April 23, 2014

Today in History: 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

San Francisco in Ruins

Today in History–April 18–the Library of Congress features the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, which shook the city early on this morning more than a century ago. The 8.3 magnitude (Richter Scale) earthquake and a subsequent fire leveled a large portion of the city and killed thousands. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access primary sources about this tragic event and the city of San Francisco. Before and After the Great Earthquake and … [Read more...]

Today in History: San Francisco, California

View of San Francisco, formerly Yerba Buena, in 1846-7 before the discovery of gold.

Today in History–August 5–the Library of Congress features San Francisco, California. On August 5, 1775, the Spanish ship San Carlos, commanded by Juan Manuel de Ayala, entered what would later be called San Francisco Bay. Learn more about this golden city by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures. San Francisco maps San Francisco images from American Memory More San Francisco images Before and After the Great … [Read more...]