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1971
Dominican College in San Rafael, Ca., began to admit male students.
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1971
Stanford Univ. opened up about 700 acres for development and Hewlett-Packard was among the earliest tenants.
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1971
Stanford Prof. Philip Zimbardo conducted a psychology experiment that randomly assigned college-age men to roles as prisoners and guards. The experiment turned into a nightmare and was soon called off. In 2007 Zimbardo authored “The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil.”
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1971
Mary Bowerman (1908-2005) and Art Bonwell co-founded the Save Mount Diablo group and were instrumental in expanding the boundaries of the northern California Mount Diablo state park from 6,788 acres to over 20,000 acres in 2006. In 1944 Bowerman published her doctoral thesis: “Flowering Plants and Ferns of Mount Diablo.”
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1971
Albert H. Bowker (1919-2008), 8-year chancellor of City Univ. of New York, was named chancellor of California’s UC Berkeley.
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1971
The 1st laser printer was made at Xerox PARC in Palo Alto, Ca.
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1971
San Francisco Bay Area cemetery workers went on a 4-month strike. Some 1800 coffins went unburied until union and cemetery workers reached agreement.
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1971
The Berkeley Evans Hall was constructed at UC Berkeley, Ca. It was named after Griffith C. Evans, chairman of mathematics from 1934 to 1949 who combined the fields of mathematics and economics.
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1971
Phil Wood (d.2010 at 72) founded Ten Speed Press in Berkeley, Ca. The publishing house was named for its first book, a bicycle repair manual called “Anybody’s Bike Book.”
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1972 Jul
Robert Metcalf (b.1946) at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) combined packet switching from the Arpanet and single wire broadcasting to lay the foundations for computer networks. This system was called Ethernet and marked the first Internet message. The IEEE committee 802.3 later defined the Ethernet standard. He later fixed May 22, 1973, as the birthdate of Ethernet, a day on which he circulated a memo about his ideas to PARC colleagues.
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1972 Oct 12
US House Resolution 16444, establishing the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), was passed by Congress and was signed by President Richard Nixon 15 days later. The island of Alcatraz was incorporated into this park. California Congressman Phillip Burton pushed through legislation preserving thousands of acres of forested hills, valleys and rugged shoreline. Burton got Congress to agree to transfer the Presidio in San Francisco to the park service if the army ever pulled out.
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1972 Oct 22
The Oakland Athletics beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 in a 7th game to win the World Series, bringing home the first Bay Area’s baseball world championship. It was the first of 3 in a row.
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1972 Oct 27
Federal legislation established the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in the Bay Area of SF. The park was expanded from 870 acres in 1948 to 6,300 acres by 1972.
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1972
Julian B. Backus (1944-1996) founded the Bay Area Video Coalition, Optic Nerve.
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1972
The Marin Town and Country Club was closed after area residents passed a ballot measure that required voter approval prior to any new development.
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1972
Roy W. Fairchild (d.1998 at 77) co-founded the Lewis Marshall Lloyd Center for Education and Counseling as an on-campus teaching facility at SF Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, Ca.
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1972
Kermit Lynch opened Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant in Berkeley, Ca. He focused on importing small-production French wines. In 2005 the French government announced that he would be awarded the insignia of Chevalier de la Legion d’Honeur.
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1972
The See family sold their South San Francisco, Ca., chocolate and candy business to Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Buffet named Charles Huggins as See’s Candies top officer. Huggins retired at the end of 2005.
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1972
Tom Perkins co-founded Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, Ca.
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1972
The Stanford Positron Electron Asymmetric Ring (SPEAR), a type of electron accelerator was constructed.
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1972
Paola Timiras (1923-2008), Italian-born UC Berkeley professor on aging, authored “Physiological Basis of Aging and Geriatrics.” A 4th updated edition was published in 2007.
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1972
E. Guy Warren, a Hayward, Ca., trucking magnate, died. In 1957 he persuaded state leaders to open a state university campus in Hayward. A 9-story Administration Building was erected in 1971, and was later named to honor Warren. In 2013 the 530-foot Warren Hall was demolished due to seismic concerns.
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1973 May 22
Robert Metcalf (b.1946), at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), circu-lated a memo about his Ethernet ideas to PARC colleagues. He later fixed this day as the birth-date of Ethernet. Metcalf had combined packet switching from the Arpanet and single wire broadcasting to lay the foundations for computer networks. Bob Metcalf described ethernet for the 1st time in a patent memo.
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1973 Oct
The US National Park Service welcomed the first visitors to Alcatraz Island.
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1973 Nov 6
The Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) assassinated Marcus Foster, the 1st black superintendent of the Oakland school district, and wounded Robert Blackburn, his assistant. The SLA warned against a proposed student ID program. Russell Little and Joseph Remiro were arrested following a shootout in Jan, 1974. Little’s eventual conviction was reversed Feb 28, 1979, due to errant jury instructions. Remiro was sentenced to life in prison.
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1973
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) opened a station in downtown Walnut Creek, Ca.
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1973
Santa Clara County, Ca., bought 2,455 acres of the New Almaden mine land and named it the Almaden Quicksilver Equestrian Park.
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1973
The National Park Service began conducting tours at Alcatraz.
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1973
Dorothy Turner Everett (1932-2007) started a barbecue business in Oakland, Ca., that grew to become the Everett & Jones chain of barbecue restaurants.
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1973
The Good Guys, a retail store home entertainment products, was founded in Alameda, Ca. In 2003 the chain of 71 stores in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington was sold to CompUSA. In 2005 CompUSA announced the closure of Good Guy stores in California and Hawaii due to waning demand.
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1973
American President Lines moved from SF to the port of Oakland. The line became a subsidiary of Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines in 1997.
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1973
In Marin County, California, Sylvia Siegel (1918-2007) founded “Toward Utility Rate Normalization” (TURN), a consumer group to battle utility prices increases.
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1973
Becton Dickinson Corp. built the first fluorescent activated cell sorter (FACS) instrument from the pioneering work of Prof. Leonard Herzenberg of Stanford Univ. It was capable of sorting, staining, and counting cells at speeds of 1,000 cells per sec.
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1973
Stanley Cohen, Stanford geneticist, and Herbert Boyer of UCSF co-discovered the basic process of gene-splicing. They spliced the DNA of one bacteria into another and cultivated a new organism. The discovery was patented by Stanford and UCSF and resulted in 25 year earnings of more than $200 million. Recombinant DNA technology soon led to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in food products.
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1973
Researchers Robert Kahn, of the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Project Agency, and Vinton Cerf, of Stanford Univ., developed a standard for incompatible networks to send messages and files to one another. It was a new language called TCP/IP, and it included a way to route data packages among different kinds of networks. This allowed the Internet to be born.
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1973
The first piece of land to be declared critical habitat was the Antioch sand dunes at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers in the delta region of central California. Case studies of the are by Bruce Pavlik indicated that "plants will face reproductive bottlenecks if the reserves they are nestled in become too small to sustain their animal mutualists, creatures long associated with particular plants which provide them their food and shelter."
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1973
The first Magnetic Resonance Image was published and the first study performed on a human took place on July 3, 1977. Lawrence E. Crooks and Jerome Singer, professors at UC in SF and Berkeley, invented Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology along with about 20 other univ. employees.
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1973
Richard and Christina Milner authored “Black Players: The Secret World of Black Pimps.” The book was the product of an anthropological study regarding both the lifestyles and subculture of San Francisco Bay Area pimps and their prostitutes.
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1974 Feb 4
Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst (19) was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Her boyfriend Steven Weed was beaten. Patty Hearst ran away to join an underground revolutionary group, the Symbionese Liberation Front.
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1974 Feb 4
Newspaper heiress Patty Hearst (b.1954) was kidnapped in Berkeley, Ca., by a left-wing urban guerrilla group called the Symbionese Liberation Army. Her boyfriend Steven Weed was beaten and she was held for 4½ weeks at 37 Northridge Drive in Daly City. Patty was then taken to 1827 Golden Gate Ave, apt. #6, in San Francisco and held for another four weeks. Hearst then joined the underground revolutionary group.
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1974 Feb 12
The SLA sent a letter a tape with the voices of Patty Hearst and "general field marshal Cinque" to KPFA. They demanded free food to the poor of the Bay Area, prison reform and social justice. Symbionese Liberation Army asked the Hearst family for $230 million in food for the poor.
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1974 Feb 16
In California Rev. Cecil Williams of Glide Memorial Church received a tape from the SLA wherein Cinque said a "reasonable" food giveaway would be acceptable as a condition for the release of Patty Hearst.
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1974 Feb 18
In California Randolph Hearst was to give $2 million in free food for the poor in order to open talks for his daughter Patty.
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1974 Feb 19
Randolph Hearst announced a $2 million food program called People in Need.
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1974 Apr 3
A tape from the SLA announced Patty Hearst's decision to "stay and fight" with the SLA.
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1974 Jun
Members of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, USSR, reported their discovery of Element 106, which they reported to have synthesized. Glenn Seaborg was part of this group, and the element was named in his honor. Ervin Hulet and Albert Ghiorso of UC Berkeley were also members of the team.
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1974 Aug 9
In Oakland, Ca., Julie McElhiney (13) was killed and sexually assaulted during a robbery at her home on Pleitner Ave. In 2012 DNA evidence led to the arrest of Curtis Tucker (63). His profile was in a nationwide database due to a 1978 rape arrest in Spokane, Wa.
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1974
Oakland, Ca., held the first annual Black Cowboys Parade, the only one of its kind in the country.
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1974
The FBI counterintelligence program, known as Cointelpro, was directed against Marxist and student-radical groups. Charles W. Bates (d.1999 at 79) led 8 full-time employees in the SF Bay Area and 22 informants worked the local campuses.
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1974
Janet Gray Hayes was elected mayor of San Jose by 1,660 votes. She defeated Bart Collins, a retired police detective.
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1975 Mar 5
The Homebrew Computer Club, founded by peace activist Fred Moore, held its first meeting in Menlo Park, Ca. It was an outgrowth of the store-front based People’s Computer Co. The meeting inspired Steve Wozniak (24) to design and build the first Apple computer.
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1975 May 25
The Golden Gate Warriors won the NBA title in a 4-game sweep over the Washington Bullets.
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1975 Jun
In California Sonya Higginbotham (19) was raped and stabbed to death in her 98th Ave. Oakland home. DNA evidence in 2002 identified Charles Jackson, a recently deceased Folsom inmate, as her killer.
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1975 Aug
In, Oakland, California, Ann Johnson (27) was raped and stabbed to death in her Montclair District home. DNA evidence in 2002 identified Charles Jackson, a recently deceased Folsom inmate, as her killer.
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1975 Oct 8
Chiura Obata (b.1885), Japanese American artist, died in Berkeley, Ca. He was a faculty member in the Art Department at the University of California at Berkeley from 1932 to 1953, interrupted by World War II, when he spent over a year in internment camps.
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1975
The battered suitcase containing 53 pieces of artwork by C.T. McCluskey was found at an Alameda, Ca., swapmeet. Little is known except that he worked as a circus clown, lived in Oakland in the winter months, and created wonderful paper on cardboard collages featuring circus themes.
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1975
Robert Hoffmann (d.1997 at 74), human potential movement pioneer, established the Quadrinity Center in San Anselmo, Ca., to promote his holistic model of the human being that included physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual elements.
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1975
The New Almaden mine south of San Jose, Ca., was closed. It had mined mercury for over 120 years. In the 1980s it was placed on the state’s list of Superfund cleanup sites.
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1975
The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Ca., began treating marine mammals rescued along the California coast.
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1975
PARC engineers demonstrated an improved user interface for computers using icons and the 1st use of pop-up menus.
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