A film titled '"Gay ceremony marks opening of a huge bridge" shows a large crowd gathered to witness the opening of Tower Bridge over the Sacramento River on Dec. 18, 1935. California Governor Frank Merriam (1934-1939) presides over the ceremony. Cars pass over the bridge and balloons are released in the air to mark the occasion.
On June 6, 1944, the United States and its allies stormed the Normandy beaches, overcoming entrenched Germany opposition and ultimately establishing a position from which to launch a final conquest of the European continent and end the war.
This is one in a series of videos looking back at big stories in Sacramento-area history. This one took place on May 2, 1967, when two dozen armed members of the Black Panther Party entered the state Capitol and 10 made their way to the back of the Assembly Chamber before they were disarmed and marched away by the state police. The group was protesting a bill that would forbid carrying a loaded weapon within an incorporated area.
This is one in a series of videos looking back at big stories in Sacramento-area history. This one took place on April 28, 1973, when a five-hour series of devastating explosions rip through a bomb-laden freight train near Roseville like a slow-motion string of giant firecrackers, causing the evacuation of thousands of area residents.
Here's an edited version of Library of Congress footage of the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906. The 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck at 5:12 a.m. and was centered along the San Andreas Fault, which slices through coastal California. Most of the cities of central California were badly damaged. San Francisco, with thousands of unreinforced brick buildings - and thousands more closely-spaced wooden Victorian dwellings - was poorly prepared for a major fire. Collapsed buildings, broken chimneys, and a shortage of water due to broken mains led to several large fires that soon coalesced into a city-wide holocaust. The fire swept over nearly a quarter of the city, including the entire downtown area.
Last year the Historic City Cemetery’s rose garden was in danger of being dismantled but public outcry put a halt to it. A year later, in 2017, the garden is a splendid sight in springtime. The rose garden's curator, Anita Clevenger, talks about the support the garden received. Music by www.bensound.com.
Auschwitz survivor Bernard Marks shares his Holocaust experience with students taking Modern World History at Laguna Creek High School and speaks about his concerns with the new administration's immigration policies.
This is one in a series of videos looking back at big stories in Sacramento-area history. This one took place on March 31, 1979, when 13 nuclear protesters scaled the main gate to SMUD’s Rancho Seco plant and were arrested by sheriff’s deputies for trespassing. The well-organized but peaceful demonstration, was touched off by a partial nuclear meltdown at a similar nuclear plant, Three Mile Island, near Harrisburg, Pa.