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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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1975
The Hospice of Marin was founded to care for dying patients. It was the first hospice in California. Connecticut founded the first hospice in the US in 1974.
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1975
Mrs. Roth, daughter of Capt. William Matson, gave her 654-acre Filoli estate in Woodside, Ca., to the National Trust for Historic Preservation along with $2.5 million. This included the Filoli orchard, established in 1919 by William Bowers Bourn II. Capt. Matson was the founder of the Matson Steamship Navigation Lines.
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1976 Jan 8
In Pacifica, Ca., the body of Ronnie Cascio (18) was discovered at the Sharp Park Golf Course. She had been sexually assaulted and stabbed 30 times. Over the next few months four more young women were found murdered, Tanya Blackwell (14) of Pacifica; Paula Baxter (17) of Millbrae; Denise Lampe (19) of Broadmoor; and Carol Lee Booth (26) of South San Francisco. In 2014 police linked the murder of 1976 murder of Reno resident Michelle Mitchell (19) to the Bay Area murders. In 1979 Cathy Woods, a psychiatric patient at the Louisiana State Univ. Medical Center, told staff that she had killed a girl named Michelle in Reno. Woods was ultimately convicted of murder.
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1976 Jan
In SF Robert Swanson (1947-1999), a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, first met with Herb Boyer, a molecular biologist and co-discoverer of recombinant DNA. The 10 minute appointment extended to a few hours and the 2 men proceeded to found Genentech. Genentech was founded with $10,000 per month funding for R&D with Kleiner Perkins as the largest investor.
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1976 Feb 19
Rick Stevens, lead vocalist of the Tower of Power, was arrested in San Jose, Ca., for his roll in a triple slaying after a drug deal went awry. Stevens spent 36 years behind bars before he was released on parole.
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1976 Mar 13
In California a jury convicted 4 Black Muslims for 3 murders and 4 assaults out of a total of 23 Bay Area crimes that included 14 murders. Jessie Lee Cooks, Larry Craig Green, Manuel Moore and J.C.X. Simon were given life sentences.
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1976 Apr 1
Stephen Wozniak and Steven Jobs founded Apple Computer. They incorporated Jan 3, 1977.
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1976 Apr 7
Robert A. Swanson (d.1999 at 52), a venture capitalist, and Herb Boyer, a UCSF molecular biologist and co-discoverer of gene-splicing in 1973, incorporated Genentech Inc. They planned to use gene splicing to create a genre of medicines.
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1976 May 21
A bus on I-680 in California crashed after crossing the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, plunged 21 feet, and rolled upside down. 28 Yuba City High School students and one adult were killed. There were 22 survivors.
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1976 Jul 13
The Green Peace 500-ton James Bay, a converted Canadian minesweeper, set out from the SF Bay to thwart Japanese and Russian whale hunters in Hawaiian water.
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1976 Dec 27
The Oakland Raiders defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-7 and won a trip to the Super Bowl for the 1st time since 1967.
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1976
A ferry designed by naval architect Philip Spaulding (1912-2004) began running between SF and Larkspur, Ca.
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1976
San Jose State Prof. John Sperling launched the for-profit Univ. of Phoenix with $26k in personal savings. It was founded to cater to the need of working adults. By 2010 it was the 2nd largest university system in America with over 200 campuses across the country.
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1976
San Mateo County, Ca., rebuilt the military housing by the PG&E plant east of Cow Palace in Daly City with a housing complex of 150 units called Midway Village. The units stood over toxic soil from PG&E that was used by the military during WW II as land fill. Dirt and groundwater in the area contained polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PNAs), a known carcinogen. No soil tests were conducted.
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1977 Jan 9
The Oakland Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl 32-14 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.
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1977 Mar 17
Marin County pharmacist Fred Mayer started the first Condom Day at UC Berkeley.
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1977 May 9
Pink Floyd opened a 2-night stand at the Oakland Coliseum.
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1977 May 10
Patti Hearst was sentenced to 5 years’ probation for her role in the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) crime spree May 16-17, 1974. She still faced a 7-year sentence for armed robbery.
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1977 May
Larry Ellison and Robert Miner founded Oracle Corp. in Belmont, Ca., after they persuaded the CIA to let them pick up a lapsed contract for a special database program.
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1977 Aug 30
Terrorists bombed a PG&E substation in Sausalito, Ca. Power was cut off for 6,000 customers and storm drains were flooded with some 3,200 gallons of coolant oil.
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1977 Dec 15
Charles Finley sold his Oakland A’s baseball team to Marvin Davis for a reported $12.5 million. A lease with the Oakland Coliseum was still a problem.
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1977
The open-air Larkspur Ferry Terminal, designed by Jacques de Brer (1936-2006), opened near San Quentin State Prison. He later designed the 280 Metro Center in Colma (1986).
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1977
Xerox PARC in Palo Alto held a "Futures Day" and demonstrated their Alto personal computer and mouse.
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1977
Xerox launched its laser printer.
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1977
1979
Genentech developed genetic engineering techniques to create micro-organisms that can produce insulin and growth hormone.
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