california historical timeline
In 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill in California. This started one of the largest gold rushes in history. Tens of thousands of treasure hunters moved to California to strike it rich. Between 1848 and 1855, over 300,000 people moved to California. The state would never be the same.
Golden Gate Bridge by John Sullivan
Population: 37,253,956 (2010)
Tree: California Redwood
1986 – Running on Olympic fever, the first City of Los Angeles Marathon takes place. It is the largest first-time marathon, at nearly 11,000 people.
2013 – Eric Garcetti becomes L.A.’s first elected Jewish mayor and its youngest in more than a century.
A special election was held in California on October 10, 1911 to grant women’s suffrage. Proposition 4 was placed on the ballot by power of Senate Constitutional Amendment Number 8 as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment. The amendment passed, granting women’s right to vote. California was the sixth state to pass this civil right, although just by 3,507 votes. Nine years later, women’s right to vote was made legal nationwide, referred to as the 19th Amendment.
Thanks to the Great Highway and Ocean Beach Esplanade’s completion, California is considered to have one of the greatest stretch of highways ever constructed. The construction’s completion was celebrated on June 9, 1929 with one of the state’s biggest celebrations to date with over 50,000 people gathering along Lincoln Way in San Francisco. Travelers from around the globe still come to drive these scenic stretches.
1869 – September 6 – The first westbound train arrives in San Francisco.
- November 19 – American Anti-Imperialist League founded. Created to protest the annexation of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines after the Spanish-American War, the Anti-Imperialist League was the first national anti-imperialist organization formed in the United States.
- Ferry Building built. Ferry transit has played a significant role in San Francisco Bay for almost 150 years. Vessels which brought people during gold rush days were utilized for San Francisco-Sacramento and cross-bay service. Eclipsed by highway and bridge construction during the 1930’s, a faster generation of ferries are once more becoming valuable cross-bay connectors offering alternatives to congestion in some corridors, and as emergency alternatives to these same highways and bridges.