Bay Area Sports
- The San Jose Sharks join the NHL and play their first two seasons at the Cow Palace in Daly City. The Sharks are the first NHL franchise in the Bay Area since the California Golden Seals, who left for Cleveland in 1976.
- Oakland A’s outfielder Ricky Henderson steals his 939th career base at the Oakland Coliseum to become the all-time career leader in stolen bases.
Bay Area Music
- Palo-Alto native rock band Grateful Dead release their first live album, which was recorded during a performance at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco in 1975.
- The Counting Crows form in San Francisco and begin playing gigs throughout San Francisco and Berkeley.