Timeline San Francisco 1960-1969

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1960        Jan, The San Francisco Examiner (a Hearst newspaper) offered Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982) a job writing a weekly column. He accepted and by May 1961 the column had proved popular enough that he was asked to do two and sometimes even three per week. Rexroth wrote some 700 columns for the Examiner until June 1967, when he was fired after writing a particularly scathing article about the American police.
    (www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/sfe/)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Rexroth)

1960        Jan, In San Francisco a drug sweep in North Beach netted 23 arrestees, mostly for marijuana possession.
    (SFC, 3/21/15, p.C2)

1960        Feb 3, Candlestick Park, the new home of the SF Giants baseball team, was officially turned over to the team.
    (SFEC,12/797, Z1 p.4)(SSFC, 1/31/10, DB p.42)

1960        Feb, In San Francisco the Villa Taverna restaurant opened at No. 27 Hotaling as a private social club to celebrate Italian culture and cuisine. The street was originally called Jones Alley and had been renamed in honor of Anson Hotaling, owner of a nearby distillery, who convinced firefighters in 1906 not to explode nearby structures.
    (SSFC, 9/13/09, p.N1)

1960        Mar 9, San Francisco Mayor George Christopher visited Moscow and accepted lavish gifts from Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
    (SSFC, 3/7/10, DB p.46)

1960        Apr 12, The SF Giants made their opening day debut in the new Candlestick stadium before 42,000 fans. The stadium was built by Charles Harney (d.1962), a friend of Mayor Christopher, who also sold 41 acres to the city at $66,853 per acre. He had purchased the land just a few years earlier at $2,100 per acre. Harney received $7 million for building the stadium and was named director of the corporation set up to build the stadium. The stadium was designed by architect John S. Boles. A radiant heating system for the 2nd tier seats failed to work.
    (SFC, 5/3/01, p.A8)(SFC, 4/10/10, DB p.50)(SFC, 12/21/13, p.C2)

1960        Apr 27, France’s Gen. Charles de Gaulle flew into San Francisco and was welcomed by a 21-gun salute and some 250,000 people along his downtown motorcade.
    (SSFC, 4/25/10, DB p.54)

1960        Apr, In San Francisco the new 12-story Jack Tar Hotel opened on Van Ness Avenue. It featured a 2-acre 4th floor patio with a circular swimming pool and rectangular year-round ice rink. In 1982 it was sold, remodeled and renamed as the Cathedral Hotel. In 2009 it was slated for demolition to make way for a new California Pacific Medical Center to open in 2015. Demolition began in late 2013.
    (SFC, 10/31/09, p.C1)(SFC, 11/19/13, p.D1)

1960        May 13, Bill Mandel was brought before a House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) committee at SF City Hall concerning his broadcasts at KPFA radio and KQED TV about press and periodicals of the Soviet Union. His TV show was canceled but he continued broadcasting at KPFA. There was a protest over the hearing and 64 people were arrested as police turned on fire hoses to quell the disturbance. The event led Frank Cieciorka (1939-2008) to create his woodcut of a fist that became an icon of the 1960s. The film “Operation Abolition" was later made depicting the riots. The ACLU called the film a propaganda job.
    (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2501072550238174626#)(SFEC, 9/29/96, DB p.44)(SFEC, 7/26/98, p.D1,4)(SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)(SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.1)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)(SFC, 11/29/08, p.B5)(SSFC, 2/6/11, DB p.42)

1960        May 14, Some 2-5,000 people marched against the HUAC proceedings at City Hall and the police actions against protestors.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.1)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)

1960        Jun, A SF judge dismissed all charges against 63 of the people arrested May 13 at the HUAC protests.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)

1960        Sep 13, VP Richard Nixon campaigned in San Francisco and 40,000 came to Union Square as he promised to keep the US military as the strongest in the world.
    (SSFC, 9/12/10, DB p.50)

1960        Sep 20, David Park (b.1911), a SF Bay Area figurative painter, died at 49. His work included: "Man in a T-Shirt" and  "Untitled" (1958), "Torso" (1959). He made the 1st serious break with Abstract Expressionism in his 1950  painting "Kids of Bikes." In 2012 Nancy Boas authored “David Park: A Painter’s Life."
    (SFEC, 12/1/96, DB p.21)(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A20)(SFEM, 9/21/97, p.31)(WSJ, 12/3/01, p.A17)(SSFC, 5/6/12, p.F7)

1960        Oct, In San Francisco the Co-Existence Bagel Shop closed in North Beach. The owner cited a sick city administration and a psychopathic police department for his decision.
    (SFC, 3/21/15, p.C2)

1960        Nov 15, In San Francisco groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the $3.2 million, 800-car underground garage at Portsmouth Square.
    (SSFC, 11/14/10, DB p.50)

1960        Nov 30, In San Francisco demolition began of the old Fontana spaghetti factory on North Point Street. It will be replaced by twin 17-story towers, the Fontana East and Fontana West, each with 130 apartments. The old warehouse, built between 1868 and 1870, was first used as a woolen mill and converted to a spaghetti factory around the turn of the century.
    (SSFC, 11/28/10, DB p.50)

1960        Dec 10, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a third of a million fifths of an exotic moonshine, known as bok chow, were being distilled in Chinatown. A recent raid at 1555 Mason St. gave up 22 gallons.
    (SSFC, 12/5/10, DB p.50)

1960        Sargent Johnson (1888-1967), African-American artist in SF, made his diorite "Rape."
    (SFEC, 4/12/98, DB p.43)
1960        Marilyn Horne made her SF Opera debut with "Wozzeck."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.44)
1960        Herb Caen, SF newspaper columnist, wrote his 6th book "Only in San Francisco."
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A13)
1960        Turk Murphy and pianist Pete Clute (d.2001 at 67) opened the Earthquake McGoon’s club on lower Broadway. In 1962 they moved to the old William Tell Hotel on Clay St. In 1978 McGoon’s move briefly to the Embarcadero.
    (SFC, 5/30/01, p.A17)
1960        In San Francisco the 20-story Pacific Height Towers, designed by John Sardis, was built at 2200 Sacramento St.
    (SSFC, 6/8/14, p.C3)
1960        In San Francisco the 22-story Int’l. Building at 601 California St. was built.
    (SSFC, 2/17/13, p.C2)
1960        Cruz Luna opened Casa Madrid and featured a flamenco show with Rosa Montoya, her partner Ciro and guitarist Adonis Puertas, all gypsies from Spain.
    (SFEC,10/26/97, DB p.41)
1960        In San Francisco work was finished on a subterranean parking garage under Civic Center Plaza. Architect Douglas Baylis was hired to design the rooftop deck. The garage opened in 1961.
    (SFC, 8/15/12, p.F3)
1960        The new Hall of Justice on Bryant St. was constructed and included Jail No. 2.
    (SFC, 6/4/99, p.A18)
1960        Gladys Cox Hansen founded City Guides, a program to involve the citizens of SF with the history of their city.
    (SFC, 4/14/96, p.Z1, p.3)
1960        George Koltanowski, chess column writer for the SF Chronicle, set a world record when he defeated 56 opponents consecutively while blindfolded.
    (SFC, 2/7/00, p.A21)
1960        The Oakland Raiders began play in the fledgling American Football League at Youell Field, Kezar Stadium and the new Candlestick Park.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W39)
1960        Harold Dobbs (1918-1994) served as acting mayor of San Francisco. A close political ally of Mayor George Christopher, Dobbs served on several occasions as Acting Mayor in Christopher's absence and was considered heir apparent to the mayor's office. In 1963 Dobbs lost his first run for mayor in a three-way race behind Congressman Jack Shelley.
    (www.sfhistoryencyclopedia.com/articles/d/dobbsHarold.html)
1960        SF voters approved a new Asian Art Museum.
    (SFC, 4/22/00, p.A19)
1960        Only 6 black officers were part of the 1,700 member police force.
    (SFC, 10/7/97, p.A23)
1960        The musicians union was segregated until this year. The all-white Local 6 agreed to merge with the black Local 669.
    (SFEC, 2/8/98, DB p.34)
1960        SF State College became one of several under a state Master Plan for Higher Education.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)
1960        Julian Richardson (d.2000 at 84) opened his "Marcus Bookstore" on Fillmore Street.
    (SFC, 8/22/00, p.A19)
1960s    Herbert Huncke, beat poet, lived a short while in SF with the poet Janine Pommy-Vega.
    (SFC, 8/9/96, p.A19)

1961        Jan 6, in San Francisco a fire swept through the buck-a-night Thomas Hotel at 971 Mission St. killing 19 people and injuring 38.
    (SSFC, 1/2/11, p.42)

1961          Jan 10, Dashiell Hammett (66), author, died in NYC  from throat cancer. In 1983 Diane Johnson authored his biography. His books included “The Maltese Falcon" and “The Thin Man," both of which were turned into films. He wrote “The Maltese Falcon" while living in San Francisco at 891 Post St., which was also given as the address of detective Sam Spade.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0358591/)(SFC, 6/7/04, p.C2)
1961        Jan 10, In San Francisco a 25-foot grey whale died after getting trapped under Pier 50C at Mission Rock Terminal. Humane officers fired soft-nosed and armor piercing bullets into its skull to try to put the animal out of its misery.
    (SSFC, 1/9/11, DB p.42)

1961        Mar 15, In San Francisco a 12-ton statue of St. Francis, created by Benny Bufano, was removed from the front of St. Francis of Assisi Church at 610 Vallejo St. and taken to Oakland.
    (SSFC, 3/13/11, DB p.42)

1961        Mar 27, In San Francisco the hiring of the city’s first Negro milk route driver precipitated name calling an argument between Mayor George Christopher and Terry Francois, head of the local NAACP. The mayor said Teamsters Local 226 would not let Negroes into the union. Christopher, owner of Christopher Dairy Farms, had hired William Garrick (24) to run a route in South San Francisco serving schools and restaurants.
    (SSFC, 3/27/11, DB p.42)

1961        Apr 3, In San Francisco thousands of people took part in the 39th Easter Sunrise Service on Mount Davidson.
    (SSFC, 4/3/11, DB p.46)

1961        Apr 25, SF Giants baseball games began to appear on TV.
    (SSFC, 4/24/11, DB p.46)

1961        Apr 30, Willie Mays of the SF Giants hit 4 home runs in a game with the Milwaukee Braves.
    (SFC, 1/12/98, p.A18)

1961        May 28, SF lawyer Willie Brown (27) charged that he has been rebuffed by salesmen while trying to look at a model home in the Forest Knolls tract of San Francisco.
    (SSFC, 5/29/11, DB p.46)

1961        Jun, Margot Patterson Doss (d.2003) in her 1st SF Chronicle column invited the public to look behind the gates of Fort Funston, slated to be sold to developers. The fort was saved and became part of the GGNRA.
    (SFC, 1/17/03, p.A20)

1961        Aug 2, In San Francisco a shooting at 924 Grant Ave. in Chinatown left George Kwan (56) dead and Peter Kwan (52) wounded. They were both members of the Four Families Association. Lew Fook You (55), also an association member, was taken into custody.
    (SSFC, 7/31/11, DB p.42)

1961        Aug 14, SF vice squad stage an early morning raid at a restaurant at Bush and Taylor and jailed 103 people. All but 14 were men accused of dancing together and kissing. Of 242 patrons 139 escaped.
    (SSFC, 8/14/11, DB p.42)

1961        Sep 14, SF vice squad stage an early morning raid at the Tay-Bush Inn, a restaurant at Bush and Taylor, and jailed 103 people. All but 14 were men accused of dancing together and kissing. Of 242 patrons 139 escaped. Police arrested 103 of an estimated 242 patrons in the “biggest action of its kind." Charges against all but 2 of those arrested were later dropped (1st source says August 14).
    (SSFC, 8/14/11, DB p.42)(SFC, 6/21/13, p.C3)

1961        Oct 4, In San Francisco comedian Lenny Bruce was arrested on charges of using lewd and obscene language following his first act at the Jazz Workshop in North Beach. Police code No. 205 was cited. Bail was set at $367.50. Bruce was successfully defended by attorney Albert Bendich.
    (SSFC, 10/2/11, DB p.42)(SFC, 1/14/15, p.D3)

1961        Oct 8, In San Francisco Rev. Patrick Peyton, who traveled the world holding what he called “Rosary Rallies," led a rosary at the polo field of Golden Gate Park and drew an estimated crowd of 500,000. In 2011 some 1,000 people celebrated the rally’s 50th anniversary.
    (SSFC, 10/16/11, p.C9)

1961        Dec 27, Tony Bennett, starring in the Venetian Room of the SF Fairmont Hotel, made his 1st solo public performance of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco."  The song was written by George Cory and Douglass Cross in 1954 and had languished in obscurity for years.
    (SSFC, 2/4/07, p.F1)(SFC, 1/25/12, p.A11)(SFC, 2/16/12, p.A13)

1961        Joan Sutherland made her SF Opera debut in "Lucia di Lammermoor."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.44)
1961        In San Francisco construction began on the Diamond Heights development project.
    (SFC, 4/17/13, p.E5)
1961        San Francisco dug an underpass at Fillmore and Geary St. turning Geary into an 8-lane expressway. In 2014 a plan was afoot to restore Geary to its former boulevard status.
    (SFC, 2/6/14, p.A1)
1961        In SF the two curved, 17-story Fontana Towers were built over Aquatic Park by Robert D. Fraser (d.2000 at 80). The construction blocked view from Russian Hill. City officials slapped a 40-foot height limit along the waterfront.
    (SFC, 10/22/04, p.A20)(SSFC, 4/27/08, p.B3)
1961        The Standard Building Company began a housing development called Forest Knolls on the western slope of Mt. Sutro. The homes were not available for black buyers and the issue prompted protests led by Willie Brown. City Hall under Mayor George Christopher did not move to evict the protestors who included Oscar Peterson and Diane Berman (later Feinstein).
    (SFEM, 11/17/96, p.9-10)
1961        The SF Fairmont Hotel added a 29-story addition at the corner of Powell and Sacramento. Owners in 2005 planned to turn it into 60 condominiums.
    (SFC, 7/21/05, p.E1)
1961        The Hall of Flowers was built in Goldengate Park. It was renamed the County Fair Building in the 1980s.
    (SFC, 7/29/97, p.A7)
1961        In San Francisco Alex Esclamado (1929-2012) founded the Philippine News out of his Sunset District family home. In 1972 it became a megaphone for the those opposing the rule of Pres. Marcos. In 1989 Esclamado received the Philippine Legion of Honor crediting his defense of democracy.
    (SFC, 11/16/12, p.C6)
1961        The SF Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation was founded by Martha Alexander Gerbode, a descendant of a New England missionary family.
    (SFC, 4/30/98, p.A16)
1961        SF established a hotel tax under Mayor Christopher to be used for cultural activities.
    (SFC,12/9/97, p.E3)
1961        Frederick D. Smith (d.2001 at 84), former Tuskegee Airman, joined the city’s Office of Public Defender as its 1st black member.
    (SFC, 4/27/01, p.D8)
1961        In San Francisco new policemen were being hired for $591 per month with periodic raises up to $641 at the end of four years. Requirements this year included the ability to lift a 150-pound bag of sand.
    (SSFC, 10/23/11, p.42)
1961        The old SF Mint was declared a National Historic Landmark.
    (SSFC, 1/28/03, p.E6)
1961        Dave Karp (b.1916) opened his first hardware store on Cole Street near Golden Gate Park. By 2012 the family-owned chain numbered 4 SF stores.
    (SSFC, 6/10/12, p.A2)

1961-1973    Raymond Nilsson (d.1998 at 82) of Australia performed with the SF Opera as the leading tenor.
    (SFC, 4/20/98, p.A17)

1962        Jan 21, Snow fell in the SF Bay Area and accumulated to about 3 inches in Daly City and San Francisco. This was the heaviest local snowfall since 1887.
    (SFC, 2/23/11, p.A10)(SSFC, 1/22/12, DB p.42)

1962        Jan 27, The SF Bay Area hosted the Chubby Checker Twist Party at the Cow Palace. 17,000 fans made it the 1st big rock concert in Bay Area history.
    (SFC, 1/26/02, p.D1)

1962        Mar 2, Willie Brown won the endorsement of the SF Council of Democratic Clubs.
    (SFEM, 11/17/96, p.17)

1962        Mar 23, Pres. John F. Kennedy visited San Francisco and spoke at UC Berkeley on the 100th anniversary of the Morrill Act. “For this university and so many other universities across our country owe their birth to the most extraordinary piece of legislation this country has ever adopted, and that is the Morrill Act, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in the darkest and most uncertain days of the Civil War, which set before the country the opportunity to build the great land grant colleges of which this is so distinguished a part. Six years later this university obtained its Charter."
    (http://tinyurl.com/6fbdog)

1962        Jul 23, In San Francisco a 10-ton granite and bronze monument to Robert Louis Stevenson was returned to Portsmouth Square as the 800-car underground parking garage was completed.
    (SSFC, 7/22/12, DB p.42)

1962        Oct 3, The SF Giants beat the LA Dodgers to win baseball's National League Pennant.
    (SFC, 11/24/99, p.E9)

1962        Oct 8, Pres. Eisenhower VP Richard Nixon visited San Francisco as the SF Giants beat the NY Yankees in a World Series baseball game.
    (SSFC, 10/7/12, DB p.46)

1962        Oct 12, Columbus Day storms washed out the 1962 World Series game at Candlestick Park in SF. A storm from the Gulf of Alaska took on moisture from Typhoon Freda and caused 4 days of rainouts during the World series.
    (SFCM, 9/25/05, p.4)(SFC, 11/3/12, p.A6)

1962        Oct 17, The SF Giants lost to the NY Yankees 1-0 in the 7th game of the
World Series at Candlestick Park.
    (SSFC, 10/14/12, DB p.46)

1962        Dec 11, In San Francisco the L’Italia building at Stockton and Green fell under the wrecker’s ball. The 45-year-old building had housed the largest Italian-language newspaper this side of New York. The newspaper, founded in 1886 had merged with the La Voce Popolo in 1939. It now moved to new quarters at 70 Otis Street.
    (SSFC, 12/9/12, DB p.46)

1962        Tony Bennett won his first Grammy Award for “I Left My Heart in San Francisco," the record of the year. It was the B side of a record that featured “Once Upon a Time" on the A side.
    (SFC, 1/25/12, p.A11)
1962        Seiji Ozawa made his debut as guest conductor with the SF Symphony.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.44,45)
1962        The SF Symphony performed the "Ode for Trumpet" by Walter Tolleson (d.1997 at 72).
    (SFC,10/31/97, p.A24)
1962        Turk Murphy moved his jazz band and Earthquake McGoon’s club to the old William Tell Hotel on Clay St. In 1978 McGoon’s move briefly to the Embarcadero.
    (SFC, 5/30/01, p.A17)
1962        The SF Ballet performed its last season as the resident dance company of the SF Opera Company.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.45)
1962        The film "Birdman of Alcatraz" was released. It had been shot in the Bay Area.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, DB, p.39)
1962        San Francisco’s new Lowell High School campus opened on 27 acres at Eucalyptus Drive off 19th Avenue.
    (SFC, 5/26/12, p.A9)
1962        SF Bay Area property developer Joseph Eichler constructed a set of 2-story townhouses on Amber Drive and Amethyst Way in SF.
    (SSFC, 2/10/13, p.C4)
1962        The Palace of Fine Arts, designed by Bernard Maybeck, was rebuilt in concrete.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W30)
1962        The Gleneagles Golf Course was built in McLaren Park by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Dept. with a design by Jack Fleming.
    (SSFC, 2/14/10, p.C1)
1962        Jack Early (d.1997 at 82), urban conservationist, began working on the "Jack E. Early Park" at the crest of Pfeiffer St. off Grant on the rocky ridge of Telegraph Hill. He spent the rest of his life working on the mini-park. He was a descendent of Gen’l. Jubal Early of the Confederate Army and a classmate of Herb Caen in Sacramento.
    (SFC, 1/2/98, p.C25)
1962        Shunryu Suzuki (aka Suzuki Roshi), a Buddhist priest from Japan, together with his students founded the San Francisco Zen Center out of a small temple in Japantown. The group later moved to a brick building in Hayes Valley designed by Julia Morgan.
    (SFC, 3/12/12, p.A1)
1962        In San Francisco Bernard Mayes (1929-2014), a gay British Episcopal worker-priest priest and founding station manager of KQED, started the first suicide hotline in the US.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Mayes)(SFC, 10/29/14, p.E11)
1962        Joseph Thomas McGucken succeeded Archbishop Mitty as Archbishop of SF and served until 1977. McGucken was the city's 5th Catholic archbishop.
    (SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A22)
1962        Franklin Mieuli (1920-2010), SF Bay Area radio and TV producer, brought the Warriors basketball team from Philadelphia to SF with superstar Wilt Chamberlain. Mr. Mieuli and 32 partners purchased the Warriors from Eddie Gottlieb for $850,000. The SF Warriors basketball team chose the Cow Palace in Daly City, Ca., as its new arena. In 1986 Mieuli sold his share in the team to Jim Fitzgerald for a reported $16-19 million.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W39)(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W29)(SFC, 2/28/08, p.A11)(SFC, 4/26/10, p.A8)
1962        Willie Brown was chosen as "Man of the year" by the local Sun-Reporter, leading newspaper of the black community, published by Dr. Carlton Goodlet.
    (SFEM, 11/17/96, p.12)
1962        Mayor George Christopher talked Contra Costa Supv. Joseph Silva into agreeing to let Contra Costa voters vote on BART. Legislation required that 3 counties participate in the BART project and up to that time only San Francisco and Alameda Counties had agreed.
    (SFC, 1/7/97, p.A19)
1962        SF levied a 3% tax on all hotel rooms to support cultural activities. By 1997 the tax stood at 14%. A portion of the revenue was allocated to the SF Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Bureau merged this year with Californians Inc., an advertising firm for SF and Northern and Central Ca.
    (SFC,12/9/97, p.E3)(SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W43)
1962        Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin escaped from Alcatraz and disappeared into the SF Bay. Their fate was never resolved.
    (SFC, 7/9/96, p.20)
1962        The government padlocked Ann’s 400 Club in North Beach for nonpayment of taxes and owner Ann Dee (1920-2005) was forced to sell.
    (SSFC, 4/10/05, p.A17)
1962        The House of Bagels introduced the bagel to San Francisco.
    (SFC, 10/16/96, zz1 p.6)
1962        Transcontinental Properties purchased the Mark Hopkins Hotel. John Philip Parsons (1925-1996) became executive vice president and helped revive the hotel.
    (SFC, 10/14/96, p.A23)
1962        Manuel G. Bonilla (d.2006 at 85), USGS geologist, discovered and mapped an ancient fault in San Francisco that ran from Cow Palace northwest to the sand dunes of the Richmond district. It was named the City College of SF Fault.
    (SFC, 2/23/06, p.B7)
1962        The 1891 St. Mary’s Cathedral on Van Ness was destroyed by fire.
    (SFC, 8/20/98, p.B4)

1963        Jan 2, In San Francisco a gas pipeline leak at Nevada and Crescent Ave. in Bernal Heights caused a blast that left 9 firefighters injured and led to heart attack death of Battalion Chief Frank Lamey (63).
    (SSFC, 6/26/11, p.A1, 16)

1963        Mar 21, The Alcatraz federal prison island in San Francisco Bay was emptied of its last inmates at the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
    (SFC, 6/29/96, p.E4)(SFC, 5/19/96,City Guide, p.7)(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A12)(AP, 3/21/97)

1963        Apr 27, San Francisco real estate developer Marvin L. Sheldon said he wants no negroes in any of the homes he has built in Golden Gate Heights. He recently rejected a $39,950 offer by Wilt Chamberlain, star of the San Francisco Warriors, for a home.
    (SSFC, 4/28/13, p.50)

1963        Jul 2, Juan Marichal (25), pitcher for the SF Giants, dueled for 16 innings with Warren Spahn (42), of the Milwaukee Braves in a 5-hour game at Candlestick. Willie Mays hit the 428th pitch of the night over left field.
    (www.nytimes.com/2008/07/02/sports/baseball/02nohit.html)

1963        Jul 26, In San Francisco The Fly Trap restaurant at 73 Sutter St. closed to make room for the 43-story Wells Fargo Tower.
    (SSFC, 7/21/13, p.42)

1963        Jul, Gov. Pat Brown appointed Joseph Kennedy to the SF Municipal Court bench. He was the city’s 2nd African American to be appointed judge.
    (SFEM, 11/17/96, p.18)

1963        Aug 11, The Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. said San Francisco’s Parkmerced community, with a population of some 8,000, will be open to negroes.
    (SSFC, 8/11/13, DB p.42)

1963        Sep 5, In San Francisco burlesque patrons viewed the last show of the President Follies at 60 McAllister St.
    (SSFC, 9/1/13, DB p.42)

1963        Sep 15, The Alou brothers-Felipe, Matty, & Jesus-appeared in the San Francisco outfield for 1 inning.
    (MC, 9/15/01)

1963        Nov 3, San Francisco police arrested 48 protesters at Mel’s Drive-In at 3355 Geary Blvd. They claimed that Mel’s, owned by Supervisor Harold Dobbs, refuses to hire Negroes for non-menial jobs.
    (SSFC, 11/3/13, DB p.42)

1963        Nov, The Campus CORE and W.E.B. DuBois Club organized pickets at Select Realty, a rental firm that only served whites, and 3 Mel’s Drive In restaurants.
    (SFEM, 11/17/96, p.20)

1963        John Campbell Bruce (1906-1996) wrote "Escape From Alcatraz." It was based on a true 1962 escape. The book was turned into a film in 1979.
    (SFC, 7/9/96, p.20)
1963        Josef Krips succeeded Enrique Jorda to lead the SF Symphony.
    (SFEC, 8/10/97, p.B9)
1963        In San Francisco the 4,000-plus seat Fox Theater at 10th and Market, designed by Thomas Lamb and opened in 1929, was demolished.
    (SSFC, 5/25/14, p.C2)
1963        Thomas Fong (d.2000 at 87) founded the Wax Museum. The Wax Museum opened at 145 Jefferson, an old grain mill, on Fisherman’s Wharf with an exhibit by a Canadian crook following the Seattle World’s Fair. Thomas Fong had his own figures made and reopened in 1964. In 1999 Rodney Fong, grandson of the founder, closed the museum as part of a $15 million remodeling program.
    (SFEC, 7/12/98, DB p.31)(SSFC, 11/26/00, p.D9)
1963        The Chinese Historical Society of America opened in SF. It was the first of its kind in the country.
    (SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1 p.6)
1963        In San Francisco the steam lumber schooner Wapama (b.1915) went on display at the Hyde Street Pier. It had operated on the Alaskan coast until about 1947 and was purchased by the state in 1957 to be a museum ship. it was the only survivor of some 225 steam powered schooners built for maritime trade on the pacific coast. In 2011 the National Park Service decided to dismantle it due to old age and dry rot.
    (SFC, 5/19/11, p.C5)
1963        Phillip Burton engineered the election of Congressman John F. Shelley as mayor of SF. This opened the seat for Burton. Shelley had been opposed by Harold Dobbs, owner of Mel’s Drive In restaurants.
    (SFEM, 11/17/96, p.20)
1963        George Moscone made his first run for the SF Board of Supervisors. He served on the board from 1963-1966.
    (SFC, 9/13/96, p.E2)(SFC, 11/26/98, p.A19)
1963         The Cannery was converted to a shopping mall by Manchurian immigrant Leonid Matveyeff (Leonard Martin). Inigo Jones in 1608 built an oak-paneled hall for Queen Elizabeth’s ambassador to France. The room was later bought intact by William Randolph Hearst and shipped to New York. It was later purchased by the developer of the SF Cannery and shipped to SF. It was set up as the interior of Jack’s.
    (SFEC, 7/12/98, DB p.30,32)
1963        The Proctor & Gamble Company purchased the SF based Folger Coffee. In 1994 P&G closed the Folgers plant in South San Francisco, the brands last presence in the Bay Area.
    (SFC, 6/28/97, p.D2)(SFC, 6/5/08, p.C2)
1963        Jan, The San Francisco produce market, begun in 1875 and displaced by development, moved from the Embarcadero to the Bayview.
    (SFC, 5/15/12, p.C5)
1963        Jim Small, a member of the SF Dolphin Club, was run over by a boat while on a 5-mile swim from Sausalito to Aquatic Park. His left leg was severed by the boat's propellers and he died 3 days later.
    (SFCM, 1/25/04, p.12)

1963-1969    Rev. Charles W. Dullea S.J. (d.2004) served as the 22nd president of USF.
    (SSFC, 6/13/04, p.B7)

1964        Jan 9, In San Francisco the Civil Service Commission voted unanimously to uphold the firing of Juvenile Probation Officer James A. Forstner, who refusing to shave his beard.
    (SSFC, 1/5/14, DB p.42)

1964        Jan 27, In San Francisco the California Meat Co. and its 50 butchers moved from its 2-story building at Montgomery and merchant to a modern building at 750 Brannan.
    (SSFC, 1/26/14, DB p.42)

1964        Mar 9, A group of 5 Lakota (Sioux) Native Americans occupied Alcatraz Island in a peaceful protest. They declared that it should be a Native American cultural center and university.
    (SFC, 5/19/96,City Guide, p.7)(G, Summer ‘97, p.4)

1964        Mar 1, In San Francisco demonstrations began at the Sheraton-Palace Hotel over hiring practices.
    (SFC, 3/1/14, p.A1)

1964        Mar 3, In San Francisco two days after protests at the Palace Hotel, demonstrators gathered to protest the hiring practices of the Cadillac salesroom on Van Ness. Student activist, Terence Hallinan, was arrested in a 2-day of protest against racial discrimination in hiring at the Sheraton Palace Hotel.
    (SFEC, 10/20/96, BR, p.6)(SFEM, 11/17/96, p.27)

1964        Mar 14, In San Francisco over 200 demonstrators invaded the Cadillac agency at Van Ness Avenue and O’Farrell over alleged discriminatory hiring practices. Police arrested 166 people and attorney Patrick Hallinan arranged their bail releases.
    (SSFC, 3/9/14, DB p.42)

1964        Apr, In San Francisco demonstrators waged sit-ins at 3 automobile showrooms and 226 were arrested. The SF sit-ins spread to 50 major cities across the US. A pact was reached between the NAACP and the Motor Car Dealer’s Association to accelerate the hiring of Negroes.
    (SFEM, 11/17/96, p.29)

1964        May 10, Victor Pasquale Morabito (45), president and managing owner of the San Francisco 49ers, died of a heart attack. His brother, Anthony J. Morabito, founder-owner of the 49ers, had died of a heart attack between halves of a 49ers-Bears game in 1957.
    (SSFC, 5/11/14, DB p.50)

1964        May 17, In San Francisco thousands gathered in Golden Gate park to rally against a proposal for a Panhandle Freeway.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, DB p.50)

1964        May 23, In San Francisco 6 people died in a fire at All Hallows Catholic Church. Panic seized some 250 people after a Samoan fire dancer’s pan of gasoline exploded from a cigarette lighter.
    (SSFC, 5/25/14, DB p.42)

1964        Jun 19, In SF publicist Davey Rosenberg (1937-1986) persuaded waitress Carol Doda (b.1937) to don a Rudi Gernreich topless bathing suit at the Condor Club. She soon had her size-34 breast injected with silicon, and her bust came to be known as Doda's "twin-44s" and "the new Twin Peaks of SF." Her fame prompted the club to erect a neon sign with blinking nipples that lasted to 1991.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Doda)(SFEC, 8/1/99, DB p.32)(SSFC, 9/11/11, DB p.46)

1964        Jul 16, In accepting the Republican presidential nomination in San Francisco (Cow Palace – Daly City), Sen. Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona said "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" and that "moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
    (AP, 7/16/97)(SSFC, 7/13/14, DB p.38)

1964        Oct 17, In San Francisco some 350,000 people came out for the Columbus Day Parade and to see Pres. Lyndon Johnson.
    (SSFC, 10/12/14, DB p.42)

1964        Oct 28, Dr. Timothy Leary (44) and Dr. Richard Alper (33), fired from Harvard Univ. for experimenting with LSD, spoke in San Francisco and said two generations hence everyone may be taking LSD weekly to increase their perceptiveness.
    (SSFC, 10/26/14, DB p.42)

1964        Oct, The 547-foot USS Horne, built at the Hunter’s Point naval shipyard in SF, was launched. It was named after Adm. Frederick J. Horne (d.1959), who played a major role in directing the Navy’s efforts in WW II. It was decommissioned in 1994. In 2008 it was scheduled to be sunk in the Pacific following target practice.
    (SFC, 6/26/08, p.B1)

1964        George Hitchcock (1914-2010), poet and playwright, founded the Kayak poetry magazine in San Francisco. He continued publishing it until 1984 after 64 issues.
    (SSFC, 9/5/10, p.C9)
1964        San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square opened as a collection of shops  and restaurants in the former Ghirardelli chocolate factory. The project was developed by William Matson Roth (1917-2014), the grandson of shipping magnate Capt. William Matson.
    (SFC, 5/31/14, p.C1)
1964        In San Francisco the Scottish Rite Masonic Center was completed at 2850 19th Ave. It was designed by architect Albert F. Roller.
    (SSFC, 1/18/15, p.C2)
1964        In San Francisco the 18-story tower at 180 Samsome was built. It was designed by architects Hertzka and Knowles.
    (SSFC, 5/4/14, p.C2)
1964        The Portsmouth Square Parking Garage opened. It was run by a nonprofit organization organized by Chinatown merchants and Harding Leong (d.1999 at 78). Leong was also an instrumental leader in the On Lok Senior Health service.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, p.D8)
1964        The new Grace Episcopal Cathedral was dedicated with its new Ghiberti doors, cast from molds of the original doors in Florence. It was completed under the leadership of Bishop James Pike, who died a mysterious death in Judea.
    (SFEM, 8/9/98, p.24)(SFC, 7/15/99, p.A19)
1964        Work began on St. Mary’s Cathedral at Gough and Geary.
    (SFEM, 8/9/98, p.25)
1964        In San Francisco the 19-story Carillon Tower was built at 1100 Gough. Architect Donald Powers Smith designed the rounded structure.
    (SSFC, 5/29/11, p.D2)
1964        In SF members of the Bay View Boat Club, founded in 1940 at Hunters Point, moved their building from Innes Ave. by barge to the Mission Rock area, where land was leased from the city.
    (SFC, 10/7/05, p.B5)
1964        John Bryan (1934-2007) quit the SF Chronicle and founded the Open City Press, San Francisco’s 1st alternative paper.
    (SSFC, 2/11/07, p.B7)
1964        Dr. Jerome M. Vaeth (d.1998 at 73) was named the founding director of the Claire Zellerbach Saroni Tumor Institute at Mt. Zion Hospital. For some 25 years he edited the textbook: "Frontiers of Radiation Therapy and Oncology," based on a SF Cancer Symposium that he originated.
    (SFC, 10/21/98, p.C3)
1964        The San Francisco Cross City Race was renamed the Bay to Breakers race.
    (SFC, 5/15/09, p.B1)
1964        California Gov. Pat Brown appointed his brother Harold C. Brown (d.1998 at 90) to the Municipal court Bench of SF. Justice Brown and Pat Brown formed the SF Chapter of the Order of Cincinnatus, which had as its credo that elected officials should promise no favors and that supporters would seek no favors.
    (SFC, 5/25/98, p.E3)
1964        George Moscone and Leo McCarthy were elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
    (SFEM, 11/17/96, p.25)
1964        Terry Francois was appointed by Mayor Jack Shelley as the first black supervisor in San Francisco. Francois was current Mayor Willie Brown’s former senior law partner. He served to 1978.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-25)(SFC, 10/23/00, p.A24)
1964        The SF Redevelopment Agency announced a plan to turn the blocks south of Market St. along Third and Fourth streets into what it calls Yerba Buena Center.
    (SFC, 10/21/04, p.A15)
1964        Willie Brown began his political career when he won his bid for the 18th Assembly District (centered in the Fillmore district). His 1962 attempt was unsuccessful. His campaign workers included George Moscone and Diane Feinstein.
    (SFEC, 10/20/96, BR, p.6)(SFEM, 11/17/96, p.12)
1964        Rotea Gilford (d.1998 at 70) became the first black inspector in the SF Police Dept.
    (SFC, 3/17/98, p.A20)
1964        In San Francisco a woman suffered minor bruises when a cable car lurched off its tracks. She said the accident caused an increase in her sexual appetite and numerous lovers over the nexst five years. She sued the city for turning her into a nymphomaniac and won a settlement for $50,000. In 2015 the FOGG Theater company debuted “The Cable Car Nymphomaniac."
    (SFC, 11/4/14, p.E1)
1964        Jean Jacobs established Citizens for Juvenile Justice, a San Francisco organization that transferred children from the juvenile justice system to social service agencies. She had recently found a 3-year-old in an isolation cell at juvenile hall.
    (SFC, 10/19/99, p.A23)
1964        The cable cars of San Francisco became a National Historic Landmark. The first cable car bell ringing competition was held.
    (SFC, 5/19/96,City Guide, p.17)(SFC, 7/19/96, p.A14)
1964        SF signed a contract with Viacom for cable TV service that was extended in 1980. In 1996 TCI purchased Viacom which had cable rights through 2005.
    (SFC, 2/4/97, p.A16)
1964        SF reported 61 killings for the year.
    (SFC,12/9/97, p.A18)

1964-1968    Jack Shelley (d.1974) served as mayor of SF.
    (SFC, 9/1/00, p.D6)

1964-1975    This period was documented by Peter Coyote (b. Peter Cohon) in his 1998 book "Sleeping Where I Fall."
    (SFEC, 4/12/98, BR p.3)

1964-1977    Rev. Edward McFadden (d.2002 at 78) served as the principal of St. Ignatius. He went on to teach English at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose.
    (SFC, 5/8/02, p.A21)

1964-1996    Pharmacist Mike Callagy ran the Arrow Pharmacy in Bernal Heights for 32 years before selling to a supermarket pharmacy.
    (SFC, 6/29/96, p.A17)

1965        Jan 1, In SF gay celebrants held a Mardi-Gras themed costume ball at California Hall on Polk Street as a benefit for the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, co-founded in 1964 by Rev. Robert Cromey and Rev. Ted McIlvenna. Police set up flood lights at the entrance and harassed some 500 couples that entered. Mayor Shelley soon called for a full accounting of the episode from Police Chief Thomas Cahill. 
    (SFC, 10/30/96, p.E7)(SSFC, 6/24/07, p.E1)(SFCM, 6/10/01, p.2)

1965        Mar 7, In San Francisco a mob of teenage boys and girls rampaged through the Mission district following the film “T.A.M.I" featuring James Brown at the Crown Theater at 2555 Mission Street.
    (SSFC, 3/8/15, p.42)

1965        Jun 7, San Francisco Mayor John F. Shelley said he could not afford the house at 115 Robin Hood forest on Mount Davidson after costs rose from an initial $75,000 to as much as $110,000 for alterations.
    (SSFC, 6/7/15, DB p.50)

1965        Aug 13, In SF the Jefferson Airplane made its first public performance opening at the new Matrix club on Fillmore. The band held an ownership interest in the club.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.4)(SFC, 11/17/08, p.E4)

1965        Sep 5, The SF Examiner declared "Haight-Ashbury - New Bohemia."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1965        Sep 16, The "original first" Sacred Concert was performed by Duke Ellington, his band, singers Esther Merrill and Jon Hendricks, dancer Bunny Briggs, the Herman McCoy Choir, drummer Louis Belson and many others at the SF Grace Cathedral.
    (SFEM, 10/3/99, p.16)

1965        Sep, The SF Chronicle and the SF Examiner began a joint operating agreement for printing and distribution.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/7/09, p.W3)

1965        Oct 16, The world’s first acid rock dance was held at Longshoreman’s Hall. Top band on the bill was the Charlatan’s with Dan Hicks, a house band from the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City. The Jefferson Airplane also made its first concert appearance. Alton Kelley (1940-2008) and 3 other people, under the name Family Dog, staged the dance concert.
    (www.chickenonaunicycle.com/FD%20Shows%20Full%20List.htm)(SFC, 6/3/08, p.B5)

1965        Dec 5, Beat poets Michael McClure and Allen Ginsberg gathered with Bob Dylan at the City Lights bookstore in SF.
    (SFC, 4/4/06, p.E1)

1965        Dec 10, The Warlocks band, renamed as the Grateful Dead, made their debut under the new name at the Fillmore Auditorium. The band began life as a Palo Alto area jug band and moved to the Haight Ashbury in 1966.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.4)(SFEC, 8/29/99, BR p.6)

1965        Jay DeFeo’s painting "The Rose" weighed a ton and was moved out of a house and later to the SF Art Institute where it languished for 26 years.
    (SFEC, 10/13/96, DB p.8)
1965        Harold Bachman (1921-2005) designed the logo for San Francisco’s Doggie Diner. In 1966 his dachshund head design was turned into a rotating giant head for the chain of diners founded by Al Ross (d.2010 at 93). Ross had founded Doggie Diner in Oakland on San Pablo and 19th Ave. in 1948 and sold his chain in 1979.
    (SFC, 10/6/05, p.B7)(SFC, 4/5/10, p.C6)(SSFC, 2/16/14, p.C1)
1965        Michael McClure’s 2-person play “The Beard" was produced in SF. Actor Richard Bright (d.2006) was arrested on an obscenity charge for language used in the production. The charges were later dismissed and set a precedent for artistic expression rights.
    (SFC, 2/21/06, p.B4)
1965        The SF-based Beau Brummels and lead singer Sal Valentino made a hit with “Laugh Laugh."
    (SFC, 2/22/06, p.E1)
1965        Singer Laura Nyro (1947-1997) made her first extended club appearance at the Hungry i coffeehouse in SF.
    (SFC, 4/10/97, p.A23)

1965        The Brundage Wing was added to the de Young Museum and became the Asian Art Museum. In 1960 Chicago Industrialist Avery Brundage gave 137 pieces of Asian art to the de Young Museum.
    (SSFC, 12/24/00, DB p.8)(SFC, 10/21/04, p.A15)
1965        In SF 1 32-story condo tower at 999 Green St. was completed. It was designed by Tibor Fecskes for Joseph Eichler.
    (www.eichlernetwork.com/ENCookin.html)
1965        In San Francisco the 16-story building at 450 Sansome St. was built with a design by architect Richard Hadley.
    (SSFC, 4/26/09, p.B3)
1965        Chevron built its headquarters building at 555 Market St. A 2nd headquarters building was later erected at 575 Market.
    (SFC, 9/6/01, p.A11)
1965        In San Francisco the Holy Virgin Cathedral was completed at 6210 Geary Blvd. The Russian Orthodox church was designed by Oleg Ivanitsky.
    (SFC, 1/25/02, p.G6)(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.C2)
1965        A small coffeehouse ministry, called Intersection for the Arts, opened in a former bar at 150 Ellis St. It had grown from 3 earlier experimental ministries.
    (SFC, 6/13/05, p.D1)
1965        Bill Graham (born as Wolfgang Grajonca), manager of the SF Mime Troupe, threw a legal defense fund raiser at the troupe’s Howard St. loft with the Jefferson Airplane, John Handy, the Fugs, Sandy Bull and others.
    (SFC,12/13/97, p.A15)(SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W30)
1965        Jose Sarria became the 1st openly gay person to run for public office in the US. He received 5,600 votes in his run for SF supervisor.
    (SFC, 2/21/05, p.B5)
1965        Jose Sarria founded The San Francisco Imperial Court, the oldest SF gay organization. He proclaimed himself Empress Jose I, widow of Emperor Joshua Norton (d.1880).
    (SFEM,10/19/97, DB p.32)
1965        In San Francisco Art Gensler founded his Gensler architectural firm. By 2014 it had become the world’s largest architectural practice with 46 offices in 14 countries.
    (SSFC, 3/16/14, p.A16)
1965        Dennis P. Jordan (1909-1996), real estate developer, organized the SF Bay Sailing Association.
    (SFC, 7/16/96, p.A14)
1965        SF Giants pitcher Juan Marichal was named MVP in the baseball All Star Game and went on to a 22-13 season.
    (SFC, 11/27/99, p.C3)
1965        Attorney Morris Lowenthal filed a lawsuit that was instrumental in unearthing a multimillion-dollar scandal in the SF tax assessor's office.
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.A22)
1965        San Francisco’s News Call-Bulletin was folded into the Examiner newspaper.
    (SFC, 3/8/96, p.A21)(SFC, 10/5/13, p.C1)
1965        Father Harry Carlin (d.2006), Jesuit priest, led a $2 million purchase of 11 acres in San Francisco’s Sunset District for a new campus for St. Ignatius College Preparatory. He had graduated from St. Ignatius in 1935.
    (SFC, 3/7/06, p.B5)
1965        Fritz Maytag saved the Anchor Brewing Co. in San Francisco when he returned it to traditional brewing methods. Maytag bought into the Anchor Brewing Co.
    (SFC, 8/7/96, p.B1)(SFC, 3/3/99, Z1 p.9)
1965        Bethlehem Steel built the Bradley, a carrier escort ship. This was its last ship that Bethlehem built at SF Pier 70 facility. During the 1960s 57 sections of underwater steel tubes for BART were created at the shipyards.
    (SSFC, 9/14/08, p.A11)
1965        Jack Spicer (40), poet, died of alcohol poisoning. The "Collected Book of Jack Spicer" was published nearly 10 years after his death. In 1998 Lewis Ellingham and Kevin Killian published "Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance. "The House That Jack Built : the Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer was also published in 1998 with an afterword by Peter Gizzi.
    (SFEC, 1/3/99, BR p.3)

1965-1970    This period is covered in the 1997 book "Beneath the Diamond Sky: Haight Ashbury 1965-1970" by Barney Hoskyns.
    (SFEC,12/21/97, p.B9)

1965-1972    Albert Johnson (d.1998 at 73) served as program director for the SF Int’l. Film Festival. He was a senior lecturer at UC Berkeley and served as director again in 1980 and 1981. He co-founded the first serious film journal in America, the Film Quarterly.
    (SFC, 10/22/98, p.C7)

1966        Jan 20, The Merry Prankster organized the Trips Festival at the SF Longshoremen’s Hall. It became 3 days of drug-infused music and partying.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W28)

1966        Feb 14, The Bank of America acquired the block to build its headquarters.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p.B1)

1966        Mar 12, A "Love Fest" in Golden Gate Park was broken up by the Fire Dept. after nearby residents mistook candles for an uncontrolled blaze.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1966        Apr, The Grateful Dead returned to Northern California from Los Angeles. They established a ranch in Novato and moved into a Victorian at 710 Haight St.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W28)

1966        May, The first SF Cinco de Mayo parade was held.
    (SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1 p.6)

1966        Jun 7, Ronald Reagan defeated SF Mayor George Christopher in the GOP primary.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F6)

1966        Jun, The SF Sutro Baths, sold to land developers, began demolition and planned to build high-rise apartments. A fire broke out and completed the destruction. The ruins became part of the Park Service in 1980.
    (SFC, 5/19/96,City Guide, p.7)(SFC, 4/14/99, Z1 p.4)

1966        Aug 11, Wilkes Bashford (33), men’s clothing retailer, opened his own shop in SF. In 2009 he filed for bankruptcy and sold his operations to Mitchells/Richards/Marshs, an East Coast company.
    (SSFC, 8/6/06, p.D1)(SFC, 11/11/09, p.A12)

1966        Aug 29, The Beatles concluded their fourth American tour with their last public concert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
    (AP, 8/29/97)

1966        Sep 20, Allen Cohen (1940-2004), published the 1st edition of the SF Oracle underground newspaper. The San Francisco Oracle featured visionary art by such renown artists as: Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, David Singer, Stanley Mouse, alongside writing firmly steeped in the past with such Beat era writers as: Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Cohen was arrested earlier in 1966 for selling a collection of erotic poetry called "The Love Book" by Lenore Kandel. Cohen was convicted and fined $50. The SF Oracle folded in 1968 following the publication of issue #12.
    (SFC, 5/1/04, p.B7)(www.sfheart.com/cohen_bio.html)

1966        Sep 23, The first Winterland concert featured the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Jefferson Airplane, and Muddy Waters.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W30)

1966        Sep, In SF the Jefferson Airplane played the band’s last show at the Matrix, the first night that Grace Slick sang with the band.
    (SFC, 11/17/08, p.E4)

1966        Oct 6, There was a Love Pageant at Golden Gate Park as the Legislature outlawed the sale and possession of LSD.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.4)

1966        Dec 31, Thousands of hippies celebrated New Year’s Eve at Golden Gate Park. Newspapers reported that they were joined by the Hells Angels and "a limited fringe group of squares."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1966        In San Francisco Chet Helms and Bill Graham put on three rock shows at the Fillmore Auditorium as partners. Graham then began renting the hall and putting on shows by himself.
    (SFC, 10/9/97, p.A17)
1966        Avery Brundage donated his extensive collection of Asian art to San Francisco. A west wing was added to the de Young Museum which became the Asian Art Museum. [see Blanchard, 1959]
    (SFEC, 10/6/96, DB p.37)(SFC, 10/3/97, p.A22)
c1966    In San Francisco the Galerie de Blanche was begun about this time by Blanche in China Basin on a pier over the Mission Channel at 1000 4th St. She later lost her lease but Blanche’s Garden was maintained.
    (flyer 10/12/96, see SFC, 11/6/91,Caen)
1966        Teresa Stratas made her SF Opera debut in "Madame Butterfly."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.45)
1966        In San Francisco the 43 story tower at 44 Montgomery St., designed by architect John Graham, was completed.
    (SSFC, 8/12/12, p.C2)
1966        The Presbyterian Church in SF paid the Industrial Areas Foundation of Saul Alinsky $200,000 to help organize poor people in the Bay Area.
    (SFC, 9/16/98, p.A5)
1966        Jerry Varnado and Jimmy Garrett organized the first Black Student Union at San Francisco State Univ.
    (SFC, 2/1/10, p.A10)
1966        Anton LaVey (d.1997) founded the Church of Satan in San Francisco. His home at 6114 California St. served as the headquarters.
    (SFC, 5/8/97, p.A22)(SFC,11/8/97, p.A22)(SFC, 1/25/99, p.A1)
1966        The SF Bay Guardian was founded by Bruc Brugmann and his wife, Jean Dibble. They ran it until 2012 when it was acquired by San Francisco Media. The last issue of the Bay Guardian was publisjhed on Oct 15, 2014.
    (SFC, 10/15/14, p.A15)
1966        In San Francisco Iranian-born topless star Yvonne D’Angers (21) chained herself to the Golden Gate Bridge to protest her threatened deportation. In 2009 Yvonne Boreta (64), accomplished painter and model died in Las Vegas. In 1965 D’Angers, her stage name, was a star witness in a trial over the legality of topless waitresses.
    (SSFC, 6/14/09, p.B3)
1966        Pres. Johnson named Lim Poon Lee as postmaster of San Francisco. To date this was the highest federally appointed position ever held by a Chinese American.
    (SFC, 11/5/09, p.C3)
1966        The Wah Ching, an organized crime group, began as a Chinese street gang in San Francisco. It went on to develop into a criminal organization, with alleged multi-international crime connections. In the late 80s the Wah Ching, with ties to Hong Kong triads, invested illegal income into legitimate businesses such as video importing and film-leasing. Members of the gang gained control over videocassette libraries and extorted merchants to lease their tapes.
    (SFC, 2/18/98, p.A7)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wah_Ching)
1966        Ronald Reuther (d.2007) took over as director of the SF Zoo. He left in 1973 to direct the Philadelphia Zoo. His uncle Carey Baldwin had directed the SF Zoo for 23 years. He and his children helped nurse a sickly baby gorilla, named Koko (b.1971), back to health. Months later he gave Stanford graduate student Penny Patterson permission to work with Koko.
    (SFC, 10/25/07, p.B7)(www.koko.org/world/signlanguage.html)
1966        In San Francisco the Career Resource Development Center was established by volunteers in Chinatown as a job-placement and training service.
    (SFC, 11/2/96, p.A21)
1966        In San Francisco Paddy Nolan (d.1996) purchased the bar concession at the Dovre Hall on 18th St. The Dovre Hall had been a community gathering place for Norwegian immigrants. The Dovre Club faced closure in 1997 when the Women’s Center decided not to renew its lease.
    (SFC, 1/28/97, p.A11)
1966        The SF Chronicle assumed sponsorship of the Bay to Breakers race.
    (Ind, 5/11/02, 12A)
1966        James L. Walker III (d.1997 at 76) challenged George Moscone for the California Senate. He was a founding member of the SF Guardsmen, a charitable organization that raised money for poor youths to attend summer camp. Moscone was elected and he pushed through legislation on bilingual education, sex between consenting adults, marijuana decriminalization, and hot meals for needy children.
    (SFC, 5/24/97, p.A20)(SFC, 11/26/98, p.A19)
1966        State assemblyman Milton Marks was appointed as a SF Municipal Court Judge.
    (SFC, 12/5/98, p.A22)
1966        Charles J. Wong was appointed chief council at the Chinatown office of the SF Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation. He led the team that established the right of non-English speaking children to a bilingual education in the Supreme Court case of Lau vs. Nichols.
    (SFC, 9/25/96, p.A20)

1966-1971    The book: "The Art of the Fillmore: The Poster Series 1966-1971" by Gayle Lemke is a collection of the posters commissioned by Bill Graham Presents for shows at the Fillmore East and West.
    (SFEC, 2/8/98, BR p.7)

1966-1977    Dorothy van Beroldingen (d.1999 at 84) served on the Board of Supervisors. She created the SF Commission on the Status of Women and was appointed by Gov. Brown to the SF Court in 1977.
    (SFC, 12/21/99, p.A27)

1966-1989    Dr. John F. Murray worked as chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit at SF General Hospital. In 2000 he authored "Intensive Care: a Doctor’s Journal" that recorded 4 weeks of his daily rounds.
    (SFEC, 7/30/00, BR p.5)

1966-1990    Milton Salkind (d.1998 at 82) served as the president of the SF Conservatory of Music.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.C16)

1967        Jan 14, The great Human Be-In was held in Golden Gate Park and drew national attention to the Haight-Ashbury scene. Allen Cohen, editor of a paper called the Oracle, came up with the idea. It was here that Timothy Leary proclaimed "Turn on, Tune in, Drop out." At the Gathering of the Tribes Allen Ginsberg is credited with coining the term "Flower Power."
    (SFC, 5/19/96,City Guide, p.5)(SFEC, 4/6/97, p.A11)(SSFC, 1/14/07, p.A10)

1967        Feb 22, Hippies pleaded with the SF supervisors to change the name of Haight St. to Love Street.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Mar 9, Police arrested David Jerome, manager of the Blushing Peony, a hippie boutique, for selling "obscene" posters depicting couples in erotic embraces.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Mar 21, The Diggers, radical actors who provided free food, clothing and housing, told the city’s Episcopal clergy that up to 100,000 young, indigent, and hungry youth might descend on the Haight over the summer. The primary organizers were Peter Coyote, Peter Berg, and Emmett Grogan.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)(SFEC, 4/12/98, BR p.3)

1967        Mar 23, The newspapers announced that Mayor Jack Shelley "Warns Hippies to stay out of town."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Mar, The Los Angeles-based Doors made their 2nd trip to SF and performed for a mid-week engagement at the Matrix ahead of a weekend performance at the Avalon. Peter Abrams, co-owner of the Matrix, recorded the show with a recently installed tape recorder.
    (SFC, 11/17/08, p.E1)

1967        Apr 2, Some 2,000 revelers barricaded 3 blocks in the Haight where they sang, danced and blew bubbles. Police responded with 150 officers and 31 hippies were arrested.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Apr 3, Gray Line Tours announced a daily "Hippie Hop" tour through the "Sodom" of Haight-Ashbury.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Apr 5, A press conference announced a "Council for the Summer of Love." It was the first time that phrase was used publicly.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Apr 14, In San Francisco thousands marched from the Ferry building to Kezar Stadium against the Vietnam war. The marchers filled the 40,000 capacity stadium.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.4)

1967        Apr 23, Police stopped an impromptu street dance at Haight and Ashbury. Dancers showered the police with fruits and vegetables and deflated 3 tires on a police van. 50 people were arrested.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Apr 28, The supervisor’s committee held hearings on the impending hippie influx and endorsed the mayor’s request to declare hippies unwelcome.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        May 26, California State Senator J. Eugene McAteer (b.1916) died during his campaign for mayor of SF. Joseph Alioto, the co-chairman of the campaign, ran in his place and overcame his rival, Harold Dobbs.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A10)(www.joincalifornia.com/candidate/5668)

1967        Jun 7, Three Moby Grape members were arrested on Mt. Tamalpais, following a concert at the Avalon Ballroom in SF, for having sex with underage girls.
    (www.rockument.com/scenes_sf1.html)
1967        Jun 7, The Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic opened in San Francisco. Dr. David E. Smith (28) founded the SF Free Clinic. The first clinic opened at 509 Clayton St. with $500 in seed money from Rev. Leon Harris, pastor of All Saints Episcopal Church. The facility spawned a nationwide movement. Smith resigned in 2006.
    (SFC, 6/7/97, p.A16)(SFC, 3/6/06, p.B5)(AP, 6/7/07)

1967        Jun 8, The City’s Juvenile Justice Commission reported that 200 youngsters were arriving per week and called for "halfway houses" to be set up.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Jun 18, Glide Memorial Methodist Church held a service for hippies to protest "San Francisco officialdom’s rejection of hippie visitors."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Jun 21, Hippies held a sunrise solstice celebration on Twin Peaks and the Summer of Love officially began. Joel Selvin, a SF Chronicle critic, later wrote the book: "Summer of Love."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)(SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.4)

1967        Jun 22, Police estimated hippie arrivals into the city at 300 per day.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Jul 20, The City put up $200,000 to create a free medical clinic. Dr. Frederick Meyers (d.1998 at 80) helped found the Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)(SFC, 11/17/98, p.B2)

1967        July 24, The CHP shut down the Nova Express, a psychedelic painted free bus from Berkeley to Haight-Ashbury.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Jul 25, The Diggers began work on a free hotel on Sixth St.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)
1967        Jul 25, Construction began on SF MUNI Metro (Market Street subway).
    (SC, 7/25/02)

1967        Aug 4, John K. Carter, a 25-year-old LSD dealer was found dead in his apartment with 12 stab wounds and his right arm amputated.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Aug 6, Eric Frank Dahlstrom, 23, was arrested near Sebastopol driving Carter’s car which contained the victim’s arm. Dahlstrom told police he killed carter while on a bad LSD trip. Edward Thomas, 26, known as "Superspade," was found dead in a sleeping bag in rural Marin.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Aug 7, Beatle George Harrison visited the Haight with his wife, Patti, and played a borrowed guitar to an adoring crowd.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Aug 20, A Summer of Love Festival of Lights on Mount Tam was broken up by sheriff’s deputies and park rangers.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Aug, Milton Marks, Republican, beat Assemblyman John Burton in a special election to finish the term of state Senator J. Eugene McAteer.
    (SFC, 12/5/98, p.A15)

1967        Oct 7, A 3-day "Death of the Hippie" celebration began in Haight Ashbury  with a mock funeral procession and sacrificial fire.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A10)

1967        Oct 10, Sargent Johnson (b.1888), Boston-born and SF-based African-American painter and sculptor, died.
    (SFC, 5/4/09, p.E3)(http://www.aaregistry.com/detail.php?id=1195)

1967        Nov 9, Rolling Stone Magazine, co-founded by Jann Wenner in SF, published its debut issue with a press run of 40,000 copies. Ralph J. Gleason, SF jazz critic, helped Wenner fund the 1st issue. In 1998 "Rolling Stone: The Complete Covers 1967-1997" was edited by Holly George-Warren. In 1977 the company moved its headquarters to NYC.
    (SFC,10/28/97, p.E1)(SFEC, 6/21/98, BR p.12)(SFC, 12/23/04, p.E16)(SFC, 4/18/09, p.C1)

1967        Nov 13, In SF 3 attackers opened fire on Officer Herman George at the Hunters Point Project Station. George later died from his wounds and the case remained unsolved.
    (SFC, 1/27/07, p.A8)

1967        Nov, At SF State a dozen members of the Black Student Union stormed the offices of The Gator, the campus newspaper. They left the 21-year-old editor badly beaten.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W3)

1967        A statue of Juan Bautista de Anza was given to SF from the governor of the Mexican state of Sonora.
    (SFC, 7/18/01, p.A21)
1967        "The Love Book" by beat poet Lenore Kandel was the last volume of poetry dragged into court in SF for obscenity charges.
    (SFC, 8/15/97, p.A21)
1967        "Aging And Mental Disorder" by Marjorie Fiske Lowenthal was the first book published by Jossey-Bass Inc., which was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Allen Jossey Bass (1928-1996).
    (SFC, 7/13/96, p. A19)
1967        Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane burst out of SF with their songs "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit." In 1998 Slick and Andrea Cagan wrote "Somebody To Love? A Rock-and-Roll Memoir." A 1980 biography of Slick was written by Barbara Rowe of the NY Times.
    (SFEC, 9/6/98, BR p.3)
1967        Janice Joplin moved to SF to a Victorian house at 122 Lyon near Oak after tiring of commune life in Marin with her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was evicted in 1968 over a dispute about her dog. In 1999 the house next door at 124 Lyon was converted to the Oak Street House rehab center for mothers and their babies.
    (SFC, 5/20/99, p.A17,21)(SFC, 5/21/99, p.A17)
1967        Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti made their SF Opera debuts in "La Boheme."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.45)
1967        The SF Excelsior Library was built. It was remodeled in 2005.
    (SFC, 5/6/05, p.F1)
1967        In San Francisco One Maritime Plaza, a 25-story tower, opened on Front Street as the Alcoa Building. It featured a 5-story grid of aluminum X-braces.
    (SFC, 2/11/03, p.A15)(SSFC, 10/17/10, p.C2)
1967        Geneva Towers, twin-20-story buildings, were built as private housing at 1001 Sunnydale Ave, SF. Section 8 tenants were attracted when the buildings failed to get sufficient middle-income renters. The units developed into a center for dope-dealing and violence. They were imploded in 1998.
    (SFC, 5/16/98, p.A15)
1967        The ACT Theater settled in at the Geary Theater in SF. The American Conservatory Theater was founded by William Ball in 1965 in Pittsburgh.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W29)
1967        The Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) was founded as an auxiliary of the SF MOMA.
    (SFEM, 2/28/99, p.4)
1967        The SF Zen Center opened Zen Heart-Mind Temple, the first Zen monastery outside Asia, at the former Tassajara Hot Springs in the Ventana Wilderness east of Big Sur. In 2011 Colleen Morton Busch authored “Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara."
    (SSFC, 7/10/11, p.G1)
1967        The Rathayatra Chariot Festival, an ancient summer tribute to Lord Krishna, was held in SF and began a long tradition.
    (SFC, 8/122/96, p.A19)
1967        In SF Joseph Caporale (1910-1996) and Frank Sarubei opened Capp’s Corner at Powell and Green Sts.
    (SFC, 12/24/96, p.A16)
1967        In SF Frederick Walter Kuh (d.1997) bought the Tivoli Italian bistro on Grant Ave. from Nick Finocchio and renamed it the Savoy Tivoli. Kuh sold the place in 1983.
    (SFC,11/12/97, p.A22)
1967        In SF the Tadich Grill moved from Clay St. to 240 California St.
    (SFC, 10/8/97, Z1 p.7)

1967-1970    BART construction took place under Market St.
    (SFC, 11/18/00, p.A9)

1967-1976    The administration period of San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto.
    (SFC, 4/14/96, EM, p.22)(SFC, 1/29/98, p.22)

1967-1995    Gail Schwarzbart (1941-1996) played in the violin section of the SF Symphony.
    (SFC, 10/10/96, p.C6)

1968        Jan 5, A newspaper strike shut down the SF Chronicle, the Examiner and the News-Call Bulletin for 53 days. Bill O'Brien (d.2004) became president of the SF-Oakland Newspaper Guild the next day and supported the strike, which had originated with Hearst papers in LA. Senior executives of the SF Chronicle put out a special edition of the paper on a copy machine.
    (SFC, 2/05/04, p.A27)(SSFC, 6/7/09, p.W3)(http://tinyurl.com/nkszr8)

1968        Mar 23, The SF Kennedy campaign’s inner circle met. It included Supervisors Jack Ertola and Roger Boas, as well as Willie Brown, Phillip Burton, Morris Bernstein and Edna Mosk, wife of Stanley Mosk who was a justice on the State Supreme Court.
    (SFEM, 11/17/96, p.20)

1968        Mar 29, In SF Linda Harmon (14) was raped and stabbed to death while babysitting for a neighbor in Visitacion Valley. In late 2003 police matched DNA evidence to William Speer, who was undergoing therapy for sexually violent tendencies at an Arizona mental hospital.
    (SFC, 12/24/03, p.A13)(SFC, 11/4/05, p.B1)

1968        Apr 5, Mayor Alioto organized an ecumenical memorial service in honor of Martin Luther King, who was killed the day before in Memphis.
    (SFEC, 2/1/98, p.C7)

1968        Apr 19, Robert Kennedy arrived to speak at the Univ. of SF.
    (SFEM, 11/17/96, p.24)

1968        Apr, The first Cherry Blossom Festival of SF was held. It became an annual event.
    (SFC, 4/11/97, p.E2)

1968        May, Bill Hambrecht & George Quist founded Hambrecht & Quist, an investment banking firm in SF, California, that focused on hi-growth issues. In 1999 it was acquired for $1.35B by Chase Manhattan Bank.
    (SFC, 6/22/96, p.D1)(www.nndb.com/company/084/000057910/)

1968        Jun 19, In SF newlywed Officer Peter McElligott was fatally shot in a shootout with 2 robbery suspects in Golden Gate Park. The 2 attackers were later convicted of murder.
    (SFC, 1/27/07, p.A8)

1968        Jun 22-1968 Jun 23, In San Francisco Big Brother & the Holding Company played this weekend at the Carousel Ballroom, a former big band venue, at the corner of market and Van Ness. The space was operated by 4 SF bands: Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother, whose Cheap Thrills album came out two months later.
    (SFC, 3/14/12, p.E3)

1968        Oct 19, The Golden Gate Bridge became the first major bridge in the world to offer one-way toll collection.
    (SSFC, 5/20/12, p.E10)

1968        Oct 28, In SF the first eviction notices were served to the 196 tenants of the International Hotel. This led to a 9-year struggle that resulted in their forced eviction on Aug 4, 1977.
    (http://aam1968.blogspot.com/2008/01/third-world-student-strikes-at-sfsu-ucb.html)(SSFC, 8/19/07, p.B1)

1968        Nov 6, At SF State on the one year anniversary of the Gator incident, the Black Students' Union and the Third World Liberation Front issued a list of 10 "nonnegotiable" demands and called for a one day strike. The strike lasted 167 days.
    (http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~runamuck/PACEPAPER.htm)(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W3)(SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)

1968        Nov 28, S.I. Hayakawa was named the acting president of SF State.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.4)

1968        Dec 2, Pres. S.I. Hayakawa, semanticist, attempted to address students during the strike at SF State and pulled the plug from speakers controlled by a chanting student. Hayakawa seceded Robert Smith, who had replaced John Summerskill, at SF State College.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)

1968        Herb Caen (1916-1997), SF newspaper columnist, wrote his 7th book: "City of Golden Hills."
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A13)
1968        Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zuckerman made their SF Symphony debuts.
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.45)
1968        The Jefferson Airplane rock group and manager Bill Thompson (1944-2015) purchased a mansion in San Francisco for $70,000. It had been built in 1904 by lumber baron R.A. Vance. In 1985 the 20-room home at 2400 Fulton was sold for $700,000.
    (SSFC, 1/30/11, DB p.42)(SFC, 1/15/15, p.D6)
1968        The film "Bullitt" with Steve McQueen was released. It had been shot in the SF Bay Area.
    (SFEC, 8/11/96, DB, p.39)
1968        The film "Revolution," a "definitive hippie documentary," by Jack O’Connell was produced. It opened at the Straight Theater on Haight St. in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 7/3/96, p.E4)

1968        In San Francisco the 38 story building at One Post St., designed by Welton Becket, was built.
    (SSFC, 2/17/13, p.C4)
1968        In San Francisco construction of the 4-part Embarcadero Center began. It was completed in 1983.
    (SFEC, 1/23/00, p.B1)
1968        Japan Center opened in San Francisco’s Japantown with a Peace Plaza and a 5-tiered pagoda. The center included the new Miyako Mall, the Miyako Hotel and the Kintetsu Mall.
    (SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1 p.6)(SFC, 2/10/06, p.D1)
1968        Architects Doug Michels (1943-2003) and Chip Lord founded the Ant Farm in SF. In 1974 they created "Cadillac Ranch," a sculpture of 10 planted Cadillacs, in Amarillo, Texas. In 1975 they created the performance work "Media Burn," in which Michels drove a Cadillac through a pyramid of burning television sets. Ant Farm disbanded in 1978.
    (SSFC, 6/22/03, p.A1)
1968        Gary Arlington (29) founded America’s first comics store on 23rd St. in San Francisco’s Mission district. The comics sold for 12 cents. Arlington (d.2014) closed his store in 2003 after 35 years in business.
    (SFC, 1/22/14, p.E3)
1968        Actors from the Living Theater were arrested in San Francisco for disrobing onstage.
    (SFC, 7/14/96, DB p.30)
1968        Chet Helms, operating under the name "Family Dog," lost his lease and permits for running shows at the Avalon Ballroom at Sutter and Van Ness.
    (SFC, 10/9/97, p.A17)
1968        Bill Graham opened the Fillmore East in NYC and moved his SF operation to the former Carousel Ballroom, renamed the Fillmore West.
    (SFC,12/13/97, p.A15)
1968        San Francisco Mayor Alioto greeted King Olav V of Norway with a grand reception at City Hall.
    (SFEC, 2/1/98, p.A10)
1968        In San Francisco Andrew McKinley and Bryan Bilby opened the Adobe Book Shop at 3166 16th St.
    (SFC, 4/9/03, p.E1)
1968        Chronicle Books was founded in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A8)
1968        The SF Police formed a helicopter unit. The city went without police helicopters from 1975 to 1998, when the unit was revived.
    (SFC, 1/13/00, p.A15)
1968        In San Francisco Richard Simmons opened Specs Twelve Adler Museum Cafe just off of Columbus Ave. and across the street from Vesuvio's.
    (SFC, 1/26/04, p.B1)
1968        In San Francisco Walter Shorenstein announced his plan to tear down the Int’l. Hotel at 848 Kearny and replace it with a parking lot. Stymied by public pressure he sold the property in 1973.
    (SFC, 6/8/01, WBa p.6)
1968        In San Francisco George Whitney stopped operating Playland-at-the-Beach. It was closed and put up for sale in 1972.
    (SSFC, 7/3/05, p.F6)
1968        Donaldina Cameron (b.1869), San Francisco social worker, died. She had worked to rescue Chinese girls sold into prostitution in SF and founded the Donaldina Cameron House on Sacramento St. for low income Asian immigrants.
    (SFC, 6/18/04, p.F4)
1968-1976    Joseph L. Alioto served as mayor of San Francisco.
    (SFC, 12/19/96, p.A22)

1969        Jan 27, Transamerica Corp., under the leadership of John Beckett (1918-2010), announced its wish to build a 1,000-foot tower in San Francisco. Work on the 48-floor Pyramid, designed by architect William Pereira, began in December, 1969. The 853-foot tower was completed in 1972.
    (SSFC, 12/27/09, p.A19)(SFC, 6/28/10, p.C4)(http://tinyurl.com/2acu688)

1969        Jan, Arthur Bierman helped organize a faculty strike at SF State College that lasted 2 months. Bierman became president of the United Professors of California union in 1971.
    (SFCM, 6/9/02, p.15)
1969        Jan, A 50-cent one-way toll became permanent on the Golden Gate Bridge following efforts to reduce congestion by Bruce Goecker (1919-2006), former mayor of Corte Madera. Soon toll bridges around the world began following suit.
    (SFC, 9/14/06, p.B5)

1969        Mar 21, A settlement of the student strike at SF State College was announced. A School of Ethnic Studies and an expanded Black Studies Dept. was won by the students. The administration retained control of hiring and admissions.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)

1969        Apr 15, In SF Officer Rene Lacau had a fatal heart attack during a struggle with a person suspected of stealing a car.
    (SFC, 1/27/07, p.A8)

1969        May 1, In SF plainclothes Officer Joseph Brodnick was fatally shot after he and a partner stopped some youths suspected of burglary. 6 people were acquitted at trial.
    (SFC, 1/27/07, p.A8)

1969        Jul 4, In San Francisco Jim (d.2007) and Artie Mitchell (d.1991) opened the Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theater at O’Farrell and Polk.
    (SFC, 10/3/97, p.A15)(SFC, 7/14/07, p.A7)

1969        Jul 31, The Zodiac killer sent a poorly-spelled letter to the SF Chronicle, Examiner and Vallejo Times-Herald and took responsibility for the July 5 shootings along with a portion of a cipher.
    (SFC, 10/2/00, p.A19)

1969        Aug 20, In San Francisco Perry Butler and his wife Katharine opened Perry’s, a well-lit New York style saloon, on Union Street. In 2009 they celebrated 40 years in business.
    (SFC, 8/17/99, p.A13)(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.F1)(SFC, 8/20/09, p.E1)

1969        Sep 22, Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants became the first baseball player since Babe Ruth to hit 600 home runs.
    (HN, 9/22/98)

1969        Oct, The SF Indian Center burned down.
    (G, Summer ‘97, p.4)

1969        Oct 11, The Zodiac killer shot and killed SF cab driver Paul Stine (29) at Cherry and Washington in Presidio Heights. This was his last known murder. His last authenticated communication was in 1974.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W20)(SFC, 10/2/00, p.A19)

1969        Oct 13, The SF Chronicle received a letter containing a bloody swath of Stine’s shirt along with a threat to shoot children on a school bus.
    (SFC, 10/2/00, p.A19)

1969        Oct 15, The $100-million, 52-story Bank of America World Headquarters at 555 California St. in SF, was dedicated. In 1985 it was sold to Walter Shorenstein for $660 million. In 2005 a Hong Kong group offered $1.05 billion.
    (http://continuumacg.net/moody2.html)(SFC, 9/23/05, p.C1)

1969        Nov 9, A group of American Indians began their occupation of Alcatraz Island. The story is told in the 1996 book "The Occupation of Alcatraz Island, Indian Self-Determination and the Rise of Indian Activism" by Troy R. Johnson.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p. H2)(SFEC, 1/5/97, BR p.8)

1969        Nov 10, The SF Chronicle received a letter from the Zodiac killer containing detailed plans for a "death machine" to blow up a school bus.
    (SFC, 10/2/00, p.A19)

1969        Dec 7, Lefty O’Doul (b.1897), American Major League Baseball player, died. He became an extraordinarily successful manager in the minor leagues, and also a vital figure in the establishment of professional baseball in Japan. One of his outstanding accomplishments while managing the SF Seals was developing the young Joe DiMaggio, who went on to a Hall of Fame career with the New York Yankees. His fame and popularity lived on in his hometown of San Francisco. Lefty O'Doul's Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge on Geary Boulevard, the popular restaurant and bar he founded still operates. A bridge over McCovey Cove, near the Giants' home field of AT&T Park, is named the Lefty O'Doul Bridge in his honor.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lefty_O%27Doul)

1969        Anton LaVey (1930-1997), American occultist, published his "Satanic Bible" in SF.
    (SFC,11/8/97, p.A22)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_LaVey)
1969        Placido Domingo made his SF Opera debut in "La Boheme."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.45)
1969         San Francisco guitarist Carlos Santana (b.1947) and his band recorded their first album featuring such tunes as "Evil Ways." Other members included Jose Chepito Areas (percussionist), Michael Carrabello (percussionist), David Brown (bassist), Gregg Rolie (keyboardist) and Michael Shrieve (drums). The band was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
    (SFC, 1/12/98, p.E1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Santana)
1969        The Asian Art Museum was built in Goldengate Park. The Helen Crocker Russell Library opened in Goldengate Park.
    (SFC, 7/29/97, p.A7)
1969        The 52 story Bank of America building at Kearny and California was built at a cost of about $100 million. It rose to 779 feet.
    (SFC, 10/3/00, p.A11)
1969        In SF the new high-rise letterman Army Hospital was built in the Presidio.
    (SFC, 6/26/96, p.A20)
1969        The Butchertown area of SF gave way to redevelopment. A state-owned 7.5 mile stretch from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Bayview was transferred to SF.
    (SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A1)(SSFC, 10/17/04, p.A22)
1969        Norman Jay Hobday (1934-2011) opened his Henry Africa saloon on the northwest corner of Broadway and Polk. It was later relocated to Van Ness and Vallejo. He adopted the name of the bar for himself. The bar closed in 1986 and in 1987 he opened Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker’s at 2nd and Minna.
    (SFC, 3/2/11, p.A5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fern_bar)
1969        In SF Jim Turner and Charlie Stuart founded the upscale Montgomery Street Motorcycle Club.
    (SFC, 8/21/99, p.A19)
1969        Loni Kuhn (d.1997 at 65) started her school, Loni Kuhn’s Cook’s Tour in SF. Her great-grandfather started the San Jose Normal School (later San Jose State Univ.) and her grandfather helped found the First National Bank of San Jose (later Bank of the West).
    (SFC, 6/26/97, p.A22)
1969        San Francisco's hardcore pioneer director/producer Alex de Renzy, in his directorial debut with reputed sexologists Phyllis and Eberhard Kronhausen, conducted interviews with uninhibited Danes, along with closeups of every detail of conventional sexual intercourse and depictions of lesbianism, fellatio, and cunnilingus. A 90-minute version screened in San Francisco was later confiscated and the film was banned in a number of states. In the wake of the landmark decision in People v. Alex de Renzy the documentary film “Pornography in Denmark" went into wide release.
    (www.filmsite.org/sexinfilms21.html)(SFC, 7/12/11, p.E1)
1969        SF Mayor Alioto was accused of splitting a $2.3 million fee with Washington state Attorney Gen’l. John O’Connell in a suit against 29 electrical contractors. He won the suit but the issue forced him away from governorship of 1970.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A10)
1969        San Francisco took over its declining port from state control.
    (SSFC, 10/18/09, p.A2)
1969        In SF Charlie Walker organized local black truckers to protest alleged discrimination in the construction of BART. He chained his truck to a local BART job site and made headlines which led to his winning jobs on major projects.
    (SFEC, 6/27/99, p.A14)
1969        Robert LaRue Miller (1935-2007), artist and self described “painter with light," helped Frank Oppenheimer (1912-1985) create the SF Exploratorium.
    (SSFC, 11/18/07, p.B6)(www.exploratorium.edu/about/museumhistory.html)
1969        Fritz Maytag bought out Laurence Steese and took over the Anchor Brewing Co.
    (SFC, 3/3/99, Z1 p.9)
1969        Donald and Doris Fisher founded the Gap in San Francisco. The 1st store opened on Ocean Avenue selling records and Levi’s. In 1983 Gap acquired Banana Republic, and in 1994 Old Navy, In 2004 Fisher authored "Falling Into the Gap: The Story of Donald Fisher and the Apparel Icon He Created."
    (SSFC, 2/15/04, p.I1)(SFC, 1/9/07, p.A9)
1969        In San Francisco excavations for the Civic Center BART Station unearthed a female skeleton that dated back some 5,000 years.
    (SFC, 8/3/13, p.C3)
1969        In San Francisco the American Can manufacturing factory at 2345 Third St. closed operations. In 1975 the two-block American Industrial Center was sold and converted to units for sub-lease.
    (SFC, 12/25/13, p.A13)(http://aicproperties.com/about-us/)

1969-1975    John S. Hensill (1908-1998) served as the dean of the School of Natural Sciences at SF State Univ. He co-wrote the text "Biology of Man," and the life sciences building, Hensill Hall, was named after him.
    (SFC, 2/21/98, p.A19)

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