Oaklandish reports that on this day, May 4, in 1852, the California state legislature incorporated the town of Oakland. Previously, according to Oaklandnet,com, the "hamlet" was previously known as Contra Costa and consisted of just 75 people.
If you're not already familiar with Oaklandish, it's an apparel company that celebrates "local love and original Oakland charm" and was created to fund an array of community collaborations and events. All their products are printed by hand in Oakland.
So, buy some sweet gear today, won't you? We especially love the BART Tree.