1905 – Brown was born in San Francisco on the 21st of April.
1927 – Brown skipped college and instead worked in his father’s cigar store and ran an illegal gambling room, while studying law at a local night school. He graduated from San Francisco Law School.
1930 – He was an active Republican, before turning Democrat.
1928 – He ran as a Republican for the State Assembly, but lost.
– He served here for seven years, and made his name attacking bookies and undeground abortion providers, before running for, and winning, election as Attorney General of California.
1949 – He raided Sally Stanford’s elegant San Francisco bordello.
1958 – He was the Democratic nominee for Governor of California.
– He defeated U.S. Senator William F. Knowland by a margin of nearly 20 percentage points.
1966 – He lost the election to Republican Ronald Reagan.
1996 – He died on the 16th of February.