April 1906: the aftermath of a disaster

A massive earthquake hit San Francisco, USA on the 18th of April, 1906. The fires that it sparked lasted days and devastated the city.

This image shows the community rallying together in the middle of the destruction.

5 Times San Francisco Was Almost Destroyed

On April 18, 1906, one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States shook San Francisco. Though the quake was bad, 80 percent of the city was destroyed by the fires

On this day: Sequoia National Park is Founded

Sequoia National Park Established 25th September 1890


Sequoia National Park in California, USA, was established on the 25th of September, 1890.

Ash Mountain Entrance Sign, Sequoia National Park.

In the mid-twentieth century. Source

Famous for its giant sequoia trees, the park is home to the world’s largest tree, and is also famous for preserving a pre-European landscape in the state.

On this day: a newspaper cover from 1913

The front page of The Daily Southern Californian from the 29th of October, 1913.

If you can’t enlarge the image enough to read it (sometimes the images don’t work so well on this site!), it can be viewed HERE.


On this day: the opening of Disneyland

Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California on Sunday the 17th of July, 1955.

Disneyland_opening_day_03After years of planning, Walt Disney's very first theme park Disneyland opened its gates at 230PM on Sunday July 17, 1955 in Anaheim, California.


The original press preview event was attended by about 28 000 people, even though only around half of the attendees had legitimate tickets.

The park opened to the public the following day, offering twenty attractions.

Disneyland_Opening_Day_01After years of planning, Walt Disney's very first theme park Disneyland opened its gates at 230PM on Sunday July 17, 1955 in Anaheim, California.

On this day: the Fullerton massacre

Monica Silbas is tended to by paramedics outside the Cal State Fullerton Library where she witnessed Edward Allaway moving through the basement with a rifle.

On the 12th of July, 1976, a mass shooting occurred at California State University, Fullerton.

Thirty-seven year old custodian Edward Charles Allaway, armed with a weapon he purchased at Kmart, killed seven people and wounded two others in the campus’ library.

After fleeing the scene, he went to a hotel and called police to tell them what he had done.

Edward C. Allaway (c.), alleged killer of seven people at California State University two days earlier, is led into Orange County courthouse July 14,1976.

Edward Charles Allaway is taken into the courthouse two days after the massacre. X

Over the course of his trial it was revealed that not long before the shooting spree he had threatened his wife with a knife and raped her.

Allaway is currently held at Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino.

On this day: the first Pony Express


The Pony Express, a mail service used in the United States to carry letters from Missouri to California, began on the 3rd of April, 1860.

First_Westbound_Pony_Express_Overland_Post-Mark_Apr3Pony Express Postmark The first westbound Pony Express trip left St. Joseph on April 3, 1860 and arrived in San Francisco on April 14.

The first journey left St Joseph, Missouri and arrived in San Francisco ten days later.

Poney Express cover of the United States. First Westbound Pony Express cover. Only one known to exist. Postmarked April 3, 1860.

Only one letter from the first journey is known to still exist.