Upon independence from Spain in 1821, the area became part of Mexico. Under Mexican rule, the mission system gradually ended, and its lands became privatized. In 1835, Englishman William Richardson erected the first independent homestead, near a boat anchorage around what is today Portsmouth Square. Together with Alcalde Francisco de Haro, he laid out a street plan for the expanded settlement, and the town, named Yerba Buena, began to attract American settlers. Commodore John D. Sloat claimed California for the United States on July 7, 1846, during the Mexican–American War, and Captain John B. Montgomery arrived to claim Yerba Buena two days later. Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco on January 30 of the next year, and Mexico officially ceded the territory to the United States at the end of the war. Despite its attractive location as a port and naval base, San Francisco was still a small settlement with inhospitable geography.
The California Gold Rush brought a flood of treasure seekers (known as "forty-niners", as in "1849"). With their sourdough bread in tow, prospectors accumulated in San Francisco over rival Benicia, raising the population from 1,000 in 1848 to 25,000 by December 1849...wikipedia
1850 - April 15 - City of San Francisco incorporated
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1850 - September 17 - Great fire in San Francisco
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1852 - July 3 - Congress authorizes US's 2nd mint (San Francisco, California)
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1866 - TERRIBLE EXPLOSION -- GREAT LOSS OF LIFE. San Francisco, Monday, April 16.
A terrible explosion of what was supposed to be nitro glicerine, occurred at a 1:15 o'clock to-day, near WELLS, FARGO & Co.'s building. The explosion shook the earth like an earthquake for a circle of a quarter of a mile.
1868 - Built on Made Land San Francisco is so largely built on made land that the timbers of old wharves were recently exhumed half a mile from the present water front. St Joseph Herald Saint Joseph, Michigan June 13, 1868 Added: 4/3/2014 4:15:32 PM - 1 Updated: 6/15/2014 7:51:55 PM - 1
1868 - In digging a foundation in San Francisco, a heavy barrel was exhumed, and great was the excitement when it became rumored that a barrel of gold dust had been hidden there some twenty years ago. When opened, it proved to be full of very putrid flour. St Joseph Herald Saint Joseph, Michigan August 22, 1868 Added: 4/28/2014 2:44:37 PM - 1 Updated: 6/15/2014 7:52:22 PM - 1
1869 - First westbound train arrived in San Francisco
1869 - Teaching Chinese Girls Teachers are to be employed to instruct the Chinese girls in San Francisco, where they are rapidly increasing. The work is undertaken by the churches. St Joseph Herald Saint Joseph, Michigan June 19, 1869 Added: 4/3/2014 9:52:51 AM - 1 Updated: 6/15/2014 7:52:48 PM - 1
1873 - August 2 - A San Francisco cable car travels on Clay Street between Kearny and Jones Streets during its first trial run.
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1874 - A Curious Clock A Thompson, Connecticut, clock company has shipped a curious clock to San Francisco, to be placed in the tower of the greatest hotel on the continent, where it will furnish the time for 500 dials, which are to be operated by compressed air carried in pipes all over the building. The building has...Read MORE...
1876 - June 4 - An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, California, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after having left New York City.
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1887 - San Francisco experienced its greatest snowstorm of record. Nearly four inches was reported in downtown San Francisco, and the western hills of the city received seven inches. Excited crowds went on a snowball throwing rampage
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1889 - November 23 - Debut of 1st jukebox (Palais Royale Saloon, San Francisco)
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1900 - FELL ON MOLTEN GLASS. Scores Killed and Injured by the Collapse of a Roof. SEVERAL ROASTED TO DEATH. Disaster Occurred at a Football Game in San Francisco - Victims Were Hurled on a Red Hot Furnace - Bodies Drawn From the Retorts With Pokers - The Dead and Injured.
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1901 - San Francisco - By the West Gate of the World by Edwin Markham If Xenophon had journeyed westward from Athens, pressing beyond the amber caverns of the Baltic, beyond the tin mines of Thule, out past the Gates of Hercules, exactly west, across an ocean and a continent, the next Ihalalta of his men would have saluted the Pacific at the Golden Gate from the low, ...Read MORE...
1901 - February 22 - The Pacific Mail Steamship Company's SS City of Rio de Janeiro sinks entering San Francisco Bay, killing 128.
1905 - San Francisco - The popsicle was invented by 11-years-old Frank Epperson in 1905. Epperson (1894-?) lived in San Francisco, California. Epperson had left a fruit drink out overnight (with a stirrer in it), and it froze, making a new treat. His frozen treat was originally called the Epsicle. Epperson got a patent on his "frozen ice on a stick" many years later, in 1923. The Epsicle was later renamed the popsicle. Epperson also...Read MORE...
1906 - Earthquake April 18, 1906 - An earthquake in San Francisco is followed by four days of a devastating fire. An estimated 3,000 lives are lost and damage is estimated at $500 million in 1906 dollars.
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1906 - October 11 – A United States diplomatic crisis with Japan arises when the San Francisco public school board orders Japanese students to be taught in racially segregated schools.
1933 - January 5 - Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay. Before the project began, many people thought building the bridge was impossible. And when the construction started, most thought that dozens would die in the process. The rule of thumb at the time was that for every million dollars spent on a project, one person would die — and the Golden Gate...Read MORE...
1937 - May 27 – In California, the Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic. The next day, with a push of a telegraph button, President Franklin Roosevelt opened the bridge to cars, too.
The area known as the Golden Gate is the channel formed where the mouth of the San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. People used the name Golden Gate as early as 1846, even before...Read MORE...
1939 - February 18 – The Golden Gate International Exposition opens in San Francisco, California.
(11 August 1827, Heath, Massachusetts, USA - 25 December 1902, San Francisco, California, USA)
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