longshoremen announced that the picketing of ships loading scrap iron for Japan would be discontinued in favor of a nationwide campaign for the declaration of an embargo against Japan.
    (SSFC, 12/15/13, DB p.42)

1938        Willam Christensen (d.2001 at 99) became master of the SF Opera Ballet. He purchased it from the opera in 1942 and changed the name to the SF Ballet. The SF Ballet had begun as a wing of the opera but staged its own programs under balletmasters Adolph Bolm and Serge Oukrainsky. Christensen returned to Utah in 1951.
    (SFEC, 11/24/96, DB p.44)(SFEC, 8/10/97, p.B9)(SFC, 10/16/01, p.B2)
1938        Strybing Arboretum was constructed in Goldengate Park. The California Academy of Sciences acquired a lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri, for the aquarium. In 1988 it was named Methuselah to mark its 50th year in the tank.
    (SFC, 7/29/97, p.A7)(SFC, 11/19/03, p.A27)
1938        In San Francisco the 90-million gallon Sunset Reservoir was built. It was retrofitted from 2006-2008 to withstand up to a 7.9 magnitude earthquake.
    (SFC, 2/18/14, p.C3)
1938        The SF Archdiocese purchased an old Victorian home at Bush and Lyon and converted it to the St. Benedict Western Addition church for black Catholics. In 1962 it became a special parish for the deaf and hearing-impaired. It was later converted to townhouses.
    (SFEC, 3/2/97, z1 p.7)
1938        Rosalie Meyer Stern founded the free concert festivals at Stern Grove in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p. C1)(SFEM, 6/15/97, p.2)
1938        The Mission Reds ball team left Seal Stadium to become the Pacific Coast League’s Hollywood Stars.
    (SFEC,12/797, Z1 p.4)
1938        The SF Board of Supervisors created the SF Housing Authority as a quasi-federal agency to manage public housing developments in SF and federal rent voucher subsidies.
    (SFC, 6/6/06, p.B1)
1938        Gambling and bookie joints became illegal in San Francisco this year.
    (SFC, 8/10/19, p.C2)
1938        The SF Downtown Association created a 49 Mile Scenic Drive to highlight the city as a business and tourist destination.
    (SFC, 8/15/03, p.E1)
1938        The Union Square Garage Corp. was formed to build a garage under Union Square.
    (SSFC, 7/21/02, p.F2)
1938        Ben Sears, a retired circus clown, and his wife, Hilbur, opened Sears Fine Food at Powell and Sutter. They featured pancakes based on an inherited Swedish recipe. The restaurant closed in late 2003.
    (SFC, 12/25/03, p.A6)

1938-1992    Mobil Oil operated a fueling facility at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf during this period. In 2008 the city sued Exxon-Mobil to force a cleanup of the site and pay damages and attorney fees.
    (WSJ, 6/20/08, p.B3)

1939        Jan 7, Tom Mooney (1882-1942), California imprisoned labor leader, was pardoned by newly elected Democratic Governor Culbert Olson (1876-1962). Mooney had been convicted and imprisoned for over 22 years for the SF Preparedness Day Bombing of 1916.

1939        Jan 15, The orange Key System trains began running across the lower deck of the Bay Bridge. The Key System of trolley lines had been consolidated earlier by Francis Marion "Borax" Smith.
    (SFC, 8/10/98, p.A5)(SFC, 11/6/98, p.D5)

1939        Jan, In SF the new bathhouse and Aquatic Park public space was dedicated. It was part of a WPA project. The bathhouse was designed by city architect William Mooser Jr. 35-foot speaker towers were included in the park. The Streamline Moderne design resembled a ship in its dock. It included a mural by Hilaire Hiler depicting the underwater world of Atlantis. In 1951 it was converted into the SF Maritime Museum. Renovation of the structure was completed in 2008.
    (SFC, 6/21/06, p.B3)(SFC, 10/3/08, p.B7)(SSFC, 5/27/12, p.C5)(SFC, 11/21/15, p.C2)

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        May 11, In San Francisco the Top of the Mark Nightclub opened at the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel.
    (SFEM, 11/24/96, p.13)(SSFC, 5/11/14, DB p.50)

1939        May 19, In San Francisco a new Safeway grocery store opened at Bush and Larkin at a site once occupied by Lurline baths.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, DB p.50)

1939        Oct 18, Labor activist Warren K. Billings, convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing in San Francisco was released from Folsom Prison after being pardoned by Democratic Governor Culbert Olson.
    (SSFC, 10/19/14, p.42)

1939        Oct, Joe DiMaggio (25) married film actress Dorothy Arnold (21) at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in San Francisco. Dorothy, formerly Dorothy Arnoldine Olson, was from Duluth, Minn. They divorced in 1944.
    (CHA, 1/2001)

1939        Sargent Johnson (1888-1967), African-American artist in SF, made his glazed ceramic "Hippopotamus."
    (SFEC, 4/12/98, DB p.43)
1939        Jacques Schnier, sculptor, designed artworks for the world’s fair on Treasure Island.
    (SFC, 10/17/98, p.C2)
1939        Sergei Rachmaninoff appeared with the SF Symphony playing his "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor" under Pierre Montieux.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.35,36)
1939        In San Francisco the Presidio Theater was built as a movie house. In 2017 it was restored as a performance space.
    (SFC, 6/7/17, p.D7)
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        The GG Park Carousel was moved to Treasure Island for the World’s Fair.
    (SFC, 1/29/98, p.A20)
1939        San Francisco FM radio station KALW began broadcasting at the World Fair on Treasure Island. In 1941 it was donated to the SF Unified school district to train students in radio broadcasting.
    (SFC, 1/15/11, p.C1)
1939        The new SF Transbay Terminal, designed by Timothy Pflueger, opened at First and Mission. 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)(SFC, 8/11/18, p.A13)
1939        The Bay Bridge was completed. [see 1936]
    (SFC, 5/19/96, Mag, p.11)
1939        The San Francisco West Portal Branch Library opened with funds from the WPA. It was designed by Frederick H. Meyer. A renovation began in 2005 and was completed in 2007.
    (SFC, 5/6/05, p.F1)(SSFC, 10/4/15, p.C2)
1939        Ground was broken for the new SF State College by Lake Merced, but construction was delayed by WW II.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)
1939        The Dahlia Garden was planted in Goldengate Park.
    (SFC, 7/29/97, p.A7)
1939        The Vagabonds opened a club on Geary St. called the Vagabonds. They were founder Dominic Germano (1913-1996), Al Torrieri, Attilio Risso (accordion) and Pete Peterson. They were in the movie "The Spirit of Stanford."
    (SFC, 8/23/96, p.A26)
1939        Peter Macchiarini (d.2001), jewelry designer, helped organize the 1st outdoor festival for artists at the Ferry Building. He later helped develop the annual North Beach street fair.
    (SFC, 7/7/01, p.B2)
1939        Jerome Flax (d.1998 at 76) founded Flax Art Materials.
    (SFC, 7/30/98, p.B2)
1939        Dr. Meyer Friedman (d.2001 at 90) founded the Harold Brunn Institute for Cardiovascular Research at Mt. Zion Hospital. He and Dr. Ray H. Rosenman coined the term "Type A" to describe personalities with high-stress lifestyles.
    (SSFC, 4/29/01, p.A26)
1939        The Chinatown professional basketball team, called the Hong Wah Kues (brave Chinese Warriors), went on national tour under the organization of James W. Porter. The team split 2 games with the House of David, a Jewish team who all wore long beards, and lost to the Harlem Globetrotters. Their overall record was 56 wins and 21 losses. After the war an amateur team called the SF Saints was organized and played in the state-wide Amateur Athletic Union league. In 1956 the team took a State Dept. playing tour of Asia.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.A26)
1939        Charlie Low hired Ngun Yee (d.2003) to dance at the new Forbidden City nightclub at 3623 Sutter St. Yee changed her name to Noel Toy and became the 1st Chinese American fan dancer.
    (SFC, 1/23/04, p.A21)
1939        The US 76th Congress purchased 47 acres for $3.9 million at Hunters Point, SF. In 1941 it was acquired by the US Navy. 500 more acres were soon added to build and support ships.
    (SFC, 4/8/05, p.F2)
1939        The deportation trial of Harry Bridges, leader of the ILWU, was held on Angel Island.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A21)
1939        PG&E signed a contract with SF and Oakland for a .5% franchise fee to use city property to deliver power to customers. A 1-time payment of $200,000 helped secure the contract.
    (SFC, 1/7/05, p.B4)
1939        The SF building that had housed St. Catherine's Home and Industrial School on Potrero St., closed in 1932, was torn down. A grotto of Mary remained.
    (SSFC, 8/24/03, p.A27)
1939        In San Francisco Benjamin Kaplan opened the eclectic Kaplan’s retail outlet on Third St. In 1969 the business moved to Market St. between 6th and 7th to a building that cost $240,000. In 2013 Zane Kaplan (88) sold the building for $4.5 million to make way for a small hotel.
    (SFC, 12/26/13, p.D1)
1939        Harry Hind (1915-2012) and a classmate, seniors at the UC School of Pharmacy, developed the first device to read the pH of chemical solutions. Hind and Clifford Barnes went on the found Barnes-Hind Prescription Pharmacy and Barnes-Hind Pharmaceutical Laboratories, which was acquired by Revlon in 1976.
    (SFC, 5/2/12, p.C5)
1939        In San Francisco the Sutro Conservatory, a greenhouse built on a hill near the Cliff House, was torn down.
    (SFC, 9/29/12, p.C3)

1939-1940    The Golden Gate Int’l. Exposition was held on Treasure Island. It featured the Tower of the Sun, the height of a 40-story building, and the immense statue of Pacifica.
    (SFC, 5/7/97, p.A15)

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        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        Oct 6, San Francisco’s new Fleishhacker Zoo opened.
    (SFC, 7/30/04, p.E15)

1940        Oct 17, California Gov. Culbert Olson commuted the prison sentence of Warren K. Billings, who spent 23 years in prison for his alleged role in the July 22, 1916, Preparedness Day bombing in San Francisco.
    (SSFC, 1/4/15, DB p.42)

1940        Oct, In San Francisco six German officers escaped from Angel Island and fled to Japan aboard the liner Asama Maru. Their flight was only disclosed in Jan, 1941. On Jan 15, 1941, the Justice Dept. decided to transfer some 400 Nazi sailors from Angel Island to New Mexico.
    (SSFC, 1/10/16, DB p.50)

1940        Nov 15, In San Francisco Negro singer Paul Robeson and eight other men and women filed suit in Superior Court asking $22,500 in damages from Vanessi Inc. for being denied service at Vanessi’s, a restaurant at 498 Broadway following his concert at the Opera House.
    (SSFC, 11/15/15, DB p.50)

1940        Nov 27, Bruce Lee, [Lee Yuen Kam], karate star and actor (Green Hornet), was born in SF, Calif.
    (MC, 11/27/01)

1940        The SF Ballet staged the first US full-length "Swan Lake."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.36)
1940        Jussi Bjoerling made his SF Opera debut in "La Boheme," and his first performance anywhere in "Un Ballo in Maschera."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.36)
1940        The SF Opera staged "Der Rosenkavalier" with Lotte Lehmann, Rise Stevens, Alexander Kipnis, with Erich Leinsdorf conducting.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.36)
1940        In San Francisco a 7-story residential, Art Moderne tower was built at 290 Lombard St. It was designed by H.C. Baumann. Dismayed neighbors called for a 40-foot limit on future hillside structures.
    (SSFC, 12/15/13, p.C6)
1940        In SF, Ca., the public library in Bernal Heights, designed by Frederick H. Meyer, was built with federal job creation funds. In 2010 a $5.7 million renovation was completed.
    (SFC, 2/11/05, p.F1)(SFC, 1/30/10, p.C1)
1940        The Bay View Boat Club was founded in Hunters Point, SF. In 1964 members moved their building on Innes Ave. by barge to the Mission Rock area, where land was leased from the city.
    (SFC, 10/7/05, p.B5)
1940        Thomas Chinn founded the Chinese News in San Francisco, the first English language weekly for Chinese Americans, which he published and edited.
    (SFC, 9/16/97, p.A18)
1940        In the San Francisco Bay to Breakers race Bobbie Burke ran disguised as a man because women weren’t allowed to participate.
    (SFC, 9/19/96, p.A17)
1940        Gov. Earl Warren of California signed a $2 million appropriation for Moffitt Hospital, a teaching facility in San Francisco. It was completed 16 years later at a cost of $24 million. [Note: Warren was attorney general at this time and was elected governor in 1942].
    (SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-10)
1940        C.B. Johnson (1914-1996), Bernal Heights sculptor and a founding member of the Artist’s Cooperative on Union St., decided to marry Louisa Saiki, but their marriage was forbidden by California law. They went to Washington state to be wed.
    (SFC, 8/13/96, p.A20)
1940        Modernists Bob Anshen and Steve Allen founded their Anshen + Allen architectural firm. They specialized in residential architecture and designed the Eichler homes in 1949.
    (SFEM, 2/22/98, p.22)(SFC, 9/29/99, Z1 p.7)
1940        Ed Gaffney, democrat house painter, was elected to the State Assembly from the Irish SF Castro district.
    (SFEM, 11/17/96, p.12)
1940        Attorney Alfred Fuhrman bequeathed SF an oil field near Bakersfield that earned over $400,000 a year to help support GG Park and the SF Public Library.
    (SFC, 2/13/98, p.A23)
1940        WPA workers created a 41-by-37-foot raised relief map of San Francisco. The disassembled map was re-discovered in 2010 in a UC Berkeley warehouse.
    (SFC, 9/6/10, p.C1)
1940        San Francisco commissioned artist Anton Refregier (1905-1979) to paint murals depicting the city's history at the Rincon Annex post office as part of a New Deal federal arts program. In 1953 Congress opened a debate on whether to destroy the 27 murals. The murals stayed, but were again threatened when the post office closed in 1979. Preservationists organized a campaign and saved them.
    (SFC, 6/15/19, p.C1)
1940        Larry Ching (d.2003 at 82), a singing bartender at the Chinese Village, was hired by Charlie Low to perform at the Forbidden City, which folded 1961. Low was dubbed "the Chinese Frank Sinatra."
    (SFC, 7/7/03, p.B4)

1940-1947    Charles Dullea served as the chief of police of SF.
    (SSFC, 6/13/04, p.B7)
1940s        Anthony Boucher was a mystery reviewer for the SF Chronicle under his book editor Joseph Henry Jackson. Boucher moved on to write the "Criminals at Large" column in the New York Times in the 1950s.
    (SFEC,10/26/97, BR p.2)

1940s        The SF Lakeside area was developed by the Stoneson brothers. It was bordered by 19th Ave. to the west, Junipero Serra to the east, Holloway Ave. at the bottom and Ocean at the top.
    (SFCM, 2/07/04, p.4)

c1940-1972    In SF Laughing Sal towered above the entrance to the Funhouse at Playland-at-the-Beach. She had been initially constructed by the Old King Cole papier-mache company under commission to the Philadelphia Toboggan Co. as a department store Santa Claus.
    (SSFC, 7/3/05, p.F6)

1941        Apr 2, USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittle's B-25s departed from SF.
    (MC, 4/2/02)

1941        Apr 5, In San Francisco the Noe Valley and Marina street cars were retired.
    (SSFC, 4/3/16, DB p.50)

1941        Nov 15, San Francisco’s Cow Palace opened in Daly City, Ca. Construction labor was largely supplied by the WPA.
    (GTP, 1973, p.113)(SFC, 2/28/08, p.A11)

1941        Dec 18, The US Navy purchased the dry dock and shipyard at Hunters Point, SF, from Bethlehem Steel Co., eleven days after Japan’s attack on Pearl harbor.
    (SFC, 6/9/15, p.A8)

1941        Dec, US federal authorities issued directives late this month for San Francisco residents of Japanese ancestry to surrender their cameras and shortwave radios to the nearest police station following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
    (SFC, 2/25/17, p.D1)

1941        Roman Cycowski, former singer in the popular European group, Comedian Harmonists, took up a job as cantor of the Beth Israel Temple in SF and served for 25 years.
    (WSJ, 2/5/98, p.A20)
1941        In San Francisco a building opened on western Taraval near Ocean Beach. It was initially a bait shop that connected to a bar called the Oar House, surrounded by empty streets and sand dunes. It later became known as the Riptide neighborhood bar.
    (SSFC, 12/7/08, p.A2)
1941        In San Francisco the Lakeside Medical Center at 2501 Ocean Ave., designed in Art Moderne style by Harold Stoner, was completed.
    (SSFC, 4/25/10, p.C2)
1941        In San Francisco construction began on the Union Square Garage, the 1st US underground parking facility and air-raid shelter. It was completed in the summer of 1942. Sand from the site was used to make the beach at Aquatic Park.
    (SSFC, 7/21/02, p.F2)(SFC, 1/9/16, p.C4)
1941        In San Francisco the former Aquatic Park Casino, initially designed as a bathhouse in 1939, was reopened as the headquarters of the 4th Army antiaircraft command.
    (SFC, 11/21/15, p.C2)
1941        Audley Cole became the first black operator hired by San Francisco Muni. One of his co-workers was beaten for trying to train him.
    (SFC, 10/6/99, p.A4)
1941        San Francisco parks employee Fred Levy took over a tiny lab at the former Ethan Allen School at Seventh and Bryant streets and named it the San Francisco Photography Center. In the 1950s it moved to Scott Street and Duboce Avenue.
    (SFC, 6/16/12, p.E1)
1941        In SF Sam Mooshei opened the Persian Aub Zam Zam bar on Haight St.
    (SSFC, 12/3/00, p.A24)

1941-1942    The Sunnydale project near McLaren Park opened as a development restricted to whites. It was integrated after a few years. In 1999 80% of the 3,000 residents were African Americans.
    (SFEC, 6/27/99, p.D4)

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)

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.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W31)

1941-1974    Hunters Point Shipyard was a major repair and dry-dock facility for destroyers, frigates and other warships. The work left hazardous materials such as lead, nickel, cadmium, asbestos and PCBs in the soil, groundwater and structures.
    (SFC, 1/15/98, p.A17)

1942        Mar 5, In San Francisco Nelson A. Eckart, the acting manager of utilities, ordered grumbling motormen to train Audley Cole (21), a young black man, in the operation of a streetcar or face dismissal. Union members several months earlier had voted to fine any member instructing Cole $100.
    (SSFC, 3/5/17, DB p.54)

1942        Apr 1, In San Francisco the northern and western areas of the city went off limits to all Japanese, whether alien or non-alien, following an order by Lt. Gen. John L. De Witt.
    (SSFC, 3/26/17, DB p.54)

1942        Apr 6, In San Francisco 660 Japanese were evacuated and sent to the Santa Anita racetrack pending later movement inland. Another 4,000 Japanese in the city remained to be evacuated.
    (SSFC, 4/2/17, DB p.54)

1942        Apr 16, In San Francisco US federal agents arrested seaman Fred Shirer (30) in a tavern at 301 Turk Street for possession of hashish, the first time the narcotic as found in this country.
    (SSFC, 4/16/17, p.54)

1942        Apr 28, In the SF Bay Area some 700 Japanese from San Francisco and the East Bay moved into the enclosed internment camp at Tanforan Racetrack. Another 600 were expected the next day and 900 more a day later.
    (SSFC, 4/23/17, DB p.50)

1942        May 15, In San Francisco movers said they have trucked away nearly 1,000 potted shrubs and plants from the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. They will be cared for by an expert until the Hagiwara family can put them in another garden as they face evacuation from their home in the park.
    (SSFC, 5/14/17, DB p.54)

1942        May 25, In San Francisco Carmelo Zito, editor of the Italian language anti-Fascist newspaper, testified before the Tenney committee on subversive and un-American activities and accused Mayor Rossi of having given the Fascist salute on many occasions at meetings in dreamland and Scottish Rite auditoriums.
    (SSFC, 5/21/17, DB p.58)

1942        Sep 12, Mayor Angelo Rossi presided over dedication ceremonies for the redesigned Union Square and underground garage.
    (SSFC, 7/21/02, p.F2)

1942        Sep 27, The S.S. Stephen Hopkins, a Liberty Ship with an all-San Francisco crew, engaged the German raider Stier and her tender, Tannenfels. It shelled and brought down the Stier and hit the Tannenfels before it was sunk. Of a crew of 58, only 15 survived. They reached the shore of Brazil after a 31-day voyage in an open lifeboat.
    (SFC, 9/27/96, p.B1)

1942        Pianist Leon Fleischer at age 17 made his professional debut with the SF Symphony.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.36)
1942        The SF Opera severed relations with the SF Ballet. The Ballet School was sold to Willam and Harold Christensen and the Ballet Guild was created to support the SF Ballet.
    (SFEC, 8/10/97, p.B9)
1942        Union Square was renovated to include an underground parking garage.
    (SFC, 7/24/97, p.A1)
1942        The Spanish style St. Gabriel Church in the Outer Sunset opened.
    (SFC, 4/23/98, p.A19)
1942        The first SF Sport and Boat Show was held at Cow Palace.
    (SFEM, 1/11/98, p.2)
1942        Mark Pommon built Tower Market and its Art Deco spire at 634 Portola on Twin Peaks. He owned and operated the market for 55 years. His son, Daniel Mark Pommon (d.1997 at 79), took over when he died in 1953.
    (SFC, 9/3/97, p.A20)
1942        The Rhododendrun Dell was started in Goldengate Park.
    (SFC, 7/29/97, p.A7)
1942        The SF City Planning Dept. was created.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A27)
1942        SF held 8 State Assembly seats.
    (SFEM, 11/17/96, p.12)
1942        Passenger service on the Southern Pacific horseshoe line, through Brisbane, South San Francisco, Daly City and back to SF, ceased.
    (GTP, 1973, p.73)
1942        In San Francisco the Sacramento-Clay cable car line made its last run between the Ferry Building and the Western Addition.
    (SFC, 2/8/14, p.C1)
1942        The founders of Wing Nien dubbed their soy sauce Longevity. It was 1st fermented in the basement of an old bank in San Francisco's Chinatown.
    (SFC, 10/11/03, p.B1)

1942-1993    Mario Mondin (d.2000 at 87) operated the Blue Fox restaurant at 659 Merchant St.
    (SFC, 3/28/00, p.E2)

1943        Jan 12, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park Superintendent John McLaren died at age 96. He had ruled the park for over 5 decades. The 318-acre park between the Excelsior and Visitacion Valley was later named in his honor.
    (SFC, 7/28/97, p.A8)(SFC, 2/7/98, p.A15)(SSFC, 1/7/18, DB p.53)

1943        Jan 28, In San Francisco the price of coffee jumped from five cents to a dime in one chain of restaurants.
    (SSFC, 1/28/18, DB p.50)

1943        Mar 11, The musical film “Hello, Frisco, Hello" was released. It starred Alice Faye, John Payne, Lynn Bari, and Jack Oakie and was directed by H. Bruce Humberstone. The film tells the story of vaudeville performers in San Francisco, during the period of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition when Alexander Graham Bell made the first transcontinental phone call from New York City to San Francisco.

1943        Oct 11, San Francisco acquired its first Negro policeman. William Glenn (45), former Navy civil guard, was hired for the duration of the war and for six month thereafter.
    (SSFC, 10/7/18, 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        A UN concert was presented by the SF CIO and featured Paul Robeson.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, DB p.23)
1943        The Main Library of San Francisco reached full capacity.
    (SFC, 4/14/96, EM, p.22)
1943        In San Francisco the Westside Courts, a public housing project for African Americans, opened at Bush and Baker streets.
    (SFC, 8/6/16, p.C2)
1943        SF’s Fillmore merchants voted to melt down the 14 cast-iron arches that spanned Fillmore from Fulton to California streets to support the war effort.
    (SFCM, 7/18/04, p.8)
1943        In San Francisco John Brucato set up a produce market at Duboce and Market for small farmers in the local area. In 1947 the market was moved to Alemany and Crescent at the junction of Highway 101 and 280.
    (SFC, 1/14/98, Z1 p.8)
1943        In San Francisco three limited tenure black police officers were hired for the first time to serve during World War II. Walter Ervin Threadgill (d.1997 at 86) was one of 3 African Americans to enter the recruiting class.
    (SFC, 10/7/97, p.A23)
1943        Paul Fagan, the wealthy San Francisco businessman, shipped a herd of Hereford cattle to Hana on the island of Maui, Hawaii. He owned the San Francisco Seals of the pacific Coast League.
    (SFEC, 9/8/96, p.T8)

1943-1947    A city-owned Farmers Market operated at a site on Market and Duboce.
    (SFC, 4/9/04, p.F10)

1943-1948    Roger D. Lapham served as the mayor of SF.
    (SFC, 1/6/00, p.C2)

1944        Mar 27, In San Francisco a fire at the New Amsterdam Hotel on Fourth St. killed 22 people.
    (SSFC, 3/24/19, p.39)

1944        Jun 16, In San Francisco the first six women to qualify successfully for jobs as regular uniformed policewomen were sworn into the Police Dept. After 30 days of training they will be qualified to ride 3-wheeled motorcycles tagging cars in the downtown area for $200 a month.
    (SSFC, 6/16/19, DB p.38)

1944        Dec 24, The SF Ballet staged the first US full-length "Nutcracker." Gisella Caccialana Christensen (d.1998) was the lead dancer at the SF Opera House. Her brother-in-law, William Christensen, developed the production on a $1,000 budget.
    (SFEC, 11/24/96, DB p.44)(SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.37)

1944        In SF Thomas C. Fleming (1907-2006) co-founded the weekly Reporter with the owner of several underground gambling clubs. It later merged with the Sun to become the premier African-American newspaper of SF.
    (SFEC, 8/9/98, p.D5)(SFEC, 1/31/99, DB p.29)(SFC, 11/23/06, p.B6)
1944        Sue Bailey Thurman (1903-1996) and her husband, Dr. Alfred Fisk, pioneered the SF Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples on Larkin St. It was the first interracial, nondenominational church in the US. To commemorate California’s 100th anniversary as a state Ms. Bailey wrote a series of pieces about important black figures in the SF Sun-Reporter. They were later published as a pamphlet called "California Pioneers of Negro Origin." Ms. Thurman was a onetime advisor to Mahatma Gandhi.
    (SFC, 12/28/96, p.A24) (SFC, 1/3/97, p.A28)
1944        The Show Folks of America, founded by Samuel Cohn, was chartered in SF and Mary Ragan was made the first president. It was modeled after a sister club in Chicago called the Showmen's League of America, whose first president, Wild Bill Cody, wanted to promote fellowship among colleagues in traveling shows. In 1999 the group planned to move to Stockton due to high SF costs.
    (SFEC, 2/14/99, DB p.36)
1944        The SF Municipal Railway (Muni) took over the operations of the Market Street Railway, the last privately owned transit system in the city. The fare was 7 cents.
    (SFC, 10/6/99, p.A4)(SFC, 4/20/01, WBb p.7)

1944-1945    Leonard Bernstein made his SF Symphony debut.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.37)

1945        Feb 12, Mayor Roger Lapham was informed by Washington that SF was chosen as the site of the Founding Conference of the UN.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W39)

1945        Mar 31, The U.S. and Britain barred a Soviet supported provisional regime in Warsaw from entering the U.N. meeting in San Francisco.
    (HN, 3/31/98)

1945           Apr 25, Delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations. Charles Easton Rothwell (d.1987) headed the 500-member group that helped establish the UN Charter.
    (AP, 4/25/97)(SFC, 8/14/04, p.B6)

1945        Apr 28, John F. Kennedy, correspondent for the Hearst Newspapers, filed his 1st dispatch on the founding of the UN in San Francisco.
    (SSFC, 6/26/05, p.F1)

1945        May 4, John F. Kennedy, correspondent for the Hearst Newspapers, filed a dispatch on the founding of the UN in San Francisco in which he said: Any organization drawn up here will be merely a skeleton. Its powers will be limited… The hope is however, that this skeleton will put on flesh as time goes by.
    (SSFC, 6/26/05, p.F6)

1945        May 8, A spontaneous 3-day street fete to mark the end of WW II left 11 celebrants slain and thousands injured. Some 3,000 military troops were called in to restore order.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.C3)

1945        Jun 26, The United Nations Conference on International Organization (UNCIO) was held in San Francisco. Officials gathered to draft a UN Charter, and 50 countries signed the Charter on this date at what is now the Herbst Theater. This signifies the birth of the UN. The Charter was drafted in the Garden Room of the Fairmont Hotel.
    (Park, Spring/95, p.2)(AP, 6/26/97)(SSFC, 2/4/07, p.F1)

1945        Jul 16, The US cruiser Indianapolis left SF with atomic bomb components to be assembled at Tinian Island in the western Pacific.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Indianapolis_(CA-35))(SSFC, 7/31/05, p.B1)

1946        Jul 25, The United States detonated a 2nd atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. Shot Baker was the first underwater test of the device. [see July 1] Eighteen heavily contaminated target ships and 61 support ships were soon ordered to San Francisco's Hunter's Point for nuclear decontamination and study.
    (AP, 7/25/97)(SSFC, 7/29/18, p.A12)

1945        Aug 14, The V-J Grocery & Delicatessen opened on Nob Hill at Clay and Taylor.
    (SFCM, 6/10/01, p.24)

1945        Aug 15, A riot ensued in San Francisco while the city was celebrating the end of WW II. Three days of rioting left 13 dead, at least six women raped and over 1,000 people injured. 90 percent of the revelers were said to be young Navy enlistees who had not served overseas.
    (SFC, 8/15/05, p.B1)(SFC, 8/15/15, p.C1)

1945        Oct 24,  At the San Francisco Conference chaired by the State Department’s Alger Hiss, the United Nations was born with the ratification of its charter by the first 29 nations.
    (CFA, '96, p.56)(TMC, 1994, p.1945)(AP, 10/24/97)(HN, 10/24/98)

1945        Jade Snow Wong (1922-2006), SF ceramicist, authored “Fifth Chinese Daughter." The book was made in a PBS special in 1976.
    (SSFC, 3/19/06, p.B7)

1945        A 1790 bronze Buddha, cast in Japan, was donated by the Gump family to the city [in 1949]. It resides in the Japanese Tea Garden and was in need of $81,000 worth of repairs.
    (SFC, 12/30/96, p.A11)(SFC, 5/1/98, p.A26)

1945        The Tonga Room opened at the Fairmont Hotel with the help of maitre d’ Robert Gee (1921-1997). The Fairmont had been built by Hartland Law and was named after Senator James G. Fair.
    (SFC, 2/28/97, p.A24)(SFC, 9/4/99, p.A25)(SFEM, 10/31/99, p.27)

1945        Meredith Shattuck (1909-2005) was hired to open and run Skateland at the Beach, a roller rink adjacent to Playland at the Beach.
    (SFC, 2/11/05, p.B7)

1945        J. Paul Leonard became the 4th president of SF State College.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)

1945        Florence Wysinger "Flo" Allen (d.1997 at 84), legendary SF artist’s model, founded the Models Guild. She was sketched, painted and sculpted by such artists as: Diego Rivera, Mark Rothko, Elmer Bischoff, Hassel Smith, Roy De Forest, Ralph Du Casse, Wayne Thiebaud, Eleanor Dickenson, Beth Van Heusen, Mark Adams, Richard Shaw, Nathan Oliveira, Karl Kasten, Glenn Wessels, Helen Salz, Art Grant, Joan Brown, Frank Lobdell and Bill Wiley.
    (SFC, 6/18/97, p.A20)

1945        Steven Giraudo (d.1997 at 84), the "Sourdough King," bought the Boudin Sourdough Bakery. He expanded the operation and sold the business in 1994.
    (SFC, 10/8/97, p.A20)

1945        Joseph Alioto opened a private antitrust practice in SF after serving in the antitrust division of the Roosevelt Justice Dept. in Washington.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A10)

1945        Peter Haas Sr. joined Levi. He later became president.
    (SFC, 4/29/03, B1)

1945        Rev. Dositei Obradovich (d.2001 at 84) started the St. John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox parish and school.
    (SFC, 2/24/01, p.A18)

1945-1950    Douglas McAgy directed the California School of Fine Arts. It later was renamed the San Francisco Art Institute.
    (WSJ, 9/10/96, p.A16)
1945-1961    Katharine Hyde Williams (1910-2005) and her husband Al Williams ran the Papagayo Room at the SF Fairmont Hotel.
    (SFC, 9/10/05, p.B5)

1946        May 4, A two-day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay ended after five people were killed. Six 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)

1946        Jun 11, James Read founded Cannery Sales, a discount store for selling surplus military supplies, in San Francisco. It evolved in 1987 to become Grocery Outlet, a discount grocery outlet and went public in 2019 under the ticker symbol "GO".
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grocery_Outlet)(SFC, 6/19/19, p.D1)

1946        Sep 1, The SF 49ers under coach Lawrence “Buck" Shaw, played their first home game at Kezar Stadium before a crowd of 45,000. They beat the Chicago Rockets 34-14.
    (SSFC, 1/22/12, p.A2)(www.49ers.com/team/history/founder.html)

1946        Sep 8, In San Francisco four boys playing near the Paramount Theater found a package containing body parts of Ramon Lopez (52), a flower dealer from San Leandro. Police found 14 pairs of nylons at his room in the Mint Hotel. His skull was found 18 years later at Hunters Point.
    (SFC, 2/17/09, p.A11)

1946        New York School painter Mark Rothko received his first one-man show at the SF Museum of Art.
    (SFC,11/21/97, p.C1)

1946        Actress Mitzi Gaynor got her start in San Francisco with the Civic Light Opera Company’s “Roberta." She went on to become a stage and screen star.
    (SSFC, 6/29/08, DB p.58)

1946        Iwao Namekawa (d.1998 at 84) helped found the Nichi Bei Times Japanese-English daily, a postwar counterpart to the Nichi Bei Shimbun.
    (SFC, 1/2/99, p.C2)
1946        Regina Resnik made her SF Opera debut in "Fidelio."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.37)
1946        Paul Fagan opened the six-room Kauiki Inn for his friends on the island of Maui. It was later expanded and renamed the Hotel Hana-Maui. He then constructed a ballpark in the center of Hana and brought over his baseball team for spring training.
    (SFEC, 9/8/96, p.T8)
1946        There was a recall attempt to oust Mayor Roger Lapham after he raised bus fares from 7 cents to a dime.
    (SSFC, 8/10/03, p.D1)
c1946        After the war Henry Doelger built some 3,000 homes in the Sunset and Richmond Districts.
    (GTP, 1973, p.108)
1946        The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts was established as a gift to the city by Moore and Hazel Achenbach. A 50 year anniversary was held in 1998 by the Fine Arts Museums of SF. [see 1948]
    (SFEC, 4/19/98, DB p.2)(SFEM, 5/17/98, p.6)
1946        Floyd Jennings built the Camera Obscura at the Cliff House.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A16)
1946        John Gutmann, photojournalist, founded the photography department at SF State College.
    (SFC, 6/17/98, p.C4)
1946        The secret US Navy Radiological Defense Laboratory decontamination center was established at San Francisco’s Hunters Point naval shipyard. It operated nearly three dozen sites at the shipyard and was used by scientists to study ionizing radiation and test biological and chemical weapons, including experiments on animals.
    (SFC, 4/8/05, p.F2)(SFC, 6/9/15, p.A8)
1946        Thomas Edmund Cara opened the first North Beach shop to sell espresso machines.
    (SFC, 12/29/99, Z1 p.1)
1946        Lyle Tuttle (16) skipped school in Ukiah and came to SF. He spent $4 on a hooker and $3.50 for a tattoo. In 2002 Tuttle was recognized as "the granddaddy of modern American tattooing."
    (SSFC, 8/4/02, p.A23)

1947        Feb, Pres. Leonard and students of SF State College met with Mayor Roger Lapham over the city's opposition to a new campus. Henry and Ellis Stoneson owned adjacent land and planned to build apartments and a shopping center. The brothers persuaded the Board of Supervisors to oppose Leonard's plan in Sacramento. The mayor rebuffed Leonard and the state defeated an initial bill but appropriated money in a later bill.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)

1947        May 7, Nick DeJohn, former capodecina in the Chicago Family, was strangled and his body stuffed into the trunk of a car parked on a San Francisco street. DeJohn had reportedly fled Chicago after murdering several other gang members and was living in Santa Rosa, California, under an alias at the time of his death.
    (SFC, 2/8/06, p.B5)(http://tinyurl.com/8fjm7)

1947        Aug 21, San Francisco’s first parking meter was installed at Bush and Polk streets.
    (SFC, 1/4/13, p.D1)   

1947        Oct 16, Macy's bought the O'Connor & Moffat store.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, Z1 p.4)

1947        Nov 4, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 10, the Save the Cable Cars Measure. Activist Friedel Klussman had led a committee to put the measure on the ballot in opposition to Mayor Roger Lapham.
    (SFC, 2/8/14, p.C2)

1947        Dec, Harold Dobbs co-founded Mel's Drive-In, at Mission Street and South Van Ness Avenue, in San Francisco. It would become an icon of mid-century American popular culture, memorialized in George Lucas' film American Graffiti about the early 1960s.

1947        Joseph Henry Jackson published his popular collection of true crime stories: "San Francisco Murders: From Barbary Coast to Knob Hill." Anthony Bucher was a key contributor.
    (SFEC,10/26/97, BR p.2)
1947        In San Francisco Dorothy Kirsten sang her first "Louise."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.37)
1947        The film "Dark Passage" with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall was released. It was directed by Delmer Davis and had been shot in the SF Bay Area.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, DB, p.39)
1947        In San Francisco the Marine’s Memorial Club opened as the Roof Garden on the 12th floor at 608 Sutter.
    (SFC, 3/28/01, Food p.5)
1947        The San Francisco a non-profit Senior Center opened in the Aquatic Park Bathhouse.
    (SFC, 11/21/15, p.C2)
1947        The Venetian Room opened at the SF Fairmont Hotel. It closed in 1989.
    (SSFC, 2/4/07, p.F1)
1947        Rev. F.D. Haynes of the SF Third Baptist Church became the first black person in the city’s history to run for the Board of Supervisors. He amassed 60,000 votes but lost the election.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-25)
1947        Richard Finis became the first full-time black police officer in SF.
    (SFC, 10/7/97, p.A23)
1947        In San Francisco Alice Leigh Coldwell (d.1999 at 104) and Carter Dowling founded the animal shelter Pets Unlimited.
    (SFC, 12/13/99, p.A26)
1947        In San Francisco Gladys Sargent (1900-1996) formed Pets and Pals, a non-profit animal protective society that went nationwide.
    (SFC, 10/1/96, p.A24)
1947        V.M. Hanks (d.1997 at 76), press and commercial photographer and descendant of Abraham Lincoln, moved to SF and for the next 4 decades served as a visual diarist for the city.
    (SFC, 7/12/97, p.A21)
1947        Hal Lipset (d.1997 at 78) opened his own detective office in SF and became a premiere man in the field. He founded the World Association of Detectives.
    (SFC,12/9/97, p.A21)
1947        Friedel Klussmann a Telegraph Hill matron, founded San Francisco Beautiful, a group of volunteers devoted to the city’s betterment.
    (SFC, 10/8/97, p.A18)
1947        In SF Albert Pollack became a partner in the Almond Blossom coffee shop on Van Ness. In 1951 it was transformed to a hofbraus called Tommy's Joynt.
    (SFC, 3/10/99, p.A24)(SSFC, 8/28/11, p.A2)
1947        San Francisco’s farmer’s produce market at Duboce and Market, set up by John Brucato in 1943 for small farmers in the local area, was moved to Alemany and Crescent at the junction of Highway 101 and 280.
    (SFC, 1/14/98, Z1 p.8)
1947        Under SF Mayor Roger Lapham the cable car system was slated to be junked until Friedel Klussmann (d.1986 at 80), led a group of women to preserve the system and won a battle to preserve half the system. She formed the Citizens Committee to Save Cable Cars and stopped the city from junking the whole system.
    (SFC, 12/2/97, p.A16)(SFC, 8/1/98, p.A16)

1947-1948    John Grillo, SF artist, made a series of watercolors. He was an important member of the Bay Area’s early Abstract Expressionist movement.
    (SFEM, 3/8/98, p.8)

1947-1953    Arthur H. Connolly Jr. (1911-196) represented SF as a Republican assemblyman from the 21st district which included the Marina and Pacific Heights. He was followed by Caspar Weinberger.
    (SFC, 8/30/96, p.E5)

1947-1964    Father William Monihan (1915-1996), Jesuit, supervised the construction of the Gleeson Library at the Univ. of San Francisco and then served as chief  librarian over this period.
    (SFC, 6/22/96, p.A21)

1948        Jan 16, The SF Foundation was established under the leadership of Daniel E. Koshland of Levi Strauss. It was set up to make the most of charitable donations, getting them into sound investments and selecting worthwhile projects. The first $4,500 grant went to the May T. Morrison Center and helped open a speech therapy clinic.
    (SFC, 1/28/98, p.A16)

1948        May 14, In San Francisco the longshoremen’s union joined local artists and Anton Refrigier in a protest outside the Rincon Annex against a government decision to cloak murals painted by Refrigier in the 1940s as part of the Public Works of Art Project.
    (SFC, 6/1/19, p.C3)

1948        May 25, KPIX went on the air as the first TV station in Northern Ca.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, Z1 p.4)

1948        Jun, Blanco’s Cotton Club under Barney Deasy opened at what is now The Great American Music Hall. It was intended to be a fancy nightspot with only black artists and black workers, but open to the public. It opened with a big splash but only lasted a few months due to price increases for large orchestras.
    (SFEC, 2/8/98, DB p.34)

1948        Jul 28, Milton Van Noland began a long stint as a flagpole sitter at Horsetrader Ed's used car lot on Van Ness.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, Z1 p.4)

1948        Oct 31, Halloween in the Castro District of SF began as a children’s costume contest at Cliff’s Variety store.
    (SFC, 11/3/06, p.B7)

1948        Herb Caen, newspaper columnist, wrote his 1st book "The San Francisco Book."
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A13)
1948        Robert O’Brien authored “This Is San Francisco."
    (SFC, 4/5/14, p.C2)
1948        The film "I Remember Mama" with Irene Dunne and Barbara Bel Geddes was released. It was directed by George Stevens and had been shot in the SF Bay Area.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, DB, p.39)
1948        The film "Lady From Shanghai" with Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth was released. It was directed by Orson Welles and had been shot in the SF Bay Area. Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Cansino and began her show career flamenco dancing with her father, Eduardo.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, DB, p.39)
1948        Henry and Ellis Stoneson began construction of the SF Stonestown shopping Center.
    (Ind, 11/30/02, 5A)
1948        Frank Lloyd Wright designed the V.C. Morris Gift Shop at 140 Maiden lane.
    (SFEC, 11/8/98, DB p.49)
1948        The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts was established as a gift to the city by Moore and Hazel Achenbach. A 50 year anniversary was held in 1998 by the Fine Arts Museums of SF. [see 1946]
    (SFEC, 4/19/98, DB p.2)(SFEM, 5/17/98, p.6)
1948        The San Francisco Folk Music Club (SFFMC) was founded by Dave Rothkop as the legitimate child of Hiroshima and the Cold War. Believing that music is the one language capable of transcending national egotism, a small group of high schoolers began meeting in each others’ homes. In 1959 the Club was reorganized by Herb Jager on a somewhat more formal level. In mid-l962 Faith Petric took responsibility for keeping the Club functioning and in 1964 started publication of the Folknik newsletter.
    (http://www.sffmc.org/)(SFC, 9/30/02, p.A14)
1948        The SF Boys Choir was founded.
    (SFEC, 5/11/97, DB p.23)
1948        The Say When Club on Bush St. opened. Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday later performed there. On Geary St. Ciro’s club also opened featuring black artists.
    (SFEC, 2/8/98, DB p.35)
1948        Pacific Discovery Magazine was begun by the California Academy of Sciences under the direction of A. Starker Leopold.
    (PacDisc, Spring ‘96, p.2)
1948        Stephen S. Lombardi opened his Park Presidio Sporting Goods store. It was later renamed Lombardi Sports and grew to become the largest sporting goods store in SF.
    (SFC, 4/4/98, p.D1)
1948        Joseph Alioto was appointed to the SF school board.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A10)
1948        In San Francisco fares on the city’s Municipal Railway doubled to 10 cents.
    (SFC, 2/24/18, p.C2)
1948        Dr. Carlton Goodlett (1915-1997) joined Dr. Daniel A. Collins as owners of the Reporter, a community weekly. They then absorbed their competitor, the Sun, to become the Sun-Reporter.
    (SFC, 1/27/97, p.A20)(SFC, 2/6/97, p.C4)
1948        In San Francisco the new I. Magnin store at Geary and Stockton opened. It was designed by Timothy Flueger.
    (SSFC, 12/31/06, p.E5)
1948        Earle Swenson opened his 1st ice cream store at Hyde and Union streets in SF. In 1980 Swenson’s Ice Cream Co. was sold to Red River Resources of Phoenix.
    (SFC, 2/4/05, p.F9)
1948        In San Francisco the Pacific Coast’s first cancer ward opened at Laguna Honda Home. Patients were made available for experimental research.
    (SFC, 8/26/08, p.B5)
1948        Ann Curtis (1926-2012) of San Francisco won two gold medals and one silver in swimming at the London Olympics.
    (SFC, 9/25/96, p.E10)(SFC, 1/31/15, p.C2)

1948-1950    Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997), sculptor and painter, taught at the California School of Fine Arts.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A22)

1948-1954    The Park Merced complex, a 13-tower 120-acre development, was built in SF.

1948-1956    Elmer Robinson served as mayor of SF.
    (SFC, 12/4/04, p.B7)

1949        Jan 22, Police broke into Rm. 203 of the Mark Twain Hotel in San Francisco and arrested Billie Holiday (1915-1959) and her manager, John Levy, on charges of possession of opium. Her defense attorney, Jake Erlich, fingered Levy as an informer and persuaded the jury to return a verdict of not guilty.
    (SFC, 5/19/96, DB, p.39)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billie_Holiday)

1949        Jan, Electric trolley service from SF to San Mateo ended.
    (Ind, 1/9/98, p.5A)

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

1949        Oct 6, American-born Iva Toguri D'Aquino, convicted of being Japanese wartime broadcaster Tokyo Rose, was sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000. She ended up serving more than six years. In 1976 she requested a presidential pardon.
    (SFC, 11/16/01, WB p.G4)(AP, 10/6/06)

1949        Oct 14, Pat Valentino (1920-2008), SF boxer, was knocked out by Ezzard Charles in the 8th round at the Cow Palace in a boxing heavy-weight match before a crowd of 19,950.
    (SFC, 8/8/08, p.B5)

1949        Nov 2, The 1,350 seat Coronet Theater in SF, Ca., opened with "I was a Male War Bride." Tickets were 50 cents. In 2000 it was sold to the Goldman Institute on Aging and scheduled for demolition. The last film was scheduled for Feb 13, 2005.
    (SFC, 12/1/99, p.E1)(SFC, 7/22/00, p.E1)(SFC, 2/4/05, p.B4)

1949        Nov, In San Francisco KRON-TV began broadcasting.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A8)(SSFC, 9/6/15, p.F3)

1949        In San Francisco Jack Jefferson (d.2000 79) held his 1st one-person exhibition at the new Metart Gallery, founded by students of painter Clyfford Still.
    (SFC, 11/13/00, p.A24)
1949        SF journalist Herb Caen published his successful "Baghdad-by-the-Bay." It went through 7 printings.
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A12)
1949        In San Francisco the 3-storey Sailors’ Union building, designed by William Gladstone Merchant, was completed at 450 Harrison.
    (SSFC, 1/11/15, p.C2)
1949        In SF the V.C. Morris Gift Shop at 140 Maiden Lane was converted to the 2-story Circle Gallery Building by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1979 it became the Xanadu Gallery.
    (SSFC, 5/17/09, p.B2)
1949        The military service Golden Gate Club was built in the Presidio of San Francisco in a Spanish Colonial Revival style.
    (G, Summer ‘97, p.1)
1949        The first prototype Eichler homes were built in the Bay Area. Later designs were done by the SF firm of Claude Oakland & Assoc. Architect Robert Anshen, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed the initial homes for developer Joseph Eichler.
    (SFC, 7/17/96, z-1, p.1,6)(G, Summer ‘97, p.1)(SFC, 9/29/99, Z1 p.7)
1949        A Pitch and Put Golf Course was laid out in San Francisco’s Goldengate Park.
    (SFC, 7/29/97, p.A7)
1949        Under the direction of SF mayor Roger Lapham the city’s recreation and park departments were merged.
    (SFC, 7/29/97, p.A5)
1949        George Christopher (1907-2000) was re-elected as a SF supervisor and became president of the Board.
    (SFC, 9/15/00, p.A19)
1949        In SF Eric Nord opened a bar in a cellar of the Sentinel Building at Columbus and Kearny and named it the hungry i. The i stood for id. In 1951 he sold it to Enrico Banducci.
    (SFC, 4/4/07, p.E3)
1949        In SF Grace Marchant (D.1982) began her garden project on Telegraph Hill.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A15)
1949        SF State College began offering master's degrees.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)
1949        Richard Goldman (1920-2010) founded Goldman Insurance Services, a San Francisco insurance brokerage firm.
    (SFC, 11/30/10, p.A14)
1949        In San Francisco Edward Goodman (d.1990) founded his Goodman Lumber Co. A family dispute led to the store’s closure in 2000.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.D1)

1950        Apr 1, The SF population was 775,357. The census later said 4 of 10 people in SF owned their own homes with a median value of $11,930. The average SF adult completed 11.7 years of school and over 19% went on to college.
    (SFC, 12/28/01, WB p.G7)(SFC, 1/31/03, p.E4)

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        Oct, Franciscan Friar Alfred Boeddeker founded St. Anthony’s Dining Room in San Francisco to feed the poor and luckless. He started from St. Boniface Church on Jones St. in the Tenderloin with 350 meals a day. In 1953 his organization acquired a farm in Sonoma County for therapeutic discourse and physical work.
    (SFC, 5/23/96, p.A24)(SFC, 1/7/05, p.B1)

1950        The Achenbach Collection, more than 70,000 prints, drawings and watercolors, was acquired by the Legion of Honor Museum.
    (WSJ, 11/16/95, p.A-18)
1950        Renata Tebaldi and Mario del Monaco made their US debut with the SF Opera in "Aida."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.37)
1950        In San Francisco the Shoot the Chutes attraction at Playland-at-the-Beach, which had opened in 1921, was demolished.
    (SFC, 12/24/16, p.C2)
1950        Madeleine Haas Russell (d.1999 at 84) replaced her grandfather's brick mansion in Presidio Heights, SF, with a Bauhaus-style structure designed by Erich Mendelsohn and nicknamed "Fort Russell."
    (SFC, 4/7/99, p.A19)
1950        Jimbo’s Bop City, an after-hours club in SF, opened at 1690 Post St. Players such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Tatum, Dizzy Gillespie, and Gerry Mulligan played there until it closed in 1965.
    (SFEC, 2/8/98, DB p.35)(SFC, 6/23/18, p.C1)
1950        Herb Caen quit the SF Chronicle and joined the rival SF Examiner where he stayed until 1958. He also wrote his 3rd book "Baghdad 1951."
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A12,13)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herb_Caen)
1950        In SF Jack Falvey (d.1998 at 84) opened Hippopotamus Hamburgers at Van Ness and Pacific. It closed in 1987. He also operated the Monkey Inn sawdust beer joint and the Crocodile Casbah saloon near the Hippo.
    (SFC, 5/18/98, p.A22)
1950        The Mattachine Society, the first openly gay organization in the US, was founded in Los Angeles. Henry Hay (d.2002 at 90) was one of the original founders and won the 1999 vote to serve as grand marshal for the SF Pride Parade. In 1990 Stuart Timmons authored the biography "The Trouble with Harry Hay."
    (SFEC, 6/13/99, DB p.35)(SFC, 10/25/02, p.A21)
1950        The National Maritime Museum in San Francisco was founded by newspaper editor Scott Newhall. The Maritime Museum at the foot of Polk St. was conceived and developed by Karl Kortum (1917-1996), considered a leading exponent and expert on historic craft preservation. The model ship collection of Alma Sprechels began the endeavor. She provided money and encouragement to young Kortum and lodging in her home.
    (SFC, 5/28/96, p.A15)(SFC, 9/13/96, p.E2)(SFC, 10/10/96, p.A22)(SFC, 10/17/96, C2)
1950        The SF 49ers football team, under owner Tony Morabito, played their first season in the NFL and won 3 games.
    (SFEM, 1/4/98, p.8,10)
1950        In SF Fred and Rose Evangelisti (d.1998 at 90) opened the Pistola Saloon on Powell St. In 1973 she retired and the saloon became the Washington Square Bar and Grill. Fred won Rose in a liar’s dice game.
    (SFC, 9/15/98, p.A22)(SFC, 2/5/02, p.A19)
1950        In SF Donato Rossi (1931-2005) and some partners purchased the Gino and Carlo bar at 548 Green St. in San Francisco’s North Beach. He retired in 1990.
    (SFC, 8/16/05, p.B5)

1950        In San Francisco a redevelpment agency was formed. Diamond Heights became its first project area.
    (SFC, 4/17/13, p.E5)

1950        A secret Army experiment spread the Serratia marcescens bacteria onto SF from a mine laying ship on the bay 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)

1950        In San Francisco Laguna Honda Hospital added a rehabilitation program to help disabled people of all ages enjoy more active, fulfilling lives.
    (SFC, 8/26/08, p.B5)

1950s    The noisy pile driver known as "Alfred the Monster" was brought into SF to build the foundations of the Bank of America building by civil engineer Charles Graff (d.1997 at 86). Alfred was buried at sea upon completion of the job.
    (SFC, 6/9/97, p.A17)

1950s    Part of San Francisco’s Edgehill Mountain was an active rock quarry until this time. As the quarry work died down, developers began building homes.
    (SFC, 1/17/96, p.A14)

1950s    Louis Lurie, SF real estate tycoon, held daily court at Jack’s restaurant.
    (SFC, 12/31/96, p.B1)

1951        Feb 1, The city’s 3,300 public school teachers requested a $50 per month salary increase. The $3,000 annual minimum was too low for a decent, independent life.
    (SFC, 1/26/01, WBb p.4)

1951        Mar 16, Over 60,000 gathered to watch the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
    (SFC, 3/16/01, WBb p.4)

1951        Mar, In San Francisco construction firm Barret & Hilp put its bulky bomb shelter on display in the middle of Union Square, offering free tours. Mayor Elmer Robinson had made Union Square the city’s first official public shelter in case of an enemy attack.
    (SFC, 8/12/17, p.C2)

1951        Apr 5, In San Francisco the first fully separate food section made its Chronicle debut.
    (SSFC, 6/7/09, p.W3)

1951        Apr 14, SF lost phone service for almost an hour when the city’s 5 main exchanges mysteriously went dead. Chief Switchman C.H. Schiller attributed the trouble to a loose connection in the ringing leads.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, WBb p.3)

1951        Apr 17, The SF Board of Supervisors voted 9-2 to add fluoride to a portion of the water supply to help prevent tooth decay.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, WBb p.3)

1951        Apr 18, Gen'l. Douglas MacArthur rode up Market St. in triumph after being fired from his Far East commands by Pres. Harry Truman.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, Z1 p.4)(SFC, 4/13/01, WBb p.3)

1951        Apr 24, Louis E. Wolcher, local pinball king and once known as the "liquor baron of SF," went on trial for evading $30,000 in income taxes.
    (SFC, 4/20/01, WBb p.7)

1951        Apr 30, State Attorney Gen’l. Edmund G. Brown released a report on the sudden growth in bookmaking, gambling, and prostitution in SF.
    (SFC, 4/27/01, Wba p.8)

1951        May 5, A Federal Court jury convicted pinball king Louis E. Wolcher of tax fraud for dodging 30,000 in income taxes.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, WBb p.3)

1951        May 18, National union officials ordered Western Union employees to end a sudden walkout. Bay Area telegraph service was paralyzed.
    (SFC, 5/18/01, p.WBb5)

1951        Jun 2, The most expensive link of the Bayshore Freeway opened for traffic.
    (SFC, 6/1/01, WBb p.3)

1951        Jun 12, Mayor Elmer Robinson agreed with state officials that tolls on the Oakland Bay Bridge should be retained to protect plans for any future bay crossing. Robinson had earlier supporting abandoning the tolls when debts were paid off in 1953.
    (SFC, 6/8/01, WBa p.6)

1951        Jun 15, Some 490 White Russian refugees arrived in SF.
    (SFC, 6/15/01, WBb p.3)

1951        Jun 16, CIO maritime workers called a national strike. Only essential military cargoes were exempt from the work stoppage.
    (SFC, 6/15/01, WBb p.3)

1951        Jun 17, A 1950 census result put 775,400 people in SF; 166,400 were single; 379,500 were married; 99,000 were widowed or divorced; the rest were children.
    (SFC, 6/15/01, WBb p.3)

1951        Jun 23, Riots broke out at Pier 35 less than 24 hours after the settlement of a 6-day West Coast maritime strike.
    (SFC, 6/22/01, WBb p.8)

1951        Jul 10, In San Francisco Dashiell Hammett, mystery writer, was sentenced to 6 months in prison for refusing to tell where the Communist party got its bail money. Hammett, who was born in Maryland in 1894, was a Pinkerton detective for eight years and served in the Ambulance Corps in World War I before he began his writing career. Author of The Maltese Falcon (1930) and The Thin Man (1932), Hammett became heavily involved in left-wing political activity in 1934. He was later a trustee of the Civil Rights Congress. Hammett died in 1961.
    (SFC, 7/6/01, WBb p.8)(HNPD, 9/24/98)

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 23, A fire at the College Court Apartments at 214 Haight St. killed at least 8 people.
    (SFC, 7/20/01, WBb p.7)

1951        Aug 1, The California Street Cable Railroad Co. went into bankruptcy. [see Jan 13, 1952]
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.G4)

1951        Aug 18, The 1st transcontinental wireless phone call was made from SF to NYC by Mark Sullivan, president of PT&T, and H.T. Killingworth of AT&T.
    (SFC, 8/17/01, p.WB6)

1951        Aug 22, Carl Larson, superintendent of the Broadway Tunnel project under Russian Hill, became the 1st person to walk through via a 3-foot hole.
    (SFC, 8/17/01, p.WB6)

1951        Aug 24, US Marshal Edward J. Carrigan was sentenced to 5 years and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine for accepting a $2,000 bribery a few months after taking office.
    (SFC, 8/24/01, WB p.8)

1951        Sep 4, President Truman addressed the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television broadcast. The broadcast was carried by 94 stations.
    (AP, 9/4/97)(HN, 9/4/98)

1951        Sep 8, A formal Treaty of Peace was signed by 48 other nations of the United Nations and Japan at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. On the same day the US and Japan signed a Joint Security Pact at the Presidio. The soviet delegation refused to sign and said the deal provided for the exclusive existence of American military bases in Japan.
    (Park, Spring/95, p.2)(AP, 9/8/97)(Ind, 9/8/01, 5A)
1951        Sep 8, Sri Lanka’s finance minister Junius Jayewardene (1906-1996) made an impassioned plea on behalf of Japan at the Peace Treaty signing in San Francisco. He declined compensation from Japan, which had carried out several aerial bombing raids in Colombo and the eastern port city of Trincomalee.
    (AFP, 9/8/14)

1951        Sep 24, SF Mayor Elmer Robinson opened the new Junior Museum on Corono Heights, named after Josephine D. Randall, the city’s retired supervisor of recreation.
    (SFC, 9/21/01, WB p.5)

1951        Oct 24, Dr. Albert W. Bellamy, chief of Radiological Services for the State Civil Defense, held a press conference to assure state residents that there would be no ill effects from the atomic test explosions near Las Vegas.
    (SFC, 10/19/01, WB p.6)

1951        Nov 1, A new law took effect that required bookies, lottery operators and punchboard dealers to purchase a $50 gambling stamp.
    (SFC, 1/25/02, p.G6)

1951        Nov 3, Some 60% of SF voters used new voting machines.
    (SFC, 11/2/01, WB p.6)

1951        Nov 7, Elmer E. Robinson defeated incumbent mayor George J. Christopher.
    (SFC, 11/2/01, WB p.6)

1951        Nov 8, The new SF Overland Limited was scheduled to make its maiden run from SF to Chicago 5 hours faster than previous trains.
    (SFC, 11/2/01, WB p.6)

1951        Nov 16, Glenn T. Seaborg (b.1912) and Edwin McMillan of UC shared the Nobel Prize with for discovering (plutonium) the first elements ever known to be heavier than uranium. In 1974 Seaborg co-discovered element 106, named seaborgium.
    (SFC, 10/6/98, p.A22)(SFC, 2/27/99, p.A17)(SFC, 11/16/01, WB p.G4)

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 60 mph 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)(SFC, 1/18/02, p.G8)

1951        Dec 7, Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, visited San Francisco, and promised to design prefabricated homes at half the current costs. He said buyers would be able to build their own homes without union labor.
    (SFC, 12/7/01, WB p.G9)

1951        Artists Gordon Onslow Ford, Wolfgang Paalen and Lee Mullican staged a landmark show of abstraction called "Dynaton" at the SF Museum of Art.
    (SFC, 10/28/00, p.D1)
1951        In San Francisco Richard Stephens (1925-2017) took over the shrinking operations of the Academie of Advertising Art established by his father. It was rebranded first as the Academy of Art College and later the Academy of Art University and grew from 35 students studying advertising to a peak enrollment of 18,000 students studying a variety of arts. By 2017 organization held 40 properties making it among the largest landowners in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 6/15/17, p.D2)
1951        Jack LaLanne (b.1914) began hosting a daily exercise show on San Francisco’s KGO TV (channel 7).
    (SFC, 10/8/09, p.A16)
1951        Lew Christensen, brother of Willam, quit the New York City Ballet to become the director of the SF Ballet. Lew and Willam Christensen were named co-directors of the SF Ballet. Lew Christensen’s "Filling Station" was produced to music by Virgil Thomson.
    (SFEC, 8/10/97, p.B9)(SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.37)
1951        In San Francisco the North Beach Place, a public housing project designed by Ernest Born (d.1992) and his wife Esther Born (d.1987), opened on both sides of the cable car turnaround at Taylor St. It was torn down in 2001.
    (SFC, 12/18/15, p.D9)
1951        In San Francisco the Terrace Drive-In theater opened on Alemany Blvd. adjacent ot the famer's market and lasted just three years. I-280 was later built on the land.
    (SFC, 7/14/18, p.C3)
1951        San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center (YGC) opened on Woodland Ave.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A8)
1951        In San Francisco the Greyhound maintenance and administration center at 8th and Irwin was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merril.
    (SFC, 8/29/96, p.C3)
1951        In SF the 1939 bathhouse at Aquatic Park was converted into the SF Maritime Museum.
    (SFC, 6/21/06, p.B3)
1951        The Morrison Planetarium was constructed at the Academy of Sciences in Goldengate Park. It opened in 1952.
    (SFC, 7/29/97, p.A7)(CW, Fall, 02, p.45)
1951        Richard A. Stephens became president of the San Francisco Academy of Art College. The college was founded by his father.
    (SFC, 11/13/99, p.B7)
1951        In San Francisco Commerce High School was closed. Its large auditiorium was still used for special events. It reopened in 2013 as the temporary home to City Arts and Lectures.
    (SFC, 4/30/13, p.E4)
1951        Gladys Cox Hansen became the archivist for the SF library.
    (SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A1)
1951        Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund began their SF-based charitable organization.
    (SSFC, 8/10/03, p.I1)
1951        The USF football team, the Dons, went unbeaten and untied under the leadership of coach Brad Lynn (1916-2006), but were not invited to any bowl games because of 2 black men in the lineup. 8 of the starters went directly to the NFL. USF Pres. Rev. William J. Dunne dropped football at the end of the season. In 2000 Kristine Clark, while working on a book about the team, convinced Sen. Barbara Boxer to request a presidential apology from Pres. Clinton.
    (SFC, 7/8/00, p.A15,18)(SSFC, 10/22/06, p.B6)
1951        California’s high court ruled in Stoumen vs. Reilly on behalf of San Francisco’s Black Cat café and against the Board of Equalizaiton declaring that gays were entitled to gather in public.
    (SFC, 11/15/14, p.C2)
1951        Incumbent SF Mayor Elmer Robinson was re-elected by fewer than 3,000 votes over George Christopher.
    (SFC, 9/15/00, p.A19)
1951        SF voters approved fluoridation.
    (SFC, 3/14/03, p.E8)
1951        The SF the hungry i nightclub opened in North Beach under Enrico Banducci. Folk singer Stan Wilson (1922-1983) was the 1st entertainer to play there. It was there that such stars as Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen, Mort Sahl and Bill Cosby got their start. It first opened in a cellar space of the Sentinel Building, which Banducci bought from Eric Nord with $800 in borrowed money. In 1954 the club moved to 599 Jackson St.
    (SFEC, 8/1/99, DB p.28)(SFC, 6/11/05, p.B5)(SFC, 4/4/07, p.E1)
1951        Albert Pollack and his cousin Tommy Harris, an entertainer, transformed the Almond Blossom coffee shop on Van Ness into Tommy's Joint hofbrau.
    (SFC, 3/10/99, p.A24)
1951        The Highway 101 freeway opened. In San Francisco it replaced Bayshore Boulevard as the main north south link to the city.
    (SSFC, 2/19/12, p.A2)

1952        Jan 13, The Municipal Railway started operating the California Street Cable Cars. [see Aug 1, 1951]
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.G4)

1952        Jan 15, Snow fell in SF and accumulated to 0.3 inch.
    (SFEM, 12/22/96, p.20)

1952        Mar 1, Municipal Railway workers received a wage increase of 9.4 cents effective July 1. This raised their hourly rate to $1.73.
    (SFC, 3/1/02, p.G8)

1952        Mar 4, The Community Chest of SF joined a consolidated charity drive, the SF Federated Fund, after 20 years as an independent fund-raiser.
    (SFC, 3/1/02, p.G8)

1952        Mar 6, George Koltanowski, chess column writer for the SF Chronicle, beat Humphrey Bogart in a chess match.
    (SFC, 2/7/00, p.A21)

1952        Mar 16, An estimated 100,000 people turned out for the St. Patrick’s Day parade up Market St. to the Civic Center.
    (SFC, 3/15/02, p.G8)

1952        Mar 28, SF attorney Vincent Hallinan was named Progressive Party candidate for president. 3 days later he was sent to jail for 6 months over defense tactics during the perjury trial of union leader Harry Bridges.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.AG4)

1952        Mar 29, Archbishop John J. Mitty announced that Pope Pius XII had elevated Mission Dolores to the status of a Minor Basilica, the 1st west of the Mississippi and the 4th in the US.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.AG4)

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        Apr 5, Archie R. Schaffer (Mr. Big), millionaire real estate investor, was sentenced to 6 months in jail for running an illegal bookie business on Market St.
    (SFC, 4/5/02, p.G2)

1952        Apr 13, Pierre Monteux conducted his final concert at the War Memorial Opera House with the SF Symphony.
    (SFC, 4/12/02, p.G6)

1952        May 31, In San Francisco the first Golden Gate Park Road Race was held with some 60 cars vying for first place. The races continued again in 1953 and ended in 1954.
    (SFC, 5/28/12, p.C1)

1952        Jun 1, The Municipal Railway fares went up to 15 cents. It led to a decline in ridership and a 20% increase in automobile traffic downtown.
    (SFC, 6/8/02, p.G8)

1952        Jun 7, Mortimer J. Adler announced that the newly formed Institute for Philosophical Research will have its headquarters in SF.
    (SFC, 6/8/02, p.G8)

1952        Jul 13, An oil fire at the Union Oil Co. pier at Oleum wrapped 2 tankers in flames. One man died and 2 were missing and presumed dead.
    (SFC, 7/12/02, p.E9)

1952        Jul 16, The US Navy decided to assign the SF naval Shipyard a $62 million carrier-conversion job and planned a $218 million super carrier.
    (SFC, 7/12/02, p.E9)

1952        Jul 17, Acting Mayor John J. Sullivan officiated at the grand opening of the new Emporium store at Stonestown.
    (SFC, 7/12/02, p.E9)
1952        Jul 17, Homer Curran (67), founder of the Curran Theater, died.
    (SFC, 7/12/02, p.E9)

1952        Jul 30, Anthony Gelini, De Soto cab driver, helped police arrest 3 men who robbed the American Trust Co. at 16th and Valencia of $20,000. He drove the robbers to Reno and then escaped back to SF with most of the money locked in his cab.
    (SFC, 7/26/02, p.E9)

1952        Aug 5, In LA, Ca., 14 Communist leaders were convicted of conspiring to overthrow the US government. 6 of the defendants were from SF, one was from Oakland.
    (SFC, 8/2/02, p.E4)

1952        Aug 9, Anthony Gelini, De Soto cab driver, was indicted on charges of receiving and concealing stolen bank funds as well as harboring and aiding robber Charles Frederick Will. [see Jul 30]
    (SFC, 8/9/02, p.E2)

1952        Sep 1, Developer George K. Whitney Sr., owner of Playland-at-the-Beach and the Cliff House, purchased the Sutro Baths. George K. Whitney Jr. (d.2002 at 80) sold the Cliff House properties to the National Parks Service in 1976.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, Z1 p.4)(SC, 9/1/02)(SFC, 10/19/02, p.A21)

1952        Sep 6, The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a conviction against Harry Bridges as a Communist who lied to obtain US citizenship.
    (SFC, 9/6/02, p.E3)

1952        Sep 21, Over 20,000 people attended Angel Island Day, the 2nd public visiting day in 100 years.
    (SFC, 9/20/02, p.E6)

1952        Sep 26, In SF Police Officer Robert E. Walters died from wounds suffered during a Sep 19 holdup on Market St. Boyd Van Winkle pleaded insanity but was convicted of the murder in 1953.
    (SFC, 1/17/03, p.E8)(http://online.ceb.com/calcases/C2/41C2d525.htm)

1952        Oct 2, Superior Judge Melvyn I. Cronin ruled that the SF Housing Authority’s policy of barring blacks from all but one permanent low-rent public housing project was unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 9/27/02, p.E2)

1952        Oct 4, Pres. Truman arrived in SF to campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson.
    (SFC, 10/4/02, p.E4)

1952        Oct 8, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Republican presidential candidate, arrived in SF and drew a crowd of 100,000 for a downtown ticker tape parade.
    (SFC, 10/4/02, p.E4)

1952        Oct 24, The Recreation and Park Commission voted to restore the name Japanese Tea Garden to the area in Golden Gate Park that was called Oriental Tea Garden after the Pearl Harbor attack.
    (SFC, 10/18/02, p.E2)

1952        Oct 29, A syndicate headed by SF oil man Ralph K. Davies bought control of American President Lines with an $18.4 million cash bid.
    (SFC, 10/25/02, p.E8)

1952        Nov 8, The Morrison Planetarium opened and tickets cost 74 cents.
    (CW, Fall, 02, p.45)

1952        Nov 10, San Francisco columnist Stanton Delaplane introduced Irish coffee to America at the Buena Vista Cafe at the end of the Hyde St. cable line. He discovered the drink at Shannon Airport in Ireland, served by Joe Sheridan and perfected it with the help of Buena Vista owners Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W30)(SFC, 11/16/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 11/9/08, p.B6)

1952        Nov 29, A Pacific Heights mansion at 2030 Broadway opened as the American Academy of Asian Studies, the 1st accredited US graduate school devoted exclusively to Asian lands and people.
    (SFC, 11/29/02, p.E9)

1952        Dec 21, A celebration led by Mayor Elmer Robinson marked the opening of the $7.3 million Broadway Tunnel.
    (SFC, 8/17/01, p.WB6)(SFC, 12/20/02, p.E5)

1952        Dec, In San Francisco Paul C. Smith resigned from The Chronicle and Charles de Young Thieriot, the grandson of co-founder M.H. de Young, picked Scott Newhall as executive editor of the paper.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A8)(SSFC, 6/7/09, p.W3)

1952        Barnaby Conrad (1922-2013) authored the bestseller "Matador," about the life of Manolete, Spain's greatest bullfighter. He later used royalties from the book to move back to San Francisco and open his El Matador saloon.
    (SSFC, 11/16/03, p.E3)(SSFC, 2/17/13, p.C12)
1952        The film "The Sniper" starred Arthur Franz (d.2006), Adolphe Menjou and Marie Windsor and was directed by Edward Dmytryk. It was written by Edward and Anna Anhalt and produced by Stanley Kramer. The film was set in San Francisco and told the story of a disturbed WWII veteran targeting women from a Union Street rooftop.
    (TVM, 1975, p.529)(SFC, 1/14/03, p.D2)(SFC, 6/20/06, p.B5)(SFC, 7/13/19, p.C1)
1952        The Spanish conductor Enrique Jorda succeeded Pierre Monteux to lead the SF Symphony.
    (SFEC, 8/10/97, p.B9)
1952        The bowling alley that became the Rock & Bowl at 1855 Haight was built.
    (SFC, 8/20/96, p.E1)
1952        Herbert Blau (1926-2013) and Jules Irving founded the Actor’s Workshop in SF. In 1960 and 1961 the company staged the US premiers of Harold Pinter’s “The Room" and “The Birthday Party." It continued in SF until 1965 when the founders left to run New York’s new Lincoln Center theater company.
    (SFC, 1/8/09, p.E3)(SFC, 5/10/13, p.C7)
1952        June Degnan (d.2001 at 82) co-founded San Francisco Review, a magazine featuring the works of poets, playwrights and novelists.
    (SFC, 9/28/01, p.D7)
1952        Janet Pomeroy (1912-2005) founded the Recreation Center for the Handicapped in a small room off the Fleishacker Pool in SF. In 1993 she authored her memoir “Among the Roses." In 2003 her 5½-acre nonprofit center off Skyline Blvd. was renamed the Jane Pomeroy Center.
    (SFC, 11/30/05, p.B7) 
1952        Richard Shephard (d.1998 at 84) helped establish the Crown Zellerbach Foundation dedicated to educational, scientific and general philanthropic purposes. It later became the Montgomery Street Foundation.
    (SFC, 6/13/98, p.A21)
1952        The State Assembly seats for SF dropped to 6.
    (SFEM, 11/17/96, p.12)
1952        Alvin Edlin (1912-2008) bought Bud’s Ice Cream store in Noe Valley from his cousin Bud Scheideman for $8,000. Revenue at the time was about $30,000. He increased the quality and by 1976 revenues rose to about $1 million. In 1980 Edlin sold the operation to a group of Bay Area businessmen. In the 1990s the operation was sold to Berkeley Farms.
    (SFC, 6/10/08, p.B5)
1952        A Beach Chalet "smoker" featured an event with gambling, strippers, and lewd films. Salvatore (Tarbaby) Terrano was one of those arrested. He was described as a member of the Waxey Gordon narcotics ring.
    (SFC, 12/26/96, p.C1)
1952        American President Lines was sold to oil tycoon Ralph K. Davies. He moved the company into the age of containerization. APL traced its lineage to the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.
    (SFEC, 11/22/98, p.B7)
1952        Britex Fabrics opened on Union Square.
    (SSFC, 7/21/02, p.F3)

1952-1959    Francis Lawrence McCarty (d.2000 at 92) served on the Board of Supervisors. He served as president in 1958 and 1959. He was made a judge by Gov. Pat Brown in 1960.
    (SFC, 9/22/00, p.D7)

1953        Jan 17, In SF 40 leading fashion models formed the Professional Fashion Models of SF and demanded a $5 fee for fitting time and rehearsals.
    (SFC, 1/17/03, p.E8)

1953        Apr 8, A Federal Grand Jury in SF indicted Hugh Bryson, pres. of the National Union of Marine Cooks and Stewards, on charges that he falsely claimed that he was not a communist in a Taft-Hartley affidavit.
    (SFC, 4/4/03, p.E6)

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

1953        Jun 7, Four civics groups demanded that the SF Housing Authority give up its insistence on racial segregation.
    (SFC, 6/6/03, p.E2)

1953        Jun 24, The 6th annual World Trade Fair opened in San Francisco at the Palace Hotel with products imported from 21 nations.
    (SFC, 6/20/03, p.E2)

1953        Jul 10, In San Francisco The Chronicle newspaper began calling itself “The Voice of the West" on its editorial pages. It adopted the name for Page One on August 9, 1953.
    (SSFC, 6/7/09, p.W3)

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        Jul 22, The Theodore Hamm Brewing Co. of St. Paul, Minn., purchased the Rainier Brewing Co. at 1550 Bryant St., SF, for $1,809,937. The trade name had already been sold to Sick Brewery Enterprises of Seattle.
    (SFC, 7/18/03, p.E5)

1953        Jul 24, The Key System went on strike.
    (SFC, 7/25/03, p.E6)

1953        Aug 2, Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park was officially opened for children's fishing.
    (SFC, 8/1/03, p.E5)

1953        Aug 21, The SF Chamber of Commerce reported that the city's 1951 per capita gross income was $1,512, 40.8% above the state average.
    (SFC, 8/15/03, p.E9)

1953        Aug 30, Gaetano Merola (72), founder and general director of the SF Opera Company, collapsed and died on stage at Sigmund Stern Grove while conducting.
    (SFC, 8/29/03, p.E3)

1953        Aug, Beverly Sills came to SF shortly after the death of Gaetano Merola. She spent the next few weeks in a Market St. hotel and made her SF Opera debut in "Mefistofele."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.41)(SFEC, 8/31/97, BR p.1)

1953        Sep 2, The SF Board of Education decided to require newly hired teachers to sign statements that they are not members of the Communist Party in addition to taking the Levering loyalty oath required by the state Constitution.
    (SFC, 8/29/03, p.E3)

1963        Sep 15, The Alou brothers-Felipe, Matty, & Jesus-appeared in the San Francisco outfield for 1 inning.

1953        Sep 26, A 2-mile link of the Bayshore Freeway opened from Army to Bryant. The 2-year project cost $9,312,000.
    (SFC, 9/26/03, p.E4)

1953        Oct 23, The State Supreme Court ruled against the SF Housing Authority in its attempt to continue segregating blacks, Chinese Americans and whites and its public housing projects.
    (SFC, 10/17/03, p.E9)

1953        Oct 31, Alice Eastwood (94), curator of botany at the California Academy of Sciences in SF, died.
    (SFC, 10/31/03, p.E2)

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 15, Vincent Hallinan was convicted of income tax evasion. 5 counts included unpaid taxes of $36,739.32 from 1947-1950. [see Dec 9]
    (SFC, 11/14/03, p.E8)

1953        Nov 28, John V. Tadich (98), SF restaurateur, died. He had arrived in SF in 1871 and after a few years took over an operation that he named the Tadich Grill, which burned down in 1906. he re-opened it in 1912.
    (SFC, 11/28/03, p.E2)

1953        Dec 2, Rival maritime unions and police officers battled in a riot caused by a dispute over hiring rights on the 300-passenger liner Aleutian.
    (SFC, 11/28/03, p.E2)

1953        Dec 8, Damon Miller and his SF Seals Corp. offered the public 10,000 shares of stock in the baseball club at $10 a share.
    (SFC, 12/5/03, p.E13)

1953        Dec 9, Vincent Hallinan was sentenced to 18 months in jail and fined $50,000 for income tax evasion. [see Nov 15]
    (SFC, 12/5/03, p.E13)

1953        Dec 12, Damon Miller and his SF Seals Corp. were rescued in part by the Pacific National Bank with a no collateral loan of $50,000.
    (SFC, 12/12/03, p.E2)

1953        Dec 20, Over 5,000 members of the Wong family gathered for a mammoth party at 39 Waverly Place, their 1st get-together in Chinatown.
    (SFC, 12/19/03, p.E2)

1953        Dec 21, Members of the Dolphin Club staged their 55th midwinter hike and dip.
    (SFC, 12/19/03, p.E2)

1953        Dec 24, Pierre Salinger, SF Chronicle reporter, won the 1953 McQuade Memorial Award for his articles on poor conditions in California county jails. He had himself arrested under an alias in Bakersfield and Stockton for an inside look.
    (SFC, 12/19/03, p.E3)

1953        Herb Caen, SF newspaper columnist, wrote his 4th book "Don’t Call It Frisco."
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A13)
1953        Jack Lord published "Where to Sin in San Francisco."
    (SFC, 1/14/99, p.D10)
1953        Sir Georg Solti made his US opera debut conducting "Elektra."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.37)
1953        In San Francisco Sister Miriam Auxilium O’Gara founded “Helpers of the Mentally Retarded" to house and serve adults with Down syndrome. The group ended residential services in 2002 but continued to amass assets and donations. In 2017 it was revealed that the charity under, executive director Joy Venturini Bianchi, was using its properties for storage and a resale boutique.
    (SSFC, 3/12/17, p.A16)
1953        The 2-level Embarcadero Freeway opened along the waterfront from the Bay Bridge to Broadway. It was torn down in 1991 due to aesthetics and damage from the 1989 earthquake.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.A13)
1953        Architect A. Quincy Jones designed the Daphne Funeral Home at Duboce and Church St. In 1998 it was slated for demolition to make room for low-income housing.
    (SFEM, 12/6/98, p.16)
1953        Karl Kortum (1917-1996) and friends acquired the sailing vessel Pacific Queen, a derelict on the Sausalito mud flats, and restored the ship with its original name, Balclutha. [3rd source says 1954]
    (SFC, 9/13/96, p.E2)(SFC, 10/17/96, C2)(SFEC,11/23/97, p.D3)
1953        Robert Duncan (d.1988), SF poet, and his partner Jess (Burgess Collins, d.2004) along with Harry Jacobus founded the King Ubu Gallery at 3119 Fillmore St. In 1954 a group of artists took it over and it became the Six Gallery.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, Z1 p.3)(SFC, 1/7/04, p.A19)(SSFC, 3/14/04, p.F2)
1953        Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin opened City Lights Bookstore, the 1st all-paperback bookstore in the US, opened in San Francisco's North Beach. In 1993 it was designated a national literary landmark.
    (SFEC, 4/6/97, p.C4)(SFC, 6/5/03, p.F11)
1953        Pauline Kael (d.2001) published her first movie review in City Lights, a small SF magazine.
    (SFC, 9/4/01, p.A16)
1953        Leo Krikorian (1922-2004), artist and photographer, and fellow Black Mountain student Knute Stiles purchased a bar at 1546 Grant St. in North Beach they called The Place. It became a center for Beats and oddballs in SF until it closed in 1960.
    (SFC, 1/18/05, p.B4)(SFC, 3/18/17, p.C1)

1953        The Chronicle praised the Christmas edition of "The Hidden Treasure" by Balzac that was printed by the handpress of Lewis Mayhew Allen (d.1998) and his wife Dorothy. The Allen Press later published "Printing with the Handpress."
    (SFC, 1/26/98, p.A17)
1953        Hal Call (d.2000 at 83), Don Lucas and others took over the Mattachine Foundation, one of the earliest gay rights associations, from founder Harry Hay and renamed it the Mattachine Society. They set a new conservative course of public education and services for the gay community.
    (SFC, 12/22/00, p.D9)
1953        In SF Merrill’s drugstore opened at Fourth and Market streets. It shut down in Jan 1997 when the landlord declined to renew the lease.
    (SFC, 1/10/96, p.B2)
1953        John Mitchell (d.2007 at 89), his younger brother Larry, and brother-in-law Bob Davis turned an old liquor store in the SF Mission District into Mitchell’s Ice Cream parlor, which became a Bay Area tradition.
    (SFC, 6/16/07, p.B6)
1953        Federal regulators forced the Bank of America under S.H. Amacost into a cost cutting campaign that included the sale of the BofA headquarters, the closure of 187 branches and the company’s first layoffs.
    (SFC, 4/14/98, p.B4)
1953        San Francisco’s Red Light Abatement Act was passed.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.AG4)
1953        Eugene Riordan, SF city property director, said he would ask the Board of Supervisors for $500 to defend San Francisco's only overseas possession: the house in which Father Junipero Serra (1713-1784) was born in Petra on the island of Mallorca off the coast of Spain.
    (SFC, 9/19/03, p.E8)
1953        San Francisco’s used car salesman Edward Shapiro (1900-1976), aka Horsetrader Ed, was indicted and convicted of income tax evasion and sent to San Quentin prison for 8 months. His Kar Korral at Eddy and Van Ness was later taken over by former 49er player Ed Balatti, who also called himself Horsetrader Ed. In 1987 Balatti was convicted of fencing stolen merchandise and sentenced to 6 years in San Quentin.
    (SFC, 9/28/13, p.C3)
1953        The Morrison Planetarium began its holiday presentation "The Christmas Star." It depicts that night sky as it is believed to have appeared to the wise men in Nazareth at the birth of Christ.
    (SFC, 1/1/96, p.D1)
1953        SF Opera founder and director Gaetano Merola died at the podium in Stern Grove. He was succeeded by Kurt Herbert Adler.
    (SFEC, 8/10/97, p.B9)(SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.41)

1954        Jan 14, NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio married actress Marilyn Monroe in SF City Hall. They were divorced in Oct.
    (SFC, 1/1/99, p.A13)(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A21)(MC, 1/14/02)

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

1954        Jan, Leonard Moskowitz (1917-2008), whose father was the founder of Rochester Big & Tall, was kidnapped in San Francisco. He was freed when the kidnappers, who had demanded $500,000, were captured 3 days after the kidnapping.
    (SFC, 7/3/08, p.B5)

1954        Feb 14, The Kaiser Foundation's $3.25 million "dream" hospital was set to open at 2425 Geary St.
    (SFC, 2/13/04, p.E4)

1954        Feb 19, The Ford Foundation donated $113,724 to KQED, the Bay Area's 1st community television station. The SF Foundation in this year helped launch KQED public radio and the legal Aid Society.
    (SFC, 1/28/98, p.A16)(SFC, 2/13/04, p.E4)

1954        Feb 20, Patty Hearst Shaw, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya), was born in SF.
    (MC, 2/20/02)

1954        Feb 23, Caspar Weinberger, incumbent Assemblyman for the 21st District, announced his candidacy for re-election.
    (SFC, 2/20/04, p.E4)

1954        Mar 5, The new SF police super vice squad, led by Inspector Frank Ahern, made its 1st gambling raid at the South-of-Market Barrel House cardroom.
    (SFC, 2/05/04, p.E8)

1954        Mar 12, The new SF police super vice squad raided the apartment of Mabel Malotte (48) at 1275 Bay St., striking a major blow to the SF call-girl racket.
    (SFC, 3/12/04, p.F8)

1954        Mar 14, Some 60,000 people gathered on Market St. for the 3-hour St. Patrick's Day parade.
    (SFC, 3/12/04, p.F8)

1954        Mar 19, Prince Onaga of the Watusi of the Belgian Congo and his consort, Princess Muana, feted for a month in SF, were exposed as frauds from East St. Louis. Fred and Margaret Williams proceeded with their  Mar 27 dance recital at Marines Memorial Theater.
    (SFC, 3/19/04, p.F4)(SFC, 3/26/04, p.F7)

1954        Mar 26, A City Planning report said the 1st phase of the embarcadero Freeway will force out 57 firms. Construction was set to begin in July.
    (SFC, 3/26/04, p.F7)

1954        Apr 11, The California Brewing Co. began producing California Gold Label Beer at its plant on Fulton between Webster and Buchanon.
    (SFC, 4/9/04, p.F10)

1954        Apr 15, Benjamin Swig led a syndicate in the purchase of 3 downtown buildings for $7 million. They included the 10-story Mills Building on Montgomery, the 21-story Mills Tower on Bush, and the 5-story Chamber of Commerce building on Pine Street.
    (SFC, 4/9/04, p.F10)

1954        Apr 16, Police Chief Michael Gaffey disbanded the super vice squad claiming that prostitution, gambling and bookmaking had dropped to an "irreducible minimum."
    (SFC, 4/16/04, p.F5)

1954        Apr 18, Some 20,000 worshipers celebrated Easter atop Mount Davidson.
    (SFC, 4/16/04, p.F5)

1954        Apr 24, California state narcotics agents seized a tape, "Marijuana, Some Notes and Comments on the Use of the Narcotic," from KPFA that allegedly praised the use of marijuana. Attorney Gen'l. Edmund Brown ordered his agents to release the tape the next day.
    (SFC, 4/23/04, p.F5)

1954        Apr 30, KQED, SF-based public television, began broadcasting.
    (SFC, 4/28/04, p.E1)

1954        May 5, The largest store in the Safeway chain opened at Duboce and Market in SF.
    (SFC, 4/9/04, p.F10)

1954        May 7, A San Francisco jury decided that Harold Jackson and Joseph Lear should be executed for the January kidnapping of Leonard Moskovitz. Their sentences were later changed to life in prison and both men died in San Quentin.
    (SFC, 5/7/04, p.F2)(SFC, 7/3/08, p.B5)

1954        Jun 9, SF voters approved Prop. E which froze into the city charter the exact locations of the cable car lines.
    (SFC, 6/4/04, F2)

1954        Jun 10, SF Mayor Elmer Robinson formally dedicated the 2½ acre Miraloma Playground at Omar and Sequoia.
    (SFC, 6/4/04, F2)

1954        Jun 16, In San Francisco the 13-foot neon schooner atop the new Hamm’s Brewery building at 1550 Bryant St. was turned on. Brewing at the facility ended in 1974.
    (SFC, 4/10/12, p.E2)

1954        Jun 17, SF Mayor Elmer Robinson pulled a light switch at 1550 Bryant to light up the largest commercial sign west of Chicago with Hamm Brewing Co. president William Figge.
    (SFC, 6/9/04, F7)

1954        Jun 18, Final development work was announced for the former site of the Laurel Hill Cemetery on Masonic Ave.
    (SFC, 6/18/04, p.F2)
1954        Jun 18, Supervisor Clarissa McMahon served as acting mayor of SF, the city’s 1st female mayor.
    (SFC, 6/18/04, p.F2)

1954        Jun 29, The Goebel Brewing Co. opened its new Circus Room in SF.
    (SFC, 6/25/04, p.F6)

1954        Jul 18, A thief stole a miniature painting attributed to Peter Paul Rubens from the main gallery of the M.H. de Young Museum in the midst of a throng of museum goers. The next day Lloyd Galloway (26), an unemployed teamster, confessed. Chronicle reporters Bill O’Brien and Pierre Salinger convinced him to return the painting.
    (SFC, 7/16/04, p.F4)

1954        Jul 23, Bob and Jean Wilkins were found guilty of pandering. They had operated a prostitution racket out of Mickey’s soda fountain at 253 Leavenworth.
    (SFC, 7/16/04, p.F4)

1954        Jul 30, Fleishhacker Pool closed because ocean sand blocked the tank’s pipeline. The 6.5 million-gallon pool was to have been emptied for a regular cleaning.
    (SFC, 7/30/04, p.F2)

1954        Aug 12, The 1880 mansion at 1000 Chestnut St. built by Thomas Blythe, a Welsh drifter who made a fortune in SF real estate, was torn down to make room for a 14-story apartment.
    (SFC, 8/6/04, p.F6)

1954        Aug 23, A rolling earthquake measuring 6.5 hit northern California and Nevada.
    (SSFC, 8/22/04, p.F4)

1954        Aug 29, The SF International Airport’s (SFO) Terminal 2 opened with a ceremony led by Mayor Robinson. Mills Field became SF Airport.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, Z1 p.4)(SSFC, 8/22/04, p.F8)

1954        Sep 11, The Miss America pageant made its network TV debut on ABC; Miss California, Lee Ann Meriwether of San Francisco, was crowned the winner.
    (AP, 9/11/97)(SFC, 11/16/99, p.G9)

1954        Oct 4, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio separated after 9 months of marriage.
    (SFC, 10/1/04, p.F5)

1954        Oct 17, The SF Palace Hotel became a part of the Sheraton hotel chain.
    (SFC, 10/15/04, p.F13)

1954        Nov 13, A 2.3-mile section of Skyline Blvd. freeway, extending south from Alemany, was completed at a cost of $1 million.
    (SFC, 11/12/04, p.F11)

1954        Nov 16, The US government launched a civil suit to deport Harry Bridges (54), Australian-born leader of the Int’l. Longshoreman’s and Warehousemen’s Union.
    (SFC, 11/12/04, p.F11)

1954        Nov, SF voters approved a $5 million bond measure for a baseball stadium at Candlestick Point.
    (SFEC,12/797, Z1 p.4)

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 6, The US Supreme Court cleared the way for the $6,286,000 Diamond Heights redevelopment project. The project will turn 325 acres on the south slopes of Twin Peaks into building sites fro 2,300 residences.
    (SFC, 12/3/04, p.F8)

1954        Dec 20, The new A.P. Giannini Junior High School at Sunset and Ortega, designed for 1,100 students, was reported to already be overcrowded with 1,557 students.
    (SFC, 12/17/04, p.F2)

1954        Dec 21, Arturo Casiglia (63), director of San Francisco’s Pacific Opera Company, died.
    (SFC, 12/17/04, p.F2)

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)

1954        Dec 27, UC scientist Daniel I. Arnon reported that, after 6 years of research, he had succeeded in isolating chloroplasts in a test tube.
    (SFC, 12/24/04, p.F2)

1954        A group of SF artists took over the King Ubu Gallery at 3119 Fillmore St. and renamed it the Six Gallery. The 6 founding members included: Jack Spicer, David Simpson, Wally Hedrick, John Ryan, Hayward King and Deborah Remington.
     (SSFC, 3/14/04, p.F2)
1954        San Francisco toy magnate Norman Rosenberg (d.2017 age 98) began hosting “The King Norman Show" for kids on KGO-TV and continued to 1961. He and his wife had turned a small toy store in San Francisco into a 21-store chain with branches in the SF Bay Area, Oregon and Washington state.
    (SFC, 1/9/17, p.D2)
1954        In San Francisco a new 9-story downtown garage, designed by architect George A. Applegarth, was built at 325 Mason.
    (SSFC, 6/28/09, p.C2)
1954        San Francisco State Prof. Ruth Witt-Diamant founded a Poetry Center at SF State.
    (SFC, 2/19/04, p.E1)
1954        In San Francisco the Telegraph Hill Dwellers neighborhood association was founded. In 2013 it counted 550-dues-paying members.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.D1)
1954        A SF supervisor said the YGC (Youth Guidance building) was so badly put together that it should be abandoned.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A8)
1954        SF Archbishop John J. Mitty consecrated John Joseph Scanlon (1907-1997) as a bishop. Scanlon then served as bishop of Honolulu from 1954-1981.
    (SFC, 2/6/97, p.C4)
1954        Alfred Addy began editing the Council News, a newspaper issued by Bay Area Teamster Joint Councils 7 and 38.
    (SFC, 10/15/98, p.C6)
1954        The Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, founded in 1890, moved from 1736 Stockton St. to 660 Lombard St.
    (SFC, 6/1/01, WBb p.3)(SFC, 6/7/01, p.A17)
1954        The Telegraph Hill Dwellers formed to fight the closure of the 39-Coit bus route.
    (SFC, 11/27/00, p.A18)
1954        In San Francisco George’s Place opened at 2629 Bayshore Blvd. The log cabin structure had been built on the SF-San Mateo county line and was known earlier as Sam’s Lodge. In 1958 it became George’s Log Cabin. The Silvestri family bought it in the 1970s and used the former nightclub for storage.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.C1)
1954        Chinese-born civil engineer Tung-Yen Lin (1912-2003) founded the San Francisco-based T.Y. Lin engineering firm.
    (SSFC, 6/23/13, p.A16)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tung-Yen_Lin)
1954        In San Francisco the O’Farrell, Jones and Hyde cable car lines and the Jones Street shuttle ended operations.
    (SFC, 2/8/14, p.C2)

1954-1974    Charles Griffith (d.1998) served as the city architect. Under his supervision 68 school buildings, 22 firehouses, 5 health centers and 8 branch libraries were designed and constructed.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A21)

1955        Jan 6, The SF Mint announced that it would cease coin production before June 30, but continue as the nation’s largest refiner of gold and silver and as an assay office and repository.
    (SFC, 1/7/05, p.F6)

1955        Jan 9, Danny Mills (27), nightclub entertainer also known as Peter George, was arrested at a Turk Street bar as a key figure in a nationwide counterfeit case along with 2 others.
    (SFC, 1/7/05, p.F6)

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        Feb 8, Mary O’Haire, former call girl who married SF Police Inspector John O’Haire, was brutally beaten and threatened just days before her appearance as chief prosecution witness in the Mabel Malotte vice trial.
    (SFC, 2/4/05, p.F9)

1955        Feb 10, The M.H. de Young Museum received 37 Renaissance paintings donated by Samuel Kress including works by Goya, El Greco, and Titian.
    (SFC, 2/11/05, p.F10)
1955        Feb 10, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello arrived in SF to headline entertainment at the 29th SF Automobile Show at Civic Auditorium.
    (SFC, 2/11/05, p.F10)

1955        Feb 14, Mary O’Haire, former call girl who married SF Police Inspector John O’Haire, testified as chief prosecution witness in the Mabel Malotte vice trial. She said that she earned $20-100 per day working as a prostitute for Malotte.
    (SFC, 2/11/05, p.F10)

1955        Feb 18, A diamond robbery took place at 185 Post St. within days 3 suspects were taken into custody and 2 fences were charged.
    (SFC, 2/18/05, p.F4)

1955        Feb 19, An explosion aboard the submarine Pomodon at Hunters Point left 2 sailors dead and 3 more presumed dead.
    (SFC, 2/18/05, p.F4)
1955        Feb 19, In San Francisco Kit Hing Hui (33), aka the "Phantom of Playland," was arrested while trying to break into the Golden Gate View coffee shop at 1004 Point Lobos Ave. The World War II veteran had lived in two caves at Lands End since 1949.
    (SFC, 4/18/20, p.B1)

1955        Feb 25, A tentative agreement to end a 3-week-old grocer’s strike and lockout was ratified in SF by the Retail Grocers Assoc.
    (SFC, 2/25/05, p.F4)

1955        Mar 1, A SF jury of 8 women and 4 men found Mabel Malotte guilty 2 charges relating to prostitution.
    (SFC, 2/25/05, p.F4)
1955        Mar 1, The SF Chronicle reported that a Univ. of California survey found that Americans spend more money on comic books that all the country’s elementary schools and high schools spend on textbooks.
    (SFC, 2/25/05, p.F4)

1955        May 2, Mabel Malotte, grand-dame madam, was sentenced to serve 1-3 years in prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to violate SF prostitution laws.
    (SFC, 4/29/05, p.F2)

1955        May 3, The SF Sky Tram opened as a tourist attraction offering a cable ride from the Cliff House to Point Lobos.
    (SFC, 4/29/05, p.F2)

1955        Mar 17, UC Medical Center dedicated 2 new buildings. The 15-story Herbert C. Moffitt Hospital and the 14-story Medical Sciences Building on Parnassus Heights cost $21 million.
    (SFC, 3/18/05, p.F2)

1955        Mar 19, USF won the 17th NCAA basketball championship over LaSalle 77-63. Bill Russell scored 23 and set a 5-game tournament record of 118 points.
    (SFC, 3/18/05, p.F6)

1955        Mar 20, Some 20,000 people marched on Market St. for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Spectators numbered around 100,000.
    (SFC, 3/18/05, p.F6)

1955        Apr 1, In San Francisco a 4-alarm fire at the Ferry building caused damage estimated at $500-750k. One spectator was killed by a fire hose entangled in the wheel of a Muni bus.
    (SFC, 4/1/05, p.F8)

1955        Apr 4, Redevelopment Director Eugene Riordan selected 60 blocks in the Western Addition as the 1st neighborhood rehabilitation project in SF.
    (SFC, 4/1/05, p.F8)

1955        Apr 22, Weekend gambling raids in SF netted about 120 gamblers and card game operators at 4 locations and one after-hours liquor joint.
    (SFC, 4/22/05, p.F2)

1955        Apr 25, Some 4,800 children were inoculated on the 1st day of vaccinations in SF.
    (SFC, 4/22/05, p.F2)
1955        Aug 3, SF police disbanded the Chinatown squad.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, Z1 p.4)

1955        May 16, Rocky Marciano (1923-1969) defeated Don Cocknell in 9 rounds in San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium to retain his world light heavyweight title. This was the 1st international light heavyweight bout in Kezar since 1940.
    (SFC, 5/13/05, p.F2)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Marciano)

1955        May 22, Weldon Kees and Michael Grieg rented out the Polish-style barn on Folsom near 21st St. for jazz concerts, dance festivals and art exhibits.
    (SFC, 5/20/05, p.F3)

1955        May 25, Barbara Graham was sentenced to die alone on June 3 at San Quentin. John Santo and Emmett Perkins were scheduled to be 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        May 27, A runaway furniture van jumped a sidewalk on Clay St. killing 6 men and one woman and smashing 11 automobiles. It was SF’s worst traffic disaster on record.
    (SFC, 5/27/05, p.F5)

1955        Jun 12, The 12-ton Benjamin Bufano sculpture titled “St Francis" was reported to have arrived in SF and destined to stand in front of St. Francis Church at 610 Vallejo St.
    (SFC, 6/10/05, p.F4)

1955        Jun 20, The 10th commemorative session of the UN opened in SF with delegates from 60 nations. Pres. Eisenhower pledged a US policy of “peaceful and reasonable negotiations" with all other powers.
    (SFC, 6/17/05, p.F3)

1955        Jun 30, James Day, KQED general manager, said the public radio has succeeded in raising $65,000 to finance operations for the next 6 months.
    (SFC, 6/24/05, 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 11, In SF a 4-alarm fire destroyed the Italian Village nightclub at 915 Columbus.
    (SFC, 7/8/05, p.F6)

1955        Jul 27, City-wide fluoridation of SF drinking water was scheduled to begin. Fluoridation had begun in the city’s western neighborhoods in August, 1932.
    (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 27, An 18-foot granite statue of St. Francis, created by Beniamino Bufano in Paris (1927-1928) was set in place in front of the Church of St. Francis of Assissi at Vallejo and Columbus in San Francisco, Ca.
    (SFC, 8/26/05, p.F2)

1955        Aug 29, In San Francisco the new owners of the Pacific Heights mansion at 2090 Jackson St., occupied by the Mortimer J. Adler Institute for Philosophical Research, said they plan to convert the building to an apartment house when the lease expires in Sep. 1956.
    (SFC, 8/26/05, p.F2)

1955        Oct 7, Allen Ginsberg (29) his 3,600-word "Howl" at the Six Gallery at 3119 Fillmore. Kenneth Rexroth was the host. Jack Kerouac and Lawrence Ferlinghetti were in the audience. Other readers included Philip Lamantia, Philip Whalen, Michael McClure and Gary Snyder. The Gallery was run as a co-op by poet Robert Duncan, his lover Jess (Burgess Collins) and another artist. In 2004 Jonah Raskin authored "American Scream: Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" and the Making of the Beat Generation." In 2006 Jason Shinder edited “The Poem That Changed America."
    (SFEC, 8/29/99, p.D7)(SFC, 10/28/00, p.D1)(SSFC, 4/4/04, p.M2)(SSFC, 4/16/06, p.M3)
1955        Oct 7, A 2-alarm fire burned the top floor of the Julius Castle, a restaurant at the end of Montgomery St. on Telegraph Hill.
    (SFC, 10/7/05, p.F2)

1955        Oct 11, In San Francisco The Big Dipper, a 33-year-old roller coaster at Playland at the Beach, went under demolition due to structural concerns.
    (SFC, 10/7/05, p.F5)

1955        Oct 14, A new US Navy 6-story, windowless structure was dedicated at the SF Naval Shipyard at Hunters Point, Ca. The $8 million laboratory was to be devoted exclusively to the development of defense against radiation.
    (SFC, 4/8/05, 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 26, Over 2,500 Masons, gathered in SF for the 106th meeting of the Grand Lodge of California and Hawaii, attended ground-breaking ceremonies for a $5.5 million Memorial Masonic Temple at California and Taylor streets.
    (SFC, 10/21/05, p.F6)

1955        Oct 28, Suey Lee kept a low profile in SF after winning $56,000 in the Irish Sweepstakes.
    (SFC, 10/28/05, p.F3)

1955        Oct, Del Martin (1921-2008), Phyllis Lyon and 6 other SF women founded the Daughters of Bilitis, the 1st national lesbian organization. It was named after “The Songs of Bilitis" (1894) a book of lesbian love poetry by French poet Pierre Louys.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daughters_of_Bilitis)(SFC, 6/23/00, p.A26)(SFC, 8/28/08, p.A1)

1955        Nov 2, The Crocker First National Bank and the Anglo California National Bank announced plans to merge. Their combined assets of $1,309,098,720 made it the largest merger in California history.
    (SFC, 10/28/05, p.F3)

1955        Nov 28, Boston Red Sox General Manager Joe Cronin announced the purchase of the SF Seals baseball team for $150,000.
    (SFC, 11/25/05, p.F2)

1955        Marion Hewlett Pike (d.1998 at 84), portrait artist, had her first one-artist show at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. She was also named Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. Later portraits included that of Ronald Reagan and Coco Chanel.
    (SFC, 2/9/98, p.A19)
1955        The 183-foot clock tower on San Francisco’s Rincon Hill was completed. In 2005 it was scheduled to be replaced by a pair of towers 55 and 45 stories high.
    (SFC, 9/29/05, p.E1)
1955        In San Francisco the 25-story tower at 100 Montgomery was completed. The Equitable Life Building, designed by Wilbur D. Peugh, was the city’s first tower since the Depression. Flawed marble panels were later replaced by crystallized glass.
    (SFC, 4/7/09, p.E1)
1952        In San Francisco the one-story US post office at 15 Onondaga Ave., designed by Fred Shaw, was built.
    (SSFC, 2/10/13, p.D2)
1955        The SF development of Diamond Heights began. It was mostly completed in 1978 with some 2,146 homes.
    (SFC, 10/24/03, p.E4)
1955        The Nob Hill Fountain of the Tortoise was set up in Huntington Park as a gift of the Crocker estate.
    (SFCM, 6/10/01, p.24)
1955        Elizabeth Schwarzkopf made her US debut with the SF Opera in "Der Rosenkavalier."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.41)
1955        The Kress Wing was added to the de Young Museum to hold the Old Master paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
    (SSFC, 12/24/00, DB p.8)
1955        Phyllis Diller, housewife turned comic, began her career at the SF Purple Onion.
    (SFC, 5/24/97, p.E1)
1955        Collin Wilcox 1925-1996), mystery writer, opened a custom lamp store on Union St. The store gave him time to write some 30 books. His first book was "The Black Door" (1967) and his favorite protagonist was police lieutenant Frank Hastings.
    (SFC, 7/18/96, p.A22)
1955        In San Francisco the restored square-rigged Balclutha went on display at Pier 43.
    (SFEC,11/23/97, p.D3)
1955        The SF African American Historical and Cultural Society was founded.
    (OAH, 2/05, p.A6)
1955        In SF Walt and Magana Baptiste opened their Yoga Philosophic Health Center. Walt Baptiste (d.2001) was Mr. America in 1949.
    (SFC, 8/15/05, p.C1)
1955        The USF Dons won the NCAA basketball championship under the leadership of center Bill Russell.
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.A24)
1955        Louise B. Edwards (d.1997 at 81) took her children door-to-door in the Sunset gathering pennies for the purchase of an elephant for the SF Zoo to replace one that had recently died. The campaign culminated in the purchase of an elephant named Penny that resided at the Zoo for 40 years.
    (SFC, 6/25/97, p.A16)
1955        Mayor Elmer Robinson named Joseph Alioto to the board of the SF Redevelopment Agency. Alioto by this time was a heavy contributor to Democratic Party candidates.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A10)
1955        Willie Brown helped Terry Francois get elected president of the SF branch of the NAACP by rounding up bums on the street and bringing them to a meeting to vote for Francois. The national board nullified the election.
    (SFEC, 10/20/96, BR, p.6)
1955        SF planned to broaden Portola Dr. and assigned 55 homes for demolition from Waithman Way to Dorchester Way on Portola.
    (SFC, 9/2/05, p.F3)
1955        In San Francisco Sunset resident and property developer Christopher McKeon created an anti-freeway organization called the Property Owners Association of San Francisco to block the proposed creation of the Western Freeway through the Sunset. He was joined by Catholic Rev. Harold Collins, whose St. Cecilia parish stood in the path of the planned freeway. In 1958 they were joined by residents of Glen Park who opposed a new crosstown freeway through their neighborhood. In January 1950 the San Francisco board of Supervisors rejected 7 of 9 state proposed freeways.
    (SFC, 10/5/19, p.C1)
1955        San Francisco hired Earl Gage (1926-2017) its first black firefighter. Gage remained the city’s only black firefighter up to 1967.
    (SSFC, 8/13/17, p.C1)
1955        In San Francisco the Guittard chocolate factory was forced off the waterfront through eminent domain to make way for the Embarcadero Freeway. The factory was moved to Burlingame.
    (SSFC, 10/14/18, p.M7)
1955        Charles Thieriot was named publisher for the SF Chronicle.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A8)
1955        SF had 4 daily newspapers.
    (SFEC,12/28/97, p.D5)

1955-1965    In San Francisco the house at 225 Chestnut St. was used by the CIA as part of a top secret mind-control program. In “Operation Midnight Climax" CIA agents used hookers to lure johns from North Beach bars to the house and then dosed them with LSD and observed the proceedings through a two-way mirror.
    (SFC, 4/2/16, p.C1)   

1956        Jan 2, SF Mayor-elect George Christopher charged that the wholesale resignations of political appointees demanded by Mayor Elmer Robinson imperiled the smooth functioning of city government.
    (SFC, 12/30/05, p.F2)

1956        Jan 3, The SF Board of Supervisors approved a freeway route straight in front of the Ferry Building.
    (SFC, 12/30/05, p.F2)

1956        Jan 4, In SF the Crystal Plunge at 775 Lombard St., aka the Crystal Palace Salt Water Baths, closed abruptly due to damage from recent storms.
    (SFC, 12/30/05, p.F2)

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 9, George Christopher was sworn in as mayor of SF. He served to 1964.
    (SFC, 1/6/06, p.F6)
1956        Jan 9, The first Dear Abbey column appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. It was written by Pauline Phillips under the pen name Abigail Van Buren. She began her career as advice columnist "Dear Abby" under editor George Stanleigh Arnold (d.1997 at 78). In 2002 her daughter took over the column.
    (SFC, 5/30/97, p.A26)(SFC, 1/24/09, p.E1)

1956        Jan 12, Frankie Albert (36) was appointed as head coach of the SF 49ers.
    (SFC, 1/6/06, p.F6)

1956        Apr 1, Giovanni Giotta (1920-2016) opened the Cafe Trieste in San Francisco’s North Beach district at the corner of Grant and Vallejo.
    (SFEC, 4/6/97, p.C1)(SFC, 4/1/06, p.A1)(SFC, 6/14/16, p.C1)

1956        Apr 25, John W. Powell (1919-2008), former editor of the China Weekly Review, was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on charges of sedition. Powell had published articles about alleged military use of germ warfare during the Korean War. A 5-day trial in 1959 ended in a mistrial and the judge said the charge should been treason. A charge of treason was dismissed 6 months later. All government charges were dropped in 1961.
    (SSFC, 12/21/08, p.B6)

1956        May 16, Record temperatures reached 91.
    (SFC, 5/17/97, p.A1)

1956        Jun 27, Martin Luther King was the featured speaker at the NAACP convention held at the SF Civic Auditorium. Thurgood Marshall, NAACP council, called King "a boy on a man’s errand."
    (SFEM, 2/2/97, p.10,14)

1956        Aug 1, Tommy, the last work horse in the Bay Area was put out to pasture in Los Altos.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, Z1 p.4)

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)

1956        Dec 30, Sgt. Joseph Lacey, SF police officer, was shot and killed while trying to stop a robbery.
    (SFC, 2/17/07, p.B5)

1956        Glenn Gould made his debut with the SF Symphony.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.41)
1956        Plaza East housing project at 1250 Eddy St. was constructed. It was wrecked in 1997 in favor of a 193 Victorian-style townhouses.
    (SFC,11/4/97, p.A17)
1956        Moffit Hospital was completed at a total cost of $24 million after 16 years of construction.
    (SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-10)
1956        Frederick Walter Kuh opened the Old Spaghetti Factory at 478 Green St. in North Beach. He sold it in 1984.
    (SFC,11/12/97, p.A22)
1956        The first Black and White Ball in SF was held.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W30)
1956        Lawrence Ferlinghetti published a 1st edition of "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg. The 1st 1000 copies were printed in Europe and passed Customs without incident.
1956        Ruth Weiss (28) began reading poetry onstage at the Cellar on Grant Ave. accompanied by Jazz drummer Sonny Nelson and trumpeter Jack Minger. In 1961 she made a film based on her poem "The Brink."
    (SFC, 8/6/93, p.E1,5)
1956        In San Francisco the Civic Center Beaux-Arts plaza was bulldozed for the building of an underground garage.
    (SSFC, 2/12/17, p.A16)
1956        San Francisco’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board convened a hearing at which agents testified that that patrons of the Black Cat café had solicitid them after which the board revoked its liquor license.
    (SFC, 11/15/14, p.C2)
1956        Judge John B. Molinari (1910-d.2004) presided over the trial of SF madam Mabel Malotte.
    (SFC, 9/15/04, p.B7)
1956        The Paul L. and Phyllis Wattis Foundation was formed. It showered Bay Area institutions with $26 million until it was dissolved in 1988.
    (SFEC,11/30/97, p.C13)
1956        Helene Rivers (1916-1996), writer and editor, was appointed to the Chronicle’s This World magazine, editing the back section on Music, Art and Books.
    (SFEC, 10/9/96, C2)
1956        San Francisco’s cable car system was reduced from 6 to 3 lines. The last car on the 70-year-old Washington-Jackson line rolled into the barn.
    (SFC, 12/2/97, p.A16)(SFC, 2/8/14, p.C2)
1956        There was a big earthquake.
    (SFEM, 2/2/97, p.15)

1957        Jan 2, The SF Stock Exchange merged with the Los Angeles Stock Exchange and formed the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange.
    (SFC, 7/24/98, p.B1)

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        Mar 25, US Police and customs agents seized copies of “Howl" by Allen Ginsberg. In May Ferlinghetti was arrested along with City Lights manager Shigeyoshi Murao (d.1999) on obscenity charges. The defending attorneys were J.W. Ehrlich and Albert Bendich (1929-2015). By the Fall Judge Clayton Horn found the poem of "redeeming social importance." Shig later managed City Lights and authored the occasional "Shig's Review." In 2006 Bill Morgan and Nancy J. Peters edited “Howl On Trial: The Battle for Free Expression."
    (SFEC, 11/28/99, BR p.10)(www.citylights.com/His/CLhowlhist.html)(SSFC, 11/5/06, p.M3)(SFC, 1/14/15, p.D3)   

1957        May 28, The National League approved the move of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants baseball teams to Los Angeles and San Francisco. This marked the end of the Seals of the Pacific Coast League.
    (AP, 5/28/97)(SFEC,12/797, Z1 p.4)

1957        Jul, Work began on San Francisco’s Central Freeway with construction costs at $7.8 million. It opened in 1959.
    (SFC, 8/21/96, p.A16)(SFC, 1/3/07, p.B1)

1957        Oct 7, The SF 49ers owner, Tony Morabito, died during a game with the Chicago Bears. The 49ers were behind but rallied after hearing of his death and won the game under quarterback Y.A. Tittle. Tittle won this years NFL Player of the year award and was the first recipient of the Len Eshmont Award, chosen by the players as the most inspirational member of the team.
    (SFEM, 1/4/98, p.10)

1957        Nov 8, Romance of the Skies, a Pan Am luxury airliner enroute to Hawaii from San Francisco, crashed in the Pacific Ocean. Only a handful of bodies and some wreckage were found. A crew of 6 and 38 passengers had been booked on the flight.
    (SSFC, 11/4/07, p.A1)

1957        Samuel Dickson authored "Tales of San Francisco."
    (SSFC, 1/27/02, p.D6)
1957        C.Y. Lee authored his novel "The Flower Drum Song," a story of San Francisco’s Chinatown. It inspired a Rogers and Hammerstein musical and was made into a film in 1961.
    (SFC, 9/18/02, p.A1)
1957        Leontyne Price made a SF Opera debut.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.44)
1957        Herb Caen, SF newspaper columnist, wrote his 5th book "Caen’s Guide to San Francisco."
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A13)
1957        In San Francisco the Franciscan Crab Restaurant was built at Pier 43½. The front design by Hewitt C. Wells featured a prow-like shape.
    (SSFC, 3/24/13, p.C2)
1957        Mrs. Leonard "Etya" Gechtoff, owner of the East and West Gallery in SF coined the term "beatnik" following the launch of Sputnik. For the self-labeled Beat Movement of the 1950s and '60s, "beat" originally meant "exhausted." It was later sometimes interpreted as "beatific" and also derisively as "beatnik." Centered in the Bohemian artist communities in California and New York, the movement was social and literary with adherents adopting a style of seedy dress and the "hip" vocabulary of jazz musicians. Major figures of the movement were novelist Jack Kerouac and poet Allen Ginsberg.
    (SFC,11/11/97, .D3)(www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/conner74.htm)
1957        Newspaper columnist Herb Caen picked up the term "beatnik" to describe the Beat poets of San Francisco.
1957        The UCSF Bookstore was founded.
    (SFEC, 12/13/98, Z1 p.5)
1957        The San Francisco News and the Call-Bulletin were the afternoon newspapers.
    (SFEM, 2/2/97, p.14)
1957        SFC reporter Hale Champion blasted the SF Main Library as a disgrace.
    (SFC, 4/14/96, EM, p.22)
1957        The SF BART District was established.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A27)
1957        In San Francisco Cyril Magnin, mercantile family head, and George Killion, chief executive of American President Lines, founded the World Trade Club. In 2006 the club dissolved due to declining membership and financial losses.
    (SFC, 10/24/06, p.B3)
1957        SF established a sister-city relationship with Osaka, Japan.
    (SFC, 4/18/97, p.E2)
1957        In San Francisco Herb Lee (1933-2017) became the city’s first Chinese American police officer.
    (SSFC, 11/12/17, p.C10)
1957        A shipment of "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg was seized by customs officials on its arrival in San Francisco. The book was published as part of the Pocket Poets Series by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and printed by the British printer Villiers.
    (SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-12)
1957        Tempest Storm, born as Annie Banks in Eastman, Georgia, signed a $100,000 contract in SF to tour the burlesque circuit. In 1987 she published her autobiography: "The Lady Is a Vamp."
    (SFC, 7/15/99, p.B7)
1957        The C.A. Thayer, a 3-masted wooden schooner, made its last voyage to SF from Puget Sound under the command of Adrian F. Raynaud (d.1997 at 102). The ship was berthed at the SF Maritime National Historic Park. It was built as a lumber schooner in Eureka, Ca., in 1895 and made its last commercial voyage as a cod fishing boat in 1950. In 2007 it was re-christened at the Hyde Street Pier following a $14 million rebuild in Alameda.
    (SFC,12/9/97, p.A24)(SFEC, 7/12/98, DB p.31)(SFC, 4/13/07, p.B1)
1957        The Standard Building Company of Carl and Fred Gellert built 14,000 houses.
    (SFEM, 11/17/96, p.9-10)
1957        Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (d.2001 at 74) began teaching in SF and founded the nation’s 1st Hindu temple. He was born in Oakland, received enlightenment in Sri Lanka, died in Hawaii.
    (SFC, 11/21/01, p.A25)
1957        Swami Vishnu-devananda, a student of Swami Sivananda, came to San Francisco. In 1971 he set up a yoga farm in Grass Valley.
    (SSFC, 10/3/04, p.D5)
1957        The National Park Service moved into the old SF Mint.
    (SSFC, 1/28/03, p.E6)
1957        Café Malvina opened in San Francisco’s North Beach.
    (SFC, 2/13/98, p.B1)

1958        Apr 14, A crowd of some 200,000 swarmed Market St. to welcome the Giants baseball team translocated to San Francisco from New York by owner Horace Stoneham (d.1990).
    (SFEC,12/797, Z1 p.6)(SSFC, 1/4/15, DB p.42)

1958        Apr 15, The Giants baseball team of Horace Stoneham, brought from New York to San Francisco, opened at Seal Stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants won 8-0.
    (SFC, 10/8/97, p.A20)(SFEC,12/797, Z1 p.4,5)

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        May 9, The film "Vertigo" with James Stewart and Kim Novak was released. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and had been shot in the SF Bay Area. "Vertigo" premiered in San Francisco.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, DB, p.39)(AP, 5/9/08)

1958        Jun, The June issue of Playboy featured a 15-page guide to SF nightlife.
    (SFEC, 3/26/00, DB p.33)

1958        Dec 17, Howard Hickey (41) was named coach of the SF 49ers to replaced Frank Albert, who had retired unexpectedly.
    (SSFC, 12/14/08, p.54)

1958        In SF the new $5.5 million Memorial Masonic Temple opened at California and Taylor streets. It included a 38-by-48-foot mural by Emile Norman, who used images made of glass, fabric, metal shells and dirt between sheets of translucent plastic. The 45-panel work depicts the Mason’s role in the development of California.
    (SFC, 10/21/05, p.F6)
1958        In San Francisco architect Henrik Bull (1929-2013) talked a client into spending $75,000 on the Sentinel Building at Kearny and Columbus, which he then fixed up.
    (SSFC, 12/8/13, p.C12)
1958        New York papers reported that San Francisco writer and bon vivant Barnaby Conrad was dying due to a goring wound received in a Spanish bullfight. Conrad survived and later opened the Matador nightclub in SF.
    (SSFC, 11/16/03, p.E3)
1958        Herb Caen, SF newspaper columnist, was lured back to the SF Chronicle following 8 years with the SF Examiner. Caen returned to the Chronicle at a  $38,000 salary.
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A12,13)
1958        Lew Christensen created "Beauty and the Beast" for the SF Ballet.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.41)
1958        The film "The Lineup" with Eli Wallach and Warner Anderson was released. It was directed by Don Siegel and had been shot in the SF Bay Area.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, DB, p.39)
1958        In San Francisco Lawrence Swan (d.1999 at 77) originated KQED's first children's science program. He was born and raised in Darjeeling and authored "Tales of the Himalaya: Adventures of a Naturalist."
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A22)
1958        In San Francisco the 21-piece John Cordoni Big Band was formed. The group backed Vic Damone, Frankie Lane, the Four Lads and many others.
    (SFC, 9/18/96, p.A22)
1958        The 528 room Airport Hilton opened in South San Francisco with a 40 year lease. Airport expansion in 1998 led to the demolition of the property.
    (SFC, 4/1/98, p.A14)
1958        The SF Hall of Justice was completed at 850 Bryant St.
    (SFC, 11/8/05, p.B1)
1958        A time capsule was buried at SFO. It was later put on display at Gate 82 and then moved to the employee's cafeteria. It was scheduled to be opened in Feb, 2000.
    (SFEC, 1/2/00, p.D4)
1958        In San Francisco the Carmelite Monastery of Cristo Rey was built on Parker St. across from USF.
    (SFCM, 3/29/02, p.48)
1958        UC Berkeley took over the 5.8-acre site of the former SF State College at 55 Laguna to serve as an extension for adult and continuing education programs. In 2010 it negotiated a long-term lease for the development of housing on the site.
    (SFC, 8/1/13, p.E2)
1958        In SF Enrico Banducci, owner of the hungry i nightclub, opened his North Beach sidewalk café on Broadstreet and named in Enrico’s.
    (SFC, 4/4/07, p.E3)
1958        Lefty O’Doul (1897-1969), former baseball player and manager, opened a saloon at 333 Geary St. in San Francisco where friends and family could come to eat and meet with sports stars. Increased rents forced the bar to close at the end of 1997. It later re-opened as a bar and hofbraus restaurant.
    (SFC, 7/18/97, p.A1)(www.leftyodouls.biz/whoislefty.html)
1958        SF Mayor George Christopher sold surplus city land, on the south side of Stanley Way east of Lake Merced, to a variety of religious institutions and renamed the street to Brotherhood Way.
    (SFC, 2/18/14, p.A7)
1958        In San Francisco the Sentinel Building was bought by Nella and Rob Moor(d.1997 at 85) and restored by architect Henrick Bull. They renamed it Columbus Tower and sold it after 1 1/2 years to the Kingston Trio singing group. The Trio later sold it to Francis Ford Coppola who renamed it back to the Sentinel.
    (SFC, 6/16/97, p.A20)
1958        In San Francisco Millie Robbins (1905-1996) was assigned a daily column called "Millie’s Column" in which she told tales of the fabled first families of the city. A collection of her columns was published in 1971 by Chronicle Books: "Tales of Love and Hate in Old San Francisco."
    (SFC, 12/28/96, p.A24)
1958        The SF Golden Grain pasta company introduced the SF treat "Rice-A-Roni." The company was owned by the DeDomenico family, who learned the recipe from Armenian neighbors. A 15th century Damascus cookbook titled "Kitab al-Tibakha" included a recipe that said "brown noodles in the oven and cook them with rice." Golden Grain was later headquartered in San Leandro, Ca.
    (SFC, 11/25/98, Z1 p.5)
1958        Arnold Gridley (d.2004), invented the motorized cable car after buying and converting some old SF California Street cable cars. The cars were used in 1961 Rice-A-Roni commercials. Gridley was the great grandson of G.W. Gridley, sheep rancher, rice farmer, and founder of Gridley, Ca.
    (SFC, 5/15/04, p.B6)
1958        In San Francisco the Anchor Brewing Co. was sold to Laurence Steese, who move the operation to Eighth St. between Bryant and Brannan.
    (SFC, 3/3/99, Z1 p.9)

1958-1966    Jay DeFeo (d.1989), SF artist, created her massive painting "The Rose." She was married to artist Wally Hedrick.
    (SFEC, 8/25/96, BR p.39)(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.E5)

1959        Jan 27, Aldous Huxley (64), British author of Brave New World (1932), attended a conference at the Univ. of California Medical school and warned that manipulation of personality by drugs is already here.
    (SSFC, 1/25/09, DB p.50)

1959        Jan, The SF Board of Supervisors rejected the freeway building plans of the Calif. Dept. of Transportation.
    (SFC, 8/21/96, p.A16)

1959        Feb, In San Francisco the double-decker Embarcadero Freeway opened separating the city from the bay.  It was demolished in 1991.
    (SFC, 5/19/96,Mag, p.11)(SSFC, 6/16/19, p.K6)

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 3, The new home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team was officially named, Candlestick Park. The name was chosen in a contest to name the newly-built stadium. Al Dermody (1910-2004), the contest winner didn't have to look far, as the windswept and chilly confines of the National League's least favorite stadium are located just a few hundred feet from Candlestick Point, on San Francisco Bay. In 1995, the venerable name, Candlestick Park was changed to 3COMM Park, after a relatively small area computer software developer bid a half-million dollars for the rights to the stadium name – beating out such giants as Apple Computer, IBM and others.
    (HC, Internet, 3/3/98)(SFC, 9/24/04, p.B6)

1959        Mar 20, In SF Harry Bridges spoke to a crowd at the Commonwealth Club luncheon regarding his recent trip to Russia. The Longshore Union president gave his audience the challenge he received in Russia: Within 10 years the Soviet Union will give its workers the highest standard of living in the world, the highest wages, the shortest work week, the best free medical care, the best education, and no unemployment.
    (SSFC, 3/15/09, DB p.50)

1959        Mar 22, American Airlines landed the first commercial jet, a Boeing 707, at SFO. It carried 106 passengers from Chicago to SF.
    (Ind, 4/20/99, p.3A)

1959        Apr 22, In SF dignitaries opened the new 1.4 mile extension of the Central Freeway from 13th and Mission to Golden Gate Ave. and Franklin St. In 1999 SF and the California Dept. of Transportation agreed replace it with a ground-level thoroughfare. Octavia Blvd. was dedicated in 2005.
    (SFC, 8/21/96, p.A13)(SFC, 1/3/07, p.B1)

1959        Apr, In San Francisco the Crystal Palace Market at Eighth and Market and its 75 concessionaires were ordered to close shop within 90 days. A new $8 million, 800-room luxury motel was scheduled for the site.
    (SSFC, 4/26/09, DB p.50)

1959        May 7, In San Francisco Albert C. Kogler, a SF State college student, died 2½ hours following a shark attack while swimming off Baker Beach. Shirley O’Neill (19), also a SF State College student, had risked her life to pull her friend to the beach. In June she was awarded the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission’s silver medal.
    (SSFC, 5/3/09, DB p.50)(SSFC, 6/14/09, DB p.50)

1959        May 9, In San Francisco four men poured gasoline on the deck of the Rotting Fort Sutter riverboat hulk and ignited it at Aquatic Cove. The men were said to be members of the South End swimming club.
    (SFC, 11/21/15, p.C2)

1959        May 25, In San Francisco Walter S. Johnson, president of the Palace of Fine Arts League, said he would save the monument if nobody else would. He soon pledged $2 million to save the plaster relic that dated back to the 1915 Panama Pacific Expo.
    (SSFC, 5/24/09, DB p.39)

1959        May 31, In San Francisco a fire gutted the Jefferson Elementary School at 19th Ave. and Irving. A 12-year-old boy later confessed to setting the fire in order to destroy a spelling test in which he spelled “ran" as “rin." Damages were estimated at $300,000.
    (SFC, 6/2/09, p.B2)

1959        Jun 2, Allen Ginsberg wrote his poem "Lysergic Acid," in SF.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1959        Jun 4, The Soviet Union’s Bolshoi Ballet company arrived in San Francisco following performances in New York and Los Angeles. They were scheduled for 4 performances at the War Memorial House. In LA troupe members bought furs, rugs, china and curtain rods.
    (SSFC, 5/31/09, DB p.50)

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        Jun 25, In San Francisco a new Safeway grocery store opened on Marina Boulevard adjacent to Gas House Cove. Murals by John Garth flanked the store’s two entrances.
    (SSFC, 6/21/09, DB p.50)

1959        Jul 13, In San Francisco city barbers decided to increase the price of haircuts by 25 cents to $2.00, following a meeting of some 300 of the city’s 700 barbers.
    (SSFC, 7/12/09, DB p.42)

1959        Jul 23, In San Francisco the Fortmann mansion at 1007 Gough St. was damaged by fire in the upper storey and attic. It had been used in Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film Vertigo. Over the next year the building was demolished along with other Victorians in the Western Addition redevelopment area.
    (SFC, 2/9/19, p.C2)

1959        Aug 8, In San Francisco beatniks hung an effigy of police officer William Bigarani from a telephone pole outside the Co-Existence Bagel Shop in North Beach. He and officer John Cuneo had been intimidating local beats for months and had recently crushed a toe of poet Bob Kaufman.
    (SFC, 3/14/15, p.C2)

1959        Aug 15, In San Francisco Thomas Antonio Gutierrez (22) went on a shooting rampage with his .22-calibre rifle across from the Guest House hotel on Webster Street after he was rebuffed by a prostitute. Two people were injured. In November Gutierrez pleaded guilty and was sentenced one to 14 years in prison.
    (SFC, 7/13/19, p.C1)

1959        Sep 20, The last ballgame at Seals Stadium was played.
    (SFEC,12/797, Z1 p.4)

1959        Sep 22, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visited San Francisco and dropped in at the ILWU union hall near Fisherman’s Wharf.
    (SSFC, 9/20/09, DB p.50)

1959        Sep 26, In San Francisco the Pacific Festival held a Youth Parade up Market Street and thousands of teenage girls mobbed Edd “Kookie" Byrnes (b.1933), star of the TV series “77 Sunset Strip" (1958-1964).
    (SSFC, 9/27/09, DB p.50)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd_Byrnes)

1959        Oct 5, In San Francisco workers began demolishing Seals Stadium at 16th and Bryant.
    (SSFC, 10/4/09, DB p.50)

1959        Oct, The San Francisco Board of Education invited parents, teachers and students to discuss the issue of who should be allowed to apply corporal punishment in schools, and whether spankings should be done by hand, strap or paddle.
    (SSFC, 10/11/09, DB p.46)

1959        Nov 4, In San Francisco a protest meeting was staged at Portsmouth Square to oppose plans for an 800-car garage at a cost of $3.2 million. 100 foot trees in the plaza were later felled for the underground parking structure.
    (SSFC, 11/1/09, DB p.42)

1959        Attorney Thomas Blanchard (d.2000 at 88) convinced Avery Brundage, a Chicago millionaire, to donate his 6,000 piece Asian art collection to an Asian Art Museum in SF. Marjorie Bissinger (d.2003) helped in the process.
    (SFC, 4/22/00, p.A19)(SFC, 1/10/03, p.A25)

1959        The SF Opera performed the US premier of Strauss’ "Die Frau ohne Schatten."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.44)

1959        Elizabeth Schwarzkopf made her SF Symphony debut singing Strauss’ "Four Last Songs."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.44)

1959        In San Francisco the barrel-vaulted Marina Safeway grocery store, designed by Wurster Bernardi & Emmons, was built.
    (SSFC, 3/31/13, p.C4)
1959        The Old Spaghetti Factory in San Francisco’s North Beach, backed by Fred Kuh, began to feature flamenco dancing. The venue continued until it closed in 1985.
    (SFEC,10/26/97, DB p.41)
1959        In San Francisco the 13-story building at 100 California was built to house the West Coast headquarters of Bethlehem Steel Corp. It was designed by Welton Becket.
    (SSFC, 1/26/14, p.C3)
1959        In San Francisco the 20-story glass-skinned high-rise at One Bush St. was built. It was designed by architects Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Hertzka & Knowles.
    (SSFC, 7/31/11, p.C3)
1959        The Crown Zellerbach building was constructed in San Francisco. It was restored in 1988.
    (SFEM, 2/22/98, p.24)

1959        In San Francisco Dorothy and Art Adams, a black couple, purchased a house in the Westwood Park area of San Francisco, but were not allowed to move in for six months due to Article XIII of the neighborhood’s declaration of Covenants, Codes and Restrictions, despite the 1948 Supreme Court ruling declaring them unenforceable.
    (SFC, 1/14/15, p.A11)

1959        Shunryu Suzuki (1904-19710, a Buddhist missionary from Japan, arrived in SF. He founded the SF Zen Center. In 1999 David Chadwick, who was ordained by Suzuki, published "Crooker Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki. In 1999 the center was located at Page and Laguna.
    (SFEC, 4/4/99, BR p.3)

1959        Sam Jordan, a former boxer, Sam Jordan’s Restaurant and Bar on Third St. He became known as the mayor of Butchertown.
    (SFEC, 3/16/97, p.B1)(SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A14)

1959        Nikita Khrushchev, premier of the USSR, visited the Bay Area.
    (SFC, 4/24/97, p.A26)

1959        The SF News, a Scripps-Howard paper, that had been acquired by the Hearst interests, was merged with the former Call-Bulletin to form the News Call Bulletin.
    (SFC, 3/8/96, p.A21)(SFC, 11/22/05, p.B5)

1959        The 1st gorillas “Bwana" and “Missus" arrived at the SF Zoo. Storyland opened.
    (SFC, 7/30/04, p.E15)

1959        In San Francisco St. Ignatius College and St. Ignatius High School formally split into two separate corporations. The high school moved to the Sunset district in 1969 and became known as St. Ignatius College Preparatory.
    (GenIV, Winter 04/05)

1959-1969    Robert Helen (d.1998 at 91) served as president of the SF Healy Tibbits engineering and consulting firm.
    (SFC, 8/1/98, p.A19)

1959-1974    Marc H. Spinelli (1919-1996), aka Count Marco, ran a column on glamour in the SF Chronicle.
    (SFC, 10/29/96, p.B2)

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