80 Years Ago Today
On this day in 1933, ground was broken on the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge construction project. 
A slideshow of the groundbreaking and construction is on our website. http://photos.mercurynews.com/2013/07/05/trip-in-time-making-the-bay-bridge/
Above,  Former U.S. President Herbert Hoover (center) and Governor James Rolph Jr. break ground at ceremonies for the San Francisco Bay Bridge. They are flanked by Miss Alameda, Miss Prosperity and Miss Bay Bridge. (Oakland Tribune Photo)

80 Years Ago Today

On this day in 1933, ground was broken on the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge construction project. 

A slideshow of the groundbreaking and construction is on our website. http://photos.mercurynews.com/2013/07/05/trip-in-time-making-the-bay-bridge/

Above,  Former U.S. President Herbert Hoover (center) and Governor James Rolph Jr. break ground at ceremonies for the San Francisco Bay Bridge. They are flanked by Miss Alameda, Miss Prosperity and Miss Bay Bridge. (Oakland Tribune Photo)

1906 EARTHQUAKE & FIRE

Aftermath

Make shift “tent cities” were soon erected in city parks. A child and a grandmother are among the displaced sitting in the grass in the first photo. 

In the second photo, residents cook on the sidewalk of Fillmore Street. Indoor cooking was forbidden for those left with a house and all cooking was done on the city sidewalks to prevent further fire.

Long breadlines which could extend for many city blocks were guarded by troops fed several times daily. A close up of the faces waiting for soup in the third photo.

 (All photos Edward “Doc” Rogers)

1906 EARTHQUAKE & FIRE

At 5:12 a.m., San Francisco was awoken by violent shaking leading to one of the deadliest natural disasters to ever hit California. 

The earthquake ruptured gas lines and water mains causing the city to burn for three days.

In the first photo, the fires sweep into the city from the waterfront as residents make a mass exodus in the foreground. 

In the second photo, firemen attempt to control the blazes. 

The third photo shows a fire in progress.

The fourth photo, one of Doc’s most famous images of the earthquake, policemen patrol Market Street near The Call building. 

(Photos attributed to Edward “Doc” Rogers)

Tomorrow will include photos from the aftermath.

LOCAL HERO
San Francisco, CA April 13, 1959 - Bill Rigney, wearing an orange lei, waves to happy fans. The SF Giants opened their 1959 season with a parade of 100,000 fans in the Financial District. 
Bill Rigney was a native of Alameda, California. He played with the PCL Oakland Oaks and New York Giants; managed the Giants, Angels and Twins; and was broadcaster for the Athletics. 
(Buck Joseph / Oakland Tribune)

LOCAL HERO

San Francisco, CA April 13, 1959 - Bill Rigney, wearing an orange lei, waves to happy fans. The SF Giants opened their 1959 season with a parade of 100,000 fans in the Financial District. 

Bill Rigney was a native of Alameda, California. He played with the PCL Oakland Oaks and New York Giants; managed the Giants, Angels and Twins; and was broadcaster for the Athletics. 

(Buck Joseph / Oakland Tribune)

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Women’s Army Corps
San Francisco, CA November 9, 1953 - Members of the Sixth Army Women’s Army Corps drill team. Front row from left: WAC Corporal June Meacher, WAC Private first class Nancy Huellmantel, Marine Pfc. Beverley Hoiby and Marine Cpl. Pat Thorley. Row row from left: WAC Cpl. Iva Sherrard, WAC Pfc. Pat Cox, Marine staff sergeant Barbara Lee and Marine Sergeant Margaret Maul. 
(Photo by Albert “Kayo” Harris / Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)
For the general history of the WAAC and WAC please visit, http://www.armywomen.org/wacHistory.shtml

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Women’s Army Corps

San Francisco, CA November 9, 1953 - Members of the Sixth Army Women’s Army Corps drill team. Front row from left: WAC Corporal June Meacher, WAC Private first class Nancy Huellmantel, Marine Pfc. Beverley Hoiby and Marine Cpl. Pat Thorley. Row row from left: WAC Cpl. Iva Sherrard, WAC Pfc. Pat Cox, Marine staff sergeant Barbara Lee and Marine Sergeant Margaret Maul.

(Photo by Albert “Kayo” Harris / Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

For the general history of the WAAC and WAC please visit, http://www.armywomen.org/wacHistory.shtml

ALCATRAZ CLOSES

50 years ago on March 21, 1963, famed Alcatraz Prison was ordered closed by Attorney General Robert Kennedy. 

In the first photo, guard Gordon Gronzo leaves his station at the dock tower for the last time. (Photo by Keith Dennison / Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

Photo 2: April 1957 aerial (Photo by Russ Reed Plane flown by Warren Boggess / Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

Photo 3: January 17, 1968 - Inmate graffiti inside Alcatraz (Russ Reed / Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

Photo 4: March 16, 1956 - A guard on the main cell block during the first press open house. (Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

Slideshow of the prison then and now: http://photos.mercurynews.com/2013/03/20/tourists-flock-to-alcatraz-island-50-years-after-prison-closes/