Bay Area Sports
- San Mateo native and Serra High School alum Tom Brady is drafted 199th overall by the New England Patriots in the NFL Draft.
- Jason Giambi of the Oakland A’s and Jeff Kent of the San Francisco Giants both win the MLB MVP Award in their respective leagues.
- The San Francisco Giants play their first game at Pacific Bell Ballpark.
Bay Area Firsts
- The Chabot Space and Science Center opens their new facility in the Oakland Hills.
- After losing his home and being inspired by the Oakland Hills fire in 1991, game designer Will Wright develops The Sims and the PC game is released by Electronic Arts.