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|Important Dates in San Francisco History
1542, November 16 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo sailed along the coast near San Francisco and discovered the Farallones.
Rodriguez Cermeno landed in Drake's Bay, claimed the land
for Spain, and named it Puerto de San Francisco.
1769, November 2 Scouts, including José Francisco Ortega, from a Spanish expedition led by Don Gaspar de Portola, discovered the Golden Gate.
1776, March 27 A
Spanish expedition led by Juan Bautista
de Anza reached Monterey.
1846, July 7 As the Mexican-American War unfolded, the United States took possession of a portion of California which included San Francisco. The pueblo of Yerba Buena (founded in 1835) was renamed San Francisco by an ordinance published in the California Star.
1848 Gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill, setting off the Gold Rush of 1849.
1850, February 18 San
Francisco County was created by the California
1856, July 1 The Consolidation Act, combining the City and County of San Francisco, went into effect.
1861, February 15 Fort Point was completed to defend San Francisco.
1865, October 8 San Francisco was hit by a massive earthquake that caused extensive damage to the city.
1868, October 22 San Francisco was hit by another massive earthquake, causing even more damage and loss of life than the one in 1865.
1873 Jacob Davis and
Levi Stauss obtained a patent for their jeans.
1906, April 18 A magnitude 8.25 earthquake was followed by a massive firestorm. The combination of disasters destroyed about 28,000 buildings, killed about 3,000 people, and left some 225,000 persons homeless.
1915, February 20-December 4
San Francisco hosts the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The Palace of Fine Arts was built for this
1923 A portion of
Lombard was turned into the crookedest street in the
1933 The Coil Tower on Telegraph Hill was completed.
1936, November 12 The
Bay Bridge was officially opened.
1945, June 26 The United Nations World Charter of Security was signed in San Francisco.
1972 The Transamerica Building was officially opened.
1978, November 27 A disgruntled ex-city supervisor killed City Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
1989, October 17 A magnitude 7.1 earthquake caused about $3 billion worth of damage in San Francisco, in addition to the millions of dollars worth of damage done in surrounding areas.
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