A Timeline of Historical Events.
By LEON WORDEN.
17,500 YEARS AGO
Beginning of the Holocene (Modern) Epoch; possible arrival of man in the SCV.
3,500 YEARS AGO
Beginning of the Early Horizon period; people living in the SCV.
c. AD 450-500
Tataviam Indians arrive in the Santa Clarita Valley.
c. 1510 to 1602
Spain sends explorers to California.
June 27: Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sets sail from Navidád, Jalisco, Mexico; stops for a drink at mouth of Santa Clara River in Ventura.
April 12: Fr. Francisco Garcés born in Spain; came through SCV in 1776, found Tataviam fighting with Coastal Chumash, observed Santa Clara River flowing by night and dry by day despite the season being spring [link].
Explorer Gaspar de Portolá born in Catalonia, Spain.
July 14: Portolá party leaves San Diego; first Europeans to "discover" Santa Clarita Valley 3½ weeks later.
July 16: Father Junípero Serra establishes Mission San Diego.
July 28, ~1PM: First recorded L.A.-area earthquake, felt by Portolá party, probably centered 30 miles southeast of L.A. on San Andreas Fault.
August 8: Portolá expedition crosses Newhall Pass at Elsmere Canyon, camps at Chaguayabit (Castaic Junction).
August 10: Father Juan Crespí names Santa Clara River Valley for St. Clare.
March 6: Captain Pedro Fages arrives from San Diego; camps at Agua Dulce, Castaic, Lake Elizabeth, Lebec and Tejon.
April 13: Spanish Fr. Francisco Hermanegeldo Garces, seeking short route from Sonora (Mex.) to Monterey (Calif.) enters SCV.
Father Junípero Serra dies; succeeded by Father Fermin Lasuen.
Antonio Seferino del Valle born in Composilla, Mexico.
September 3: Fr. Vincente de Santa Maria, at San Buenaventura, recommends San Fernando Valley over Santa Clarita Valley for a mission.
September 8: Fr. Fermin Lasuen dedicates Mission San Fernando Rey de España.
March 9: Gold discoverer Francisco Lopez born at Mission San Gabriel, by some accounts. Otherwise 1820.
December 3 (?): Estancia de San Francisco Xavier founded at Castaic Junction (contrary to some sources, never raised to asistencia status).
July 1: Ignacio del Valle, son of Antonio, born in Jalisco, Mexico.
December 8: Catastrophic earthquake devastates coast from (at least) Santa Barbara to San Juan Capistrano; San Fernando Mission heavily damaged; aftershocks till April 1813 (Benson 1997:250).
Bar placed across Newhall Pass in Elsmere Canyon to keep cattle from wandering away from the estancia.
January 21: "Pathfinder" John C. Fremont born in Savannah, Ga.
April 14: Birth of ’49er patriarch J.B. Arcan of Bennett-Arcan party.
April 6: ’49er diarist William Lewis Manly born in St. Albans, Vermont.
March 26: California becomes a territory of Mexico in the war between Mexico and Spain.
September 21: L.A. freighter & hotelier Remi Nadeau born in Canada (grandfather of same-named SCV property owner).
February 4: Surveyor Edward F. Beale born in Washington, DC.
April 11: Monterey falls to Augustin Iturbide; reign lasts less than one year.
Indians at Santa Ynez revolt against Mexican rule.
June 6: Mexican soldiers track runaway Chumash slaves through the Santa Clarita Valley [link-1
General Andres Pico improves road through (Newhall) Pass.
April 26: Explosion of Phineas Banning’s boat in San Pedro harbor, killing Banning’s brother-in-law W.T.B. Sanford, who had helped dig first cut through Newhall Pass in 1850s.
August 30: State Sen. James Russell Vineyard, one of trio (w/ A. Pico) hired to cut road through (Newhall) pass, dies in Los Angeles without doing it.
September 19: Gen. Edward F. Beale loans $2,000 to A.A. Hudson and Oliver P. Robbins to erect toll house in Newhall Pass.
December 23: Beale having completed his initial construction contract, Board of Superivsors orders him to keep cutting down the Newhall Pass road to a 20 percent grade.
Private James Gorman establishes community of Gorman.
Benjamin Silliman publishes "Rivers of Oil".
January 11: Henry Mayo Newhall completes rail line between San Francisco and San Jose.
March 5: Enrique R. Ruiz born; Died with wife and children in St. Francis Dam disaster.
March 5: Los Angeles Star reports that the Board of Supervisors has accepted Gen. Beale’s cut through Newhall Pass as finished.
July 24: Walker/Reynier family patriarch Jean Joseph Reynier, then 15, arrives in Sand Canyon from France; eventually homesteads 1,200 acres.
September 11: Fort Tejon abandoned.
December 6: Actor William S. Hart born in Newburgh, New York.
March 18: Rancho San Francisco deeded to Thomas R. Bard, agent for Thomas A. Scott’s Philadelphia and California Petroleum Company.
April 29: Rancho San Francisco deeded to Robert H. Gratz.
May 22: Discoverer Ramon Perea and partner sell Pico Canyon oil claim to Edward Beale & Robert Baker for $300.
June 24: San Fernando Petroleum Mining District formed by Edward F. Beale, Andres Pico, Vincent Gelcich and others, who then form the first Star Oil Company.
August 7: Beale, Pico & partners buy up old oil claims in Pico Canyon.
January 18: Tiburcio Vasquez begins serving 4-year prison sentence for grand larceny in Sonoma County.
July 4: Stephen T. Mather, founder of National Park Service who made fortune at Sterling Borax Works in SCV’s Tick Canyon, born in San Francisco.
September 4: Harald Sandberg born in Norway; built Sandberg’s Summit Hotel on the Ridge Route.
June 12: Ravenna post office established in Soledad Canyon.
January 8: Sanford Lyon, Henry Wiley and William Jenkins begin drilling the first oil well in Pico Canyon.
April 30: Rancho San Francisco deeded to Philadelphia & California Petroleum Co.
July 30: The Del Valle family’s then-1,340 acre Rancho Camulos is legally separated (partitioned) from the Rancho San Francisco land grant.
September 15: ’49er patriarch J.B. Arcan of Bennett-Arcan party dies at Santa Cruz, Calif., age 56.
February 15: Toll road through Soledad Canyon becomes public highway.
March 31: George Gleason, Henry Colson, George J. Clarke apply for patent on gold lode in Soledad Canyon.
June 14: Tiburcio Vasquez released from prison in Sonoma County.
Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez establishes hideout at Vasquez Rocks.
Spring: John Lang arrives in Soledad Canyon.
August 12: Elizabeth Lake School District established.
March 26, 2:30 a.m.: Major earthquake at Owens Valley; 27 people killed in Lone Pine, 23 of them immediately (Likes-Day 1975:32).
September 16: Sulphur Springs School District established by Mitchells and Langs.
August 26: Vasquez gang raids Tres Pinos (San Benito Co.); hotelier is killed, for which Vasquez later hangs.
October 15: Soledad Judicial District formed; J.H. Turner elected Justice of the Peace.
October 20: Santa Barbara lawyers Charles Fernald and Jarrett ("J.T.") Richards purchase Rancho San Francisco for $33,000 (75 cents an acre) in a sheriff’s sale.
November: Oil driller Charles Alexander Mentry arrives in San Francisco.
December 26: Vasquez gang raids Kingston (now Kings Co.); ties up townspeople, makes off with $2,500 in cash and jewels.
April 8: (Unsuccessful) oil refining operation established at Lyon’s Station; predecessor to Pioneer Oil Refinery on Pine Street.
April 15: Tiburcio Vasquez gang pulls off Repetto Ranch raid.
April 20: First train out of L.A. to reach new town of San Fernando; Newhall 2 years later.
May 11: Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez pens love poem to "La Señorita E.G."
May 14: Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez captured in Hollywood Hills.
January 5: Tiburcio Vasquez murder trial opens in San Jose.
January 10: Jury finds Tiburcio Vasquez guilty of murder, recommends death.
January 15: Henry Mayo Newhall purchases Rancho San Francisco in a sheriff’s sale.
February 20: H.M. Newhall’s deed to the Rancho San Francisco recorded in Book 36, Page 102 of Deeds.
March 19, 1:35 p.m.: Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez hanged in San Jose.
March 22: Construction begins on San Fernando Railroad Tunnel.
May 8: John F. Powell, an Irish immigrant, becomes Justice of the Peace.
July 15: Soledad Canyon homesteader John Lang and 2 cohorts kill 1,600-pound grizzly bear [link]. The rest is legend.
August 14: Charles Alexander Mentry begins drilling for oil in Pico Canyon.
August 15: Birth of matriarch Rosaria P. Ruiz; killed in St. Francis Dam disaster.
September 6: John W. Mitchell born to Canyon Country pioneers Thomas & Martha Mitchell; buried in Mitchell Cemetery.
November 25: Outlaw Cleovaro Chavez killed by bounty hunters in Arizona Territory.
January 26: L.A. Evening Express reports that Pico Canyon oil is "unsurpassed in quality."
February 14: Gen. Andres Pico dies at his home at 203 Main St., Los Angeles.
July 8: Demetrius G. Scofield forms California Star Oil Works, hires driller Charles Alexander Mentry.
July 14: Construction completed on 6,940-foot long San Fernando Tunnel. First train through a month later.
July 27: Chas. Crocker announces completion of Tunnel No. 19 in Soledad Canyon at 223 feet — last tunnel to complete rail line from L.A. to S.F.
August 1: Pioneer Oil Refinery established at Andrew’s Station.
August 12: First train through San Fernando Tunnel into Newhall.
September 5: Southern Pacific president Charles Crocker drives "golden spike" at Lang Station, linking Los Angeles with San Francisco.
September 6: Newhall Train Station opens at Bouquet Junction (moves in 1878).
September 26: Pico (CSO) Number 4 erupts, becomes first commercially productive oil well in the American West.
October 13: Town of Newhall founded at Bouquet Junction.
October 18: Southern Pacific begins subdividing town of Newhall.
January 16: Newhall post office established at original town site; George Campton, postmaster.
May 10: Newhall School District formed, upon petition of J.F. Powell and 47 others.
June 26: Noted San Francisco photographer Carleton Watkins photographs Pico Canyon oil works.
Newhall school children taught in a bunk house on the Lyon Ranch.
John Howe appointed first constable of the Soledad Judicial District (followed by Joseph Leighton).
William W. Jenkins settles at the Lazy Z Ranch in Castaic, initiates range war.
February: Henry M. Newhall starts construction on the Southern Hotel at Market Street and Railroad Avenue.
January 15: Downtown Newhall begins move from Bouquet Junction to current location.
January 16: Actor and Saugus rancher Harry Carey (Sr.) born in The Bronx.
February 16: Downtown Newhall completes move from Bouquet Junction to current location.
August 24: Post office established at Lake Hughes.
April 17: Prohibitionist Henry Clay Needham marries Lillie Florence Taylor in Kansas.
May 7: California voters ratify second (current) California Constitution [link].
August 19: Newhall civic leader Charles Henry Kingsburry born in Missouri.
September 10: Demetrius G. Scofield incorporates Pacific Coast Oil Company, forerunner of Standard Oil Company of California.
September 17: Newhall School erected.
November 8: King Baggot, director of William S. Hart film, "Tumbleweeds" (1925), born in St. Louis, Mo.
January 6: Actor Tom Mix born in Mix Run, Penn.
January 29: Comedian W.C. Fields born in Pennsylvania; lived briefly in Newhall.
February 24: Prolific early Placerita Canyon film director J.P. McGowan born in Australia.
March 21: First Western film star, Gilbert A. "Broncho Billy" Anderson, born in Little Rock, Ark.
March 30: Ignacio del Valle dies.
April 19: "Pico Oil Spring Mine Section Two" patented by Robert F. Baker and E.F. Beale.
"Little White School" erected in Acton.
Pacific Coast Oil Company builds warehouse and office north of the Newhall Train Station.
January 23: Helen Hunt Jackson arrives at Rancho Camulos, interviews Blanca Yndart for "Ramona."
March 3: George Campton’s Newhall general store explodes.
March 13: Henry Mayo Newhall dies in the city of San Francisco following a riding accident at Rancho San Francisco (SCV).
November 30: (Pre-)Newhall pioneer Sanford Lyon dies.
June 1: Heirs of Henry Mayo Newhall incorporate The Newhall Land and Farming Company.
July 5: Margaret Jane (White) Newhall, widow of H.M. Newhall, deeds Rancho San Francisco (SCV) to The Newhall Land and Farming Co.
September 12: One worker killed, 4 injured while erecting 20,000-bbl oil storage tank at Mentryville in Pico Canyon.
May 2: Brothers McCoy and Everette Pyle discover Tataviam Indian artifacts in Bowers Cave.
July 13: Hardison & Stewart (who later formed Union Oil Co.) start drilling Star No. 1 oil well in Pico Canyon.
September 14: Clarence A. Austin, founder and developer of Lake Hughes, born in New Haven, Conn.
October: Felton School District established in Mentryville.
October 11: Birth of Hortense Reynier, future bride of Placerita Canyon pioneer Frank Walker.
November 13: Second-generation San Francisquito Canyon resident Louis Raggio born in Saugus.
Sulphur Springs School erected.
February 12: Placerita Canyon pioneer landowner Frank Walker born in Springfield, Ill.
March 23: Film director Robert N. Bradbury born in Walla Walla, Wash.
April 27: Legend is born: Article published in San Francisco Chronicle points out connection between Rancho Camulos and H.H. Jackson novel "Ramona."
May 30: Farmer Joe Gottardi born in Italy; lost wife and five children in 1928 St. Francis Dam Disaster.
August 28: Peter Mentre, 77, father of Pico oil driller C.A. Mentry, disappears, never to be seen again — until his bones turn up 12 years later.
September 1: Town of Saugus founded; Saugus Train Station dedicated.
September 1: Castaic Train Station dedicated.
October 11: Richard E. Nickel, "Father of Acton," arrives from Kansas.
November 22: Vaudevillian Charles Mack born in Kansas; lived in Newhall.
December 3: Prohibitionist Henry Clay Needham and others purchase Lyons’s Station & surroundings; establish St. John Subdivision as a "dry" colony.
Pioneer Oil Refinery closed.
January 24: Acton post office established; Richard E. Nickel, postmaster.
April 28: First meeting of Union Religious & Moral Society of Acton, predecessor of Acton Community Presbyterian Church.
May 28: Olympian Jim Thorpe, "America’s greatest athlete," born in Indian Territory (probably near Prague, Okla.); later in life, appeared in many B-Westerns shot in Placerita Canyon.
June 17: Reverend F.W. Pattee forms the Acton Community (Presbyterian) Church; services in the Little White School.
August 5: Bibles donated for new Sunday school held in Acton’s first schoolhouse.
August 14: SP Lang Station Burns Down.
August 15: New organ played by minister’s wife (Mrs. Pattee) and school teacher Mattie Adams in Acton’s first schoolhouse/church.
October 7: First sermon from Rev. John Robbins at Acton Community Presbyterian Church; served until 1916.
October 23: Southern Hotel in Newhall burns to the ground.
March 25: Castaic School District established.
Newhall School burns to the ground for the first time.
Soledad School erected in Acton.
Wallace Hardison and Lyman Stewart found Union Oil Company in Santa Paula.
February 28: Killing of Dolores Cook and George Walton by William Chormicle and W.A. Gardener.
March 10: Castaic landowner William Chormicle hunted down and arrested for double murder.
March 11: Castaic landowner William Chormicle brought to L.A. to stand trial for double murder.
March 28: Jury selection starts in murder trial of W.C. Chormicle and W.A. Gardner.
June 17: Eighteen-day murder trial of W.C. Chormicle and W.A. Gardner ends in acquittal.
June 18: Second, untried murder charge against W.C. Chormicle and W.A. Gardner is dismissed.
July 13: Gen. John C. Fremont dies in New York City.
November 24: Harriet Melrose Farmer murdered in Mint Canyon.
November 26: Gov. Robert W. Waterman offers $300 reward for capture of suspect in Hattie Farmer’s murder.
December 5: San Francisquito Canyon ranch granted to Frank LeBrun.
April 22: ’49er patriarch Asahel Bennett of Bennett-Arcan party dies in Idaho Falls, Idaho, probably 84.
April 25: President Benjamin Harrison stops at the Saugus Train Station, dines inside at Tolfree’s Saugus Eating House.
May 31: Reverend F.D. Seward forms the First Presbyterian Church in Newhall.
July 15: Richard E. Nickel first publishes The Acton Rooster newspaper.
August 5: Post office established at Saugus depot; renamed Surrey in 1906.
August 22: Future First Lady Lou Henry (Hoover) poses for photograph at R.E. Nickel’s Acton store.
November 2: Richard E. Nickel founds Acton Water Works.
November 6: Movie producer Trem Carr born in Trenton, Ill.
December 12: Actor Buck Jones, a Placerita Canyon and Vasquez Rocks "regular," born in Vincennes, Ind.
April 8: Actress Mary Pickford born in Toronto; starred in "Ramona" (1910), shot at Rancho Camulos.
August 6: Western actor and Saugus rodeo owner Hoot Gibson born in Nebraska.
September 2: Placerita movie ranch owner E.R. "Ernie" Hickson born in Ohio.
October 27: Birth of Robert E. Callahan, owner of Mission Village in L.A. and Old West Trading Post on Sierra Highway.
December 8: Trick roper Sam J. Garrett born in Oklahoma; established Circle G Ranch in Sand Canyon in 1940s.
December 20: Benjamin Harrison establishes 555,520-acre San Gabriel Timberland Reserve (Angeles National Forest). First forest reserve in California, second in U.S.
Constable Ed Pardee purchases Good Templars Lodge, moves it to Walnut and Market streets.
April 4: Major earthquake centered in Pico Canyon.
April 22: Surveyor Edward F. Beale dies in Washington, D.C.
February 1: Film director John Ford born in Maine.
July 15: Actor & police officer Thornton Edwards, hero of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, born in Maine.
September 15: Post office established at Castaic Junction; abandoned in August 1895. (See 1917.)
June 10: Academy Award winner Hattie McDaniel (Mammy, "Gone with the Wind") born in Wichita, Kans.; entertained in Val Verde.
July 21: Western actor Ken Maynard born in Indiana.
October 4: Actor Buster Keaton born (as Joseph Frank Keaton VI) in Kansas.
November 9: Controversial lawmaker/developer/racetrack owner/water purveyor William G. "Bill" Bonelli born in Kingman, Ariz.
November 29: Stuntman & SCV resident Enos Edward "Yakima" Canutt born in Colfax, Wash.
January 31: Actress Olive Fuller (Golden) Carey, wife of Harry Carey Sr., born in New York City.
February 26: Enid Markey, Hart’s occasional leading lady, born in Dillon, Colo.
February 12: Hart leading lady Vola Vale ("The Silent Man," "Wolves of the Rail," "White Oak") born in Rochester, N.Y.
Construction of the "Big House" in Mentryville completed – maybe. Maybe 1889.
May 10: Flossie A. Melrose becomes postmistress at Acton.
July 23: Placerita oil field (Confusion Hill) con man Milfred R. Yant born in Alger, Ohio.
October 22: Birth of Mary S. Ruiz, eldest child of Enrique & Rosaria Ruiz of San Francisquito Canyon; all died in 1928 dam disaster.
November 11: First deed to Vasquez Rocks recorded, to Bertha Wilkens (160 acres).
January 4: Acton gold mine owner Henry Tifft Gage sworn in as California’s 20th governor.
January 18: Martin and Richard Wood purchase Tolfree’s Eating House and change its name to the Saugus Cafe.
November 9: Actress Winifred Westover born in San Francisco; estranged wife of William S. Hart & mother of his son.
January 8: Lifelong SCV resident Harry S. Chacanaca born.
June 30: Oil man Darius Towsley dies.
July 1: Frew blacksmith shop established on Spruce Street (present-day Main Street); took over existing building from prior owner.
July 12: The Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. establishes the Newhall telephone exchange. SCV gets its first telephone. The second was installed in 1911.
August 25: New Century Well No. 1 gushes white oil in Placerita Canyon (second productive white oil well).
October 4: Pioneer oil driller Charles Alexander Mentry succumbs to typhoid fever at California Hospital in Los Angeles.
December 13: Automobile Club of Southern California founded.
August 7: Giant meteor seen over SCV skies; possibly makes landfall in Bouquet-Texas canyon area.
December 5: Movie producer Walt Disney born in Chicago.
December 16: Beale’s camel driver, Hi Jolly, dies at Quartzsite, Ariz.
January 20: Crown Valley Feud ends as Acton’s William Broome is shot down by W.H. "Rosy" Melrose.
February 5: ’49er diarist William Lewis Manly dies in San Jose.
May 4: President Theodore Roosevelt stops at the Saugus Train Station, Saugus Cafe and Acton Hotel.
July 17: Crown Valley Feud: Jury exonerates W.H. "Rosy" Melrose in Jan. 20 death of William Broome.
August 9: Western actor Tom Tyler born (as Vincent Markowski) in Port Henry, N.Y.
August 23: Actor and Sand Canyon resort owner Horace Truman "Ace" Cain born in Chicksaw Nation, Olka.
August 21: Bandleader Count Basie born in New Jersey; performs "April in Paris" in Acton/Agua Dulce desert in Mel Brooks’ "Blazing Saddles."
September 1: Western actor Johnny Mack Brown born in Alabama.
September 5: St. Francis Dam builder William Mulholland and Fred Eaton dine at Saugus Cafe.
Saugus Cafe moves out of the Saugus Train Station and across the street.
February 27: "Ramona" play first performed (at Mason Opera House, Los Angeles); original version runs 5 hours.
May 31: Native American Lydia Victoria (Cooke) Manriquez born in Castaic.
August 10: Death of Canyon Country matriarch Martha Taylor Mitchell.
December 22: County buys property to build Newhall Jail (now next to city’s Old Town Newhall Library).
January 31: L.A. County records deed to property it swaps with station agent James Gifford to build (Old) Newhall Jail.
February 20: L.A. County accepts Mr. H.C. Register’s bid to build (Old) Newhall Jail for $2,237.
April 25: Bercaw General Store opens in Surrey (Saugus).
April 26: Bobby Batugo, World Champion Mixologist in the 1970s, born in The Philippines.
May 7: James Bernard "Bud" Keysor, founder of Keysor-Century Records, born in Salt Lake City.
June 11: Congress passes Forest Homestead Act, allowing homesteading on farmable forest lands.
October 4: Standard Oil Company of California formed, Demetrius G. Scofield, president.
K-8 Saugus School erected.
January 23: Western actor Bob Steele born (as Robert Adrian Bradbury) in Portland, Ore.
May 26: Western actor John Wayne born (as Marion Robert Morrison) in Winterset, Iowa.
September 20: Construction starts in San Francisquito Canyon on south end of Elizabeth Tunnel section of L.A. Aqueduct.
September 29: Actor and movie ranch owner Gene Autry born in Texas.
November 1: Construction starts on north end of Elizabeth Tunnel section of L.A. Aqueduct.
December 29: Mark T. Gates Sr., founder of Eternal Valley Cemetery, born in Nebraska.
February 17: Sterling Borax Co. incorporates in Las Vegas, issues $2 million in capital stock; mines borates in Tick Canyon.
November 12: Saugus School District formed from sections of Newhall and Castaic school districts.
January 4: Deputy Constable Charles A. De Moranville shot to death after responding to a Newhall bar fight.
Horseshoe Ranch house built (later owned by William S. Hart).
April 1-2: D.W. Griffith shoots film "Ramona" with Mary Pickford at Rancho Camulos.
May 23: D.W. Griffith film "Ramona" released; shot at Rancho Camulos.
June 10: Trick roper Montie Montana of Agua Dulce born (as Owen Harlan Mickel) in Wolf Point, Mont.
July 16: Lifelong Newhall resident and community volunteer Gladys Laney born to local movers & shakers Bert and Armantha Thibeadaux.
December 21: Newhall (Auto) Tunnel opens; cut away in 1938 for Sierra Highway expansion.
February 12: Birth of Piru museum owner Harry Hazzard Lechler.
March 8: Castaic Range War: Chromicle ally Billy Rose shoots, wounds landowner William W. Jenkins.
November 5: Grand opening of Mulholland’s L.A. Aqueduct as the first water arrives from Owens Valley.
Newhall School burns to the ground for the second time.
Albert Swall establishes the Swall Hotel on Spruce Street; other businesses follow his lead.
January 21: Newhall lawman Ed Pardee dies at 62.
January 21: Signal newspaper owner Scott Newhall born in San Francisco.
July 5: Rev. Wolcott H. Evans named pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Newhall.
September 13: Early Pico Canyon oil financier & school namesake Charles N. Felton dies in Menlo Park.
January 17: First Catholic parish mission church dedicated in Newhall.
January 19: Dry goods merchant and hotelier Albert Swall is appointed Newhall postmaster.
January 21: Stephen T. Mather, who made fortune at Sterling Borax Works in SCV’s Tick Canyon, named assistant to U.S. Interior Secretary; starts National Park Service.
January 25: Early Pico oilman & San Francisquito vintner Ramon Perea dies.
April 21: Actor Anthony Quinn born in Chihuahua, Mexico; starred in "Man from Del Rio" shot at Melody Ranch.
June 15: Construction begins on the Ridge Route.
July 1: Town of Castaic founded.
October 12: Name of Surrey post office changed to "Saugus".
October 17: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "The Disciple."
March 1: Newhall County Library established inside Robert F. and Christine Woodard’s ice cream parlor; Christine Woodard, custodian (librarian), salary: $5 per year. Library later moves to Hardison and Stewart building, then the Swall Hotel.
March 5: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "Hell’s Hinges."
May 6: Val Verde leader Miriam Canty born in Georgia.
June 14: Jesse Doty buys White Star Garage; later renames it Doty’s Garage and becomes Newhall’s first Ford dealer.
June 25: Triangle Film Corp. release of "The Apostle of Vengeance" starring William S. Hart.
August 25: Woodrow Wilson signs act creating National Park Service; its first director is Stephen T. Mather, who had made his fortune with the borax mine in Tick Canyon [link].
August 29: Actor George Montgomery, 1991 Newhall Walk of Western Stars honoree, born in Montana.
October 15: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "The Return of Draw Egan."
November 26: A score of Wobblies bust up Newhall Jail after commandeering SP freight train.
March 1: Country music producer Cliffie Stone born in Stockton.
April 3: Castaic post office established inside Sam Parson’s general store.
August 23: Future Western recording artist & Newhall resident Tex Williams born in Illinois.
August 27: U.S. release of John Ford film "Straight Shooting," partially shot in SCV.
December 30: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "The Narrow Trail."
February 1: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "Blue Blazes Rawden."
April 1: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "The Tiger Man."
September 19: County supervisor Warren Dorn born in Pasadena.
September 28: Box-office superstar William S. Hart promotes 4th series of Liberty Loan (World War I) bonds, which go on sale on this date.
February 7: Edward H. Brown first publishes the weekly Newhall Signal newspaper, $2 a year.
March 18: Swall Hotel in Newhall burns down.
April 20: "The Money Corral" (a motion picture) starring William S. Hart premieres at the Rialto Theater on Broadway.
July 7: Mike Shuman, Placerita Junior High School principal, born in Fitchburg, Mass.
August 16: Vasquez Rocks homestead deeded to Henry Krieg.
April 15: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "The Toll Gate."
May 11: Warrant issued for actor Tom Mix to appear in Newhall Judge J.F. Powell’s courtroom on reckless driving charge.
May 11: Actor Denver Pyle born in Colorado; played Uncle Jesse on "The Dukes of Hazzard," shot in SCV.
May 12: Judge John F. Powell fines actor Tom Mix $50 for reckless driving in Newhall.
August 17: Actress Maureen O’Hara born in Ireland; 1961 "Parent Trap" partially shot at Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch.
September 1: Movie stuntman Richard Farnsworth, 2000 Newhall Walk of Western Stars inductee, born in Los Angeles.
September 19: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "The Cradle of Courage."
December 31: Singer-actor Rex Allen, Newhall Walk of Western Stars inductee (1982), born in Arizona.
January 15: Construction starts on Lebec Hotel, aka Hotel Durant.
February 5: William S. Hart purchases the Horseshoe Ranch in Newhall from Babcock Smith.
April 15: Hollywood stuntman Jack Williams, of Agua Dulce, born in Butte, Montana.
May 16: Western character actor Harry Carey Jr. (aka Dobe) born at his parents’ ranch in Saugus.
May 21: Grand opening of Lebec Hotel, aka Hotel Durant.
June 30: Juan José Fustero dies at Rancho Camulos.
August 16: Lyman Curtis and Lillian Dorset marry in Bakersfield and live below St. Francis Dam; Lyman and daughters Marjorie and Mazie die dam disaster.
December 7: William S. Hart marries actress Winifred Westover.
March 24: Wyatt Earp’s wife thanks William S. Hart for defending her husband’s honor.
May 10: The date William S. Hart considered his formal separation from Winifred Westover.
September 6: William S. Hart Jr. born to actors William S. Hart and Winifred Westover (Hart).
September 28: Farmer Mike Yurosek, founder of Bunny-Luv carrots, born in Burbank.
November 5: U.S. release of Fox film, "Tom Mix in Arabia," shot in Newhall.
Newhall County Library moves into its own small building.
January 8: Port C. Miller becomes Justice of the Peace.
February 12: Onetime Benny Goodman pianist & Pulitzer prize-winning composer Mel Powell, founding dean of CalArts Music School, born in New York.
February 21: Newhall Chamber of Commerce Organized. Albert Swall elected president.
February 26: U.S. release of Charles Chaplin film "The Pilgrim," partially shot in SCV.
March 25: U.S. release of John Ford film "Three Jumps Ahead," shot in SCV.
March 28: Lawman Jack Pilcher and rodeo owner Bob Anderson added to Newhall Chamber of Commerce board.
March 30: Newhall Chamber of Commerce forms committees to attract new residents and pursue sidewalks for the boulevard.
April 25: Newhall Chamber of Commerce votes to ask So. Cal. Edison to provide electricity to Happy Valley.
May 9: Newhall Chamber board appoints J.R. Moore to allocate and maintain the town’s fire extinguishers.
May 26: Actor James Arness ("Gunsmoke") born in Minneapolis.
June 1: Construction begins on new First Presbyterian Church in Newhall.
June 5: Valencia resident & Western leading lady Peggy Stewart born in Palm Beach, Fla.
July 2: Realtor-engineer-pilot Harry Bell, 2011 SCV Man of the Year, born in Freeland, Saginaw County, Mich.
July 11: Newhall property owners start circulating petition calling on county to make street improvements.
September 22: Newhall Chamber of Commerce organizes community cleanup day.
October 10: Newhall merchants debate taxing themselves for county to pave Spruce (Main) Street; state does it three years later.
October 31: Newhall Chamber of Commerce petitions state to pave Spruce Street (now Main); it happens three years later.
November 16: Ella Carey (aka Cappy) born to actors Harry and Olive Carey at their ranch in Saugus. Younger sister to Harry Carey Jr.
January 16: Actress Katy Jurado born in Guadalajara, Mexico; starred in films shot at Melody Ranch.
March 31: Death of Rev. John Robbins, preacher at Acton Community Presbyterian Church from 1888-1916.
June 4: Actor Dennis Weaver (Gunsmoke, Duel) born in Joplin, Missouri.
July 19: Sherman Block, L.A. County’s 29th Sheriff (1982-1998), born in Chicago.
August 28: U.S. premiere of John Ford film "The Iron Horse," partially shot in SCV.
August 28: Ex-Governor and Acton gold mine owner Henry Tifft Gage dies.
August 10: Reginaldo del Valle sells Rancho Camulos.
September 14: Saugus Deputy Constable Ed Brown Killed in Shootout with Gus Le Brun.
November 12: Baby Nicolene born to 1922-39 Mentryville residents Milford & Mary Cheney.
March 9: A.B. Perkins becomes Justice of the Peace.
March 11: U.S. release of Buster Keaton film, "Seven Chances," partially shot in SCV.
June 4: Newhall Constable Jack Pilcher killed in the line of duty in handgun accident.
June 14: Rebuilt First Presbyterian Church dedicated in Newhall.
June 18: Newhall lawman Jack Pilcher buried; funeral expenses paid by local Ku Klux Klan.
July 3: Wyatt Earp implores his friend William S. Hart to portray him in a movie, to correct the "lies about me." Hart never did.
July 16: Actor Harry Carey files patent on the original 160-acre homestead he’d purchased in 1916.
December 17: Jenks Harris robs Piru bank of $11,000.
December 20: New York premiere of William S. Hart’s final film, "Tumbleweeds."
December 27: Full U.S. release of William S. Hart’s final film, "Tumbleweeds."
December 29: Retired Judge John F. Powell dies at home in Newhall.
January 16: Newhall Community Hospital, est. 1922, opens in larger, more modern hospital building at 6th & Spruce streets.
March 1: The first Owens Valley water arrives at the St. Francis Dam.
April 11: Annual Saugus rodeo (Baker Ranch Rodeo).
April 18: Release of Pathe’s "The Seventh Bandit" starring Saugus resident Harry Carey. Lost film.
May 4: Construction of St. Francis Dam completed.
June 1: Dr. Peters opens offices which become the Newhall Community Hospital.
June 28: Film director Mel Brooks born in Brooklyn; shot "Blazing Saddles" at Vasquez Rocks and "Robin Hood: Men In Tights" in Sand Canyon.
July 12: Hart tells L.A. architect Arthur Kelly he is "contemplating building a Spanish style home" in Newhall.
July 27: Backwoods Inn restaurant owner Bob Ohler born in Lincoln, Neb.
August 26: Sheriff’s Substation No. 6 dedicated in Newhall.
October 17: Newhall saloonkeeper Nick Rivera murdered; buried in Ruiz Cemetery.
December 27: Actor-Director-Producer Jerome Courtland born in Knoxville, Tenn.; lived in SCV; co-produced Disney’s 1977 made-in-SCV "Pete’s Dragon."
Actor William S. Hart occupies his new Spanish-style mansion, La Loma de los Vientos, at the Horseshoe Ranch in Newhall.
February 11: Actress Winifred Westover obtains divorce from William S. Hart on grounds of desertion.
March 17: Newhall telephone exchange, est. 1900, now serves 100 phones.
April 10: Snow day in SCV.
May 1: First major competition at new Baker Ranch Rodeo (later Saugus Speedway). Overflow crowd more than fills 18,000-seat arena.
May 1: Ed Toney born in Los Angeles; oversaw Valencia’s initial layout and entitlements for Newhall Land.
June 1: C.A. Mentry successor Walton Young retires from job as Standard Oil superintendent at Pico.
October 26: Pilot ditches Pacific Air Transport mailplane in heavy fog over Castaic; parachutes to safety [link].
Newhall School moves from Newhall Avenue and Lyons to Eleventh and Walnut Streets.
January 30: Early Newhall resident Leonardo Cesena dies; broke horses for Newhall Land.
March 12, 11:57 p.m.: St. Francis Dam breaks, killing more than 450 in California’s second-worst recorded disaster.
March 15: William Mulholland and Harvey Van Norman inspect St. Francis Dam failure.
March 24: Almer and George Newhall file report on damage to Newhall Land & Farming Co. property in the St. Francis Dam flood.
March 29: Little dam victim (Trexler boy), supposedly unidentified & buried at Ruiz cemetery, actually identified and buried in Chatsworth.
May 20: United Artists release of Edwin Carewe film version of "Ramona" starring Dolores Del Rio.
July 1: L.A. City settles first death & disability claim arising from St. Francis Dam disaster.
July 18: L.A. City makes first payment on death & disability claim arising from St. Francis Dam disaster.
September 13: Caterer Eugene Burke, bank co-founder and local philanthropist, born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2003).
September 14: Phebe Lemon and Parker Shelby marry in Oklahoma; both become charter members of SCV Historical Society (est. 1975).
January 7: Lawman Wyatt Earp pens last letter to friend William S. Hart; Earp dies 6 days later.
March 13: Val Verde Rev. Samuel P. Dixon Jr. born in Toomsboro, Georgia.
April 28: Annual Saugus rodeo (Baker Ranch Rodeo).
July 15: Citizens’ Restoration Committee issues report on death & disability claim arising from St. Francis Dam disaster.
November 10: Great Saugus Train Robbery by "Buffalo" Tom Vernon.
November 18: Aviator and state Senator William J. "Pete" Knight born in Noblesville, Ind.
December 1: Saugus train robber "Buffalo" Tom Vernon apprehended in Pawnee, Okla.
December 18: "Buffalo" Tom Vernon sentenced to life in prison for Saugus train derailment & robbery.
The refinery on Pine Street, used from 1876-88, is restored by Standard Oil Co. and rechristened the "Pioneer Oil Refinery."
Roy Baker sells his rodeo arena in Saugus to actor Hoot Gibson; it would later become the Saugus Speedway.
January 19: Actress and animal rights activist Tippi Hedren born in Minnesota.
February 8: U.S. release of Hoot Gibson film, "The Mounted Stranger."
March 9: Oak of the Golden Dream in Placerita Canyon dedicated.
April 17: Telephone switchboard operator Louise Gipe, heroine of the 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster, tries & fails to kill herself over an unrequited love [link].
April 27: Annual Saugus rodeo (Baker & Gibson).
June 1: The A.B. Perkins and J.D. O’Brien families sell Newhall Water System to newly formed Newhall Water Co.
November 5: Newly restored Pioneer Oil Refinery in Newhall dedicated to D.G. Scofield [link].
January 13: Stock car driver Ron Hornaday Sr. born in San Fernando; raced at Saugus Speedway.
April 26: Annual Saugus rodeo (Hoot Gibson Ranch Rodeo).
July 21: Baby Pauline born to 1922-39 Mentryville residents Milford & Mary Cheney.
November 23: Fall Roundup held at Hoot Gibson’s Saugus Rodeo.
Felton School District in Mentryville disbanded.
May 1: Annual Saugus rodeo (Hoot Gibson Ranch Rodeo).
May 30: Rotarian & community volunteer Jack Boyer born in Boise, Idaho.
June 22: Larry Thornton, Hart High band director 1969-89, born in Kern County.
July 4: First annual Fourth of July Parade in Newhall.
July 21: SCV Historical Society leader Laura Mehterian born in Chicago.
July 31: Death of pioneer Acton rancher & stonecutter George Blum.
September 2: Actor Harry Carey’s wood-framed house at Saugus ranch (now Tesoro del Valle) burns down when engine of water pump explodes.
October 14: National Forest Inn on the Ridge Route burns down (note: not October 20).
October 29: Highway 99 completed through Weldon Canyon, bypassing Ridge Route.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power completes the Bouquet Reservoir, replacing the St. Francis Dam.
April 25: Louis Brathwaite, Santa Clarita city formation leader and inaugural planning commissioner, born in New York City.
August 27: Atholl McBean elected president of The Newhall Land and Farming Company.
September 7: Birth of banker John Fuller, co-founder of Henry Mayo Hospital and VP of CalArts.
November 20: Scott Newhall and Ruth Waldo marry in Reno; later own The Signal newspaper.
January 11: Vaudeville actor & Newhall resident Charles Mack dies in Arizona car crash.
May 10: U.S. release of Robert N. Bradbury film "Blue Steel," shot in SCV.
May 27: Annual Saugus rodeo (Hoot Gibson Ranch Rodeo).
September 27: Newhall Walk of Stars inductee Wilford Brimley born in Salt Lake City.
December 5: American Legion Post 507 (Newhall American Legion) chartered.
December 20: Rev. Wolcott H. Evans, retired pastor of Newhall’s First Presbyterian Church, dies in Vista, Calif.
March 6: Oak of the Golden Dream and Pioneer Oil Refinery listed as California Historical Landmarks.
April 1: Love triangle ends when deputy’s wife, Gladys Carter, fatally shoots Frances Walker of the Placerita Walkers.
April 13: Gladys Carter convicted of manslaughter in fatal shooting of Frances Walker.
April 28: Annual Saugus rodeo (Hoot Gibson Ranch Rodeo).
July 22: St. Francis Dam builder William Mulholland dies in Los Angeles.
August 2: Newhall deputy Archie Carter sentenced to 1 year in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor after his wife fatally shot his 20-year-old mistress (the age of majority was 21).
September 27: Release of RKO’s "Powdersmoke Range," shot in Newhall, starring Harry Carey, Tom Tyler, Bob Steele, Hoot Gibson, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams.
November 14: Voters approve $22,000 construction bond to build a bigger Saugus School. (WPA kicked in another $17,181.)
February 5: New York premiere of Charles Chaplin film "Modern Times," partially shot in SCV.
February 19: Ida Evans, widow of Newhall First Presbyterian Rev. Wolcott Evans, dies at 71 in Vista, Calif.
February 25: Full U.S. release of Charles Chaplin film "Modern Times," partially shot in SCV.
February 21: Prohibitionist Henry Clay Needham dies in Newhall.
April 15: William S. Hart testifies in a New York courtroom in his "Tumbleweeds" lawsuit against United Artists.
December 14: Baby John born to Milford & Mary Cheney; probably last child born in Mentryville.
December 23: Oil first struck on Newhall Land’s SCV property.
December 27: Passenger plane crash in Rice Canyon kills all 12 aboard (3 crew, 9 passengers).
January 12: Boeing 247 crashes at Santa Clara Divide; 2 dead, 11 injured.
February 21: Actor Gary Lockwood ("2001: A Space Odyssey") born as John Gary Yurosek in Van Nuys; grew up in Newhall & attended Hart High.
April 9: Pioneer aviator E.B. Christopher and passenger killed in crash of light plane on Ridge Route near Gorman.
April 26: Annual Saugus rodeo (Hill).
May 24: Death of Vasquez Rocks homesteader Henry Krieg.
July 16: SCV historian Jerry Reynolds born in Torrance.
February 6: Fritz, William S. Hart’s pinto gelding, dies at 30.
March 2: Great Flood of 1938 causes massive destruction across the greater Los Angeles region.
March 19: NFL-CFL quarterback Joe Kapp born in Santa Fe, New Mexico; graduated from Hart High.
April 5: Proper gravestone placed under Lebec Oak at Tejon for Peter LaBeck (killed a century earlier, 10-17-1837).
April 15: Birth of Skip Newhall, eldest son of Ruth & Scott Newhall (and gr-gr-grandson of Henry M. Newhall).
April 23-24: Annual Saugus rodeo.
May 16: Brand-new Lockheed transport plane crashes in Agua Dulce; all 9 perish including 2 infants.
July 28: Newhall Tunnel cut away, replaced by Sierra Highway.
September 9: Buck McKeon, Santa Clarita’s first mayor, born in Tujunga/Los Angeles.
October 9: Dedication of Calif. Historical Landmark No. 263 (Don Pedro Fages) in Lebec.
December 5: Supervisors award construction contract for jail at Wayside Farms in Castaic (later called Pitchess Detention Center).
Auto racing starts at Bonelli Stadium in Saugus (later Saugus Speedway).
February 14: Newhall School burns to the ground for the third time.
February 15: Los Angeles premiere of John Ford’s "Stagecoach"; approx. 7 seconds shot in SCV.
March 2: Full U.S. release of John Ford’s "Stagecoach"; approx. 7 seconds shot in SCV.
July 9: Death of Harald Sandberg; built Sandberg’s Summit Hotel on the Ridge Route.
July 31: Recording artist, music promoter and longtime Sand Canyon resident Cliffie Stone marries singer Dorothy Darling in Hollywood.
August 12: Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich born in Los Angeles.
October 15: Second, Larger OLPH Catholic Church dedicated on site of first (10th & Walnut, Newhall).
Santa Clarita Valley’s population reaches 4,000.
April 23: William S. Hart swears out complaint against Newhall man, 20, who took pothots at his Great Dane, Prince.
April 28: Annual Saugus rodeo (Bonelli Ranch Rodeo).
May 10: K-8 Newhall School reopens after burning down 15 months earlier.
October 12: Actor Tom Mix dies at 60 in Arizona car crash.
November 7: William S. Hart deeds land for theater at Spruce & 11th Street to American Legion.
March 18: Birth of twin gr-gr-grandsons of H.M. Newhall: Tony (Signal publisher), Jon (editor).
April 26-27: Annual Saugus rodeo (Bonelli Ranch Rodeo).
May 23: SCV’s first real movie house, the American Theater, dedicated in Newhall.
June 21: Ernie Hickson buys out Trem Carr’s interest in their Monogram movie ranch, renames it "Placeritos" (later called Melody).
September 16: Newhall School Auditorium dedicated.
November 27: Funeral for "our" Remi Nadeau, whose Canyon Country deer park became North Oaks.
December 8: Julius Dietzmann family of Castaic arrested as German enemy aliens [link].
December 10: Three days after Pearl Harbor attack, 165th and 185th Infantry Regiments assigned to Saugus; Edison power substation guarded 24/7.
April 26: Annual Saugus rodeo (Bonelli Ranch Rodeo).
June 30: Bonelli Stadium (Saugus Speedway) goes dark until after World War II.
November 28: Actor & SCV regular Buck Jones dies in Boston’s Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire.
January 7: Actor William S. Hart announces intent to bequeath Newhall estate to the public.
January 31: 3 Army aviators killed in crash of plane and glider in Castaic area; 3 others saved by 9-year-old Marylynn Winkler.
April 28: August Rubel, owner of Rancho Camulos, is killed when the ambulance he’s driving apparently hits a German land mine in North Africa [link].
June 30: Army Air Force pilot Loncie L. Tucker, on training run, dies when his P-38 fighter crashes at Wayside Honor Rancho (later Pichess Detention Center) in Castaic.
October 1: Actor William S. Hart’s sister and co-habitant in Newhall, Mary Ellen Hart, dies.
April 29: U.S. release of "Outlaw Trail" starring Hoot Gibson & Bob Steele; filmed at Monogram (Melody) Ranch.
August 12: Newhall Refinery on Sierra Highway destroyed by fire. (It was rebuilt.)
January 13: State approves petition of Newhall, Saugus, Castaic, Mint Canyon and Sulphur Springs school districts to form Santa Clarita Union High School District, renamed for William S. Hart the following year.
January 29: Local residents vote 1,184-7 to create Santa Clarita Union High School District, later named William S. Hart.
March 9: Voters elect first 5-member governing board of the Santa Clarita Union High School District, renamed for Hart the following year.
April 18: Actors Harry & Olive Carey sell Saugus ranch (deed recorded this date to John F. & Irene T. Blanchard); now Tesoro del Valle.
April 28-29: William S. Hart leads Newhall Posse in Bonelli Ranch Rodeo; actor Harry Carey Sr. is grand marshal.
June 2: Local residents vote 432-2 to pass $300,000 bond measure to build Santa Clarita High School, ultimately named for William S. Hart.
September 9: Bonelli Stadium (Saugus Speedway) holds first postwar auto race on the West Coast; Billy Vukovich wins.
October 2: Cattle-rustling "Phantom of Vasquez Rocks" captured.
October 19, shortly after 9 p.m.: Acton Hotel burns to the ground.
May 20: Cher, great-granddaughter of Placerita Canyon homesteader Frank Walker, born in El Centro, Calif.
June 19: Community leader Bobbie (Nash) Trueblood arrives in Newhall.
June 5: 81-year-old William S. Hart hospitalized; dies 2 1/2 weeks later.
June 23, 11:20PM: William S. Hart, 81, dies at L.A.’s California Lutheran Hospital, leaving his Newhall home and 80-acre estate to the County of Los Angeles.
June 26: Open-casket service for William S. Hart at his Newhall home; Rudy Vallee sings "The Last Round-up."
July 10: Fred Trueblood Jr., later Signal editor, marries British war bride Bobbie Nash (Trueblood).
August 18: Movie producer Trem Carr dies in San Diego.
September 8: William S. Hart High School dedicated.
December 18: Producer-Director Steven Spielberg born in Cincinnati; made first feature film ("Duel") & parts of many others in SCV.
December 25: Comedian W.C. Fields dies in Pasadena; lived briefly in Newhall.
Bill Bonelli’s "Rancho Santa Clarita" in Saugus is SCV’s first modern, postwar tract housing, and first official use of the "Santa Clarita" name.
August 16: Newhall Hardware opens on Spruce Street.
September 21: Actor and Saugus rancher Harry Carey (Sr.) dies.
April 24-25: Bonelli Ranch Rodeo.
June 2: Laura Madeline Wagnon & Catherine McCaleb purchase Harry Carey Ranch from John & Irene Blanchard; sell it in 1950s to Cloughertys.
September 23: Agua Dulce Women’s Club organized.
October 25: Valencia developer Thomas E. Dierckman, 2012 SCV Man of Year, born in Indiana.
January 10: Snow day in SCV.
February 17: Short-lived oil drilling operation on Newhall’s Arcadia Street ends.
June 22: Actress Lindsay Wagner born in L.A.; "Bionic Woman" filmed at COC & other SCV locations.
November 24: Film director Robert N. Bradbury dies.
February 27: Ex-Mrs. William S. Hart appears in court to challenge will that leaves Hart Park & Mansion to L.A. County.
November 28: CalArts grad (BFA Theater ’75) Ed Harris ("A Beautiful Mind," "Apollo 13," "The Abyss") born in New Jersey.
July 24: Actress Lynda Carter born in Phoenix; "Wonder Woman" sometimes filmed in SCV.
Two oil wells come in on the same day at the Jenkins’ Lazy Z Ranch in Castaic, making national headlines.
From Ernie Hickson’w widow, actor Gene Autry buys Western movie town in Placerita Canyon, renames it "Melody Ranch."
January 22: Placerita movie ranch owner E.R. "Ernie" Hickson dies in Los Angeles.
March 26: Prolific early Placerita Canyon film director J.P. McGowan dies in Hollywood at 72.
July 21: 7.5-magnitude Kern County earthquake devastates Tehachapi; damage spread from San Diego to Las Vegas.
August 27: Actor & CalArts grad Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) born in New York.
September 12: Henry Mayo Newhall Auditorium at Hart High opens.
November 30: CalArts grad Henry Selick (MFA Film/Video ’77), director of "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "James and the Giant Peach," born in New Jersey.
January 13: Voters approve formation of Newhall County Water District (347 yes, 167 no).
February 6: Newly public Newhall County Water District holds first board meeting.
May 1: Adrian Adams, later municipal court judge, opens law practice in Newhall with attorney James Lowder.
May 2-3: Bonelli Ranch Rodeo.
May 29: Musician & CalArts student Danny Elfman born in Los Angeles.
June 6: Petroleum Production Pioneers recognize importance of Pico Canyon’s CSO No. 4 oil well in plaque ceremony.
August 4: Voters approve first issuance of Newhall County Water District bonds i/a/o $425,000 (465 yes, 45 no).
March 20: Author Louis Sachar born in New York; 1998 book "Holes" made into 2003 film shot at Melody & Golden Oak ranches.
April 15: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden on streets of Newhall for filming of "Suddenly."
May 3: Western actor Tom Tyler dies at 50 in Michigan.
August: County of Los Angeles changes "Spruce Street" (Newhall’s main street) to "San Fernando Road."
September 20: C-46 Cargo Plane Crashes at Saugus Drunk Farm; Civil Air Patrol Chaplains Parachute to Safety.
October 7: New York release of "Suddenly" starring Frank Sinatra; shot in Newhall and Saugus.
October 24: U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) born in Monterey Park; represents southeastern sliver of SCV.
February 18: Actor and nightclub owner Ace Cain incorporates the Rocky Springs Country Club in Sand Canyon.
May 16: Actress Debra Winger born in Ohio; worked as Magic Mountain troll in 1972.
September 10: U.S. release of "Gunsmoke" TV series, initially shot at Melody Ranch.
September 30: Actor James Dean, 24, drives through Castaic Junction en route to his final resting place.
February 24: Baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Murray born in Los Angeles; later SCV resident & car dealer.
August 16: The Battle of Palmdale rages over the skies of Santa Clarita [link].
Manmade Piru lake and dam are completed.
January 12: Animator-Director John Lasseter born in Hollywood; 1979 CalArts grad is chief creative officer at Pixar & Walt Disney Animation Studios; principal creative advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering.
June 15: Lang Station dedicated as State Historic Landmark No. 590.
November 18: Newhall County Library dedicated on Ninth Street.
June 20: NASCAR driver Ron Hornaday Jr. born in Palmdale; raced at Saugus Speedway.
August 25: Producer-director & CalArts grad Tim Burton born in Burbank.
September 20: Dedication of William S. Hart Park in Newhall.
April 14: Earle L. Vanasen, first president of Newhall County Water District (1953-1959), retires from water board.
November 8: California voters narrowly approve the Burns-Porter Act, which authorized the State Water Project.
April 29: Sandberg’s Summit Hotel on the Ridge Route burns down.
August 13: First Mass celebrated at new Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church (3rd building) in Newhall. Cardinal McIntyre attends.
August 21: CalArts grad (MFA ’92) and marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Spongebob SquarePants, born in Oklahoma; developed prototype for Spongebob while a student in 1989. Estimated net worth: $90 million (2012) [link].
January 13: Death of Joe Gottardi, who lost wife and five children in 1928 dam disaster; buried in Piru.
April 16: Buffalo herd arrives at William S. Hart Park — donated by Walt Disney from Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon.
April 24: SCV residents vote to connect to State Water Project, creating Upper Santa Clara Valley Water Agency (renamed Castaic Lake Water Agency).
August 23: Western actor and Saugus rodeo owner Hoot Gibson dies in Woodland Hills.
August 28: Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch burns to the ground as fire consumes most of the hills surrounding the Santa Clarita Valley.
September 18: Articles of incorporation filed for Golden State Hospital on Lyons Avenue.
December 4: Actress and future Soledad Canyon big-cat rescuer Tippi Hedren, "Hitchcock’s New Grace Kelly," makes cover of Look magazine for upcoming thriller, "The Birds."
Sunday Swap Meet starts at Saugus Speedway.
March 28: New York premiere of Hitchcock’s "The Birds"; stars later SCV resident Tippi Hedren.
May 2: Fred Trueblood II sells The Newhall Signal newspaper to printer Ray Brooks.
August 1: Leona Cox Community School breaks ground in Canyon Country.
August 10: Death of Newhall civic leader Charles Henry Kingsburry.
August 23: First stretch of Antelope Valley 14 Freeway opens from south of Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country to Red Rover Mine Road in Acton.
November 1: Community of Canyon Country founded; first Frontier Days celebration.
January 9: Signal newspaper owner Scott Newhall introduces the screaming eagle masthead with the motto, "Vigiliance Forever."
February 29: Lifelong SCV resident Harry S. Chacanaca dies; buried at Ruiz Cemetery.
June 16: Aerial photos shot of Disney’s proposed location for CalArts — just east of Hollywood Bowl.
July 22: U.S. release of Hitchcock’s "Marnie" starring SCV’s Tippi Hedren.
August 27: Promotional film, "The CalArts Story," debuts at Hollywood premiere of "Mary Poppins."
September 27: Actress Tippi Hedren, 28, marries business manager Noel Marshall, 35; couple later moves to Africa USA (Shambala) in Soledad Canyon.
December 30: United Air Lines Convair 340 forced down in Saugus when both engines fail; 47 aboard, none injured.
December 30: Three from Montana killed in light plane crash near Gorman.
August 10: Plaza Theatre (movie theater) opens on Lyons Avenue, Newhall.
October 1: Santa Clarita National Bank opens.
December 5: Scott Newhall publishes first Sunday edition of The Newhall Signal newspaper; previously Thursdays only.
February 1: Actor Buster Keaton dies at 70 in Los Angeles.
May 25: Mustang Drive-In theater opens on Soledad Canyon Road.
November 13: Pico No. 4 oil well listed as a National Historic Landmark.
December 15: Movie producer Walt Disney dies in Burbank.
January 19: Original air date of "Star Trek" Episode 19: Arena; Kirk battles the Gorn commander (Saugus resident Bobby Clark) at Vasquez Rocks.
July 17: Frenchy Lagasse family moves into the Pico Cottage (aka Big House) at Mentryville.
August 20: Community of Valencia dedicated by The Newhall Land & Farming Co.; tract homes sell for $25,000.
October 3: Air Force test pilot William J. "Pete" Knight achieves Mach 6.7 (4,520 mph) in X-15 rocket plane to set world speed record (still stands); later served as SCV’s state assemblyman and senator.
November 21: Local voters approve formation of community college and elect COC’s first five-member board (Dr. William G. Bonelli Jr., Bruce Fortine, Sheila Dyer, Peter Huntsinger, Edward Muhl).
June 5: Saugus resident Elizabeth Evans hit in head by a bullet during assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy by Sirhan Sirhan. (Kennedy died June 6.)
September 3: Canyon High School opens.
November 13: Following health department inspection, Lebec Hotel closes permanently.
December 3: Newhall Land board of directors votes to take the company public.
May 3: Groundbreaking of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia.
May 15: Board of Trustees selects "College of the Canyons" name.
September 22: College of the Canyons opens with first class of students in temporary Hart High School location.
November 17: Construction begins on Magic Mountain amusement park.
December 19: SCV resident Kristy Swanson, original Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), born in Mission Viejo.
January 7: COC’s first winter quarter starts in temporary Hart High School location.
January 27: Gov. Ronald Reagan appoints Adrian Adams judge of Newhall Municipal Court.
February 11: Groundbreaking of County Civic Center in Valencia.
April 5: The Newhall Incident: Slaying of four California Highway Patrol officers — Walter Frago, Roger Gore, James Pence and George Alleyn — in the J’s Coffee Shop parking lot at today’s Magic Mountain Parkway and The Old Road.
April 8: COC’s first spring quarter starts in temporary Hart High School location.
June 5: Dedication of memorial wall at Newhall CHP station for officers slain in the Newhall Incident.
June 26: Sixteen graduate in COC’s first commencement ceremony, in Hart High cafeteria.
September 15: SCV voters recall two Hart School Board members who won’t let students circulate anti-Vietnam War petition.
September 25: Lagasses help save Mentryville buildings as Newhall and Malibu brush fires erupt & join into worst fire in SoCal history. Twelve fires over 10 days in Southland burn 525,000 acres, kill 13 and destroy approx. 1,500 structures.
October 5: College of the Canyons’ first on-campus classes held in portable buildings located just south of future Cougar Stadium.
October 13: Unarmored threespine stickleback (a fish) listed in Federal Register as endangered species.
October 17: Hart leading lady Vola Vale ("The Silent Man," "Wolves of the Rail," "White Oak") dies in Hawthorne, Calif.
December 19: Snow day in SCV.
Southern Pacific Railroad tears down Lang Station.
California Institute of the Arts is incorporated by Walt Disney; school moves to Valencia.
February 9, 5:59 a.m.: 6.5 magnitude Sylmar earthquake (actually centered in Iron Canyon section of Sand Canyon).
March 13: Brick front of Newhall Pharmacy (ex-Swall Hotel at Market & Spruce/Main), damaged in Feb. 9 quake, collapses.
March 25: Members of the separate Piru and Fillmore Citrus Associations vote to merge into the Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association.
April 27: Tejon Ranch Co. torches the Lebec Hotel.
May 6: Fort Tejon added to National Register of Historic Places [link
May 12: Actor Tor Johnson ("Plan 9 From Outer Space") dies in San Fernando; buried at Eternal Valley Cemetery in Newhall.
May 27: Magic Mountain community preview night.
May 29: Magic Mountain opens to public.
June 25: Regulatory agency gives Henry Mayo board the green light to build a hospital.
September 2: Sonny & Cher open at Magic Mountain’s 7-Up Showcase Theatre.
November 10: Dedication of Nature Study Center (aka Placerita Canyon Nature Center) at Placerita Canyon State & County Park.
November 13: Debut of Steven Spielberg’s made-for-TV movie "Duel," shot on Sierra Highway.
January 17: Edison cottages (at Edison curve) sold to The Newhall Land and Farming Co.
February 22: Dr. William Bonelli, COC’s first board president, dies at 49.
June 3: Castaic Lake opens for recreational use.
June 22: Vasquez Rocks added to National Register of Historic Places.
October 2: Name "Santa Clarita Valley" becomes official.
December 2: Five wounded in Vagos biker gang shooting at Curtis & JoAnne Darcy’s Acton ’49er Saloon.
March 23: Western actor Ken Maynard dies penniless at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills.
April 30: Watergate figure H.R. "Bob" Haldeman, a former CalArts board member, resigns from Nixon White House.
May 18: Actor and Sand Canyon resort owner Ace Cain dies at 69 in Saugus.
August 31: Film director John Ford dies in Palm Desert.
January 3-4: Snow day in SCV.
February 7: U.S. release of Mel Brooks’ "Blazing Saddles"; exteriors shot at Vasquez Rocks.
April 15: Val Verde Rev. Samuel P. Dixon Jr. crashes car on Highway 14; dies 2 weeks later.
April 22: Gov. Ronald Reagan speaks at dedication of COC’s first permanent building (William G. Bonelli Instructional Resource Center).
April 27: Val Verde Rev. Samuel P. Dixon Jr., 45, dies from injuries sustained in car wreck 2 weeks earlier on Highway 14.
June 30: Sheriff’s substation at Pyramid Lake opens; dedicated by Gov. Ronald Reagan.
August 24: Pyramid Lake opens.
September 21: COC’s new Cougar Stadium opens for first game of football season (Harbor beat COC 26-21).
October 29: "Lyons Oak" tree cut down by L.A. County Public Works; old oak stood on Lyons Avenue just west of Arcadia Street.
November 14: Western actor Johnny Mack Brown dies in Woodland Hills.
January 1: Watergate figure H.R. Haldeman, a CalArts board member, convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
March 4: Sir Charles Chaplin is knighted at Buckingham Palace; made films in SCV.
August 3: Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital opens with 100 beds.
September 6: Saugus High School opens.
December 11: Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit.
March 7: Groundbreaking for new First Presbyterian Church in Newhall (former structure heavily damaged in 1971 earthquake).
May 23: Dedication of mural by Rudy Pavini in the Placerita Creek flood control channel at Placerita Nature Center [link].
September 5: Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society marks "golden spike" centennial with State Landmark dedication at Lang Station.
November 2: First Canyon County formation attempt fails despite local voter approval.
November 6: Acton Turkey War with AM radio jock Dick Whittington ends in a draw.
February 6: New First Presbyterian Church dedicated in Newhall.
September 26: Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society and Newhall Woman’s Club dedicate Mentryville and Pico (CSO) Number 4 as State Landmarks.
January 14: Banker Sara Faye Wood installed as first female president of Newhall-Saugus-Valencia (later SCV) Chamber of Commerce.
February 3: Saugus Elementary School, slated to close for good in June, shuts down four months early amid concerns about toxic fumes [link].
March 19: Gorman Deputy Arthur E. Pelino murdered by deranged suspect; assailant got 2½ years.
May 18: KISS concert scene for "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park," shot in Magic Mountain parking lot.
May 21: St. Francis Dam Disaster Site dedicated as California Historical Landmark No. 919 [link].
May 27: Last day of filming for "KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park," shot at Magic Mountain.
June 29: Colossus roller coaster opens at Magic Mountain.
October 28: "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park," filmed at Magic Mountain, premieres as NBC Movie of the Week.
November 7: Second Canyon County formation attempt fails despite local voter approval.
November 15: Southern Pacific Saugus depot closes; later moved & used as SCV Historical Society museum.
May 29: Actress Mary Pickford dies at 87 in Santa Monica; starred in "Ramona" (1910), shot at Rancho Camulos.
June 11: Western actor John Wayne dies at 72 in Los Angeles.
July 16: Publication of Ron Pinkerton’s "St. Francis Dam Disaster" poem.
June 24: Saugus Train Station relocated to Heritage Junction.
October 14: Rookie Bob Walk, 1974 Hart High Grad, is starting/winning pitcher as Phillies beat Royals 7-6 in Game 1 of World Series. Phillies win series in 6 games.
January 10: Death of Robert E. Callahan, owner of Mission Village in L.A. and Old West Trading Post on Sierra Highway.
November 15: Enid Markey, Hart’s occasional leading lady, dies at Bay Shore, Long Island.
December 12: Restored Saugus Train Station dedicated.
April 22: Gene Autry’s Mogul 1629 steam locomotive relocated to Heritage Junction.
July 23: Vic Morrow and two child actors killed in helicopter crash at Indian Dunes during filming of "Twilight Zone: The Movie."
August 28: Tex Ritter inducted into Newhall’s Walk of Western Stars.
February 22: Armed robber taken out at Alpha Beta supermarket.
July 29: U.S. release of "National Lampoon’s Vacation," Walley World scenes shot at Magic Mountain.
December 9: U.S. release of John Carpenter’s "Christine"; blew up fake gas station in Valencia.
October 30: NTSB report revises probable cause of 1982 "Twilight Zone" deaths after director John Landis appeals.
October 11: Western recording artist & Newhall resident Tex Williams ("Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette") dies of cancer.
November 18: SCV resident & Olympic gold medalist Allyson Michelle Felix (track & field) born in Los Angeles.
April 23: COC board votes to allow Argentine cliff swallows to nest forever on sides of buildings.
May 2: Least Bell’s Vireo (a bird) listed in Federal Register as endangered species.
May 24: Stuntman & SCV resident Enos Edward "Yakima" Canutt dies at 90 in North Hollywood.
July 2: Actress Lindsay Lohan born in New York City; Disney’s "The Parent Trap" (1998) and "Herbie: Fully Loaded" (2005) partially shot in SCV.
August 14: Mitchell adobe demolished; components salvaged and later restored at Heritage Junction.
February 27: Fifty-seven men and 6 women graduate from first L.A. County Sheriff’s Academy class at COC.
April 11: Ramona Chapel and Red Schoolhouse relocated to Heritage Junction.
May 29: Director John Landis acquitted of charges stemming from accidental death of Vic Morrow and two child actors during filming at Indian Dunes of "Twilight Zone: The Movie."
July 17: Kingsburry House relocated to Heritage Junction.
September 28: Slender-horned Spineflower listed in Federal Register as endangered species.
November 3: City of Santa Clarita formation approved at the polls; Buck McKeon, Jan Heidt, Jo Anne Darcy, Carl Boyer III, Dennis Koontz win first City Council election (in that order).
December 15: City of Santa Clarita incorporated.
Community of Stevenson Ranch established.
February 1: Actor & police officer Thornton Edwards, hero of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, dies in Tulare, Calif.
March 13: Actress Olive Carey, wife of Harry Carey Sr., dies at 92 in Carpinteria.
March 15: City of Santa Clarita Planning Commission holds first meeting.
September 11: Scott and Ruth Newhall publish first edition of "Santa Clarita Valley Citizen" newspaper.
December 30: Release of Pixar’s animated short, "Tin Toy," by John Lasseter (CalArts 1979); wins Academy Award.
January 18: Edison House relocated to Heritage Junction.
January 27: Santa Clarita post office established.
March 27: Actor Jack Starrett dies at 52 in Sherman Oaks; appeared in SCV-made films (eg., Blazing Saddles) & TV shows (A Team).
May 3: The "Santa Clarita Valley Citizen" folds.
November 5: Mitchell Schoolhouse Adobe dedicated at Heritage Junction.
December 15: Newhall Refinery on Sierra Highway permanently closed.
January 26: L.A. Philharmonic premieres "Duplicates"; concerto by CalArts Music School dean Mel Powell wins Pulitzer Prize.
February 8: Rock ‘n’ Roller Del Shannon (song: "Runaway") commits suicide at home in Santa Clarita.
April 10: Jill Klajic, Carl Boyer III, Jo Anne Darcy win Santa Clarita City Council election.
May 9: Gene Autry’s elderly horse, Champion, put to sleep; buried at Melody Ranch.
August 14: Newhall Ranch House relocated to Heritage Junction.
September: Pico (CSO) Number 4 capped off after 114 years of oil production.
November 13: Santa Clarita City Council adopts ordinance regulating size and location of business signs.
December 5: Limited U.S. release of "The Grifters," partially shot in SCV.
December 20: First of 5 nights of record-breaking freeze; total losses $1 billion (state’s 3rd costliest disaster after 1906 San Francisco and 1989 Loma Prieta); Santa Ana winds save most of Fillmore-Piru citrus crop.
January 4: Full U.S. release of "The Grifters," partially shot in SCV.
June 25: Santa Clarita City Council adopts conservation element of first general plan; includes inventory of local historic resources.
February 2: LDS Church splits Santa Clarita Stake to create Valencia Stake, which includes Castaic, Newhall 1st, Newhall 2nd, Saugus 1st, Valencia 1st, Valencia 2nd wards, and Santa Clarita 1st Branch.
April 14: Jan Heidt, George Pederson win Santa Clarita City Council election.
August 4: Pardee House (former Good Templars Lodge) relocated to Heritage Junction.
September: Valencia Town Center Mall opens.
October 23: Dedication of Ed Davis Park in Towsley Canyon.
October 24: Dedication of Santa Clarita’s first Metrolink station (Santa Clarita Station) [link].
October 26: Newspaper editor Scott Newhall (SF Chronicle, Newhall Signal, SCV Citizen) dies at 78 in Valencia hospital.
October 26: Metrolink commuter rail service to Santa Clarita starts [link].
January 20: 1979 Hart High grad Dee Dee Myers becomes Bill Clinton’s first White House press secretary; serves until December 22, 1994.
February 24: Jury awards Newhall Land $2.3 million for "Valencia" trademark infringment by Palmer apartments in Newhall.
March 30: Coastal California Gnatcatcher listed in Federal Register as threatened species.
May 17: Dale Poe, 61, developer of Stevenson Ranch, dies in car crash.
July 28: U.S. release of Mel Brooks’ "Robin Hood: Men in Tights"; shot in Sand Canyon.
January 17, 4:31 a.m.: 6.7-magnitude Northridge Earthquake, centered in Canoga Park, kills 53 and causes $11 billion in damage across Southern California. Several homes in SCV are severely damaged and/or destroyed.
February 1: Karen and David Nardiello acquire Saugus Cafe.
April 12: Jo Anne Darcy, Carl Boyer III, H. Clyde Smyth win Santa Clarita City Council election.
April 21: Eddie Murray sets MLB record for switch-hit home runs in games (11 times); later co-owner of Valencia Mercedes-Benz dealership.
May 4: Actor & SCV resident Alexander Gould ("Finding Nemo," "Weeds") born in Los Angeles.
September 9: Valencia High School opens.
September 15: Reopening of COC football stadium and track; had been damaged in Jan. 17 earthquake.
December 16: Arroyo Southwestern Toad listed in Federal Register as endangered species.
April 22: Grand opening of Family Studies & Early Childhood Education Center at COC.
June 30: Pico Canyon’s last oil field foreman, Frenchy Lagasse, retires & moves to Lebec.
July 1: Unification of Santa Clarita Valley and Canyon Country chambers of commerce.
July 4: First publication of the "Old Town Newhall Gazette".
November 14: COC holds first annual Business & Industry Breakfast (at HR Textron in Valencia).
January 3: Harry Carey Ranch Historic District in Saugus added to National Register of Historic Places.
February 10: Frenchy Lagasse, Mentryville’s last oil field foreman, dies in Arizona.
February 26: Historian Jerry Reynolds dies at age 58.
February 29: Whittaker Corp. announces it will fund City Council candidates, following council approval of its Porta Bella development (which never happened).
April 9: Jill Klajic, Jan Heidt win Santa Clarita City Council election.
April 23: California Red-legged Frog listed in Federal Register as threatened species.
May 11: Grand reopening of Mentryville under new management (Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority).
June 11: Santa Clarita City Council approves downtown Newhall revitalization strategy.
October 1: World Champion Mixologist Bobby Batugo dies in Los Angeles at age 90.
November 1: Rancho Camulos added to National Register of Historic Places.
June 22: "Hercules," directed by CalArts grad John Musker, premieres at CalArts; generally released June 27.
July 8: Santa Clarita City Council adopts Newhall Redevelopment Plan.
September 25: 17.6 miles of the 1915 Ridge Route Highway accepted into National Registry of Historic Places.
November 16: "Hercules," directed by CalArts grad John Musker, wins four Annie Awards (animation’s top honor).
December 23: 5 bodies found during grading of Northlake development in Castaic; determined to be Jenkins family plot.
January 17: Country music producer Cliffie Stone dies at home in Saugus.
February 2-3: As disbelief about El Niño was starting to set in, the first of a month-long succession of devastating storms hits [link].
February 13: Disney animator Jules Engel ("Fantasia"), founder in 1970 of experimental-animation program at CalArts, receives lifetime achievement award at Santa Clarita International Film Festival.
February 23: Worst day of record-setting 1997-98 El Nino storm season.
April 14: Jo Anne Darcy, Frank Ferry, Laurene Weste win Santa Clarita City Council election.
May 20: Trick roper Montie Montana, of Agua Dulce, dies in Los Angeles following a stroke.
October 2: Actor and movie ranch owner Gene Autry dies in Studio City.
October 29: L.A. County Sheriff Sherman Block dies from a cerebral hemorrhage just before the end of his fourth term; too late to remove name from ballot.
February 13: Santa Clarita & Antelope valleys split off from 805 area code to become 661.
May 1: "Spongebob SquarePants" pilot airs on Nickelodeon; created by CalArts grad Stephen Hillenburg (MFA ’92).
October 23: Actor Harrison Ford and his flight instructor crash their Bell 206 L-4 helicopter in Piru. Neither is injured [link.].
December 17: Singer-actor Rex Allen, Newhall Walk of Western Stars inductee (1982), dies in Tucson, Ariz.
February 16: Rancho Camulos designated a National Historic Landmark [link
March 14: Time capsule buried at Newhall Metrolink station.
March 18: Newhall Metrolink station opens.
April 10: Longtime Newhall property owner Paul T. Veluzat dies at 101.
April 11: Cameron Smyth, Bob Kellar win Santa Clarita City Council election.
May 26: James Bernard "Bud" Keysor, founder of Keysor-Century Records, dies at 94 in Newhall.
July 22: Larinan House in Pico Canyon burns down.
August 13: Mike Shuman, 81, retired Placerita Junior High School principal, dies at home in Saugus.
August 27: Contents of Harry Lechler’s Piru museum, est. 1943, sold at auction.
October 6: Dr. Robert C. Rockwell, COC’s first superintendent-president, dies at 87.
October 6: Movie stuntman Richard Farnsworth, 2000 Newhall Walk of Western Stars inductee, dies in New Mexico.
February 15: Death of Val Verde leader Miriam Canty, 84.
February 28: Longtime Castaic Lake Water Agency general manager Robert Sagehorn retires.
May 5: Dedication ceremony of Rancho Camulos as National Historic Landmark (designation date was Feb. 16, 2000) [link].
May 22: Santa Clarita City Council exempts historic signs from sign ordinance.
July 20: Assemblyman George Runner introduces legislation to memorialize the historic Ridge Route. (Enacted October 4.)
August 23: State designates San Fernando Valley Spineflower (present in SCV) an endangered species.
August 31: LASD Deputy Hagop "Jake" Kuredjian gunned down in Stevenson Ranch while backing up ATF.
November 9: Local historian and community activist Laura Mehterian, who moved to San Francisquito Canyon in 1955, dies at 62 in Payson, Ariz.
November 13: Original Santa Clarita planning commissioner Louis Brathwaite, former Hart School Board member, dies at 68.
December 9: Newly restored Ramona Chapel dedicated at Heritage Junction/Hart Park.
February 20: L.A. County honors local historian Philip Scorza for publication of 2 SCV history books.
February 23: Internationally acclaimed fashion designer Sue Wong previews her "Nocturne" line at COC’s Art Gallery.
April 9: Frank Ferry, Marsha McLean, Laurene Weste win Santa Clarita City Council election.
April 29: LASD Deputy David March, a Canyon High School graduate and Saugus resident, murdered by illegal immigrant during traffic stop.
June 5: Construction equipment at Tesoro del Valle sparks brush fire that ravages San Francisquito Canyon.
June 20: "Legacy: Santa Clarita’s Living History" series debuts on SCVTV.
July 26: Hollywood premiere of Disney’s "The Country Bears," filmed at Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon.
November 1: Environmental educator John Quigley climbs into "Old Glory" oak tree in Pico Canyon to save it; stays 71 days.
January 30: Actress & big cat rescuer Tippi Hedren of Acton inducted into Hollywood Walk of Fame.
February 25: Lydia Victoria (Cooke) Manriquez, elder of the San Fernando Band of Mission Indians, dies at 97; lifelong SCV resident.
March 16: Life-size sculpture honoring heroes of St. Francis Dam disaster unveiled in Santa Paula.
June 30: Westwood premiere of "Terminator 3," partially shot in SCV.
October 28: Mentryville buildings saved as Simi Valley fire roars through Pico Canyon.
November 15: CalArts’ REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater) opens in Los Angeles.
November 19: U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon introduces initial legislation to block 78-million-ton gravel mine in Soledad Canyon.
November 24: Ruth Newhall, former co-owner of The Signal (with husband Scott), dies in Berkeley, Calif.
December 10: Saugus plastics manufacturer Keysor-Century Corp. files liquidation plan with bankruptcy court after ceasing operations in the wake of a federal investigation.
January 3, 8:35 p.m. PST: NASA’s Spirit rover lands on Mars; Richard Cook of Canyon Country is deputy project manager; Wayne Lee of Stevenson Ranch handles entry, descent and landing; Jennifer Trosper of Canyon Country is mission manager/surface operations.
January 24, 9:05 p.m. PST: NASA’s Opportunity rover lands on Mars; Richard Cook of Canyon Country is deputy project manager; Wayne Lee of Stevenson Ranch handles entry, descent and landing.
January 27, 4 p.m. PST: Sale of The Newhall Land and Farming Co. to NWHL Inc., a joint venture of Lennar Corp. and LNR Properties Corp., is completed.
April 1: Last day in Sacramento for Sen. Pete Knight; tapes SCVTV "Newsmaker" show on way home; dies from leukemia 1 month later.
April 13: Cameron Smyth, Bob Kellar win Santa Clarita City Council election.
May 7: Senator/Aviator Pete Knight, world speed record holder, dies in office at 74 from acute myelogenous leukemia.
January 14: Repertory East Playhouse opens with "The Prisoner of Second Avenue." New theatre company replaces former Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre.
January 16: Death of Piru museum owner Harry Hazzard Lechler at age 92.
June 13: Tokyo premiere of Steven Spielberg’s "War of the Worlds," partially shot at Mystery Mesa in Saugus.
June 14: Santa Clarita City Council approves Newhall Land’s Riverpark/River Village development.
June 23: New York premiere of Steven Spielberg’s "War of the Worlds," partially shot at Mystery Mesa in Saugus.
November 3: County dedicates portion of Harry Carey Ranch as Tesoro Adobe Historic Park.
January 10: County supervisor Warren Dorn dies in San Luis Obispo.
January 21, 10 a.m.: "Permanent" Newhall Community Center opens.
February 24: Actor Dennis Weaver (Gunsmoke, Duel) dies at 81 in Ridgway, Colo.
April 11: Marsha McLean, Frank Ferry, Laurene Weste win Santa Clarita City Council election.
April 22: Retired LAPD chief and California Sen. Ed Davis, 89, dies of pneumonia.
September 4: Labor Day sees two major brush fires — Labor fire & Day fire; the latter burns for a month.
February 24: AEG’s Amgen Tour of California races to its first Santa Clarita finish line.
July: Santa Clarita property owners approve a 30-year Open Space Preservation District. City to use property tax assessment through FY 2036-37 to purchase and preserve raw land outside city’s borders.
July 11: Moore’s submarine sandwich shop, abandoned 2 years earlier, demolished as part of Newhall redevelopment.
Summer: City of Santa Clarita reconfigures San Fernando Road in downtown Newhall and changes its name to "Main Street" between Lyons Avenue and 5th Street.
October 21-22: "Buckweed" fire, ignited by a 10-year-old boy playing with matches, burns 38,000 acres and destroys 21 homes in Canyon Country and Agua Dulce.
January 22: Santa Clarita City Council votes to change the name of San Fernando Road to "Newhall Avenue" between 5th Street and Highway 14.
January 25: Newhall Hardware, est. 1947, citing economic problems, announces it will quit as soon as it can liquidate inventory.
March 16: Newhall Hardware closes.
April 8: Laurie Ender, Bob Kellar win Santa Clarita City Council election.
May 25: NASA’s Phoenix spacecraft lands on Mars; Stevenson Ranch resident Barry Goldstein is project manager.
October 18: Ridge Route Dedicated as Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (monument placed at Pyramid Lake Visitors Center).
December 21: Stock car driver Ron Hornaday Sr. dies at 77; raced at Saugus Speedway.
June 13: Magic Mountain amusement park owner Six Flags files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (emerges 5-3-2010).
July 18: Two killed when experimental plane crashes in Sand Canyon [link].
July 21: Death of Gidget the Chihuahua, Taco Bell commercial star [link].
August 30: L.A. County Fire Capt. Ted Hall, 47, and Firefighter Specialist Arnie Quinones, 34, are killed in the line of duty on Day 4 of the Station Fire [link].
December 16: CalArts benefactor Roy E. Disney, nephew of Walt, dies at 79 in Newport Beach.
April 13: Marsha McLean, Laurene Weste, Frank Ferry win Santa Clarita City Council election.
April 17: First Day of Issue of USPS commemorative postage stamps honoring William S. Hart, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Tom Mix.
January 2: Snow day in SCV.
June 3: Actor James Arness ("Gunsmoke") dies at 88 in Los Angeles.
July 1: Official first day of Santa Clarita Public Library system.
November 4: Alan Mootnick, founder of Gibbon Conservation Center in Saugus, dies at 60.
December 28: John Ford’s 1924 "The Iron Horse," filmed in SCV, added to Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.
March 1: Newhall Redevelopment Committee formally dissolved, after state outlaws redevelopment agencies.
March 1: Actor-Director-Producer Jerome Courtland dies at home in SCV; co-produced Disney’s 1977 made-in-SCV "Pete’s Dragon."
March 10: John Hobbs, 1968 Hart High graduate, inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame.
March 20: L.A. County Board of Supervisors approves 50-year operating agreement for Placerita Canyon Natural Area. County had been operating the state-owned park on a month-to-month basis since 1986.
April 10: Bob Kellar, TimBen Boydston win Santa Clarita City Council election.
July 1: Providence Health & Services acquires Facey Medical Group and Foundation.
July 5: 2011 SCV Man of the Year Harry Bell, 89, dies in light plane crash at Rancho Camulos.
August 5, 22:39 Pacific: NASA’s Curiosoty rover lands on Mars; Richard Cook of Canyon Country is deputy project manager; Jennifer Trosper of Canyon Country is manager of ground operations.
August 8: Canyon Country resident Allyson Felix wins gold medal in 200-meter sprint at London Olympics, then adds two more team gold medals (4x100m relay Aug. 10 [WR] & 4x400m relay Aug. 11).
September 11: Santa Clarita becomes L.A. County’s third-biggest city with the annexation of Fair Oaks Ranch and the Jakes Way area.
September 29: Grand opening of Old Town Newhall Library.
November 9: Last of the Saugus Speedway grandstands demolished. Removed over time, they’d been deemed unsafe in 1995 when racing was discontinued.
November 29: LAFCO approves annexation of 2,475 acres, 9,500 residents of north Saugus into Santa Clarita; city’s largest addition to date.
December 15: SCV photojournalist Gary Thornhill dies at 74.
December 25: U.S. release of Quentin Tarantino’s "Django Unchained," filmed at Melody Ranch in Placerita Canyon.
December 28: Actor & Saugus native Harry Carey Jr. dies at 91 in Santa Barbara.
February 10: Motion picture helicopter provider David Gibbs of Valencia and two others are killed in crash at Acton movie ranch; Hollywood’s deadliest on-set incident since triple-fatal "Twilight Zone Movie" helicopter crash in Valencia in 1982 [link].
February 21: Berry Petroleum Co., owner of the Placerita oil field along Sierra Highway, announces planned takeover by Linn Energy.
February 25: COC jazz legend Stewart "Dirk" Fischer dies at 88.
April 18: NASA-JPL rover project manager Richard Cook of Canyon Country makes TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
June 1: 4-5 homes in Lake Hughes burn down in Powerhouse Fire, which started May 30; ultimately 30 homes are deemed total losses and 28 outbuildings are destroyed.
June 18: Saugus Union School Board vacates seat of trustee Stephen S. Winkler, who didn’t maintain residency in the district and sparked community outrage with offensive social media posts.
July 26: U.S. release of "The Wolverine," directed by 1985 CalArts grad James Mangold.
September 26: Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall (80% scale) begins 4-day visit at Westfield Valencia Town Center mall.
November 30: Actor Paul Walker ("Fast & Furious" movies) dies in a fiery car crash in the Valencia Industrial Center.
December 16: Placerita oil field (Confusion Hill) owner Berry Petroleum Co. merges into Houston-based LINN Energy and affiliate LinnCo.
January 7: Embattled 4-term L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca announces he won’t finish out his current term.
January 23: Newhall Roundabout (traffic circle) opens in front of Hart Park.
January 27: Tresierras Supermarkets closes its Newhall store at 24316 Main St. (originally Safeway and then Dillenbeck). The family-owned Latino grocery chain had operated it since 1981.
January 31: Lee Baca’s last day as L.A. County Sheriff (leaves at noon); OC Undersheriff John Scott is interim successor.
February 27: Arkansas judge awards $525 million to 7 women who’d been molested by Tony Alamo when they were children.
March 2: "Frozen," co-directed by Chris Buck (CalArts 1978), wins Oscar and tops $1 billion at box office on same day. First original (non-sequel) animated feature and 18th film of any kind to top $1 billion at box office.
March 25: City Council votes to buy Edwards Outdoor Advertising (with intent to remove billboards).
April 14: "Become Ocean" by John Luther Adams (CalArts BFA 1973) named winner of 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music [link].
June 27: MannKind Corp. of Valencia receives FDA approval for Afreeza, a revolutionary inhalable form of insulin, as a treatment for type-1 and type-2 diabetes.
June 30-July 3: New owner razes third Newhall School building (1914-1928) at 24514 Kansas St.
July 31: U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, introduces H.R. 5357, The Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act.
August 1: Scott Shipley, 57, of Acton, sentenced to 40 years for murder of Acton Water Co. owner Christopher Demyen.
August 7: Outlets at Tejon: Factory outlet mall opens at Tejon Ranch.
August 16: Original Colossus rollercoaster at Magic Mountain closes; slated to reopen as Twisted Colossus with steel track replacing the original wooden track.
September 5: Kern County Fire Station 58 opens in Pine Mountain Club.
September 8: Colossus rollercoaster catches fire as a result of a worker’s tool used to dismantle the track.
September 27: Towsley Canyon Loop Trail named for naturalist Don Mullally.
October 10: President Barack Obama uses the 1906 Antiquities Act to designate the 346,177-acre San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
November 4: Steve Knight elected to succeed Buck McKeon in Congress; city of Santa Clarita voters reject measure to remove (net) 59 billboards (replacing 62 static mid-town boards with 3 digital boards along the freeways).
November 24: Lifelong Newhall resident and community volunteer Gladys Laney dies at age 104.
December 11: U.S. House of Representatives passes Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon’s legislation to block 78-million-ton gravel mine in Soledad Canyon.
February 1: SCV native & 2007 Valencia High grad Shane Vereen’s game-leading 11 catches help the New England Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX [link].
February 25: Remodeled Placerita Canyon Nature Center Museum (re)opens [link].
March 24: Santa Clarita City Council votes to shut off city’s RedFlex red-light traffic cameras (7 intersections) [link].
June 5: Longtime Agua Dulce resident Doreetha Daniels, 99, becomes the oldest person ever to graduate from College of the Canyons [link].
July 9: Groundbreaking ceremony for Vista Canyon Ranch development at Lost Canyon.
August 28: Federal Bureau of Land Management cancels Cemex USA’s Soledad Canyon gravel mining contracts (issued to a predecessor in 1990 and never utilized).
November 19: Freak landslide begins to destroy section of Vasquez Canyon Road; earth moves for several weeks.
November 23, 3am: Longtime community volunteer and 2003 SCV Man of the Year Duane Harte dies of a heart attack.
January 1: Effective date of new ownership of The Signal newspaper. Sold by 37-year owner Charles Morris to Paladin Multi-Media Group Inc. Principal owners are Charles F. Champion II, president; Gary Sproule, CFO; and Russ Briley, XVP.
February 9: Santa Clarita City Council approved Laemmle Theatres-Serrano Development-public parking structure project for Old Town Newhall.
March 8: Santa Clarita City Council approves Arts Master Plan; also votes to rename River Village Park in memory of Duane Harte.
March 21: After a protracted legal battle, "Lexi," a 6-year-old part-Choctaw girl, is removed from her Saugus foster home and reunited with her sisters and other relatives in Utah, sparking debate over the Indian Child Welfare Act [link].
May 6: The Master’s College board of directors votes to change name to The Master’s University [link].
May 11: LINN Energy LLC, owner of the Placerita oil field (through its subsidiary Berry Petroleum Co.) files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection [link].
May 23: Dedication of (renamed) Duane R. Harte Park at River Village [link