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1914
(June 28) Serb nationalist assassinates Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary
World War I breaks out in Europe
(July 25) Cecil F. Poole born
1915
Ku Klux Klan reorganizes
1917
United States officially declares war on Germany
1918
Poole family migrates from Birmingham, Alabama, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1927
Aviator Charles Lindbergh flies The Spirit of St. Louis nonstop from New York to Paris
1932
Poole enters the University of Michigan
1936
Poole earns B.A. from the University of Michigan
1938
Poole earns law degree from the University of Michigan
1939
Poole earns master's degree in law from Harvard University
World War II begins
1940
Poole passes the Pennsylvania bar
1941
Poole joins the National Labor Relations Board
United States enters World War II
1942
Poole is drafted into the United States Army
Poole marries Charlotte Crump
1945
World War II ends
1946
Poole is honorably discharged from the army; he and Charlotte relocate to San Francisco; Poole gets a job with the Office of Price Administration
1947
Gayle Alexandra Poole is born
1949
Poole goes to work as an assistant district attorney in the office of District Attorney Edmund G. "Pat" Brown
1950
Brown is elected attorney general of California
1952
Patricia Mary Poole is born
1954
United States Supreme Court rules in Brown v. Board of Education that "separate but equal" education is unconstitutional
1955
Rosa Parks is arrested on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama; Montgomery bus boycott follows
1958
Edmund "Pat" Brown is elected governor of California; appoints Poole his extradition and clemency secretary
1960
(May 2) Caryl Chessman is executed
1961
(June 29) Poole is appointed by President John F. Kennedy as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California--first black U.S. attorney in the continental United States
1963
(November 22) President John F. Kennedy is assassinated
1964
Federal Civil Rights Act is passed
(December) Poole is denied a seat on the NAACP Board of Directors
1965
Federal Voting Rights Act is passed
President Lyndon B. Johnson appoints Thurgood Marshall the first black solicitor general of the United States
1966
Poole joins the American Bar Association
Black Panther Party for Self-Defense is formed
1967
President Johnson appoints Thurgood Marshall the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court
Anti-draft and anti-war demonstrations occur across the country
1968
(April) Martin Luther King, Jr., is assassinated
(June) Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated
Poole is nominated to U.S. District Court for Northern California by President Lyndon B. Johnson; Senate fails to confirm and nomination is withdrawn
Richard M. Nixon is elected president
1969
Poole returns to private law practice
1972
President Nixon resigns; Vice President Gerald R. Ford assumes the presidency
1976
President Ford appoints Poole to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
1979
President Jimmy Carter appoints Poole to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
1991
Charlotte Crump Poole dies
1996
(January 15) Poole assumes senior judge status
1997
(November 12) Cecil F. Poole dies of complications from pneumonia after a long illness
2000
(May 22) San Francisco Board of Supervisors declares 90 Cedro Avenue the Joseph Leonard/Cecil F. Poole House, city landmark number 213


Cecil F. Poole, about age 18.


Mr. & Mrs. Cecil F. and Charlotte Crump Poole, circa 1946.


Cecil Poole, Special Assistant to Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, about 1960.


U.S. District Judge Poole with Andrew Young, then mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, about 1970.


Judge Poole and his daughter Patti, 1990. San Francisco Examiner photo by Chris Hardy.

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