Interesting Facts about San Francisco
San Francisco, the thirteenth largest city in the United States and home of one of TALK English Schools also has some pretty interesting historical facts. Check out these 7 interesting facts about San Francisco!
- The United Nations Charter was drafted and ratified in San Francisco in 1945.
- The Beatles gave their last full concert at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966. 25,000 tickets were sold, although the park had capacity for 42,000 people. The band played 11 songs, and lost money on the concert.
- The U.S. Navy originally planned to paint the Golden Gate Bridge black with yellow stripes. The famed “International Orange” color was intended to be a sealant.
- San Francisco’s cable cars are the only National Historical Monument that can move. The cables that pull the cars run at a constant speed of 9.5 MPH.
- The United States’ first Chinese immigrants came to San Francisco in 1848. Perhaps ironically, the Japanese Hagiwara family invented “Chinese” fortune cookies at the Golden Gate Park’s Tea Garden.
- Levi Strauss invented denim jeans in San Francisco for the Gold Rush miners who needed durable yet comfortable clothing.
- San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, where TALK San Francisco is located, gets its name and neighborhood characteristics from the city's early days of the mid to later 1800s when Italian immigrant fishermen came to the city to take advantage of the influx of population due to the Gold Rush.