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1820 Don Luis Maria Peralta granted 44,800 acres by Spanish crown
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1841 Camps set up in Oakland hills to ship timber to Sandwich Islands
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1/24/1848 gold discovered at Sutter’s mill
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1850 1st steam sawmill in the hills
9/9/1850 California becomes the 31st state
1851 Liuse Maria Peralta dies – estate passes to 4 sons. The area of present day Piedmont A venue passes to Vincente
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8/4/1851 Carpentier & Moon granted ferry franchise
1852 Young Ladies Seminary (oredecessor of Mills College) opens in Benecia
5/4/1852 Oakland incorporated
1853 The College school (predecessor of the University of California) founded by Henry Durant at 5th and Broadway
1853 Fire and Police services established
3/25/1853 Alameda County formed
7/12/1853 1st Public school in Oakland founded with attendance of 16
1854 ordinance passed prohibiting bullfighting
1854 Carpentier elected 1st mayor
1855 Post Office recognizes the name Oakland
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1858 St Mary’s catholic church founded
1858 First African Methodist Episcopal church formed
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1860 Oakland Population 1,543
1860 Oakland Hills have been logged off
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12/26/1863 Mt View Cemetery Established
1864 1st sewer installed in Oakland
1864 1st street paving laid in Oakland, cost $3.18/foot
5/25/1865 Mt View Cemetery dedicated
7/1/1865 1st internment (June Weir) at Mt View cemetery
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1867 Dr Samuel Merrit donates 155 acres around what will become Lake Merritt to the city
1868 Lake temescal formed to bring water to city
5/10/1868 Holy Names college founded
11/8/1869 1st Transcontinental railroad completed – Oakland first train arrives
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1870 Piedmont Avenue school begins in dining room of George Hume estate
1870 Oakland population 10,500
1870 Lake Merritt becomes first designated wildlife refuge in North America
1871 Webster street drawbridge completed across San Antonio Creek.
1871 Mills college moves to Oakland
1871 New city hall opens at 14th and Washington
1871 Plymouth Congregational Church organized
1872 Brooklyn annexed into Oakland
1873 Oakland becomes Alameda county seat
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1873 University of California opened in Berkeley
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1874 Lake Chabot created
1874 1st edition of the Oakland Daily Tribune is published
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1876 Cameron Stanford house erected
1876 Elaborate wooden gat built at Mt. View Cemetery entrance
1876 Enoch H Pardee mayor or Oakland
1876 March 18 Piedmont Horse Railroad opened from 7th Street to Mt View Cemetery
1877 Oakland City Hall burns to the ground
1877 Flume & fountain built at Mt. View Cemetery entrance
1878 1st telephones installed in Oakland
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1880 Piedmont Avenue school moves to building on the west side of Piedmont Avenue
1880 Night school program begins in Oakland
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1880 Oakland Population 34,555
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1883 Heinolds' First and Last Chance Saloon opens
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1885 Mills college issued charter
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1887 Fabiola hospital opened at Broadway and Moss (now MacArthur)
1887 John Raglan Glascock mayor of Oakland
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1889 H.C. Capwell opens the Lace House on Washington Street
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1890 Consolidated Piedmont Cable Railroad founded
1890 Maternity building added to Fabiola hospital
1890 Oakland Population 48,682
1890 County passes $16,000 bond for construction of Piedmont Avenue School
1891 School completed at the present site
1891 Oakland annexes Vernon Heights (Today's Adams point district)
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1892 First classes in the new Piedmont Avenue school building
1893 George C. Pardee mayor of Oakland
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1894 Pullman strike
1894 Fenton's Founded
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1897 Giovanni Ratto opens G.B. Ratto & Company at 6th and Washington
1897 Piedmont Avenue area annexed into city of Oakland
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1900 Oakland Population 66,960
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1902 Piedmont Grocery established
1903 Idora Park Amusement park opened
1903 Green Gates build by James Cobbledick
1903 Buds tavern (now Kings X) established by Herman Voigt at Piedmont and Pleasant Valley
1904 Plymouth Church merges with Oak Chapel on Piedmont Avenue
1904 Key System terminal opens at Piedmont and 41st
1905 Frank Mott elected mayor
1906 April 18 – San Francisco earthquake 150,000 take refuge in Oakland
1907 Piedmont elects to remain a separate city by a 10 vote margin
1907 California College of Arts and Crafts founded by Fredrick Meyer
1908 Port commission founded
1908 Children’s building added to Fabiola hospital
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1909 Oakland annexes Clairmont, Fruitvale, Melrose, Fitchburg, Elmhurst and other outlying areas
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1910 Oakland Population 150,174
1911 Oakland re-incorporated under a new city charter
1911 President William Howard Taft lays the cornerstone fo the new Oakland City Hall
1911 1st powered flight over Oakland
1911 22,085 telephone subscribers in Oakland
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1912 Piedmont Branch Library Opened
1912 St Leo's established
1912 Green Gates sold to Lloyd Robbins
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1914 Oakland city hall completed - the tallest building west of the Mississippi
1914 Plymouth congregation moves to new building on Linda
1915 Name changed from Piedmont school to Piedmont Avenue school
1915 John L Davie elected Mayor
1915 Oakland YWCA (designed by Julia Morgan) opens at 1515 Webster
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1916 Fred Turner building (40th & Piedmont) completed - designed by Julia Morgan
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1920 Oakland Population 216,261
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1923 Calfiornia College of Arts and Crafts moves to present location in Oakland
1923 Green Gates transformed from brown shingle to current look.
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1925 C. L. Dellums helps found the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters formed
1925 St Leos church opened in present location. Old church moved to Howe street where it is the school auditorium
1926 Grand Lake theater opens
1927 H.C. Capwell department store opened at 20th & Broadway
1927 Land acquired for Oakland municipal airport
12/15/1927 Oakland is west coast terminus for all transcontinental air mail
1928 Fox Oakland theater opens
1929 Idora park razed to build new homes
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1930 Oakland Population 284,063
1930 Oakland adopts city manager form of government
1931 Paramount theater opens
1931 Sweet’s Persian Gardens ballroom opens
1932 Fabiola hospital closes
1932 Municipal rose garden opens.
1932 New library building built by S.M. Greenwood for that purpose opens and is leased to the city for 5 years
1933 July 9 – groundbreaking for Oakland Bay Bridge
1934 July 16-18th General strike
1934 May 9th – Longshoreman’s strike
1934 Voters create the East Bay Regional Park district
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1936 Nov 12 – Oakland Bay Bridge opened
1937 May 27th Golden Gate Bridge opened
1937 Broadway tunnel to Contra Costa opens
1937 William J. McCracken mayor or Oakland
1938 Piedmont Avenue School burns
1938 1st Longs Drugs store opens on Piedmont Avenue
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1940 Oakland Population 302,163
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1942 Permanante Foundation Hospital (Kaiser) dedicated
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1948 Key system streetcars replaced with busses
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1950 Oakland Population 384,575
1950 Children's Fairyland opens
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1953 AC Transit District created
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1954 C. E. Rishell mayor of Oakland
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1958 Last train cross the Bay Bridge
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1960 Oakland Population 367,548
1960 AC Transit takes over assets of Key System
1961 Fenton's moved from Howe street to Piedmont Avenue
1961 John Houlihan mayor of Oakland
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11/23/1963 John F Kennedy assasinated
1964 Construction begins for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) district
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2/21/1965 Malcolm X assasinated
1966 John H. Reading elected mayor of Oakland
1966 Black Panther Party founded in Oakland
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4/4/1968 Martin Luther King assasinated
6/5/1968 Robert Kennedy assasinated
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1969 Oakland museum of California opens
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1970 Oakland Population 361,561
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1972 BART begins service
1972 Savings & Loan buys library property
1972 Oakland A’s win world series
1973 Oakland Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marcus Foster assasinated by Symbionese Liberation Army
1973 Paramount Theatre reopens
1973 Oakland A’s win world series
1974 BART Transbay tube opens
1974 Oakland A’s win world series
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1976 Oakland Raiders win superbowl
1977 Lionel J. Wilson mayor of Oakland
1977 April – Lionel Wilson elected mayor
1977 Glen Echo park dedicated as a walkway
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1980 Oakland Population 339,337
1980 Oakland Raiders win superbowl
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1987 Lionel J. Wilson mayor of Oakland
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2000 Oakland Population 399,484
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