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1969 Feb 4
John Madden (b.1936), a graduate of Daly City’s Jefferson High School, was named head coach of the NFL's Oakland Raiders.
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1969 May 15
Univ. of California officials fenced People’s Park and planned to build dormitories. This prompted some 3,000 protesters to try to seize it back. Gov. Reagan placed Berkeley under martial law and dispatched tear gas-spraying helicopters and riot police who shot and killed one man.
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1969 Jul 4
The California Zodiac killer shot and killed a waitress in Vallejo.
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1969 Jul 4
Darlene Ferrin (22), a waitress, was shot and killed at the Blue Rock Springs Golf Club in Vallejo. She was parked with Michael Mageau (19), who survived the shooting. The Zodiac killer reported the shooting within an hour from a pay phone.
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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.
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1969 Sep
Susan Nason (8) of Foster City, Ca., was bludgeoned to death. Her body was found 2 months later near Crystal Springs. In Dec 1989 Nason's neighbor and schoolmate, Eileen Franklin-Lipsker, told police that she suddenly remembered seeing her father batter her friend and hide the body. In 1990 George Franklin was convicted in the first case to use recovered-memory testimony. Franklin was released after 6 1/2 years when a federal judge ruled a mistrial. DNA evidence showed Franklin was not responsible.
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1969 Nov 9
A group of American Indians occupied 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.
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1969 Nov 20
A group of 80 Native Americans, all college students, seized Alcatraz Island in the name of "Indians of All Tribes." The occupation lasted 19 months. They offered $24 in beads and cloth to buy the island, demanded an American Indian Univ., museum and cultural center, and listed reasons why the island was a suitable Indian reservation.
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1969
The Asian Art Museum was built in Goldengate Park. The Helen Crocker Russell Library opened in Goldengate Park.
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1969
In Marin County, Ca., the Mill Valley Public Library was built. It was designed by Donn Emmons (d.1997 at 87).
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1969
People’s Park in Berkeley, Ca., again became the site of a dispute between the University, who wanted to build student housing, and activists, who wanted it kept as a mecca for poor people.
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1969
Skyline College in San Bruno, Ca., opened.
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1969
The 43-acre Shelter Creek development in San Bruno, Ca., was constructed. In 1999 water mains to the complex began breaking.
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1969
The medical volunteer organization Interplast, specializing in reconstructive surgery, was founded at Stanford Univ. by Dr. Donald Laub.
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1969
Larry Lee Hillblom co-founded DHL Corp. upon graduation from the Univ. of California, Berkeley, at Boalt Hall law school. The original idea was to help cargo ships save wharf charges by air-delivering freight documents before the ships reached port. The D was for co-founder Adrian Dalsey (1914-1994) and the L was for Robert Lynn.
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1969
In San Mateo County, Ca., work on the new Tanforan Shopping Center began. It replaced the race track the 1st opened in 1899. The center opened in 1970.
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1969
In the SF Bay Area Nello Bianco (1928-2006) was appointed to the BART board of directors. He was re-elected 4 times and served a board president 3 times.
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1969
In northern California a breach at the Sherman Island levee left part of Highway 160 submerged for 6 months.
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1969
In the SF Bay Area the Albany Bulb, east of Golden Gate Fields, began as a site for industrial dumping. It later was turned into a public space area and artists constructed numerous works from debris that washed ashore. In 2007 plans called for incorporating it into the East Bay Regional Park District and removing the art work.
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1969
Shakey the Robot, a project of the Stanford Research Institute, made its broad public debut. Shakey was the first general-purpose robot to be able to reason as it completed tasks.
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1970 Feb 12
Dean Arthur Schwartzmiller (28) was convicted in Juneau, Alaska, of 2 charges of lewd conduct after being accused of molesting 2 boys. Over the next 35 years he was arrested in 6 more states on molestation charges. In 2005 police in San Jose found notebooks at his home that documented over 36,000 sex acts with young boys. In 2006 a jury in Santa Clara, Ca., convicted Schwartzmiller (64) of molesting 2 San Jose boys. In 2007 he was sentenced to 152 years to life in prison.
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1970 Feb 20
Students at San Jose Univ., Ca., buried a brand new Ford Maverick as part of their Survival Faire. The Maverick was exhumed one year later.
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1970 Feb 28
Bicycles were permitted to cross the Golden Gate Bridge.
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1970 May 1
The US troop ship General John Pope came to rest at the Suisun Bay, Ca., reserve fleet rest stop. It was launched in 1943 and served up to this time. In 2010 it was scheduled to be recycled at a Texas shipyard.
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1970 May
The US government shut off power and stopped fresh water supplies from the Native American Indians on Alcatraz Island. A fire broke out and each side blamed the other.
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1970 Aug 7
At a hearing for the "Soledad Brothers," Jonathon P. Jackson (17), the younger brother of George L. Jackson, attempted an armed rescue attempt at the Marin Civic Center. A shootout in the parking lot followed and 4 people were killed and 5 injured. Assistant DA Gary Thomas (d.2017) grabbed a pistol from one of the convicts and shot dead three of them. Among the dead were Jackson, Judge Harold Haley, Black Panther James McClain, and convict William A. Christmas. Angela Davis was charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy, but was acquitted in 1972 after spending a year in jail.
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1970 Aug 15
A ferryboat named the M.V. Golden Gate made its maiden voyage from San Francisco to Sausalito marking a revival of ferry service on San Francisco Bay. It was retired from service on March 26, 2004. The Golden Gate Bus and Ferry Transit system began operating with one ferry and 4 leased busses. Ferry service to Sausalito was inaugurated. The ferryboat Golden Gate was retired in 2004.
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1970 Aug 20
Ronald Tsukamoto (b.1942), a Berkeley, Ca., rookie police officer, was shot and killed. In 2004 Don Juan Warren Graphenreed (54) was arrested as a suspect in the murder, but was released without being charged. In 2005 police arrested Styles Price (56), a retired Oakland schoolteacher for the killing. Graphenreed was again arrested at Corcoran State Prison, where he was held on a drug charge. Price was soon freed and the case against Graphenreed was dropped due to “insufficient corroborating evidence.”
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1970 Oct 19
Amdahl Corp., a manufacturer of IBM mainframe compatible products, was formed at Sunnyvale, California by Dr. Gene Amdahl, a former IBM employee. In 1997 it became a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu.
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1970
Yasundo Takahashi (1912-1996), professor at UC Berkeley, wrote his textbook "Control and Dynamic Systems." It became a standard reference in the field of control engineering, the study of how machines work.
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1970
Robert Earl Burton, aka "The Teacher," founded the Fellowship of Friends while living in Berkeley. The group incorporated in 1971 and moved to Yuba County, Ca., where they bought and cleared land with donations and volunteer labor on an estate called Apollo. The group’s philosophy was based on the teachings of George Gurdjieff and Peter Ouspensky. The group has been charged with brainwashing and sexual exploitation.
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1970
The Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) of Xerox opened on the outskirts of Palo Alto. George Pake (1924-2004) ran the center until 1978. It was founded by Dr. Jacob Goldman (1921-2011).
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1970
The submarine Drum was launched at Mare Island in the SF Bay. It was the last ship produced there.
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1970
The UC Berkeley Art Museum on Bancroft Way was constructed.
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1970
Madge Short (d.1998 at 80) and Jane Saunders (50) co-founded The Body Shop in Berkeley, Ca. The name was sold to Britain’s Anita Roddick in 1987 for $3.5 million.
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1970
Ron Dellums (34) was elected as representative of the East Bay’s 7th Congressional District, Oakland, Ca. He was later re-elected by the 9th District and stayed in Congress for 27 years.
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1970
A 10-cent walkway toll on the Golden Gate Bridge was eliminated. In 1998 a $1 walkway toll was proposed for pedestrians and bicyclists.
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1970
Franz Schurman (1926-2010), UC Berkeley sociologist and historian, co-founded the Pacific News Service (PNS) with Orville Schell.
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1970
The Marine Science Institute was founded in Redwood City, Ca., to monitor the South Bay.
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1971 Jan 18
Two Standard Oil tankers collided in the fog a quarter mile west of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Arizona Standard ripped into the Oregon Standard and caused the spill of some 1.9 million gallons of heavy bunker oil.
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1971 Apr 1
In San Francisco the Bay Area Reporter published its first issue as a community and culture publication. It was begun by Bob Ross (d.2003 at 69) and Paul Bentley. Over the next 45 years it evolved to become a local news source and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.
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1971 Apr 9
Demonstrators occupying the Stanford Univ. Hospital administration offices clashed with police and 9 Palo Alto officers were injured. Police later raided the Stanford Daily to recover photos of the demonstrators.
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1971 Jun 10
Federal marshals, FBI agents and special forces swarmed Alcatraz Island and removed the Native American occupiers: 5 women, 4 children and 6 unarmed men.
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1971 Jul 12
Kristi Tsuya Yamaguchi, figure skater, was born in Hayward, Cal. In 1992 she won an Olympic gold medal.
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1971 Aug 14
Philip Zimbardo, a Stanford Univ. psychologist, began his Stanford Prison Experiment. He had recruited 24 students and randomly divided them into guards and prisoners in a simulated prison environment on campus. The experiment ended after six days. A film dramatizing the experiment opened in 2015.
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1971 Aug 21
Three prisoners, George Jackson (29), Ronald Kane (28), John Lynn (29), and 3 guards, Jere Graham (39), Frank DeLeon (44) and Paul Krasenes (52), were killed during an attempted prison escape at San Quentin, California. Jackson after meeting with his lawyer, Stephen Bingham, pulled a hidden automatic pistol from his hair and began to release other prisoners. Jackson’s prison letters were published as "Soledad Brother." Hugo Pinell, one of the San Quentin 6, was killed in 2015 by two fellow inmates.
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1971
The 14-story Great Western Building went up in Berkeley, Ca.
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1971
The Berkeley Int’l. Bird Rescue Research Center was founded by Alice Berkner.
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1971
Journalist Don Hoefler, editor of the Electronic News, coined the term Silicon Valley to describe the technology base in the southern San Francisco Bay Area.
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1971
Alice Waters (b.1939) opened Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, Ca.
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1971
The SF Warriors moved to the Oakland Coliseum Arena and changed their name to the Golden Gate Warriors.
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1971
The Berkeley-Oakland Support Services program began. It was renamed in 1996 to Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS).
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1971
George Lucas moved his film operations to Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Ca.
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1971
Sue Rugge (d.1999 at 58) co-founded Information Unlimited, an independent research firm based in Berkeley, Ca.
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1971
Foster City, Ca., was incorporated. After 8 years of controversy the Foster City lagoon was polluted and residents paid the highest property taxes in San Mateo County to cover bond debt. Over developer’s objections, residents incorporated and established a city council.
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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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