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Museum speaker program to highlight 1916 S.F. bombing

posted Feb 12, 2014, 1:24 PM by Cupertino Historical Museum   [ updated Jul 25, 2016, 2:54 PM ]

Cupertino shorts: Museum speaker program to highlight 1916 S.F. bombing

Historian to highlight 1916 S.F. bombing

The Cupertino Historical Society and Museum's quarterly speaker program will feature John Ralston and a presentation on Fremont Older and the 1916 San Francisco bombing.

Titled "A Tireless Crusade for Justice," the event is scheduled for Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Cupertino Room of the Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Road. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

On July 22, 1916, as Preparedness Day parade units assembled south of San Francisco's Market Street, a terrorist bomb exploded, killing 10 people and wounding 40 more. Instead of searching for the perpetrators, however, the district attorney used the bombing as an excuse to arrest, try and convict two obscure labor figures without evidence, leading to citywide outrage.

During the presentation, Ralston will chronicle the dramatic events following the incident as newspaper editor Fremont Older discovered the case was based on blatant perjury and exposed the secondary crime to the public.

Ralston, a third-generation San Franciscan, works at Stanford University and is a member of several local historical organizations. He is program director of the Los Altos Hills Historical Society.