History in headlines - The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Union-Tribune has covered the top stories from San Diego and around the world for a century and a half. Here are some of the notable events of the past 150 years:

1868 President Andrew Johnson impeached (but not convicted). University of California is founded. San Diego city trustees set aside 1,400 acres for a public park. The San Diego Union publishes its first edition Oct. 10.

1869 First transcontinental railroad completed, reaching Sacramento on the western end. Nell Wayne reports happenings in Letter from San Francisco a weekly front-page Union column with the subtitle, From a lady correspondent.

1870Congress ratifies 15th Amendment, giving black men the right to vote. President Ulysses S. Grant signs executive order granting San Diegos first Indian reservations (later revoked). City population reaches 2,300. Fred Coleman, a former slave, discovers gold near present-day Julian. The Union moves from Old Town to Alonzo Hortons new downtown. Douglas Gunn becomes editor of the Union; Gunn hires Sarah Arnold believed to be the first local woman to work at the newspaper to set type and report the news.

1871 The great Chicago fire kills 300 people and leaves 90,000 homeless. The Union begins publishing a daily edition.

1874 Mexico establishes a customs house at Tijuana.

1876 Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone. Sioux Indians defeat United States troops at Little Big Horn.

1880 City population reaches 2,637.

1881 President James Garfield is fatally shot by a man who had be....

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