The Teddy Timeline
A lot has happened during the time Teddy has appeared at the top of the holiday tree in Santa Clara. The following events occurred on Teddy's 1st, 25th, 50th, and 75th birthdays.
1911: California and the World
Oct 4, The 1st public elevator began service at London's Earl's Court Metro Station.
Oct 10, California voters approved amendments by Republican Gov. Hiram Johnson that included the recall, initiative and referendum process as part of his progressive reform package. Almost 2/3 of 178,115 voters affirmed the amendments. Voters granted women the right to vote in state and local elections. It was the 6th state of the union to pass suffrage.
The most popular song of the year was "Oh! You Beautiful Doll.”
Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Physics for the isolation of the elements polonium and radium.
The first US experimental airmail flight took place on Long Island, a 3-mile journey between Garden City Estates and Mineola.
Lee DeForest invented the vacuum tube in Palo Alto, CA.
October 1911: Alviso can become the Harbor Town of Opportunities for the Rapid Development of Santa Clara Valley: Besides an important shipping center, with capital investment, Alviso can become a popular resort for amusement – the Coney Island of California.
1911: Santa Clara
October 1911: Santa Clara Woman’s Club sponsors Suffrage Rally on the corner or Washington and Franklin Streets.
October 1911: Santa Clara College Professor and pioneer aviator, John J. Montgomery killed while experimenting with a newly constructed aeroplane near Evergreen.
November 1911: State Highway Commissioners visit Santa Clara to see Supervisor John Roll of Santa Clara. He is complimented on Santa Clara County’s good roads. El Camino likely to be included in California’s State Highway system.
November 1911: Seedless Lemons are no rarity in Santa Clara – grow as large as grapefruits.
December 1911: Santa Clara Commercial League will celebrate completion of paved streets and electroliers – 1911 a year of rapid progress. New electroliers with light on Franklin street and the illumination of stores will transform Franklin Street into a glittering paradise of gaiety and color..
December 1911: Traveling Peddlers find Easy Victims: People who prefer to patronize peddlers instead of “home merchants” get swindled. The way to build up your town is to spend money with your town’s merchants.
1936: California and the World
Oct 21, Pan Am inaugurated the first passenger flight from California to the Philippines with 9 passengers.
Nov 12, The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened. It cost $78 million and was the longest bridge ever attempted.
Margaret Mitchell published "Gone with the Wind.”
The Lindy Hop was a popular dance.
Consumer Reports Magazine was founded.
1936: Santa Clara
Nov. 1936: Bayshore Road Officially named Highway 101 between San Jose and San Francisco. The ancient El Camino Real reverts to the status of “alternate 101 highway”.
Nov. 1936: New Lafayette Street Subway – underpass opened to highway traffic
Dec. 1936: Franklin Street Illuminated with Christmas Lights. Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce agrees to pay most of expenses. Stringing done by city crew under direction of James I. Dixon.
Dec. 1936: Contributors to the Central Council Charity Fund of Santa Clara included Rosenberg Bros., Pratt-Lowe Preserving Co., A. Block Fruit Co., Bracher Fruit Co., University Electric Co., Santa Clara Lumber Co., Angelo Market, Menzel Hardware Co., the Woman’s Club, American Legion Auxiliary, and Kotty Pine Tavern.
Dec. 1936: WPA Project at Santa Clara City Cemetery begins. Work will consist of laying out new roads, re-building and re-graveling old roads, employing a landscape artist to beautify the grounds, and draw plans for a new addition to the City’s cemetery. 25 men, all with families in Santa Clara will be employed on this work. A $50,000 project, Santa Clara will contribute $8,000 with rest of funds furnished by federal government.
1961: California and the World
May 5, Astronaut Alan Shepard Jr., a Navy commander, became the first American in space as he made a 15-minute suborbital flight in the Freedom 7 Project Mercury capsule launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The spacecraft reached a maximum altitude of 116.5 miles.
Oct 21, Bob Dylan recorded his first album in a single day at a cost of $400,
Oct 28, Ground was broken for Municipal (Shea) Stadium for NY Mets.
Nov 29, Freedom Riders were attacked by white mob at bus station in Mississippi.
Dec 11, "Please, Mr. Postman" by Marvelettes was released.
Dec 12, Martin Luther King Jr & 700 demonstrators were arrested in Albany, Georgia.
Dec 13, Beatles signed a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein.
Dec 31, Beach Boys played their debut gig under that name. The Beach Boys band was formed with brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine. Their hit "Surfin" came out the same year.
Julia Child, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle published the first volume of: "Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”
Joseph Heller published "Catch-22.”
Robert Hofstadter of Stanford won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Pampers, the 1st mass-market disposable diaper, was introduced.
Lorry Lokey founded Business Wire as a way for companies to disseminate their news releases.
The minimum hourly wage rises from $1 to $1.25
Civil Defense officials distribute 22 million copies of the pamphlet Family Fallout Shelter.
An oral vaccine against polio invented by Dr. Albert Sabin began to be administered to school children. The oral vaccine contained a live but weakened version of the polio virus to induce immunization.
1961: Santa Clara
September 1961: City Council requests resignation of City Manager. City Manager Loyd Brady resigns, ending his five-year tenure.
October 1961: Jefferson Elementary School District celebrates its 100th anniversary of growth from four one-room schoolhouses to the present 14 plants.
November 1961: In Assessment Districts: Santa Clara Nuclear Fallout Shelters Suggested by City Staff: Study Cites Need for Protection.
November 1961: Wilcox High School to be Dedicated Nov. 4, 1961: newest High School in Santa Clara.
November 1961: John J. Montgomery: Santa Clara Aviation Pioneer, “Father of Controlled Flight” Honored 50 Years after his death.
November 1961: New Bayshore highway interchange at De La Cruz Blvd. opened to traffic simultaneous with opening of the new Lafayette overpass.
November 1961: City Charter – Under Fire – May Change: Revision Committee is Planned. Council, in near future, to select a 15-member charter revision advisory committee.
November 28, 1961: Voters Recall Councilman James Viso by 2-1 margin; Rev. A. John Nastari Sweeps Election: Will be Seated as New Councilman next Tuesday.
1986: California and the World
Jan 28, Just 73 seconds into its 10th launch, Americans watched in horror as the space shuttle Challenger (STS-51L) exploded in midair, killing its crew of seven: Navy pilot Michael J. Smith, Commander Francis Scobee and mission specialist Ronald McNair, mission specialist Ellison Onizuka, first teacher in space Christa McAuliffe, payload specialist Gregory Jarvis and mission specialist Judith Resnik.
Feb 8, Brian Boitano won the US male Figure Skating championship.
Apr 17, Pulitzer prize awarded to Larry McMurtry for "Lonesome Dove.”
Sep 8, Oprah Winfrey began her syndicated TV talk show.
Oct 28, The Statue of Liberty turned 100 years old.
Nov 21, The US Justice Department began the inquiry into the National Security Council in what became known as the Iran-Contra scandal; Lt. Col. Oliver North shredded important documents.
Dec 10, Human rights advocate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dec 23, The experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, completed the first non-stop, round-the-world flight without refueling as it landed safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
1986: Santa Clara
March 1986: Bill Atkins is new director of Triton Museum of Art – will oversee its expansion and construction of new museum building.
March 1986: Officials from Izumo, Japan visit Santa Clara to propose establishing a Sister City relationship.
June 1986: Santa Clara dedicates its new $9.5 million peak power, gas turbine generator at the site of the facility om Gianera Street near Great America.
July 1986: Santa Clara Convention Center Opens
July 1986: Groundbreaking for the new Triton Museum of Art
September 1986: City Manager since 1962, Don Von Raesfeld submits his resignation, his retirement to be effective as of December 31st. City Engineer, Jim Gleeson also resigns/announces his retirment.
October 1986: Sam Cristofano, Director of Public Works retires. (Had served as Public Works Director since 1963.)
October 1986: Santa Clara holds is 40th annual Parade of Champions
October 1986: Santa Clara sends a delegation to Izumo, Japan. Santa Clara gets a second “sister city.” Mayor Eddie Souza signs Sister City resolution in Izumo, Japan with that City’s Mayor – Mitsu-hiro Naora.
October 15, 1986: Valley Fair, a new 1.2 million-square-foot regional shopping center, dubbed a “super mall”, which straddles the San Jose/Santa Clara city line, celebrates its grand opening.
November 1986: Sunnyvale City Council selects Ron Gonzales to be Sunnyvale Mayor.
December 1986: City receives 43 applicants, including 3 from Santa Clara, for the City Manager position being vacated by Don Von Raesfeld. Assistant City Manager Tom Goulding agrees to serve as a temporary “Interim City Manager” from December 31st until new City Manager selected.