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1820Don Luis Maria Peralta granted 44,800 acres by Spanish crown
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1841Camps set up in Oakland hills to ship timber to Sandwich Islands
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1/24/1848gold discovered at Sutter’s mill
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18501st steam sawmill in the hills
9/9/1850California becomes the 31st state
1851Liuse Maria Peralta dies – estate passes to 4 sons. The area of present day Piedmont A venue passes to Vincente
1851
8/4/1851Carpentier & Moon granted ferry franchise
1852Young Ladies Seminary (oredecessor of Mills College) opens in Benecia
5/4/1852Town of Oakland incorporated
1853The College school (predecessor of the University of California) founded by Henry Durant at 5th and Broadway
1853Fire and Police services established
3/25/1853Alameda County formed
7/12/18531st Public school in Oakland founded with attendance of 16
1854ordinance passed prohibiting bullfighting
4/17/1854Carpentier elected 1st mayor
1855Post Office recognizes the name Oakland
3/5/1855Charles Campbell elected 2nd mayor
1/3/1856Samuel H. Robinson  3rd mayor
3/2/1857Andrew Williams  4th mayor
1858St Mary’s catholic church founded
1858First African Methodist Episcopal church formed
3/7/1859Francis K. Shattuck – 5th mayor
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1860Oakland Population 1,543
1860Oakland Hills have been logged off
3/7/1860James Paine Miller Davis  6th mayor
1861
3/5/1862George M. Blake 7th mayor
1863William Henry Bovee 8th mayor
12/26/1863Mt View Cemetery Established
18641st sewer installed in Oakland
3/4/1864Edward Gibbons 9th mayor
18641st street paving laid in Oakland, cost $3.18/foot
3/6/1865Benjamin F. Ferris 10th mayor
5/25/1865Mt View Cemetery dedicated
7/1/18651st internment (June Weir) at Mt View cemetery
5/4/1866John W. Dwinelle 11th mayor
3/7/1867William Watrus Crane, Jr. 12th mayor
1867Dr Samuel Merrit donates 155 acres around what will become Lake Merritt to the city
11/1867Samuel Merritt 13th mayor
1868Lake Temescal formed to bring water to city
1868University of California and Oakland Library Association established
5/10/1868Holy Names college founded
3/1/1969John B. Felton 14th mayor
11/8/18691st Transcontinental railroad completed – Oakland first train arrives
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1870Piedmont Avenue school begins in dining room of George Hume estate
1870Oakland population 10,500
1870Lake Merritt becomes first designated wildlife refuge in North America
3/6/1871Nathaniel W. Spaulding 15th mayor
1871Webster street drawbridge completed across San Antonio Creek.
1871Mills college moves to Oakland
1871New city hall opens at 14th and Washington
1871Plymouth Congregational Church organized
1872Brooklyn annexed into Oakland
3/4/1873Rev. Henry Durant 16th mayor
1873Oakland becomes Alameda county seat
1873University of California opened in Berkeley
1874Lake Chabot created
18741st edition of the Oakland Daily Tribune is published
1875Mack Webber 17th mayor
3/13/1876Enoch H. Pardee 17th mayor
1876Cameron Stanford house erected
1876Elaborate wooden gat built at Mt. View Cemetery entrance
1876Enoch H Pardee mayor or Oakland
1876March 18 Piedmont Horse Railroad opened from 7th Street to Mt View Cemetery
1877Oakland City Hall burns to the ground
1877Flume & fountain built at Mt. View Cemetery entrance
3/25/1878Washburne R. Andrus 19th mayor
1878Oakland Free Library opens
18781st telephones installed in Oakland
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1880Piedmont Avenue school moves to building on the west side of Piedmont Avenue
1880Night school program begins in Oakland
3/8/1880James E. Blethen 20th mayor
1880Oakland Population 34,456
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3/13/1882Charles K. Robinson 21st mayor
3/12/1883J. West Martin 22nd mayor
1883Heinolds’ First and Last Chance Saloon opens
3/10/1884Ashmun Cooke Henry 23 mayor
1884Horton School established.
1885Mills college issued charter
3/9/1885Eli W. Playter 24th mayor
3/14/1887William R. Davis 25th mayor
1887Fabiola hospital opened at Broadway and Moss (now MacArthur)
1887John Raglan Glascock mayor of Oakland
3/12/1888Charles D. Pierce 26th mayor
3/11/1889John R. Glascock 27th mayor
1889H.C. Capwell opens the Lace House on Washington Street
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1890Consolidated Piedmont Cable Railroad founded
1890Maternity building added to Fabiola hospital
1890Oakland Population 48,682
1890County passes $16,000 bond for construction of Piedmont Avenue School
1891School completed at the present site
1891Oakland annexes Vernon Heights (Today’s Adams point district)
3/9/1891Melvin C. Chapman 28th mayor
1892First classes in the new Piedmont Avenue school building
1893George C. Pardee mayor of Oakland
3/13/1893George C. Pardee 29th mayor
1894Pullman strike
1894Fenton’s Founded
3/11/1895John L. Davie 30th mayor
3/9/1897William R. Thomas 31st mayor
1897Giovanni Ratto opens G.B. Ratto & Company at 6th and Washington
1897Piedmont Avenue area annexed into city of Oakland
3/13/1899Roland W. Snow 32nd mayor
1899Oakland Conservatory of Music established.
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1900Oakland Population 66,960
3/11/1901Anson Barstow 33rd mayor
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1902Piedmont Grocery established
1903Idora Park Amusement park opened
3/1/1903Warren Olney 34th mayor
1903Green Gates build by James Cobbledick
1903Buds tavern (now Kings X) established by Herman Voigt at Piedmont and Pleasant Valley
1904Plymouth Church merges with Oak Chapel on Piedmont Avenue
1904Key System terminal opens at Piedmont and 41st
1905Frank Mott elected mayor
1906April 18 – San Francisco earthquake 150,000 take refuge in Oakland
1907Piedmont elects to remain a separate city by a 10 vote margin
1907California College of Arts and Crafts founded by Fredrick Meyer
1908Port commission founded
1908Children’s building added to Fabiola hospital
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1909Oakland annexes Clairmont, Fruitvale, Melrose, Fitchburg, Elmhurst and otheroutlying areas
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1910Oakland Population 150,174
1910Oakland Public Museum and YMCA open.
1911Oakland re-incorporated under a new city charter
1911President William Howard Taft lays the cornerstone fo the new Oakland City Hall
19111st powered flight over Oakland
191122,085 telephone subscribers in Oakland
1912Oakland School Women’s Club and Children’s Hospital founded.
1912Piedmont Branch Library Opened
1912St Leo’s established
1912Green Gates sold to Lloyd Robbins
1914Oakland Technical High School established.
1914Oakland city hall completed – the tallest building west of the Mississippi
1914Plymouth congregation moves to new building on Linda
1915Name changed from Piedmont school to Piedmont Avenue school
3/1/1915John L Davie elected Mayor
1915Oakland YWCA (designed by Julia Morgan) opens at 1515 Webster
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1916Fred Turner building (40th & Piedmont) completed – designed by Julia Morgan
1917Joaquin Miller Park established.
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1920Oakland Population 216,261
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1922Snow Museum of Natural History opens.
1923Calfiornia College of Arts and Crafts moves to present location in Oakland
1923Green Gates transformed from brown shingle to current look.
1923Tribune Tower completed.
1924Granada Theater opens.
1925C. L. Dellums helps found the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters formed
1925St Leos church opened in present location. Old church moved to Howe street where it is the school auditorium
1926Grand Lake theater opens
1927H.C. Capwell department store opened at 20th & Broadway
1927Land acquired for Oakland municipal airport
1927Port of Oakland opens
12/15/1927Oakland is west coast terminus for all transcontinental air mail
1928Fox Oakland theater opens
1928Clorox Chemical Company in business
1929Idora park razed to build new homes
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1930Oakland Population 284,063
1930Oakland adopts city manager form of government
3/1/1931Fred N. Morcom 37th mayor
1931Paramount theater opens
1931Sweet’s Persian Gardens ballroom opens
1931Paramount Theatre built.
1932Fabiola hospital closes
1932Municipal rose garden opens.
1932New library building built by S.M. Greenwood for that purpose opens and is leased to the city for 5 years
7/1/1933William J. McCracken 38th mayor
7/9/1933groundbreaking for Oakland Bay Bridge
1933Oakland Symphony active.
1934July 16-18th General strike
1934May 9th – Longshoreman’s strike
1934Voters create the East Bay Regional Park district
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1936Nov 12 – Oakland Bay Bridge opened
1936Alameda County Courthouse built.
1937May 27th Golden Gate Bridge opened
1937Broadway tunnel to Contra Costa opens
1937William J. McCracken mayor or Oakland
1938Piedmont Avenue School burns
19381st Longs Drugs store opens on Piedmont Avenue
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1940Oakland Population 302,163
7/1/1941John F. Slavich 39th mayor
1942Permanante Foundation Hospital (Kaiser) dedicated
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1944Oakland Army Base active.
7/1/1945Herbert L. Beach 40th mayor
19461946 Oakland General Strike begins on December 3 and ends on December 5.
7/1/1947Joseph E. Smith 41st mayor
1948Key system streetcars replaced with busses
7/1/1949Clifford E. Rishell 42nd mayor
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1950Oakland Population 384,575
1950Children’s Fairyland opens
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1953AC Transit District created
1954Oakland Junior College established
1954C. E. Rishell mayor of Oakland
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1958Last train cross the Bay Bridge
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1960Oakland Population 367,548
1960AC Transit takes over assets of Key System
1961Fenton’s moved from Howe street to Piedmont Avenue
1961John Houlihan mayor of Oakland
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11/23/1963John F Kennedy assasinated
1964Construction begins for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) district
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2/21/1965Malcolm X assasinated
1966John H. Reading elected mayor of Oakland
1966Black Panther Party founded in Oakland
1966Oakland Coliseum opens.
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4/4/1968Martin Luther King assassinated
6/5/1968Robert Kennedy assassinated
1968Athletics baseball team relocates to Oakland.
1969Oakland museum of California opens
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1970Oakland Population 361,561
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1972BART begins service
1972Savings & Loan buys library property
1972Oakland A’s win world series
1973Oakland Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marcus Foster assassinated by Symbionese Liberation Army
1973Paramount Theatre reopens
1973Oakland A’s win world series
1974BART Transbay tube opens
1974Oakland A’s win world series
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1976Oakland Raiders win superbowl
1977Lionel J. Wilson mayor of Oakland
1977April – Lionel Wilson elected mayor
1977Glen Echo park dedicated as a walkway
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1980Oakland Population 339,337
1980Oakland Raiders win superbowl
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1983Robert Maynard acquires the Oakland Tribune
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1987Lionel J. Wilson mayor of Oakland
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1989Loma Prieta earthquake collapses Cypress freeway
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19901990 – Population: 372,242
1/7/1991Elihu M. Harris 46th mayor
10/20/1991Oakland firestorm of 1991.
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1/4/1999Jerry Brown becomes mayor.
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2000Oakland Population 399,484
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2002Taoist Center opens.
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1/8/2007Ronald V. Dellums 48th mayor
2007East Bay Meditation Center opens.
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1/1/2009January 1: BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant.
3/31/20092009 shootings of Oakland police officers.
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2010Population: city 390,724; metro 4,335,391
1/3/2010Jean Quan becomes 49th mayor.
10/10/2011Occupy Oakland begins.
2012April 2: Oikos University shooting.
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2014Oakland Police Beat begins publication.
1/5/2015Libby Schaaf 50th mayor
20162016 Oakland warehouse fire
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