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1200 b.c. Ohlone Indians settled in the area that would become Oakland
1579 Sir Francis Drake landed the south-east area of Point Reyes. HE e and his crew spent 6 weeks in the area, nailing a brass plaque claiming he land for Her Royal Majesty, the Queen of England.
1772 Spanish explores are the first Europeans visited to East Bay
1820 Luis Maria Peralta is awarded a 44,800-acre land grant from the King of Spain that includes most of present day Alameda County.
1849 During the California Gold Rush, Oakland becomes the mainland staging point for passages and cargo traveling between the Bay and Sierra Foothills.
1851 The first village post office is opened in the Oakland House, Oakland’s first hotel, at the corner of Broadway and First. The mail was addressed “Contra Costa” (the other side), until 1855 when the post office recognized the name Oakland.
1852 On May 4th, the State legislature approves incorporation of the town of Oakland, previously known as Contra Costa. Oakland built large wharves and dredging a shipping channel positioning the city as an independent point of destination.
and The Young Ladies’ Seminary, predecessors to Mills College opened in Benicia before moving to Oakland in 1871.
1853 The College School is established, one Fifth and Broadway. It later became College of California, the predecessor to the University of California. and Oakland Police Department was founded
1860 California census – Oakland’s population 1,543
1864 Oakland home served as the first county hospital. The first street paving is laid in Oakland at $3.18 per square foot.
1867 Dr. Samuel Merritt donates 155 acres of dammed tidal water, it becomes known as Merritt’s Lake, later, Lake Merritt.
1869 The Oakland Fire Department is established. Oakland becomes the western terminal of the Transcontinental Railroad.
1870 Lake Merritt is designated as a wildfowl refuge by the State Legislature, the first in North America.
1871 Mills College moves to its Oakland campus, where is remains to date.
1874 The first edition of the “Oakland Daily Evening Tribune” is printed.
1883 Heinhold’s First Last Chance Saloon opens and remains in operation. A favorite haunt of Jock London’s. Designated a historical landmark in 1998 and listed on the National Register of Historical Places in 2000.
1886 Joaquin Miller, distinguished poet purchases 70 areas of land in the Oakland Hills, naming it “The Hights”, Miller planted some 70,000 trees. The Hights became an artist retreat.
1891 First electric streetcar between Oakland and Berkeley.
1899 Endowed by Andrew Carnegie, construction of the new main library began at 14th and Grove (MLK)
Alexander Dunsmuir built the 37 room Dunsmuir House as a wedding gift to his new bride on 40 acres.
1903 Oakland’s first “skyscraper” was built. An 11 story, steel framed office building at Broadway and 13th, the Union Savings Bank building.
1906 After San Francisco earthquake, Oakland’s population more than doubles.
1914 Designed by J.J. Donovan, the Oakland Civic Auditorium opened on the south shore of Lake Merritt. It was described as “a California Million Dollar Amusement and Recreational Palace”.
1915 Julia Morgan, an Oakland native and the first women to attend the Ecole de Beaux Art in Paris, France designed the YMCA building at 1515 Webster.
1916 Russell Durant established Durant Field at East 14th and 82nd, the site of Oakland International Airport.
1920 The first transcontinental airmail landed at Durant Field.
1925 Lake Merit “Necklace of Lights” is lit for the first time. 126 Lamppost with 3,400 light bulbs shined until blackout conditions of World War II in 1941.
and C.L. Dellums helps establish the first African American trade union in the history of the United States, Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. In 1995, Oakland’s new train station was named in his honor.
1926 The Grand Lake Theater opens with its mighty Wurlitzer organ.
1927 The first successful flight between Oakland and Hawaii
1928 The Fox Theater opens, one of the larges west coast stages.
1929 East Bay Municipal Utilities District completed Pardee damn and Mokeluume aqueduct, delivering fresh water from the Sierra Mountains. Pardee Damn becomes the highest in the world.
1931 The Paramount Theater, designed by Timothy Pfluger to be built.
1932 Oakland Municipal Rose Garden blooms for the first time.
1934 Voter approve the establishment of the East Bay Regional Park District which grew from 10,000 acres of former watershed lands to 50,000 acres in the East Oakland Hill and another 42,000 acres in Contra Costa.
1935 Alameda County Courthouse begins construction on the shore of Lake Merit.
1936 Oakland - San Francisco Bay Bridge opens, one month before the Golden Gate Bridge.
1937 The Broadway lower level tunnel connects Oakland with Contra Costa.
and Amelia Earhart begins her ill-fated around the world flight from Oakland Municipal Airport.
1941 Port of Oakland voluntarily turns over to the Armed Forces to help the wartime efforts. The development and construction of Oakland Army Base and the Naval Supply Base become a vital part of the effort.
1942 The Permanent Foundation Hospital is dedicated in Oakland, the first of Henry J. Kaiser’s health plan hospitals.
1943 Oakland leads West Coast cities with more than 35% of entire West Coast cargo shipping from the Port of Oakland.
1944 The “Mai Tai Cocktail” is created at Trader Vic’s
1948 The last street car, Grove Street No. 5 is retired. Motor buses replaced trolleys.
1950 Children’ Fairyland opens, Walt Disney’s inspiration for Disneyland.
1952 Oakland celebrated the Centennial.
1953 Oakland Board of Education organizes the Oakland Junior College with separate campuses. In 1964, it was renamed Peralta School District.
1960 Oakland Raiders start playing in an upstart American Football League.
1964 Construction of BART begins
1965 Oakland Public Library begins bookmobile service
1966 Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton organize the Black Panther Party for Self Defense at Oakland City College, presently Merritt College.
1969 Oakland Museum opens, one of the most architecturally interesting museums in the country.
1971 The Golden State Warriors settle into the Oakland – Alameda County Arena.
1972 Oakland A’s win their first World Championship since relocating from Kansas City.
1973 Oakland A’s win their second World Championship.
1974 BART opens the Transbay tube.
and Oakland A’s win their third straight World Championship.
1975 Golden State Warriors take the NBA Championship in a 4-game sweep over the Washington Bullets
1977 Oakland Raiders win their first NFL championship, Super Bowl XI
1981 Oakland Raider win Super Bowl XV
1989 Loma Prieta earthquake collapses the Cypress Freeway. Forty – five people perish.
1993 Oakland A’s, Ricky Henderson steals his 1066th base and becomes the world’s al time leader in bases stolen!
1995 President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 165-foot-long “Floating White House”, the Potomac opens for dockside tours in Jack London Square after extensive renovations.
1998 The Downtown Historical District encompassing 58 structures and 6 city blocks is listed on the National Register of Historical Places in recognition of its historical and architectural significance.
2000 US censes 399,484 residents in Oakland and ranks Oakland residents eighth in the U.S. in overall educational achievements.
2000 – 2005 The Wall Street Journal ranks Oakland #1 office market in the US.
2001 Forbes magazine ranks Oakland the 10th best city for business in the world based on U.S. census and date.
2003 Oakland Public Library celebrates its 125the anniversary.
2007 Wildfire in the Oakland Hills burned over 400,000 acres, destroying 1,300 homes.
2015 The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavilers in game 6 to the NBA Championship.
2017 The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavs to win the NBA Championship and bring “Larry” back home.
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