Timeline San Francisco 1970-1977

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1970        Jan 1, In SF Officer Eric Zelms was fatally shot when 2 burglars surprised him and gained control of his gun. The burglars were later convicted of murder and sentenced 8 to 10 years.
    (SFC, 1/27/07, p.A8)

1970        Feb 16, In SF a homemade bomb exploded outside the police Park Station on Waller St. Sgt. Brian McDonnell (44) died 2 days later and 8 other officers were injured. Black Panthers were suspected, but a later investigation suggested it was the work of the Weather Underground.
    (SFC, 1/27/07, p.A8)(SFC, 2/17/07, p.B1)

1970        Mar 24, The British harbor tug Eppleton Hall arrived in San Francisco. It was the last paddle-wheel steamer to cross the Atlantic Ocean under its own power.
    (SSFC, 1/26/14, p.C5)

1970        May, The government shut off power and stopped fresh water supplies from the Native American Indians on Alcatraz Island. When a fire broke out each side blamed the other.
    (G, Summer ‘97, p.5)

1970        Jun 19, In SF police officer Richard Radetich (25) was shot 3 times by a gunman as wrote a ticket in a parked patrol car. Radetich died 15 hours later leaving behind a wife and 8-month-old daughter.
    (SFC, 1/27/07, p.A1)

1970        Jun 28, San Francisco’s first official Gay Pride event centered on a “Gay-in" gathering at Golden Gate Park.
    (SFC, 6/18/16, p.C4)

1970        Jun, A fire broke out on Alcatraz and destroyed 3 historical buildings.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W39)

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

1970        Apr 15, Last Gasp’s first publication, Slow Death Funnies #1, came out for the first “Earth Day" (see April 22). Ron Turner founded Last Gasp, a San Francisco publisher of underground comics and graphic novels.
    (SFC, 3/27/10, p.E1)(http://tinyurl.com/ye78lv9)

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

1970        Aug 24, The 1st issue of El Tecolote (The Owl), a Latino community paper, was produced under founder Juan Gonzales.
    (SFC, 10/13/00, p.WBb1)

1970        Oct 14, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park Conservatory was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

1970        Oct 19, In SF police officer Harold Hamilton was killed after responding to a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo branch at Seventh and Clement Street. Later several officers were wounded when a bomb exploded outside Hamilton’s funeral at St. Brendan Church.
    (SFC, 1/27/07, p.A8)

1970        Oct 26, Gary Trudeau's comic strip "Doonesbury" first appeared. The SF Chronicle began to carry the "Doonesbury" cartoon of Garry Trudeau under editor George Stanleigh Arnold (d.1997 at 78).
    (SFC, 5/30/97, p.A26)(HN, 10/26/00)

1970        The San Francisco Symphony under Josef Krips premiered the Viola Concerto by SFSU composer Roger Nixon (1921-2009), with Rolf Persinger as soloist.
    (SFC, 10/17/09, p.C3)
1970        The 580-room SF Holiday Inn at Fisherman’s Wharf, designed by Clement Chen Jr., a Shanghai native, was constructed. In 2005  it was renovated and re-flagged as a Hilton hotel.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.B1)(SFEC, 1/2/00, p.B1)(SFC, 3/17/05, p.C1)
1970        In San Francisco a dragon crested gate was erected at the Bush and Grant St. entrance to Chinatown.
    (SFC, 5/27/05, p.F8)
1970        In San Francisco Albert S. Samuels returned his 20-foot-tall clock to the jewelry store front at 856 Market St. where it had marked time since [1941] 1943, except for 1967-1970 when BART was under construction. [see 1915]
    (SFC, 3/19/98, p.C4)(SFC, 11/18/00, p.A1)
1970        Conductor Seiji Ozawa succeeded Josef Krips to lead the SF Symphony.
    (SFEC, 8/10/97, p.B9)
1970        In San Francisco Faith Petric (55) retired and began a new career as a folk singer. Petric had begun running the SF Folk Club (b.1948) in 1962 and soon began hosting meetings of the club at her Clayton street home.
    (SFC, 9/30/02, p.A14)
1970        In San Francisco Rev. Sri Swami Satchidananda (1914-2002) established his Integral Yoga Institute.
    (SFC, 8/20/02, p.A22)
1970        In San Francisco Rene Yanez (1942-2018) and Ralph Maradiaga co-founded the Galeria de la Raza to showcase the work of Latino and Chicano artists.
    (SFC, 11/21/03, p.E9)(http://tinyurl.com/y9ykgjke)(SFC, 6/1/18, p.D5)
1970        San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto named Alfred J. Nelder (d.2002 at 87) as police chief. Nelder served for 19 months.
    (SFC, 1/4/02, p.A23)
1970        In San Francisco D.B Jones (d.2000 at 66) began serving as founding executive director of Meals on Wheels.
    (SFC, 12/31/00, p.A26)
1970        In San Francisco Nadya J. McCann (b.Nadya Jacobova Moiseeva and d.1997 at 79), a 10 year resident from Hong Kong, formed McCann Shipping, a freight forwarding company.
    (SFC, 12/2/97, p.A22)
1970        San Francisco’s Playland-at-the-Beach amusement park closed. The 1906 Charles Looff carousel that was there was moved to a Long Beach shopping center. It was scheduled to return to SF in Jun 1998 to the Yerba Buena Gardens.
    (SFEC, 12/15/96, p.C4)(SFC, 1/29/98, p.A20)
1970        In San Francisco John Maher and residents at the apartment called Ellis Island, renamed their organization to re-integrate ex-cons as the Delancey Street Foundation.
    (SFEM, 12/22/96, p.5)
1970        Eight people were arrested in SF during a protest demanding freedom for Los Siete, six Latino youths on trial for killing a police officer.
    (SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1 p.6)

1970s        Artists formed a soapbox society and were paid $100 apiece to build cars.
    (SFC, 5/13/97, p.E1)

1970s        Phil Stolz (d.1998 at 76) founded the Mobile Assistance Patrol, a program dedicated to picking drunks up off the streets and giving them a place and a chance to get sober.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A15)(SFC, 3/18/98, p.A19)

1970s        Byra Wreden (d.2000) helped organize the fund-raising for the Helen Crocker Library of Horticulture at Golden Gate Park Arboretum.
    (SFC, 3/11/00, p.A17)
1970-1981    David M. Sachs (1917-1996) produced "The San Francisco Experience," a multimedia show about the city’s gaudy past.
    (SFC, 7/18/96, p.A22)

1971        Jan 18, Two Standard Oil tankers collided in the fog a quarter mile west of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Arizona Standard ripped into the Oregon Standard and caused the spill of some 1.9 million gallons of heavy bunker oil. 800,000 gallons of oil was dumped into the Bay. The spill spread over 50 miles along the California coast.
    (SFEC, 2/23/96, Z1 p.5)(SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W39)(SFEC, 6/27/99, p.A14)

1971        Jan 20, John D. Rockefeller announced that he would donate his $10 million collection of American paintings to the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum. It included some 175 paintings and 3 sculptures by 106 artists.
    (SFC, 1/17/03, p.E8)

1971        Feb 11, In SF Officer Charles Lagasa was killed in an accidental helicopter crash at Lake Merced.
    (SFC, 1/27/07, p.A8)

1971        Mar 3, Levi Strauss & Co., SF-based jeans maker, went public.
    (SFC, 4/29/03, B1)(http://tinyurl.com/5wnfjx)

1971        Apr 1, In San Francisco the Bay Area Reported published its first issue as a community and culture publication. It was begun by Bob Ross (d.2003 at 69) and Paul Bentley. Over the next 45 years it evolved to become a local news source and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.
    (SFC, 12/12/03, p.A29)(SFC, 6/25/16, p.A9)

1971        Apr 21, In SF the 710-ton Vaillancourt Fountain, sculpted by French-Canadian artist Armand Vaillancourt, was unveiled on Justin Herman Plaza. The fountain put out 30,000 gallons of water per minute.
    (SFC, 3/17/04, p.B4)(SFC, 8/5/17, p.A8)

1971        Apr 29, Bill Graham announced the close of the Fillmore in SF and the Fillmore East in NYC along with his retirement from concert promotion. He was angered by his perceived greed of rock bands and the anger and distrust of his audience. He soon relented and put on shows with Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, the Who and the Grateful Dead. The final concert at Fillmore East took place on June 27.
    (SFC,12/13/97, p.A15)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fillmore_East)

1971        Jun 10, Federal marshals, FBI agents and special forces swarmed Alcatraz Island and removed the Native American occupiers: 5 women, 4 children and 6 unarmed men.
    (G, Summer ‘97, p.5)

1971        Jun 11, The last squatters were removed from Alcatraz.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W39)

1971        Jul 30, In SF Officer Arthur O’Guinn was fatally shot while making a traffic stop. 2 people were caught and convicted of 2nd-degree murder. They were paroled in the late 1970s.
    (SFC, 1/27/07, p.A8)

1971        Aug 18, Joel David Kaplan (44), a NY businessman and Carlos Antonio Contreras Castro, a Venezuelan counterfeiter, escaped by helicopter from Mexico’s Santa Maria Acatitla Federal Prison. Vasilios Basil Choulos (d.2003), SF lawyer, plotted out the helicopter jailbreak. Kaplan was allegedly framed and serving 28 years for murder in the Mexican prison. The successful break led to the 1973 book "Ten-Second Jailbreak" and the 1975 film "Breakout."
    (SFC, 1/21/02, p.A21)(www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,909935,00.html)

1971        Aug 29, In SF 2 men burst into the Ingleside Police Station and fired through a hole in a bullet-proof glass window killing Sgt. John Young (45). A civilian clerk was wounded. Black Panthers were suspected. 3 men were charged in 1975 but charges were dismissed in 1976. In 2005 a SF judge jailed 4 men for contempt after refusing to answer questions from a grand jury. In 2007 police charged 9 former members of the Black Liberation Army with waging a campaign of “chaos and terror" that left at least 3 officers dead from 1968-1973. 8 of the men were charged with murder in the Ingleside slaying. On June 29, 2009, Herman Bell pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, as he continued to serve a life sentence in New York for the murder of 2 police officers. On July 6 Anthony Bottom pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit voluntary manslaughter. Bottom was already serving a sentence in NY for the murder of a 2 NYC police officers in May 1971. Prosecutors dismissed charges against 4 other men. This left just Francisco Torres to stand trial for Young’s murder.
    (SFC, 9/1/05, p.B1)(SFC, 10/8/05, p.B2)(SFC, 1/26/07, p.A1)(SFC, 6/30/09, p.B1)(SFC, 7/7/09, p.C1)

1971        Sep 11, The body of a woman was found in the Delta-Mendota Canal near Westley, Ca. she had been stabbed 65 times. In 2008 DNA evidence identified her as Mary Alice Willey (23) of San Francisco. It was suspected that she had played a role in the Aug 29 black Panther attack at the Ingleside police station that left one officer dead.
    (SFC, 10/7/08, p.B2)(SSFC, 5/24/09, p.A1)

1971        Sep 17, The San Francisco-based TV police series “McMillan and Wife" began and continued to 1977. It starred Rock Hudson and Susan St. James.
     (SSFC, 9/6/15, p.F3)

1971        Oct, In San Francisco Werner Erhard (b.1935 as born John Paul Rosenberg) hosted his first est courses at the Jack Tar Hotel. The purpose of est was to allow participants to achieve, in a very brief time, a sense of personal transformation and enhanced power.
    (SFC, 10/31/09, p.C4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erhard_Seminars_Training)

1971        In SF a 30-foot-tall sculpture by Peter Voulkos was installed outside the “Hall of Justice." In 2011 it underwent a $35,000 refurbishment.
    (SFC, 7/16/11, p.A1)
1971        Justin Herman, executive director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency since 1959, died of a heart attack. He was responsible for razing much of the Fillmore district and disappearing thousands of its black residents, in the name of urban renewal.
    (SFC, 5/2/17, p.C1)
1971        The SF Opera made the US premiere of Donizetti’s "Maria Stuarda" with Joan Sutherland.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.46)
1971        In San Francisco Chuck Holmes (1945-2000) founded Falcon Studios. His pioneering movies later enshrined him in the history of adult entertainment as the “godfather of gay porn."
    (SSFC, 6/21/15, p.C10)
1971        Jim and Artie Mitchell of SF produced their porn film “Behind the Green Door" starring Marilyn Chambers for $60,000. This was one of the first porn films with a plot line and went big after it was learned that Chambers had worked as a model for ivory soap. It grossed more than $25 million.
    (SFC, 10/3/97, p.A15)(SFC, 7/14/07, p.A7)
1971        The film "Dirty Harry" with Clint Eastwood and Harry Guardino was released. It was directed by Don Siegel and had been shot in the SF Bay Area.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, DB, p.39)
1971        The SF Opera in the Park program was begun. It was the inspiration of the Opera General Director Kurt Herbert Adler.
    (SFEM, 9/6/98, p.17)
1971        KPOO radio was founded in SF by Lorenzo Milan. In 1973 Joe Rudolph (d.2001 at 63) took over operations in the 1st black-owned, non-commercial radio station west of the Mississippi.
    (SFC, 3/14/01, p.A20)
1971        In SF David Allen (1919-1984), actor, opened the Boarding House nightclub at 960 Bush. He had formerly performed with a repertory theater at the same site.
    (SSFC, 5/24/09, DB p.39)
1971        Stephen Gaskin (b.1935) and some 300 hundred San Francisco hippies started the Tennessee rural commune called The Farm. It was located on a 1,750 acre property in Lewis County and based not on rules but on agreements.
    (Wired, 5/97, p.110)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Gaskin)
1971         In SF construction began on the 977-foot Sutro Tower. It was designed by A.C. Martin Partners to transmit television signals. Harry Jacobs (d.1999 at 84) headed the construction of the tower, which was completed in 1973.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutro_Tower)(SFC, 4/20/98, p.A14)(SFC, 5/27/99, p.C6)
1971        In SF the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, designed by McSweeney, Ryan & Lee with Pietro Belluschi and Pier Luigi Nervi, opened at Gough and Geary.
    (SFEC, 10/7/96, A13)(WSJ, 2/18/09, p.D7)(SSFC, 5/1/11, p.D2)
1971        In SF the 46-story Hilton San Francisco, designed by John Carl Warnecke, opened at 333 O’Farrell St.
    (SSFC, 4/4/10, p.D2)
1971        In San Francisco a pedestrian bridge over Kearny St. was completed. It connected the Chinese Culture Center to Portsmouth Square.
    (SFC, 9/28/21, p.C2)
1971        The San Francisco Bay to Breakers race sponsors were pressured to add a women’s division. Dr. Frances Conley won with a time of 54:45.
    (SFC, 5/15/09, p.B4)
1971        Dr. Boyd Stephens (1940-1965) took over the SF coroner’s office as medical examiner.
    (SFC, 4/5/05, p.B5)
1971        James Weinstein (1926-2005) founded Modern Times Bookstore in SF.
    (SFEC, 12/13/98, Z1 p.5)
1971        Kimochi Inc. was founded in SF as a nonprofit service to Japanese seniors.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, p.D3)
1971        Franzo King founded the John Coltrane African Orthodox Church at 351 Divisadero St. in San Francisco. King named himself Bishop King and played tenor sax every Sunday at noon for services. A new owner forced the Church to relocate in 2000.
    (WSJ, 1/26/99, p.A16)(SFC, 3/11/00, p.A13)
1971        San Francisco’s first Gay Pride parade was held.
    (SFC, 6/28/97, p.A15)
1971        In SF Steve Strauss founded the Blue Bear School of American Music to teach rock instead of Bach. The school offered courses in rock, blues, folk and jazz. In 1996 they celebrated a 25 year anniversary.
    (SFC, 9/12/96, p.E1)
1971        Bebe, the SF-based women’s fashion retailer, was founded as a boutique.
    (SFEM,11/23/97, p.27)
1971        Charles Schwab started his brokerage firm in San Francisco. In 1975 he took advantage of new SEC regulations and turned the company into a discount brokerage. In 2019 the company announced a merger with TD Ameritrade and a move to new headquarters in Texas.
    (SSFC, 5/1/05, p.E1)(SFC, 11/26/19, p.A1)
1971        Criminologist Mimi Silbert (b.1942) along with John Maher (1940-1988), a reformed heroin addict, and 2 others founded Delancey Street in San Francisco, a foundation to help ex-cons re-integrate into society.
    (SFEM, 10/20/96, p.11,17)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delancey_Street_Foundation)
1971        In SF Amy Meyer spearheaded a coalition of community support for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
    (SFC, 1/29/98, p.B2)
1971        In SF Richard Sorro (1935-1996) founded the Mission Hiring Hall through the Model Cities Program.
    (SFC, 12/19/96, p.C10)
1971        The SF 49ers played at Kezar Stadium in Goldengate Park up to this year, when they moved to  Candlestick Park.
    (SFC, 7/29/97, p.A5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candlestick_Park)
1971        The SF Warriors moved to the Oakland Coliseum Arena and changed their name to the Golden Gate Warriors.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W29)(SFC, 4/26/10, p.A8)
1971        SF was ordered to begin bussing to achieve school desegregation. Judge Stanley Weigel (d.1999 at 93) ordered the desegregation of the SF schools.
    (SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1 p.6)(SFC, 9/4/99, p.A25)
1971        San Francisco’s Jackson Square at Jackson and Montgomery was declared an official historic district by the Board of Supervisors. 83 of the buildings dated to the mid-19th century.
    (SFC, 6/25/99, p.A18)(SFC, 12/18/01, p.A19)
1971        In SF Joseph Caporale (1910-1996), part-owner of Capp’s Corner restaurant was identified by police as the "biggest bookie in North Beach."
    (SFC, 12/24/96, p.A16)
1971        The last passenger train from SF to Monterey was put into retirement. A project to bring it back was initiated by Monterey in 1997.
    (SFC, 5/5/97, p.A20)
1971        San Francisco’s Fleischhacker Pool closed down.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W38)
1971        Two San Francisco brothers, aged 7 & 10, confessed to the crucifixion murder of 20-month-old Noah Alba. They were never charged but were placed in foster care and given intense therapy.
    (SFC, 5/6/96, p.A-1)
1971        Jack Leary, a rebel Jesuit priest, found New College in San Francisco with the philosophy of creating a just, sacred and sustainable world.
    (SFC, 12/26/05, p.D3)
1971        Saybrook University was originally founded in 1971 as the Humanistic Psychology Institute. It was later renamed 'Saybrook Institute' and 'Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center' and developed programs supporting the use of mind-body medicine.
1971        Ralph K. Davies, an oil millionaire for whom a SF medical center is named, died. He was an executive for Standard Oil who went off on his own and bought oil concessions around the world. He also ran American President Lines and the Natomas Co.
    (SFC, 6/23/98, p.A1,11)
1971        In SF Shunryu Suzuki (Suzuki-roshi), Japanese Zen missionary and abbot of the SF Zen Center, died of cancer. Richard Baker (36) was installed as the abbot. Scandals hit the center in 1983. In 2001 Michael Downing authored "shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion and Excess at the SF Zen Center."
    (SSFC, 11/11/01, p.M3)
1971        A SF police helicopter, a UH-1 Huey, crashed into Lake Merced and co-pilot Charles D. Lagosa (30) was killed.
    (SFC, 1/13/00, p.A15)

1972        May 4, The remains of the ship Gjøe, a converted herring boat used by Roald Amundsen to cross the Northwest Passage (1903-1905), departed for Oslo, Norway. A commemorative sculpture was left next to the Beach Chalet at Ocean Beach.
    (SFC, 4/17/00, p.D8)(WSJ, 4/18/00, p.A16)(Ind, 4/27/02, 5A)

1972        May 11, The SF Giants traded Willie Mays (b.1931) to the New York Mets.
    (SFEC,12/797, Z1 p.5)(www.ultimatemets.com/profile.php?PlayerCode=0201)

1972        Jun 25, San Francisco’s first Gay Pride Parade, called the Christopher Street West Parade, attracted some 2000 participants and 15,000 spectators. Mayor Alioto refused to proclaim "Gay Liberation Day."
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.4)(SFC, 6/18/16, p.A1)

1972        Sep 4, In San Francisco the Playland-at-the-Beach amusement park was bulldozed on Labor Day Weekend. Playland shut its gates and some 40 Fascination tables were transferred to a Market Street arcade. Fascination was invented by John Gibbs of Los Angeles and combined the skill of bowling with the luck of Bingo. The head of Laughing Sal was stolen on closure and turned up in 2004.
    (SFC, 8/5/00, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/14/04, p.B2)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.F6)(SFC, 5/31/08, p.B2)

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

1972        Nov, The $32 million Transamerica Pyramid building in San Francisco received its first tenant, a bank. The building was designed by William Pereira.
    (SFEC,12/28/97, Z1 p.2)(SFC, 5/29/04, p.C2)(SSFC, 12/27/09, p.A19)

1972        Dec 18, The clock on the Ferry Building was replaced with chimes.
    (SFC, 4/28/98, p.E8)

1972        Dec 22, Diana Sue Sylvester (22) was raped and killed in the SF Sunset District after walking home from UCSF. In 2006 John Puckett (72), a retired carpet installer in Stockton, was arrested for the murder based on DNA evidence. In 2008 Puckett (74) was convicted of first-degree murder.
    (SFC, 4/22/06, p.B1)(SFC, 2/22/08, p.B7)

1972        Herb Caen, SF newspaper columnist, wrote his 8th book "The Cable Car and the Dragons."
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A13)
1972        "San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill," a history of the Telegraph Hill neighborhood, was first published. It was reissued in 2000.
    (SFC, 11/27/00, p.A15)
1972        The film "Play It Again Sam" with Woody Allen and Diane Keaton was released. It was directed by Herbert Ross and had been shot in the SF Bay Area.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, DB, p.39)
1972        The film "What’s Up Doc" with Barbara Streisand and Ryan O’Neal was released. It was directed by Peter Bogdanovich and had been shot in the SF Bay Area.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, DB, p.39)
1972        In San Francisco the 14-story Alexis Apartments were built at 380-390 Clementina and Fifth St.
    (SSFC, 8/23/09, p.C2)
1972        Todd Barker bought Keystone Korner, a blues bar, in San Francisco’s North Beach and turned it into a jazz bar.
    (SFC, 10/10/11, p.E3)
1972        Julian B. Backus (1944-1996) founded the Bay Area Video Coalition, Optic Nerve.
    (SFC, 12/9/96, p.B6)
1972        In SF the Raphael House at 1065 Sutter St. opened as the city’s 1st homeless shelter for families.
    (SSFC, 3/18/07, p.F2)
1972        Charles W. "Scott" Hope (d. 1997 at 74) co-founded the SF Network Ministries to serve San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. The non-denominational Christian church constructed affordable housing, operates a training center for residents and the homeless, provides pastoral care to people who are HIV positive and other works. He wrote for the Network Journal, a monthly publication of the Ministries.
    (SFC, 12/2/97, p.A22)
1972        Steve Nakajo organized the 1st Nihonmachi Street Fair in San Francisco’s Japantown.
    (SFEC, 8/6/00, p.C1)
1972        San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto won re-election.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A10)
1972        San Francisco voters approved Proposition 4, a state constitutional amendment, which said the presidential primary ballot must list "recognized candidates throughout the nation or throughout California," as determined by the secretary of state.
    (SFC, 9/2/19, p.C2)
1972        SF accepted an urban design plan that lowered the maximum heights of downtown buildings to 700 feet.
    (SSFC, 4/27/08, p.B3)
1972        San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto promoted Gladys Cox Hansen to city archivist.
    (SFC, 4/14/96, p.Z1, p.3)
1972        In San Francisco Paul Trafficante (d.2001 at 80) won his integration suit for the ParkMerced complex against Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., where rental practices had created a "white ghetto."
    (SFC, 10/2/01, p.A15)
1972        In San Francisco Sandra Sakata (d.1997 at 57) opened her boutique Obiko in Pacific Heights. The shop thrived and she moved to a downtown location and won international acclaim.
    (SFC, 9/24/97, p.C2)
1972        In San Francisco the House of Shields bar at 39 New Montgomery St., opened in 1908, began allowing women as customers. It was probably the last SF bar to cater only to men.
    (SSFC, 1/23/11, p.A2)
1972        A team under surgeon Harry Buncke (1922-2008) performed the first toe-to-thumb transplant at San Francisco’s Franklin Hospital, later called Ralph K. Davies Medical Center. Buncke came to be called the father of microsurgery.
    (SFC, 5/21/08, p.B7)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_J._Buncke)

1972        SF State College was renamed California State University, SF.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)

1972-1974    Some 20,000 gay people moved to San Francisco during this period.
    (SFC, 11/21/03, p.A1)

1972-1977    The TV show "Streets of San Francisco" featured Karl Malden and Michael Douglas.
    (SFC, 6/26/02, p.D8)

1973        Jan 5, San Francisco Int'l. Airport began screening passengers. This followed Pres. Nixon's mandate for screening due to increased hijackings in the 1960s and early 1970s.
    (SFC, 3/30/19, p.C1)

1973        Jan 28, A preview screening of "American Graffiti" was held at the Northpoint Theater.
    (SFEC, 12/19/99, BR p.1)

1973        Mar, In San Francisco the below ground level Hallidie Plaza at the Powell Street Bart Station was dedicated as a shelter from the street bustle.
    (SFC, 11/12/15, p.A11)

1973        Jun, In San Francisco gang leader Yip Yee Tak was shot to death in Chinatown. Chol Soo Lee (1952-2014) was arrested and convicted of first-degree murder in 1974 and sentenced to life in prison. Four years late Lee fatally stabbed another inmate, allegedly in self defense. In 1982 Lee was acquitted of the first murder conviction and in 1983 an appeals court overturned his conviction in the prison stabbing and he was freed. The 1989 film “True Believer" was loosely based on his story.
    (SFC, 12/18/14, p.D6)

1973        Jul 4, In San Francisco the new Sutro Tower sent its first television transmission.
    (SFC, 7/3/13, p.A13)

1973        Aug 10, The first run of the transbay BART train occurred. [see Sep 16, 1974]
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.4)

1973        Sep, In San Francisco several hundred singles took part in the “first national singles convention" held at the jack Tar Hotel.
    (SFC, 10/31/09, p.C4)

1973        Oct 20, The San Francisco Zebra murders began and lasted for 179 days. 15 people were killed and 8 wounded by a gang of racial extremists.  Police cracked the case in 1974 after Mayor Alioto personally grilled an informant. Police used a special radio band, Z for zebra, during their hunt for the killers. In 1976 Jesse Lee Cooks, Larry Green, Manuel Moore and  J.C. X. Simon (d.2015) were convicted and sentenced to life.
    (SFC, 6/21/96, p.E2)(SFEC, 2/1/98, p.C6)(SSFC, 10/12/02, p.AD3)(SFC, 3/14/15, p.C4)

1973        Oct 30, Frances Rose, a physical therapist, was shot and killed by Jessie Lee Cooks, one of the Zebra murderers.
    (SSFC, 10/12/02, p.AD3)

1973        Dec 13, Art Agnos, aide to Assemblyman Leo McCarthy, was shot twice at 23rd and Wisconsin streets on Potrero Hill. This was the city’s 6th Zebra attack. Marietta DiGirolamo (31) was shot 3 times and killed in the Western Addition at Haight and Buchanon.
    (SSFC, 10/12/02, p.AD3)

1973        In San Francisco a 27-foot-tall statue of St. Francis, created by artist Ruth Wakefield Cravath, was installed at the bus zone of Candlestick Park.
    (SFC, 1/26/15, p.A1)
1973        In San Francisco a 7-foot-tall fountain facing Union Square, designed by Ruth Asawa (1926-2-13), opened on Stockton St.
    (SFC, 8/27/13, p.A9)
1973        The Glen Park BART station opened at 2901 Diamond St. in San Francisco. It was designed by Ernest Born with Corlett and Spackman in a style called “Big-boned Brutalism."
    (SFC, 5/26/00, Wb p.8)(SSFC, 10/4/09, p.C2)
1973        In SF the revolving bar opened atop the new Embarcadero Hyatt Regency Hotel.
    (SFC, 3/28/01, Food p.5)
1973        Poet Jack Hirschman arrived in SF from Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 3/20/00, p.A15)
1973        Michel Tilson Thomas and Edo de Waart made their conducting debuts with the SF Symphony.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.46)
1973        Jose Carreras made his SF Opera debut in "La Boheme."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.46)
1973        Michael Smuin became the associate artistic director of the SF Ballet with Lew Christensen. They collaborated on a new "Cinderella."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.46)
1973        The SF Blues Festival began.
    (SFEC, 3/2/97, DB p.45)
1973        Mel’s Diner at Mission and South Van Ness was used in the George Lucas film "American Graffiti" set in c1962.
    (SFC, 5/19/96,Mag, p.27)
1973        Jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson moved to San Francisco.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, DB p.32)
1973        In SF Freedom West Homes, the largest private-development of low to moderate income housing, was begun under Rev. J. Austell Hall. It covered the 4 blocks between Gough, Laguna, Fulton and Golden Gate Ave.
    (SFEC, 6/14/98, p.B3)
1973        In SF the owners of the Martin Luther King-Marcus Garvey Square housing complex failed to pay their bills and the complex was taken over by HUD.
    (SFC, 12/29/98, p.A11)
1973        In SF the Jewish Vocational Service was founded to assist recent college graduates of the Jewish community who could not find jobs. it was soon expanded into a nonsectarian employment service.
    (SFC, 9/15/98, p.A9)
1973        Ed Callan (d.2009 at 88), San Francisco stockbroker, formed Callan Associates, a performance-measurement firm for pension funds.
    (SFC, 4/2/09, p.B6)
1973        The SF pub Liverpool Lil’s began operating at 2942 Lyon St.
    (SFCM, 9/2/01, p.5)
1973        Solar Light Books began business in SF.
    (SFEC, 12/13/98, Z1 p.5)
1973        In SF the Washington Square Bar & Grill, aka "The Washbag," opened in North Beach under Sam Deitch (d.2002 at 73) and Ed Moose (1929-2010).  Rose Evangelisti (d.1998 at 90) had sold them her Pistola Saloon on Powell St. and the place became the Washington Square Bar and Grill. Deitch and Moose sold the operation in 1990. It closed for new ownership in 2000. Moose opened Moose’s bar across the park in 1990 and sold it in 2005.
    (SFC, 9/15/98, p.A22)(SFC, 3/18/00, p.A17)(SFC, 2/5/02, p.A19)(SFC, 8/13/10, p.A10)
1973        The Haas-Lilienthal family donated their Haas-Lilienthal House at 2007 Franklin St. to the Foundation for San Francisco’s Architectural Heritage.
    (SFC, 8/30/96, p.D5)(SFC, 10/16/07, p.D9)
1973        The Albion Brewery was declared a SF historical landmark.
    (SFC, 10/17/98, p.A19)
1973        SF Mayor Alioto appointed George Chinn to the Board of Supervisors. He was the first Asian American to serve on the board.
    (SFC, 4/20/98, p.A13)
1973        Alfred J. Nelder (d.2002 at 87), former SF police chief, was elected to the Board of Supervisors and served 2 terms.
    (SFC, 1/4/02, p.A26)
1973        In SF the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange was renamed the Pacific Stock Exchange.
    (SFC, 7/24/98, p.B1)
1973        In SF a group of black police officers filed a discrimination suit against the city to establish a truly integrated police force.
    (SFC, 10/10/97, p.A17)
1973        The National Park Service began conducting tours at Alcatraz.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W39)(SFC, 10/18/02, p.E2)
1973        In SF Walter Shorenstein sold his Int’l. Hotel property to the Four Seas Investment Corp., owned by Supacit Mahaguna, a Bangkok liquor baron, for $850,000.
    (SFC, 6/8/01, WBa p.6)
1973        American President Lines moved from SF to the port of Oakland. The line became a subsidiary of Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines in 1997.
    (SFEC, 11/22/98, p.B1)
1973        Paul Romberg began serving as the president of SF State Univ. and continued to 1983.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.D4)
1973        Albert S. Samuels died. He owned the SF jewelry store at 856 Market St. where a 20-foot-tall clock had marked time since 1943, except for 1967-1970 when BART was under construction. The clock had marked his original store since 1915. The clock stopped working around 1990 and in 2000 was restored.
    (SFC, 11/18/00, p.A1)
1973        Ralph Stackpole, SF sculptor, died.
    (SFC, 12/23/05, p.F2)
1973        French singer Maxime le Forrestier produced his song “La Maison Bleue" (The Blue House). It was based on a house at 3841 18th St. in San Francisco, where he lived in 1971.
    (www.youtube.com/watch?v=q61cFrsB9Gw)(SFC, 9/25/10, p.E1)

1974        Jan 27, In San Francisco Gerald Kavanaugh (50) was found dead on Ocean Beach with 16 stab wounds. He was the first of at least five gay victims stabbed to death over the next year and a half by a serial killer, dubbed the Doodler, for his pattern of sketching victims in diners and bars before asking them to have sex.
    (SFC, 2/7/19, p.A9)(SSFC, 6/6/21, p.S2)

1974        Feb 4, Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst (19) was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Her boyfriend Steven Weed was beaten. Patty Hearst ran away to join an underground revolutionary group, the Symbionese Liberation Front.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1974)(SFC, 2/8/97, p.A7)(AP, 2/4/97)(AP, 2/4/97)(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W22)

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

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

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

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

1974        Feb 22, Cesar Chavez began a UFW march from Union Square in SF to Gallo headquarters in Modesto.
    (SFEM, 4/13/97, p.11)

1974        Feb, Steve Silver (d.1995) a San Francisco street theater performer, took his "Tommy Hall" show inside at the Savoy Tivoli in North Beach and called it "A Valentine's Show." In June the show took on the name "Beach Blanket Babylon".
    (SFC, 4/18/19, p.A7)

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

1974        Apr 15, SLA members including Patty Hearst robbed the Sunset Branch of the Hibernia Bank in SF of more than $10,000. While fleeing they wounded 2 people passing by.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W23)

1974        Apr 19, In San Francisco Angelo Pavageau brutally beat Frank Carlson (25) to death, raped his wife and brutally beat her before setting the couple’s house on fire at 1301 Kansas St. in Potrero Hill. Annette Carlson (24) survived. Pavageau was found guilty of murder in 1974 and was sentenced to death. In 1976 his sentence was reduced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
    (SFC, 3/15/17, p.A7)

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

1974        May 1, Over 100 San Francisco police descended on 4 Zebra murders suspects. They acted on a tip from Cornelius Harris (28), an accomplice turned informant.
    (SSFC, 10/12/02, p.AD3)

1974        Jun 25, In San Francisco Joseph Stevens was found dead. He was the 2nd of at least five gay victims stabbed to death by a serial killer, dubbed the Doodler.
    (SSFC, 6/6/21, p.S2)

1974        Jun 7, The Steve Silver show "Beach Blanket Babylon" premiered at the Savoy Tivoli in San Francisco. Nancy Bleiweiss was the original star of the show.
    (www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/sponsors/beach-blanket-babylon.asp)(SFEC, 8/1/99, DB p.48)

1974        Jul 3, A crowd of 3,774 watched the SF Giants play the San Diego Padres at Candlestick Park.
    (SFEC,12/797, Z1 p.5)

1974        Jul 7, In San Francisco Klaus Christmann was found dead. He was the 3rd of at least five gay victims stabbed to death by a serial killer, dubbed the Doodler.
    (SSFC, 6/6/21, p.S2)

1974        Jul 8, The SF Chronicle received the last verified letter from the Zodiac killer with a complaint about the columnist Count Marco.
    (SFC, 10/2/00, p.A19)

1974        Sep 1, Jack Shelley (b.1905), former SF mayor (1964-1968), died.
    (SFC, 9/1/00, p.D6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Shelley)

1974        Sep 16, The BART transbay tube opened and was the longest underwater tube of the time. [see Aug 10, 1973]
    (SFC, 9/17/99, p.D8)

1974        Dec 13, Art Agnos was shot by gunmen later identified as four Black Muslims (aged 24-31). They had killed 14 people and attacked 7 others in a series of killings called the "zebra murders." Agnos was a consultant to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Ageing at the time. [see Dec 13, 1973]
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W21)

1974        Dec, Thieves in San Francisco stole the “Resting Hermes" statue from its pedestal on Nob Hill. The University Club had purchased the statue, made by Chiurazzi of Naples, from Italy in 1915 following the Panama Pacific Expo. In 2004 it was stolen again.
    (SFC, 8/24/04, p.A1)

1974        Architects Doug Michels (1943-2003) and Chip Lord, founders of the San Francisco-based Ant Farm, created "Cadillac Ranch," a sculpture of 10 planted Cadillacs, near Amarillo, Texas.
    (SSFC, 6/22/03, p.A1)(SFC, 1/9/21, p.E1)
1974        The film "The Conversation" with Gene Hackman and Harrison Ford was released. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and had been shot in the SF Bay Area.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, DB, p.39)
1974        In San Francisco the ornate 1876 Victorian Vollmer House at 773 Turk St. was moved 11 blocks to 1735 Webster St.
    (SFC, 2/24/21, p.B5)
1974        In San Francisco the Shanti project was founded to treat residents suffering from terminal illnesses. In 1981 the program was expanded to include AIDS.
    (SFC, 7/9/96, p.A17)
1974        In SF the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) purchased the Geary Theater. In 2006 it renamed it as the American Conservatory Theater. The ACT had been founded by William Ball in 1965 in Pittsburgh. It moved west and settled in at the Geary Theater in SF in 1967.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W29)(SFC, 9/15/06, p.E2)(http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h2705.html)   
1974        Curtis E. Green (d.2002) took over as head of MUNI, the 1st African American to head a major US transit system. He retired in 1982.
    (SFC, 7/31/02, p.A20)
1974        The US Navy abruptly closed its shipyard at Hunters Point in SF. In 1989 the EPA named it one of the ten most polluted federal properties.
    (SFC, 4/8/05, p.F2)
1974        In San Francisco the Anchor Steam beer company introduced Anchor Porter. It featured a label by artist Jim Stitt, the first of many that he drew for the company.
    (SFC, 11/21/09, p.E10)
1974        Nieman Marcus, a Texas-based retailer, acquired the City of Paris department store on Geary St. facing Union Square in SF. In 1980 the California Supreme Court denied an appeal by preservationists to save the building.
    (SSFC, 7/21/02, p.F2)
1974        Norma Wahl acquired the lease for the Mission Rock Resort at 817 China Basin. They lost the lease after 22 years of operation. [see Jan 1, 1988]
    (SFC,12/31/97, p.A13)
1974        California State College, SF, was renamed to SF State Univ.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)

1974        SF Mayor Joseph Alioto made another bid for governor of California but the campaign stumbled under allegations that he paid no income tax from 1970-1972. He lost the Democratic primary to Jerry Brown. Also the DA held that Alioto was in conflict of interest in arranging the family purchase of the Pacific Far East Line, which owned $1.7 million in back rent to the city-owned port.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A10)

1974        Dr. Joachim Burhenne (1926-1996) developed the Burhenne Technique for removing gallstones through bile ducts. He practiced in SF from 1959-1977. He performed the procedure on the Shah of Iran in 1979.
    (SFC, 6/5/96, C5)

1975        Apr 11, John Dadian (67), cab driver, was shot and killed by Brandy Giggey (16) during a robbery attempt on Ocean Beach, SF.
    (SFCM, 11/10/02, p.13)

1975        May 12, In San Francisco Fredrick Elmer Capin was found dead. He was the 4th of at least five gay victims stabbed to death by a serial killer, dubbed the Doodler.
    (SSFC, 6/6/21, p.S2)     

1975        Jun 2, Ralph J. Gleason (b.1917), writer and jazz critic for the SF Chronicle (1950-1975), died. He helped found Rolling Stone Magazine in 1967.
    (SFC, 12/23/04, p.E16)

1975        Jun 4, In San Francisco Harald Gullberg was found dead. He was the 5th of at least five gay victims stabbed to death by a serial killer, dubbed the Doodler.
    (SSFC, 6/6/21, p.S2)

1975        Jul 4, Architects Doug Michels (1943-2003) and Chip Lord, founders of the Ant Farm in SF, created the performance work "Media Burn," in which Michels drove a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado through a pyramid of 40 burning television sets. Ant Farm disbanded in 1978. In 2019 art curator Steve Seid authored "Media Burn: Ant Farm and the making of an Image."
    (SSFC, 6/22/03, p.A1)(SFC, 1/9/21, p.E1)

1975        Sep 18, Police and FBI arrested heiress Patty Hearst (Patricia Campbell Hearst), William and Emily Harris, and Wendy Yoshimura in SF. Hearst had been kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army on Feb 4, 1974. She was convicted of bank robbery and served over 22 months in federal prison. Pres. Carter commuted her sentence in 1979.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W23)(AP, 2/4/97)(AP, 9/18/07)

1975        Sep 22, President Gerald R. Ford dodged a second assassination in less than three weeks. Sara Jane Moore, an FBI informer and self-proclaimed revolutionary, attempted to shoot President Ford outside a San Francisco hotel, but missed. Oliver Sipple (1941-1989), a disabled former Marine, knocked Moore’s arm aside. A bullet she fired slightly wounded a man in the crowd. Moore was sentenced to life in prison, but was paroled at the end of 2007 after serving over 30 years without getting into trouble.
    (AP, 9/22/97)(SFC, 1/1/08, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/2/14, DB p.42)

1975        Dec 2, George Moscone (1929-1978) was elected mayor of San Francisco in a runoff election with electoral support from the neighborhoods rather than downtown interests. Moscone was elected over John Barbagelata by a margin of 51-49.
    (SFC, 11/26/98, p.A19)(SFC, 12/15/99, p.A19)

1975        Dec 12, Sara Jane Moore pleaded guilty to a charge of trying to kill President Ford in San Francisco the previous September.
    (AP, 12/12/97)
1975        Dec 12, A fire at the Gartland Apartments at Valencia and Mission killed at least 16 people.
    (SFC, 9/14/02, p.A15)

1975        SF artists founded their Open Studios weekend to encourage exposure and sales.
    (SFEC, 10/1/00, DB p.44)
1975        The SF Ballet created its own orchestra under Denis de Coteau.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.46)
1975        Norma Teagarden (1911-1996), jazz pianist, played at the Washington Square Bar and Grill in San Francisco. Her brother Jack was a celebrated trombonist, brother Charlie a trumpeter, and Cub a drummer. She joined Jack’s big band in 1942 and played in the bands of Ben Pollack and Ada Leonard. In the late 40s she led her own band and began teaching students. In 1963 the entire family performed together at the Monterey Jazz Festival. She played with a strong striding left hand and a softer right hand.
    (SFC, 6/8/96, p.A17)
1975        The Mexican Museum in San Francisco, the first in the US to feature Mexican and Chicano art, was founded by Peter Rodriguez 1926-2016) in a storefront on Folsom St. In 2001 ground was broken for a new building near Yerba Buena Gardens. In 2016 a cornerstone was unveiled for the new $63 million museum at 701 Mission St.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, DB p.27)(SFC, 10/27/01, p.F1)(SFC, 7/26/16, p.C4)
1975        The 40-story Chevron tower at 575 Market opened.
    (SFC, 4/25/02, p.A1)
1975        The Best Western Miyako Inn opened in San Francisco’s Japantown.
    (SFC, 2/10/06, p.D1)
1975        The 232-room Ramada Plaza at Fisherman’s Wharf was constructed.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.B1)
1975        The 524-room Sheraton at Fisherman’s Wharf was constructed.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.B1)
1975        The 250-room Travel Lodge at Fisherman’s Wharf was constructed.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.B1)
1975        The SF Museum of Art was renamed the Museum of Modern Art.
    (WSJ, 9/10/96, p.A16)
1975        The Pacific Rod and Gun Club on Lake Merced began paying the city $300 in rent. In 1998 the parks committee approved a plan to raise the rent to $3,500.
    (SFC, 10/2/98, p.A22)
1975        The Treasure Island Museum was founded.
    (SFEC, 6/29/97, AS p.13)
1975        Jean Jacobs founded Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth.
    (SFC, 10/19/99, p.A23)
1975        Bernard Pechter (d.1999 at 63) helped found Theatre Rhinocerous, a theater group committed to gay and lesbian plays.
    (SFC, 9/27/99, p.A26)
1975        The SF Korean Center was established to help Koreans acclimate to the Bay Area.
    (SFEC, 5/25/97, p.C8)
1975        Artist Bonnie Sherk and musician Jack Wickert created the Farm out of 2 Mission District warehouse buildings. It was absorbed as a public park after 1980.
    (SFC, 3/15/02, p.G8)(SFCM, 5/22/05, p.5)
1975        The UN Plaza and fountain, designed by architect Lawrence Halprin, was dedicated. In 2003 it was fenced off.
    (SFC, 3/12/03, p.A26)
1975        SF police officer Gerald A Crowley (1933-2014) led a 3-day officer strike after the Board of Supervisors refused a 13% pay raise.
    (SFC, 10/24/14, p.D5)
1975        The SF Police Academy graduated a class that included 30 men and 30 women. A federal court order had mandated opening the ranks to women.
    (SSFC, 7/11/04, p.A16)
1975        Water to Lotta’s Fountain was turned off due to the drought.
    (SFC, 12/2/98, p.A22)
1975        Eben Gossage struck his sister Amelia with a hammer and stabbed her to death with a pair of scissors. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and spent 2 ½ years in prison. Gossage later graduated from law school and passed his bar exam but was denied the right to practice by the state Supreme Court.
    (SFC, 8/15/00, p.A17)
1975        At the close of the Vietnam War 163 veterans from SF lost their lives.
    (SFC, 5/29/00, p.A13)

1975-1987    Dr. Richard LeBlond Jr. (d.2000 at 76) served as the president of the SF Ballet.
    (SFC, 11/30/00, p.C22)
1975-2003    Former US Army General Andrew Lolli (1907-2006) ran Castagnola’s Restaurant at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.
    (SSFC, 6/18/06, p.B3)

1976        Jan 15, Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Ford in San Francisco.
    (AP, 1/15/98)

1976        Jan 17, The Potrero Hill Health Center opened.
    (SFCM, 10/7/01, p.14)

1976        Jan 26, It was reported that Mother Jones magazine would debut in Feb. 4 of its 6 editors were from Ramparts magazine.
    (SFC, 1/26/01, WBb p.4)

1976        Jan 27, Betty Emma Link, aka Box Car Betty, died at age 78.
    (SFC, 1/26/01, WBb p.4)

1976        Feb 1, Over 1,000 people took part in the Continental Walk for Peace and Social Justice led by comedian Dick Gregory and Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy.
    (SFC, 1/26/01, WBb p.4)

1976        Feb 5, Snow fell in SF and accumulated to 1-2 inches downtown.
    (SFEM, 12/22/96, p.20)

1976        Mar 2, Bob Lurie (b.1929), real estate magnate, led a group to acquire ownership of the San Francisco Giants baseball club. Lurie closed the $8-million transaction with Arizona cattleman Arthur "Bud" Herseth as his 50-50 partner.

1976        Mar 13, A jury convicted 4 Black Muslims for 3 murders and 4 assaults of a total of 23 Bay Area crimes that included 14 murders. Jessie Lee Cooks, Larry Craig Green, Manuel Moore and J.C.X. Simon were given life sentences.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W22)

1976        Mar 20, Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her part in a San Francisco bank holdup.
    (AP, 3/20/97)(HN, 3/20/98)

1976        Apr 14, A bomb exploded at 1 California St. on the 17th floor of the Mutual Benefit Life Building. The Red Guerrilla Family was suspected.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, WBb p.3)

1976        Apr 16, The 1st Annual Conference of Gay Academic Unions of California met at SF State Univ. Speaker Alan Bell rejected the notion that society is becoming increasingly tolerant.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, WBb p.3)

1976        May 1, The 72 tenants of the Int’l. Hotel on Kearny St. lost their 4-week court battle to keep from being evicted by the Four Seas Investment Corp. Demonstrators began gathering to stop the eviction.
    (SFC, 4/27/01, Wba p.8)

1976        May 3, Neighbors celebrated the 90th birthday of Grace Marchant, the "First Lady of Telegraph Hill," who transformed the lower Filbert steps into a beautiful flower garden.
    (SFC, 4/27/01, Wba p.8)

1976        May 5, Allied Structural Steel Co. replaced the 500th and last vertical cable on the Golden Gate Bridge. The project had begun in Nov. 1972 and cost some $8 mil.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, WBb p.3)

1976        May 8, San Francisco city craft workers agreed to end their 38-day strike. City supervisors agreed to take Propositions E and K off the June ballot.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, WBb p.3)
1976        May 8, San Francisco Supervisor Richard Hongisto was slapped with a DUI by a Marin County judge. His sentence included a $784 fine and a 90-day driving restriction. A breath test measured his blood-alcohol level at .11, just abort the .10 limit.
    (SSFC, 5/8/11, DB p.46)

1976        May 18, In San Francisco the Bay View Federal Savings and Loan agreed to yield to the demands of the New World Liberation Front that it remove 4 dilapidated buildings it owned on Capp St. in exchange for removal from a bombing list.
    (SFC, 5/18/01, p.WBb5)
1976        May 18, In San Francisco Jenny Read (29), an artist and sculptor, was raped and killed at her Potrero Hill home. She was stabbed 13 times. In 2013 DNA evidence led to the conviction of James Mayfield (67) for her murder.
    (SFC, 10/11/13, p.D8)

1976        May 19, In San Francisco Jenny Read (b.1945), an Episcopal sculptor, was raped and murdered while working on a sculpture of St. John of the Cross in Potrero Hill. In 2009 police using DNA evidence arrested and charged James Lee Mayfield (63), a registered sex offender with her murder.
    (SFC, 6/18/04, p.F4)(SFC, 8/11/09, p.C1)

1976        May 21, BART unveiled the $30 million Embarcadero station one week before the official opening.
    (SFC, 5/18/01, p.WBb5)

1976        May 24, The SF Chronicle published the 1st installment of "Tales of the City" by Armistead Maupin (b.1944). The series continued in the Chronicle until 1983 and was serialized in the Examiner in 1986.
    (SFC, 5/1/01, p.A1)(SSFC, 5/8/11, p.A13)

1976        May 25, The new Embarcadero Bart station opened. 10,000 free tickets were used up within 25 minutes.
    (SFC, 5/25/01, WBb p.2)

1976        Jun 3, Jimmy Carter campaigned for the state presidential primary at rally at Post and Montgomery.
    (SFC, 6/1/01, WBb p.3)

1976        Jun 10, Art Agnos defeated Harvey Milk in the 16th Assembly district Democratic Primary race.
    (SFC, 6/8/01, WBa p.2)

1976        Jun 15, Paul McCartney and Wings played to a sold-out crowd at the Cow Palace.
    (SFC, 6/15/01, WBb p.3)

1976        Jun 24, Supervisor Quentin Kopp appeared in court as an attorney for former black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver to lift a parole hold.
    (SFC, 6/22/01, WBb p.8)

1976        Jun 25, Imogen Cunningham, photographer, died at age 93.
    (SFC, 6/22/01, WBb p.8)

1976        Jun, The California Bluegrass Assoc. held its 1st annual Father’s day Festival.
    (SSFC, 6/10/01, p.D3)

1976        Jul 5, In SF the body of Wanda Baun (19), a prostitute, was found dead. She had been stabbed over 50 times. In 2007 Darrell Sweigart was convicted of 2nd degree murder after DNA evidence linked to the murder. He was already serving a 25 year to life sentence for rape and robbery.
    (SFC, 7/4/07, p.B3)

1976        Aug 17, FBI agents in SF searched for Susan Murphy and Diane Ellis. The 2 Charles Manson cultists had escaped from Terminal Island federal prison near Long Beach.
    (SFC, 8/17/01, p.WB3)

1976        Aug 22, EPA scientists reported that they had discovered plutonium in the ocean sediment off the SF coast and radioactive cesium leaking from containers 120 miles east of Ocean City, Md. Some 62,000 steel drums of nuclear waste were dumped into the oceans from 1946-1970.
    (SFC, 8/17/01, p.WB6)

1976        Sep 1, The remodeled Castro Theatre re-opened with a gala premiere.
    (SFC, 6/18/97, p.E3)

1976        Sep 5, On Labor Day Bess Bair, better known as Rosie Radiator, tap danced across the Golden Gate Bridge while carrying an American flag and her dog Lulu.
    (SFEC, 9/26/99, DB p.35)(SFC, 9/5/03, p.E9)

1976        Sep 16, Workmen began laying the foundation for a new $400,000 Boys Club headquarters at 1970 Stanyan Street.
    (SFC, 9/14/01, WB p.6)

1976        Sep 21, Investigators sifted through wreckage of the Pacific Heights home of South African Consul General Anthony Drake. The New world Liberation Front claimed responsibility for the bomb that caused $20,000 in damage.
    (SFC, 9/21/01, WB p.5)

1976        Sep 24, US District Judge William Orrick  sentenced newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. Pres Carter released her after 22 months.
    (AP, 9/24/97)(SFC, 9/21/01, WB p.5)(MC, 9/24/01)

1976        Oct 1, In San Francisco the body of a girl, buried for two to four weeks, was found near Lake Merced. In 2019 investigators using DNA evidence identified her as Judy Gifford (14).
    (SFC, 12/14/19, p.C2)

1976        Oct 2, Beverly Sills became the 1st opera star to leave her autograph in cement in front of Odyssey Records in SF.
    (SFC, 9/28/01, WB p.6)

1976        Oct 6, The Board of Supervisors approved a record 12.2% increase in property taxes to $12.90 per $100 of assessed valuation.
    (SFC, 10/5/01, WB p.6)
1976        Oct 6, In his second debate with Jimmy Carter, President Ford asserted in SF that there was "no Soviet domination of eastern Europe." Ford later conceded he'd misspoken. Carter charged the Ford administration with excessive secrecy, immorality and weakness in dealing with the Soviet Union and Arab nations. Some 3,000 people protested outside the Palace of Fine Arts.
    (AP, 10/6/97)(SFC, 10/5/01, WB p.6)

1976        Oct 19, Mayor George Moscone nominated clergymen Jim Jones (44) and A.C. Ubalde Jr. to seats on the Housing Authority.
    (SFC, 10/19/01, WB p.6)

1976        Oct 28, Women Organized for Employment celebrated the Commercial Club’s decision to change a 125-year policy against women as guests.
    (SFC, 10/26/01, WB p.7)

1976        Oct 29, Father Louis Masoero blessed the Washington Square marble fountain given to SF by its sister city of Assisi, Italy.
    (SFC, 10/26/01, WB p.7)

1976        Nov 9, Guards at San Quentin caught 3 convicts digging a tunnel under the main prison wall. They had dug down 10 feet and 67 out with 55 to go before reaching the shore of the bay.
    (SFC, 11/9/01, p.G3)

1976        Nov 19, Patty Hearst was freed on $1.5 million bail. She returned to her family’s home at 1001 California St.
    (HN, 11/19/98)(SFC, 11/16/01, WB p.G4)

1976        Nov 24, Margery Levy, SF School District Integration Director, reported that most of the city schools remained segregated despite a federal court order.
    (SFC, 11/23/01, WB p.G8)

1976        Nov 28, In San Francisco Bill Graham presented the Band and guests in "The Last Waltz" at Winterland plus a turkey dinner for the capacity crowd. The last concert of The Band took place at Winterland and was made into a film by Martin Scorsese that included Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and Muddy Waters.
    (SFC,12/13/97, p.A15)(SFEC, 6/28/98, DB p.52)

1976        Dec 1, In San Francisco BART officials installed an arcade of Atari video games on the platform of the Powell Street station.
    (SFC, 10/20/18, p.C1)

1976        Dec 15, A bomb misfired in a window box at the Lyon Street house of Supv. Diane Feinstein. There was no damage and the New World Liberation Front claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 12/14/01, WB p.G8)

1976        Dec 21, A Christmas tree burst into flames during a party at the St. Francis Yacht club and at least one person was killed.
    (SFC, 12/21/01, WB p.G16)

1976        Dec 24, The SF Housing authority voted to condemn the Int’l. Hotel building and resell it to a tenant’s nonprofit corp.
    (SFC, 12/21/01, WB p.G16)

1976        Dec, In San Francisco a drug dealer was gunned down. Three drug dealers were charged with murder and one accused Paul Redd (19) as the killer. Redd denied the charges but was sentenced to seven years to life in prison. In 2020 Redd was released after serving 44 years following a fresh look at his case.
    (SSFC, 5/31/20, p.A1) 

1976        S.I. Hayakawa, former president of SF State College, was elected to the US Senate.
    (SFC, 2/2/98, p.A20)
1976        A statue of Spain’s King Carlos III, who ordered Juan Bautista de Anza to explore California in 1775, was given to SF from the Spain’s King Juan Carlos as a bicentennial gift.
    (SFC, 7/18/01, p.A21)
1976        In San Francisco City Lights published a collection of poetry by Jack Hirschman: "Lyripol."
    (SFC, 3/20/00, p.A1)
1976        In San Francisco Herb Caen published his 9th and last collection of original columns "One Man’s San Francisco."
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A12)
1976        In San Francisco the nonprofit group La Casa de las Madres (Mother's Home) was founded as the state's first shelter dedicated to women and children escaping domestic violence.
    (SFC, 1/1/20, p.C1)
1976        In San Francisco the SF Conservatory of Music opened the Hellman Hall concert auditorium at 19th and Ortega.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.C16)
1976        In San Francisco Mount St. Joseph Orphanage merged with St. Elizabeth’s Infant Hospital for Unwed Mothers.
    (SFC, 9/15/98, p.A9)
1976        In San Francisco Mel Novikoff’s Surf Theaters purchased the run-down Castro Theatre.
    (SFC, 6/18/97, p.E3)
1976        In San Francisco Margery Livingston Magnani (d.1997 at 77) co-founded the SF Tapestry Workshop.
    (SFC, 5/27/97, p.A22)   
1976        In San Francisco Gene Farb (d.2001 at 55) and his wife joined Stan Politi to create the "First New Earth Exposition." In 1978 he helped found the Whole Earth Access store, which grew to 8 Bay Area stores and then went bankrupt in 1999.
    (SFC, 6/21/01, p.C2)
1976        In San Francisco Jean and Jane Ford founded their Face Place cosmetic shop in the Mission District. In 2004 their Benefit Cosmetics operation had expanded to an entire floor on Market St.
    (SSFC, 1/11/04, p.E8)
1976        The Univ. of SF founded the Institution for Catholic Educational Leadership to train teachers for Catholic schools.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W14)
1976        Winemaker Alfred Fromm (d.1998 at 93) founded the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at the Univ. of SF.
    (SFC, 7/7/98, p.A20)
1976        The SF Giants baseball team, owned by the Horace Stoneham family, was sold for $8 million to a local group led by Bob Lurie, a member of the board of directors since the team moved to California. A Toronto syndicate had attempted to buy the team for $13.35 million and move it to Canada but the deal fell failed.
    (SFEC,12/797, Z1 p.5)
1976        In San Francisco Japantown Bowl opened. It closed in 2000.
    (SFC, 9/21/00, p.A17)
1976        California’s Gov. Brown appointed Yoritada "Yori" Wada (d.1997 at 80), director of the Buchanan YMCA in SF, to the UC Board of Regents. Mr. Wada was the first Asian American regent in the history of UC.
    (SFC, 12/4/97, p.C8)
1976        In San Francisco US District Judge Sam Conti sentenced Nicholas Sand to 15 years in federal prison for distributing LSD through the Brotherhood of Eternal Love. He was an associate of Timothy Leary and LSD guru Stanley Owsley. Sand went underground after being released on bail and was picked up in 1996 in Vancouver, BC, under the name David Roy Shepard. He was sentenced to an additional 5 years in 1999 for fleeing the country.
    (SFC, 1/23/99, p.A17)(www.serendipity.li/dmt/nsand/sfchron.htm)
1976        San Francisco voters approved a proposal for district elections for the Board of Supervisors.
    (SSFC, 2/28/10, p.E2)
1976        In San Francisco Options trading began on the Pacific Stock Exchange.
    (SFC, 7/24/98, p.B1)
1976        SF passed an ordnance against skating on public streets.
    (SFC, 4/16/97, p.A15)
1976        In San Francisco The trial for the 14 Zebra murders (1973-1974) ended in SF. Manuel Moore, J.C. Simon, Larry C. Green and Jessie Lee Cooks received life in prison under Superior Court Judge Karesh.
    (SFC, 6/21/96, p.E2)(SSFC, 10/12/02, p.AD3)
1976        In San Francisco drivers from several cab companies went on strike against an increase in their working fees.
    (SFC, 8/21/96, p.A20)
1976        In San Francisco craft workers went on strike and Muni workers honored the picket lines in a 38-day strike.
    (SFC, 10/6/99, p.A4)
1976        Dykes on Bikes started with Ali Marrerro and a friend carrying purple balloons with the Gay Latino Alliance in the annual San Francisco’s Gay Pride.
    (SSFC, 6/25/06, p.B1)
1976        A ferry designed by naval architect Philip Spaulding (1912-2004) began running between SF and Larkspur, Ca.
    (SFC, 5/18/05, p.B7)
1976        In San Francisco Charles Boles agreed to pay $7,000 over 2 years for a pair of Italian gelato-making machines. By 1979 he was running 2 gelato stores.
    (SFC, 3/3/99, p.B1,3)
1976        Ray Dolby brought his audio technology firm to San Francisco from London.
    (SFC, 3/29/04, p.D1)
1976        In San Francisco the Tassara Zen Center purchased the Gallo Pastry Co. at 1000 Cole and began selling its own bread to the public.
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.D2)
1976        Harry Flamburis, president of the SF chapter of the Hell’s Angels, was found shot to death in his Daly City house along with roommate Dannette Barrett.
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.G4)
1976        Joseph "The Animal" Barboza was shotgunned in SF by the New England Mafia.
    (SSFC, 7/28/02, p.A5)

1977        Jan 13, Over 2,500 supporters of the I-Hotel gathered to protest a potential eviction.
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.G4)

1977        Jan 18, Judge Ira A. Brown stayed his own orders for the eviction of the 70 residents of the I-Hotel.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.G8)

1977        Jan 26, Supervisor John Barbagelata received a death threat from the New World Liberation Front. His West Portal real estate office took 3 shots from a pellet or BB gun.
    (SFC, 1/25/02, p.G6)

1977        Feb 8, City Hall imposed strict security measures with metal detectors and personal searches for the 1st time following a series of violent attacks.
    (SFC, 2/8/02, p.G2)

1977        Mar 18, In SF Paul Gaer transformed Al’s Transbay Tavern on Fourth St. into the Hotel Utah Saloon. The structure dated back to 1908 and in 2007 marked its 30th anniversary.
    (SFC, 3/15/07, 96H p.4)

1977        Mar 20, The St. Patrick’s Day parade returned to Market St. and drew some 64,000 spectators.
    (SFC, 3/15/02, p.G8)

1977        Mar 30, The PUC approved a 43% rate increase for water to compensate for reduced sales caused by the drought.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.AG4)

1977        Mar, Joani Blank opened her Good Vibrations shop opened on 22nd near Guererro, next to the new (not yet opened) Café Babar.
    (SFC, 2/14/03, p.E1)

1977        Apr 5, Police Capt. Agustius Bruneman rescinded his order for patrol units to issue at least one traffic ticket per shift.
    (SFC, 4/5/02, p.G2)
1977        Apr 5, In San Francisco a group of 100 people, many with disabilities, began a 26-day sit-in protest at San Francisco’s Federal Offices. Grip bars in toilets were among their demands.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y2kclvjr)(Econ., 12/12/20, p.31)
1977        Apr 5, City crews cleared sand drifts that had blocked the Great Highway between Lincoln and Sloat for 8 days.
    (SFC, 4/5/02, p.G2)

1977        Apr 11, The Cafe Babar opened at 994 Guererro, corner of 22nd, under Alvin Stillman and partner Cort Strandberg. They used Graffeo coffee brought in by stand-up comic Whiz Glanting.
    (AR, 11/29/98)

1977        Apr 14, Computer enthusiasts gathered for the 1st West Coast Computer Faire at the Civic Auditorium. An estimated 20-30 thousand American homes had computers.
    (SFC, 4/12/02, p.G6)

1977        Apr 28, US regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act were signed. Americans with physical disabilities had begun staging protests at federal buildings in San Francisco, LA and Washington DC. The SF protest grew to 150 people and lasted 25 days.
    (SFC, 5/1/97, p.A20)(http://tinyurl.com/3xje8f)

1977        Apr 30, SF County Sheriff Richard Hongisto entered the San Mateo County Jail for a 5 day sentence for failure to evict the tenants of the Int’l. Hotel.
    (SFC, 4/26/02, p.G8)

1977        May 5, In San Francisco the Steinhart Aquarium’s fish roundabout opened at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.
    (SFC, 7/16/16, p.C1)

1977        May 10, Patti Hearst was sentenced to 5 years’ probation for her role in the SLA crime spree May 16-17, 1974. She still faced a 7-year sentence for armed robbery.
    (SFC, 5/10/02, p.G7)

1977        May 26, Mayor George Moscone declared this day as "Isadora Duncan Centenary Day." Duncan, pioneer of modern dance, lived from 1878-1927.
    (SFC, 9/22/99, p.A24)(WUD, 1994, p.442)

1977        Jun 8, Some 5,000 marched through downtown San Francisco to protests an anti-gay rights vote in Miami. Voters in Dade County had repealed a gay-rights ordnance.
    (SFC, 6/8/02, p.G8)

1977        Jun 11, The last group of 6th grade students graduated from the 49-year-old Geary School at 20 Cook St. It was closed due to declining enrollment and seismic conditions.
    (SFC, 6/8/02, p.G8)

1977        Jun 17, The Int’l. Hotel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its connection with the immigration history of the Filipino community.
    (SFC, 6/14/02, p.G7)

1977        Jun 23, Roger Boas, administrative officer, presented an $85 million plan for an underground convention hall. Groundbreaking was scheduled for Jan 1978 and completion by Jun 1980.
    (SFC, 6/21/02, p.G2)

1977        Jun 26, An estimated 200,000 took part in the 5th annual Gay Freedom parade.
    (SFC, 6/21/02, p.G2)

1977        Jul 5, The SF Board of Directors voted to give "Landmark" status to the Castro theatre.
    (SFC, 6/18/97, p.E3)

1977        Jul 14, The federal government acquired the Cliff House for $3.79 million. The building and 3.66 acres will be included in the Goldengate National Recreation Area.
    (SFC, 7/12/02, p.E9)

1977        Jul 20, The Big Top marijuana supermarket at 715 Castro St. was raided and Dennis Peron (31) received a bullet wound.
    (SFC, 9/6/02, p.E3)

1977        Aug 4, In San Francisco some 50 elderly tenants of the International Hotel in Chinatown were forcefully evicted by police as thousands of protestors filled the streets. The structure was demolished in 1979 and a hole occupied the site. In 2004 city officials declared a 2-block corridor on Kearny as “Manilatown" as construction rose on 14-story Int’l. Hotel Senior Residences. In 2007 Estella Habal authored “San Francisco’s International Hotel: Mobilizing the Filipino American Community in the Anti-Eviction Movement."
    (SFC, 12/13/96, p.A30)(SFC, 8/1/97, p.A25)(eyewitness)(SFC, 6/8/01, WBa p.6)(SFC, 7/24/02, p.A17)(SFC, 7/28/04, p.B1)(SSFC, 8/19/07, p.M1)
1977        Aug 4, Jim Jones, pastor of the People’s Temple at 1859 Geary, resigned from the SF Housing Authority.
    (SFC, 8/2/02, p.E4)

1977        Aug 12, Over 100 members of the People’s Temple were reported to have left SF for a new outpost in Guyana.
    (SFC, 8/9/02, p.E2)

1977        Aug 16, In San Francisco some 16 thousand kids paid $6.50 apiece to watch the Kiss concert at the Cow Palace.
    (SFC, 7/22/17, p.C1)

1977        Sep 4, The Golden Dragon Massacre occurred in San Francisco’s Chinatown. 5 people were killed and 11 wounded, none of them gang members, during a shootout between the rival Wah Ching and Joe Boys. Four men were convicted. In 1999 Bill Lee, a former gang member, published "Chinese Playground," a memoir of his experiences in the 60s and 70s. Assailant Curtis Tam was released in 1991 after he testified against two others. In 2015 assailant Melvin Yu was paroled. Peter Ng remained in prison in Vacaville. Tom Yu, the chief plotter and not at the scene, was up for parole in 2017.
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.A18)(SFEC, 5/2/99, BR p.6)(SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A14,15)

1977        Sep 9, A terrorist bomb shattered 4 doors and 28 windows at the War Memorial Opera House. The opera season opened the next night.
    (SFC, 9/6/02, p.E3)

1977        Sep 20, The first wave of Southeast Asian "boat people" arrived in San Francisco under a new U.S. resettlement program.
    (AP, 9/20/97)

1977        Oct 4, The Board of Supervisors voted to make taxi permits non-transferable.
    (SFC, 10/4/02, p.E4)

1977        Oct 5-16, The 21st annual SF Film Festival was held.
    (SFC, 9/20/02, p.E6)

1977        Oct 28, It was reported that SF had bought 6 highland areas to add to its park and recreation area. They included Tank Hill above Clayton St. and Clarendon, Kite Hill, Billy Goat Hill, Martha Hill, Grandview Hill, and the sloping hillside on Berkeley Way in Diamond Heights.
    (SFC, 10/25/02, p.E6)

1977        Oct 29, The 4th annual Hooker’s Ball was held in Civic Auditorium. Revelers raised $93,000 for Coyote, the Margo St. James prostitute’s rights group.
    (SFC, 10/25/02, p.E8)

1977        Nov 1, Tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge rose 25 cents to $1.
    (SFC, 11/1/02, p.E7)

1977        Nov 6, San Francisco marijuana smokers held "A Day on the Grass" smoke-in at the Civic Center as the 59th Veterans Day Parade took place.
    (SFC, 11/1/02, p.E7)

1977        Nov 8, In San Francisco 154 candidates ran for 11 district seats for the Board of Supervisors. Voters elected all 6 incumbent Board of Supervisors: Robert Gonzales, Gordon Lau, Dianne Feinstein, John Molinari, Quentin Kopp and Ronald Pelosi; newcomers on the city’s first district-elected board included Harvey Milk, Carol Ruth Silver, Dan White, Lee Dolson and Ella Hill Hutch. Dan White, former police officer, was forced to resign from his job as a firefighter the next month.
    (SFC,11/6/97, p.A25)(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W23)(SFC, 11/7/02, p.E2)(SSFC, 2/28/10, p.E2)

1977        Nov 29, SF designated the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House on De Haro Street as its 86th official landmark. It was designed by architect Julia Morgan.
    (SFC, 11/29/02, p.E9)

1977        Nov, The entire 11-seat Board of Supervisors was forced to run for re-election in newly drawn districts.
    (SFEC, 11/7/99, Z1 p.4)

1977        Dec 6, The SF city attorney ruled that Dan White could not serve as both supervisor and as a member of the Fire Department due to possible conflict of interest.
    (SFC, 12/6/02, p.E16)
1977        Dec 6, SF FBI agents arrested James "Jimmy the Weasel" Fratianno (64), a reportedly leading West Coast Mafia figure.
    (SFC, 12/6/02, p.E16)

1977        Dec 14, Sheriff Richard Hongisto left SF to become police chief in Cleveland, Ohio.
    (SFC, 12/13/02, p.E8)

1977        Dec 17, The new Chinatown Kong Chow Temple was dedicated at 520 Pine. It was designed by Ed Sue and was the 4th in 120 years.
    (SFC, 12/13/02, p.E8)

1977        Dec, The film "Word Is Out," the first major documentary by and about lesbians and gays, opened at the Castro Theatre.
    (SFC, 6/18/97, p.E3)

1977        Roger and Nancy Olmstead and Allen Pastron authored “San Francisco Waterfront."
    (SFC, 1/25/14, p.C2)
1977        Albert Morse (1939-2006), SF intellectual property lawyer and representative of cartoonist R. Crumb, published “The Tattooists."
    (SSFC, 1/29/06, p.B7)
1977        Montserrat Caballe made her SF Opera debut in "Turandot."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.46,47)
1977        The first SF Lesbian & Gay International Film Fest was held.
    (SFC, 5/29/96, p.E1)
1977        The Dutch ex-oboist Edo de Waart succeeded Seiji Ozawa to lead the SF Symphony. Mr. Ozawa left to lead the Boston Symphony.
    (SFEC, 8/10/97, p.B9)
1977        San Francisco Postmaster Lim Poon Lee (d.2002) established a post office at 867 Stockton St., in Chinatown. In 2009 US Congress voted to name the office in honor of Lee.
    (SFC, 11/5/09, p.C2)
1977        The SF Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, a synagogue for gay and lesbian Jews, was founded.
    (SFC, 12/12/98, p.A20)
1977        John Quinn succeeded Archbishop McGucken as Archbishop of SF and served until 1995. Quinn was the city's 6th Catholic archbishop.
    (SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A22)
1977        Pablo Heising (1945-2006) helped found the Haight Street Fair in San Francisco in an effort to recall the 1967 Summer of Love. He then ran the fair for 29 years and came to be called the mayor of Haight Street.
    (SFC, 1/16/07, p.B5)
1977        The Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation was founded.
    (SFEC, 12/15/96, zone 1 p.3)
1977        San Francisco’s Cliff House became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
    (SFC, 1/7/97, p.B1)
1977        John Frantz took over as head of the city’s library system.
    (SFC, 2/19/96, p.A20)
1977        Poly High, across from Kezar Stadium, closed and was replaced by affordable condos.
    (SFCM, 8/10/03, p.7)
1977        Pastor Marilynn Gazowsky purchased the 2000-seat theater building on Ocean Blvd. and turned it into a church for the Voice of Pentecost.
    (SFC, 6/8/98, p.A19)
1977        SF Mayor Moscone survived a recall attempt.
    (SFC, 11/26/98, p.A19)
1977        Gordon Lau (d.1998 at 56) was appointed by SF Mayor Moscone to the Board of Supervisors and won the seat in the election. He was the first Asian American to be elected on the board.
    (SFC, 4/20/98, p.A13)
1977        SF toughened its fire code. State deadlines gave the city’s high-rises until July 1980 to comply.  
    (SFC, 11/18/05, p.F2)
1977        Jimmy Herman (1924-1998), SF labor leader, took the helm of ILWU.
    (SFEC, 3/22/98, p.C3)
1977        Rudy Tham (d.1998), SF union leader, was investigated by the Organized Crime Strike Force for allegedly demanding kickbacks from hotels where his members worked. He was indicted in 1979 for felony embezzlement of union funds. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail and fined $50,000.
    (SFC, 10/7/98, p.C2)
1977        Rolling Stone Magazine left San Francisco and moved to Manhattan.
    (SFEC, 6/21/98, BR p.12)
1977        Leon McHenry (d.1999) opened Leon's BAR-B-Q in San Francisco’s  upper Fillmore.
    (SFC, 3/24/99, p.C4)
1977        In San Francisco the residential treatment for young women atop Mount St. Joseph, run by the Catholic Sisters of Charity, closed. Land at the former orphanage had been used for years to board horses. The land was then sold to a developer.
    (SFC, 7/24/13, p.D6)
1977        Charles Thieriot died and his son Richard became the editor and publisher for the SF Chronicle.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A8)
1977        SF reported 146 killings for the year.
    (SFC,12/9/97, p.A18)

1977-1980    Kathleen Rawlings (d.1997 at 76), founder of KQED-TV, owned the Lazzari Fuel Co. in Brisbane.
    (SFC,12/897, p.D8)

1977-1982    The Suicide Club in SF started out as a class at Communiversity, a free alternative university created by SF State in the 1969.
    (SSFC, 3/6/05, p.M5)

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