Not Your Century
On hiatus as of March 2020 because of the coronavirus crisis. Get unlimited access to the Chronicle. | A daily celebration of the news — and the news media — of years gone by. King Kaufman takes you on a quick tour of the Bay Area and the world as it used to be, which often colors the world of your century.
2020: Not Your Century Goes on Hiatus
Wednesday 18 March 2020
: With the San Francisco Chronicle focusing its editorial resources on the coronavirus pandemic and its effects, Not Your Century is going on...
1959: The Dalai Lama Escapes
Monday 16 March 2020
: The 23-year-old religious and spiritual leader of Tibet gets an invitation from the occupying Chinese to come to a dance performance....
1922: Fatty Arbuckle's Third Trial
Friday 13 March 2020
: He's a giant of silent comedies, in more ways than one. Hollywood's first million-dollar star is a baby-faced man-mountain with the grace of...
1918: The Flu Pandemic
Wednesday 11 March 2020
: A century before the COVID-19 coronavirus, the United States, like all combatants in the Great War, wants to keep the exploding flu crisis...
1964: The Palace Hotel Protest Leader
Monday 09 March 2020
: As an 18-year-old, Tracy Sims was the leader of civil rights protests that forced San Francisco hotels to end hiring discrimination. Now...
1981: Walter Cronkite Signs Off
Friday 06 March 2020
: "That's the way it is," says the Most Trusted Man in America — for the last time, as he retires from anchoring the CBS Evening News. It's...
1946: Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech
Wednesday 04 March 2020
: In a college gym in small-town Missouri, former Prime Minister Winston Churchill tries to shake Americans out of their postwar bliss by...
1991: The Rodney King Beating
Monday 02 March 2020
: When a commotion outside his apartment woke George Holliday up at 1 a.m., the plumber grabbed his new camcorder and went out to his balcony....
1991: Murder in Porn's First Family
Friday 28 February 2020
: The Mitchell Brothers, Jim and "Party Artie," revolutionized the adult entertainment business, first with their O'Farrell Theatre in San...
1965: Malcolm X Suspect Arrested
Wednesday 26 February 2020
: In the wake of the Fusion and Netflix series "Who Killed Malcolm X?" the New York D.A. has reopened the case of Muhammad Abdul Aziz, then...
1945: Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Monday 24 February 2020
: AP Photographer Joe Rosenthal had one chance to get what would become one of the most iconic pictures in history. He didn't miss. After the...
1972: Nixon Arrives in China
Friday 21 February 2020
: The lifelong anti-Communist shocks the world by initiating the first high-level contact with the People's Republic in more than 20 years....
1963: A Great City Forced to Drink Swill
Wednesday 19 February 2020
: Total SF host Peter Hartlaub joins King Kaufman to talk about the most infamous headline in San Francisco history and the man behind it,...
1937: Golden Gate Bridge Disaster
Monday 17 February 2020
: Chief engineer Joseph Strauss' massive safety net had saved 12 construction workers who'd fallen during construction. They called themselves...
1929: St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Friday 14 February 2020
: In the most famous hit in American mob history, seven members of Bugs Moran's North Side Gang are gunned down, cementing control of Chicago...
1999: Impeachment Acquittal
Wednesday 12 February 2020
: Despite a GOP majority in the Senate, President Bill Clinton is easily acquitted on both articles of impeachment stemming from his lies...
1967: The Pill and the Puritan Ethic
Monday 10 February 2020
: Sparks fly at a San Francisco panel on changing sexual mores as anthropologist Margaret Mead suggests a new kind of marriage and promotes...
1986: Steve Jobs Buys Pixar
Friday 07 February 2020
: The big Bay Area business news of the day is Wells Fargo buying Crocker Bank. Nobody knew the computer graphics division of Lucasfilms would...
1956: Integration Fail at Alabama
Wednesday 05 February 2020
: Seven years before Gov. George Wallace's Stand in the Schoolhouse Door, Autherine Lucy integrates the University of Alabama. But she's...
1997: Vallejo Courthouse Bombing
Monday 03 February 2020
: They were the gang that couldn't bomb straight. Their plan to blow up court records was dumb, they didn't know anything about dynamite, and...
1865: 13th Amendment Passes House
Friday 31 January 2020
: As the Union nears victory in the Civil War, a constitutional amendment that would ban slavery wins a close vote. All that's needed now is...
1977: "Roots" Is a Sensation
Wednesday 29 January 2020
: An 8-part miniseries about slavery told from the point of view of the slaves? ABC acted like it was afraid its adaptation of Alex Haley's...
1971: Charles Manson Convicted
Monday 27 January 2020
: After a circus of a trial, the leader of a murderous "family" and three female followers are guilty on all charges in the Tate-Labianca...
1972: Japan Holdout Soldier Found
Friday 24 January 2020
: When Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi of the Imperial Japanese Army is captured on Guam, the first thing he asks is whether FDR has died yet. Well, yes,...
1901: Queen Victoria Dies
Wednesday 22 January 2020
: Britain mourns its longest-reigning monarch, who dies after nearly 64 years on the throne. Her screw-up, playboy son Bertie is about to be...