Today in California History (Part 3)

Cities in California: Anaheim - Bakersfield - Berkeley, CA - Fresno - Glendale - Long Beach - Los Angeles - Modesto - Oakland - Pasadena, CA - Riverside - Sacramento - San Bernardino - San Diego - San Francisco - San Jose - Santa Ana - Stockton

Historical Events

Events 201 - 250 of 250

1987-12-07 - 43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California (man shot pilots)
1988-10-30 - 2 gambling clubs & 1 player share 61.38 M California lotto jackpot
1988-12-06 - STS-27 Atlantis lands in California after secret mission
1989-01-17 - Gunman opens fire in California schoolyard; 5 students slain, 30 wounded
1989-02-26 - California court throws out most of Margo Adams's $12 million breach-of- contract suit against Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs
1989-03-18 - California Quake amusement ride opens at Universal Studios
1990-02-07 - Lisa Leslie of Morningside HS in Inglewood California scores 101 in 1st half, South Torrance HS decides not to play 2nd half & loses 102-24
1990-05-24 - A car carrying American Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney explodes in Oakland, California, critically injuring both.
1991-06-26 - Amy Elizabeth Goodman, of California, crowned America's Junior Miss
1991-09-22 - California University makes Dead Sea Scrolls public
1991-10-21 - Former California Governor Jerry Brown announces his run for the US Presidency
1992-02-07 - Shannon LA Rhea Marketic, 22, (California), crowned 41st Miss USA
1992-04-12 - Lynn Gunther of California threatens to blow herself up in front of UN
1992-04-21 - Robert Alton Harris is put to death in the California Gas Chamber for 3 murders.
1992-04-22 - 6.0 earthquake in California
1992-04-22 - Plane crash at Perris Valley Airport California, kills 16 parachutists
1992-05-01 - Eric Houston kills 4 in a California HS where he failed history 4 yrs prior
1993-08-28 - Long Beach California beats Panama for little league world championship
1993-11-20 - Savings and Loan scandal: The United States Senate Ethics Committee issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his "dealings" with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.
1994-01-28 - Helicopter crashes into office building in San Jose California, 1 dead
1994-08-16 - Shauna Gambill, 17, of California, crowned 12th Miss Teen USA
1994-12-06 - Orange County California files for bankruptcy
1995-07-20 - The Regents of the University of California vote to end all affirmative action in the UC system by 1997.
1995-09-02 - Southern California begins using new area code 562
1996-12-18 - The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect.
1997-11-03 - California law ends affirmative-action
1998-01-01 - All California bars, clubs & card rooms must be smoke-free
1998-05-04 - A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
1999-03-20 - Legoland California, the first and only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
2000-01-31 - Alaska Airlines flight 261 MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 persons aboard.
2002-12-18 - 2003 California recall: Then Governor of California Gray Davis announces that the state would face a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier.
43rd US President George W. Bush43rd US President George W. Bush 2003-05-01 - 2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" on board the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California.
2003-10-07 - Gray Davis is recalled as Governor of California, three years before the official end of his office term. Film star Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected Governor.
2003-10-26 - The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in California history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 kmĀ²), and destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego.
2003-12-22 - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits near San Simeon, California.
2004-02-12 - The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
2005-01-10 - A mudslide occurs in La Conchita, California, killing 10 people, injuring many more and closing the Highway 101, the main coastal corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles, for 10 days.
2005-01-26 - Glendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.
2005-06-13 - A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch.
2005-12-03 - XCOR Aerospace makes first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California.
2007-06-24 - The Angora Fire starts near South Lake Tahoe, California destroying 200+ structures in its first 48 hours.
2008-05-15 - California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state's own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional.
2008-06-17 - First day of legal same-sex marriage in California
2010-08-04 - California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state's voters in 2008, was overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger.
2012-04-26 - Indonesia suspends imports of American beef after a confirmed case of mad cow disease in California
2012-08-24 - A US jury in California finds that Samsung is guilty of patent infringement and awards over US$1 billion in damages to Apple
King of Pop Michael JacksonKing of Pop Michael Jackson 2012-10-01 - California becomes the first US state to ban conversion therapy for minors
2012-10-24 - 3 people are shot dead and two critically wounded after being shot by an unknown gunman in Downey, California
2012-11-06 - 5 people are shot at a poultry processing plant in Fresno, California
2013-02-04 - 8 people are killed and 30 are injured after a bus collides with two vehicles and flips in Yucaipa, California

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 1,145

1929-11-26 - Betta St John, Hawthorne California, actress (Corridors of Blood)
1930-01-30 - Gene Hackman, San Bernardino California, actor (Bonnie & Clyde, Under Fire, Superman)
1930-01-31 - Lynn Carlin, Los Angeles California, actress (Joan Hunter-James at 15)
1930-04-11 - Carl Franklin, Richmond California, actor (Fantastic Journey)
1930-04-14 - Bradford Dillman, SF California, actor (Piranha, Sudden Impact, Enforcer)
1930-04-24 - Conn Findlay, Stockton California, coxswain (Oly-2 gold/bronze-56, 64, 76)
1930-05-12 - Pat McCormick-Keller, Lakewood California, diver (Oly-4 gold-1952, 56)
1930-05-31 - Clint Eastwood, SF California, actor (Dirty Harry)/mayor (Carmel, California)
1930-08-08 - Jerry Tarkanian, basketball coach (California State, UNLV, 625-122)
1930-08-16 - Frank Gifford, California, NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster
1930-08-16 - Robert Culp, Berkley California, actor (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)
Actor Clint EastwoodActor Clint Eastwood (1930-05-31) 1930-09-24 - John Watts Young, SF California, astronaut (Gem 3 10, Apol 10 16, STS 1 9)
1930-09-29 - Billy Strange [William], Long Beach, California, singer-songwriter (A Little Less Conversation), (d. 2012)
1930-10-30 - Marilyn Alex, Hollywood California, actress (Molly-Young & Restless)
1930-11-08 - Bob Harris, Long Beach California, actor (Jim-Troubleshooters)
1930-11-17 - Bob Mathias, Tulare, California, American decathlete (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)
1930-11-19 - Bob Mathias, Tulare California, decathelete (Olympics-gold-48)
1930-11-30 - William H Dana, Pasadena California, test pilot (X-15)
1930-12-22 - Larry Stevenson [Richard], Santa Monica, California, skateboard innovator (kicktail), (d. 2012)
1931-01-05 - Robert Duvall, San Diego California, actor (Great Santini, Taxi Driver)
1931-03-06 - John Smith, Los Angeles California, actor (Cimarron City, Laramie, 7 Angry Men)
1931-04-11 - Johnny Sheffield, Pasadena California, actor (Boy-Tarzan Finds a Son)
1931-05-31 - Steve Horn, (Rep-R-California)
1931-08-14 - Frederic Raphael, writer (After the War, California Time)
1931-08-21 - Nancy Hadley, Los Angeles California, actress (Love That Jill, Joey Bishop Show)
1931-10-30 - Dick Gautier, Los Angeles California, actor (Hymie-Get Smart, Mr Terrific)
1931-11-08 - Morley Safer, Toronto California, TV newscaster (60 Minutes)
1932-01-03 - Mara Corday, Santa Monica California, actress (Foxfire, Black Scorpion)
1932-01-28 - W Parry O'Brien, California, shot putter (Oly-2 gold/silver-52, 56, 60, 64)
1932-04-08 - John Gavin, Los Angeles California, actor (Felony, Jennifer, House of Shadows)
1932-05-05 - Will Hutchins, Atwater California, actor (Sugarfoot, Hey Landlord)
1932-06-04 - John Barrymore Jr, Beverly Hills California, actor (Pantomine Quiz)
1932-07-29 - Marguerite Empey, [Diane Webber], Los Angelas California, playmate (May 1955, Feb 1956)
1932-09-03 - Eileen Brennan, Los Angeles, California, American actress (Laugh-In, Pvt Benjamin), (d. 2013)
1932-10-16 - Henry Jay Lewis, Los Angeles California, conductor/bass (LA Philharmonic 1955-59)
1932-10-26 - Anthony C Beilenson, (Rep-D-California, 1977- )
1932-11-08 - Richard E Lawyer, Los Angeles California, astronaut
1932-12-18 - Roger Smith, South Gate California, actor (77 Sunset Strip)
1933-02-08 - Jack Larson, Los Angeles California, actor (Jimmy Olsen-Superman)
1933-03-11 - Terry J Hatter Jr, US judge in California
1933-04-14 - Morton Subotnick, Los Angeles California, composer (Wild Bull)
Actress Elizabeth MontgomeryActress Elizabeth Montgomery (1933-04-15) 1933-04-15 - Elizabeth Montgomery, Los Angeles California, actress (Samantha/Serena-Bewitched)
1933-04-16 - Joseph Bottoms, Santa Barbara, California, actor (Blind Date, Braker)
1933-04-19 - Dick Sargent, Carmel California, actor (Darrin-Bewitched)
1933-04-29 - Rod Marvin McKuen, Oakland California, singer/composer (Alone, Beatsville)
1933-06-20 - Brett Halsey, Santa Ana California, actress (Paul-Follow the Sun)
1933-06-25 - Gary Crosby, California, actor (Bill Dana Show, Adam 12, Chase)
1933-09-14 - Harve Presnell, Modesto California, actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown)
1933-11-25 - Rene Enriquez, SF California, actor (Ray Calletano-Hill Street Blues)
1934-01-22 - Bill Bixby, San Francisco California, actor (Incredible Hulk, My Favorite Martian)
1934-02-18 - [Clyde] Skip Battin, Los Angeles California, rocker (Byrds-Turn Turn Turn), (d. 2003)
1934-03-31 - Richard Chamberlain, Beverly Hills, California, American actor (Dr Kildare)
1934-06-26 - John V Tunney, heavyweight boxing champion/(Rep/Sen-D-California)
1934-07-28 - Norman D Shumway, (Rep-R-California, 1979- )
1934-08-08 - Julian C Dixon, (Rep-D-California, 1979- )
1934-09-06 - Jody McCrea, Los Angeles California, actor (Ben Matheson-Wichita Town)
Actor Bill BixbyActor Bill Bixby (1934-01-22) 1934-10-21 - Jerry Lewis, (Rep-R-California, 1979- )
1934-12-04 - Victor French, Santa Barbara California, actor (Highway to Heaven)
1934-12-30 - Russ Tamblyn, Los Angeles California, actor (Win Place or Steal, Twin Peaks)
1935-02-16 - Kenneth Price, Los Angeles, California, ceramic artist and print maker (Hot Bottoms, Tamed), (d. 2012)
1935-05-11 - Doug McClure, Glendale California, actor (Checkmate, Virginian, Roots)
1935-05-27 - Lee Meriwether, Los Angeles California, Miss America (Time Tunnel, Barnaby Jones)
1935-06-24 - Terry Riley, Colfax California, composer (Spectra)
1935-06-25 - Eddie Floyd, Montgomery Al, singer/composer (California Girl, Falcons)
1935-08-16 - Julie Newmar, Hollywood California, actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll)
1935-08-30 - John Phillips, singer/guitarist (Mama & Papas-California Dreaming)
1935-11-10 - Pippa Scott, Los Angeles California, actress (Virginian, Mr Lucky)
1935-11-14 - Jakusho Kwong, Santa Rosa California, head of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center
1935-11-24 - Ronald V Dellums, Oakland California, (Rep-D-California, 1971- )
1936-02-13 - Leamon King, Tulare California, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1956)
1936-03-05 - Dean Stockwell, California, actor (Werewolf of Washington, Blue Velvet)
1936-07-23 - Anthony M Kennedy, California, 106th Supreme Court justice (1988- )
1936-07-23 - Don Drysdale [Donald Scott], Van Nuys, California, American MLB player (LA Dodgers-Cy Young 1962)
1936-08-16 - Gary Clarke, Los Angeles California, actor (Hondo, Virginian, Michael Shayne)
Actor Robert RedfordActor Robert Redford (1936-08-18) 1936-08-18 - Robert Redford, Santa Monica California, American actor (Sting, Candidate, Natural, Great Gatsby)
1936-11-02 - Rose Elizabeth Bird, California Supreme Court Justice
1936-11-14 - Cornell Gunther, Los Angeles California, musician (Coasters-Poison Ivy)
1936-12-23 - James Stacy, Los Angeles California, actor (Fred-Adv of Ozzie & Harriet)
1937-03-16 - David Del Tredici, Cloverdale California, composer (1980 Pulitzer)
1937-03-21 - Tom Flores, Fresno California, NFL quarterback/coach (Raiders)
1937-04-06 - Merle Haggard, Bakersfield California, country singer (Death Valley Days)
1937-07-05 - Brooke Hayward, Los Angeles California, author (Haywire)
1937-07-23 - Bruce Surtees, Los Angeles, California, cinematographer (Dirty Harry, Lenny), (d. 2012)
1937-08-03 - Diane Wakoski, Whittier, California, American poet (Motorcycle Betrayal)
1937-11-03 - Lynn Woolsey, (Rep-D-California)
1937-11-20 - Jack Linkletter, SF California, TV host (Haggis Baggis, Hootenanny)
1937-12-04 - Max Baer Jr, Oakland California, actor (Jethro-Beverly Hillbillies)
1937-12-08 - James MacArthur, Los Angeles California, actor (Danny Williams-Hawaii 5-0)
1938-01-13 - Billy Gray, Los Angeles California, actor (Bud-Father Knows Best)
1938-01-14 - Jack Jones, Los Angeles California, singer (Love Boat Theme)
1938-01-25 - Etta James [Jamesette Hawkins], Los Angeles, California, singer (Roll with Me, At Last), (d. 2012)
1938-02-03 - Victor Buono, SD California, actor (Man from Atlantis, Untouchables)
1938-02-23 - Diane Varsi, San Mateo California, actress (Peyton Place)
1938-02-25 - Diane Baker, Hollywood California, actress (Diary of Anne Frank, Marnie)
1938-04-04 - Michael Parks, Corona California, actor (Then Came Bronson)
1938-04-07 - Yvonne Lime, Glendale California, actress (Father Knows Best, Dobie Gillis)
1938-04-30 - Gary Collins, Venice California, actor (6th Sense, Home Show), (d. 2012)
1938-05-13 - Buck Taylor, Hollywood California, actor (Monroes, Gunsmoke)
1938-08-11 - Allegra Kent, Santa Monica, California, ballerina
1938-08-15 - Maxine Waters, (Rep-D-California)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 201 - 207 of 207

2012-10-30 - Actress Evan Rachel Wood (25) weds "Billy Elliott" actor Jamie Bell (26) in California
2012-11-09 - Tennis player James Blake (32) weds publicist Emily Snider (37) Del Mar, California
2012-12-01 - Congressman Joseph Kennedy III (32) weds Lauren Anne Birchfield (28) at the Community Church in Corona del Mar, California
2012-12-01 - "The Bachelorette" reality star Ashley Hebert weds J.P. Rosenbaum at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California
2012-12-15 - "Scrubs" actor Donald Faison (38) weds CaCee Cobb (35) in Los Angeles, California
2012-12-29 - "The Glades" actress Kiele Sanchez (36) weds "Friday Night Lights" actor Zach Gilford (31) in Napa Valley, California
2013-01-19 - "Big Brother" Daniele Donato (26) weds Dominic Briones at the Newland House Museum in Huntington Beach, California

Famous Deaths

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