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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Throwback Thursday: San Francisco Headline Edition: Dec. 2-8

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A woman celebrates the end of prohibition in 1933 on this very day. - KEYSTONE-FRANCE/GAMMA-KEYSTONE VIA GETTY IMAGES
  • A woman celebrates the end of prohibition in 1933 on this very day.

What goes around does truly come back around.

While most of us are freezing during this cold snap hitting in the area, its actually nothing new. Back in the day, this wave of record-setting cold weather hit San Francisco nearly four decades ago. So grab a drink to celebrate the end of prohibition on this very day 80 years ago, and check out what else happened on this week in history.

The 1910s

Publication: The San Francisco Examiner

Date: Dec.7, 1919

Headline: "Rebuilding of Missions has Marines' Aid"

San Franciscans just love Dolores Park and it will always have a special place in the hearts of us locals.

On this day of history, the city of San Francisco and Mission Dolores, the oldest building of the city, became a fully integrated part of the United States from Spanish possession. In 1919 the city celebrated its 75th anniversary of American citizenship by announcing that the Mission's buildings and surrounding grounds would undergo extensive restoration and reconstruction. The area hadn't been revitalized since the 1906 earthquake and was in heavy neglect, according to the article.

The Marines and the City hoped that the renovation of this neighborhood landmark would become a destination of all residents. That prediction came true, right?

The 1940s

Publication: The San Francisco Examiner

Date: Dec. 3, 1941

Headline: "Bill of Rights Fetes All Over City Planned"

So many anniversaries this week!

The year 1941 marked the 150 anniversary of the passage of the Bill of Rights and the citizens of this city were all in a frenzy to commemorate our freedom.

Schools, churches, civic clubs, government agencies and patriotic groups all had something planned for the big day. There were floats, exhibits, and lectures about the importance of individual rights and how great America is in protecting the rights of different segments of the population.

Americans sure love their freedom. Will there be anyone celebrating today's 222 year anniversary tonight? Any political junkies out there?

The 1970s

Publication: The San Francisco Examiner

Date: Dec. 5, 1972

Headline: "Coldest Yet-- Frost Ice Nip Bay"

Temperatures plunged into the 30s and even in the 20s in the Bay Area on this day of history, making it by far the coldest day of the season to date.

The cold weather was expected to continue, with a certainty of heavy winds and rainfall for Friday, and was expected to stay throughout the weekend. A freeze warning was issued and residents were encouraged to stay indoors and layer up.

The article from 40 years ago reads exactly as those in today's news. Talk about total deja vu.

The 1990s

Publication: The San Francisco Examiner

Date: Dec. 2, 1995

Headline: "City Marks AIDS Day"

This day marked the inaugural Day of AIDS memorial event of recalling and mourning those who have died from the debilitating illness and protesting to demand better conditions for those living with HIV and rally for a cure.

At the time, more than 200,000 Americans had already died of AIDS, and related causes, and more than 500,000 people in the United States were living with the disease.

The day was also an effort to brings AIDS to the forefront of the collective conscious and halt the stigmatization of those living with the virus.

To this day, AIDS Day is still going strong.

For events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF, Juan at @JuanPDeAnda, and like us on Facebook

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Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda is a cultural correspondent with a concentration in tourism, literature, and lifestyle and has been writing for SF Weekly since 2013. As an avid traveler, he enjoys discovering destinations abroad as well as the never-ending hidden gems of San Francisco. #DondeAndaJuanDeAnda?


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