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This is a timeline of the San Francisco Bay Area in California, events in the nine counties that border on the San Francisco Bay, and the bay itself.

Prehistory

16th century

17th century

18th century

19th century


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 • James W. Marshall finds several flakes of gold at a lumber mill he owned in partnership John Sutter, at the bank of the South Fork of the American River, (advertisement for transportation to the Gold Rush pictured, right)
 • The and the both cease publication in San Francisco due to losing all their staff to the
 • The (pictured, left) ends the Mexican–American War, and cedes the territory of California (including the San Francisco Bay Area) to the



Mexico

 • A (1983 menu pictured, left) opens on Clay Street in San Francisco
 • is established in San Francisco, producing San Francisco sourdough(loaves pictured, right)
 • begins publishing in San Francisco
 • visits San Francisco and the Gold Country, writing about the Gold Rush
 • The whaling ship is stranded by its crew on the shore of San Francisco, who desert it to join the Gold Rush
 • Irish immigrants Peter and James Donahue found (pictured) in South of Market, San Francisco
 • San Francisco’s population is 25,000, an increase by 2,400% from 1848’s 1,000

 • The is established, as the first public school district in California (historic Ida B. Wells High School building pictured, right)
 • The is formed in response to rampant crime and corruption in the municipal government (1851 hanging pictured, left)
 • is chartered in San Francisco
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 • After opening a number of businesses in Peru and California, Italian chocolatierDomenico Ghirardelli imports 200 pounds of cocoa beans and establishes in San Francisco (1864 advertisement pictured, left)
 • Henry Wells and William G. Fargo establish in San Francisco, a joint-stock association with an initial capitalization of $300,000, to provide express and banking services (iconic stagecoach pictured, right)
 • The city of is incorporated in Santa Clara County(1910 postcard pictured, right)
 • is incorporated in Alameda County(1867 painting shown, right)
 • , George Blake, and two partners they met in the gold fields, William Hillegass and James Leonard, lay claim to four adjoining 160-acre (0.65 km2) strips of landnorth of Oakland

 • The (modern display pictured, left) is founded in San Francisco
 • is established when Levi Strauss(pictured, right) arrives from Buttenheim, Bavaria, in San Francisco to open a west coast branch of his brothers’ New York dry goods business
 • is incorporated

 • (pictured, left), the first United States Navybase established on the Pacific Ocean, is established in Vallejo, Solano County
 • The is founded in San Francisco
 • The city of is incorporated in Alameda County(Alameda Works Shipyard pictured, right)
 • The first department store in San Francisco opens: Davidson & Lane, later renamed The White House.

 • is established in Napa Valley by Jacob Schram (pictured, left)
 • The state capitol is moved from Sacramento to San Francisco, due to
 • Minns Evening Normal School in San Francisco is taken over by the state and moved to San Jose as the
 • (pictured, right) is born in San Francisco

 • , with an epicenter in the East Bay. It causes significant damage throughout the region, and comes to be known as the “Great San Francisco earthquake”. (damage in the Haywards area pictured, right)
 • The (pictured, right) in Oakland is established by members of the Sisters of the Holy Names from Canada
 • The (logo pictured, left) is established in Berkeley, along with the first campus in the system, the
 • in Sonoma County is incorporated
 • in Solano County is incorporated
 • Bret Harte begins publishing the in San Francisco
 • The is founded in San Francisco

 • The , the first in the (pictured, left), begins operations
 • (pictured, right) is built in Berkeley, thus becoming the new location of the , formerly located in Oakland

 • is decided in favor of Wong Kim Ark (pictured, left), who is thus considered a U.S. citizen
 • The (pictured, right), designed by A. Page Brown, opens
 • A (pictured, right) is built at Odd Fellows Cemetery in San Francisco by Bernard J. S. Cahill, to complement an earlier columbarium built by him
 • The (pictured, right) in San Francisco, built in 1876, burns down
 • dies after being knocked down by a man exiting from a train that Shattuck was attempting to board on the eponymous Shattuck Avenue

20th century

 • On April 17, delivers plans (pictured, left) for the redesign of San Francisco
 • The next day, hits San Francisco, starting fires which burn much of the city to the ground. 3,000 people die during the disaster.

 • The first (pictured, left) is run through Melrose in Oakland, San Leandro and Hayward, with at least 250,000 attending
 • (Albany Hill pictured, right) is incorporated in Alameda County
 • is established in Sonoma County to protect Fort Ross, founded in 1812 as the southernmost point in the Russian colonization of the Americas

 • The (news headline on race pictured, right) is run in San Francisco for the first time
 • Chinese restaurant (pictured, left. translation: “Three Harmonies Porridge and Noodles”) in San Francisco’s Chinatown opens
 • in Santa Clara County is incorporated
 • The is founded in San Francisco
 • opens the Essanay-West studio in Niles, at the foot of Niles Canyon

 • (pictured, left), a campanile at the University of California, Berkeley is completed
 • (pictured, right) in Oakland is completed
 • The Baby Hospital Association (organized September 1912), and the Baby Hospital Association of Alameda County (organized September 1913), establish in Oakland

 • The new Beaux-Arts style (pictured, right) opens at the Civic Center, San Francisco
 • The is held in San Francisco, to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal. It features the (pictured, left), the (pictured, right), and The . Laura Ingalls Wilder during her visit to the city that year.

 • A (pictured, right) consumes some 640 structures, before being extinguished by cool, humid afternoon air coming through the Golden Gate across the bay
 • is incorporated in San Mateo County
 • (pictured, right) opens in Berkeley, as the home field for the California Golden Bears football team of the University of California, Berkeley
 • The is formed to provide water and sewage treatment services to the East Bay
 • The gives its first performance, of (pictured, left), with Queena Mario and Giovanni Martinelli, conducted by founder Gaetano Merola, at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium

 • The heated, saltwater in San Francisco opens (pictured, left)
 • The original in San Francisco opens (replica arch pictured, right)
 • is incorporated in San Mateo County
 • The California Arts and Crafts is built in Campbell

 • The opens at the War Memorial Veterans Building on Van Ness Avenue in the Civic Center(Woman with a Hat by Matisse, from the museum collection, pictured, left)
 • Benjamin Franklin Davis, grandson of the man who helped develop Levi’s jeans, opens his in San Francisco
 • opens at the site of California’s third capital building (pictured, right), where the California State Legislature convened from February 3, 1853 to February 24, 1854
 • is established
 • is founded in Alameda County
 • (pictured, right) began operating in San Francisco

 • The (pictured, right), built with funds from the Civil Works Administration, opens to the public
 • The (opening day pictured, left) opens to the public
 • The (pictured, right), built by Frank Lloyd Wright at Stanford University, is completed
 • The new (pictured, right) is completed
 • is completed
 • in San Bruno is dedicated
 • The in San Francisco is completed

 • The (road sign pictured, left) is created in San Francisco for the Golden Gate International Exposition by the San Francisco Down Town Association
 • (pictured, right) is created in Tilden Park in the Berkeley Hills

 • The (poster pictured, left) opens at newly created
 • The amusement park closes in Alameda
 • is founded in a garage(pictured) in Palo Alto
 • is founded in San Francisco by the California Medical Association
 • opens, having formed from the Berkeley Buyers’ Club, which was associated with the End Poverty in California movement
 • The rooftop bar (pictured) is established at the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill in San Francisco
 • Nuclear scientist at the University of California, Berkeley wins the Nobel Prize for Physics for his invention of the cyclotron

 • The (pictured, right), near Fairfield, in Solano County, is officially activated
 • Golden Gate Park superintendent dies
 • is born in Oakland(Edwin Hawkins Singers pictured, left)

 • The weekly newspaper begins publishing in Marin County
 • The (pictured) is formed
 • is created from the merger of the Schools of Biological Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences
 • Beat Generation hangout (pictured) opens in San Francisco
 • opens in Daly City
 • has his first art exhibit at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco
 • The fast food restaurant opens in Oakland(later iconic doggie head pictured)

 • The , between Japan and part of the Allied Powers, is officially signed by 48 nations at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco (signing pictured, right)
 • in Palo Alto is completed
 • A opens in San Francisco
 • Nuclear scientist(pictured, left) at the University of California, Berkeley shares the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Edwin McMillan for “discoveries in the chemistry of the transuranium elements.”
 • The is scuttled near the , after being used as a target for the Operation Crossroads nuclear test at Bikini Atoll

 • The is held, on the day LSD becomes illegal, in Golden Gate Park, by the creators of the
 • The (pictured) forms in Berkeley, with a parade down Telegraph Avenue
 • is re-elected to California’s 8th congressional district
 • The (artifacts pictured) opens as a wing of the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum in Golden Gate Park
 • High-end clothier opens in Union Square, San Francisco
 • The is formed in Oakland by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale
 • is formed in San Francisco by Skip Spence and Matthew Katz
 • The (pictured) opens
 • (pictured) is founded in Berkeley
 • The begins publishing and distributing posters and underground comics in Berkeley
 • The weekly alternative newspaper is founded in San Francisco
 • The moves to San Francisco

 • The concert takes place at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco
 • The (poster artwork from magazine cover depicted, left) occurs at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, a prelude to the Summer of Love
 • The is established
 • (pictured, right) is formed in El Cerrito
 • magazine (current logo pictured, right) begins publishing in San Francisco
 • is formed in San Francisco by Carlos Santana(pictured, right)
 • The comes to San Francisco

 • The is held at the Altamont Speedway between Tracy and Livermore
 • is founded in Sunnyvale
 • (headquarters at the Sentinel Building pictured) is founded in San Francisco by Francis Ford Coppola
 • The (interior pictured) is founded in San Francisco
 • Clothing retailer (early logo pictured) is founded in San Francisco
 • The is established
 • The (pictured) is established
 • A People’s Park(pictured) is created by community activists on University of California, Berkeley property, off Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley
 • The building in San Francisco is completed
 • The by Native American activists begins
 • is first proposed by John McConnell at a UNESCO conference in San Francisco
 • An unidentified person sends letters to the , the , and , taking credit for two fatal shooting incidents, then sends a fourth letter to the Examiner with the salutation “Dear Editor This is the speaking.”

 • are committed in San Mateo County
 • (pictured, left) is founded in Cupertino by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne
 • Napa Valley wineries Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Chateau Montelena(pictured, right) place best in the red and white wine categories respectively, against their traditionally first ranked French competitors, in the wine tasting that becomes known as the
 • is established in San Rafael
 • Fairfield-based candy company Herman Goelitz sells their first
 • Cyra McFadden‘s first installments are published in the alternative newsweekly
 • becomes the lead anchor at KTVU news in Oakland, an early African American news anchor in a major US television market
 • television in San Francisco debuts a locally produced magazine program called

 • The places Dianne Feinstein(pictured, left), Harvey Milk(pictured, far right) and Dan White on the board
 • is founded in Santa Clara
 • opens its first store at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto
 • Members of the Joe Boys gang in Chinatown, in an assault on rival gang Wah Ching, leaving 5 people dead and 11 others injured, none of whom are gang members.
 • introduces the Apple II

 • The first are held in Santa Clara
 • in San Francisco dissolved
 • The (winery directional sign pictured, left) is established
 • The (historic marker pictured, right) is established
 • The is established in coastal waters off the Golden Gate
 • at Stanford University, along with Nicolaas Bloembergen and Kai Siegbahn, share the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work with lasers
 • 14 year old is murdered in
 • , known commonly as the “Mediterranean fruit fly”, infests the Bay Area

 • A plane heading for Buchanan Field Airport loses control and at the Sun Valley Mall in Concord
 • is established at Año Nuevo Island(pictured, left) and points in San Mateo County
 • (pictured, right) is established
 • is founded in Redwood City by Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs, after being forced out of Apple
 • The for the second time

 • The (damage pictured, left)
 • is elected mayor of San Francisco
 • Groundbreaking ceremonies take place at the in San Francisco (logo pictured, right)
 • San Francisco pornography and striptease club pioneer Jim Mitchell kills his brother and business partner Artie in Marin County
 • introduces the PowerBook line of subnotebook personal computers

21st century

 • The (Oracle Team USA yacht pictured) is held in San Francisco Bay
 • crashes while landing at San Francisco International Airport
 • An unofficial death certificate is issued for by the Alameda County coroner
 • is shot and killed by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy
 • (pictured), at California State University, East Bay, is demolished by implosion
 • opens in Rohnert Park
 • The goes online in Hayward
 • (pictured) opens in San Francisco
 • The opens
 • , a wine bar and shop serving natural wine, opens in Oakland
 • Solar Impulse begins a cross-US flight, taking off from in Mountain View
 • The (pictured), at Devil’s Slide near Pacifica, open
 • Gilead Sciences drug Sovaldi, for the treatment of hepatitis C, is approved by the FDA
 • physicist is awarded a MacArthur “Genius Grant”
 • is designated a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance
 • Cancer patient Miles Scott becomes for a day in San Francisco, turning it into Gotham City, with Mayor Ed Lee and others participating in the Make-A-Wish project

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