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Chronology 1990-1999

1959-1969 1970-1979 1980-1989 1990-1999 2000-Today


Jan. 3 Bobby Beathard is named General Manager.
Jan. 25 Dick Daniels is named Assistant General Manager.
March 11 Former team president Eugene V. Klein dies.
April 17 The Chargers announce the formation of a cheerleading dance team.
July 21 The Chargers open training camp at UCSD.
Oct. 28 Gill Byrd intercepts two passes versus Tampa Bay, the 29th and 30th of his career, to surpass Dick Harris for the most in team history.
Dec. 16 Marion Butts gains 71 yards at Denver to set a new Chargers single-season rushing record with 1,225 yards. He surpasses Earnest Jackson's 1,179 yards. A foot injury sidelines him for the rest of the season.


Feb. 19 Ed White is inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame.
April 5 Alex Spanos serves as National Chairman of the United Service Organization's Golden Anniversary Salute Luncheon in Los Angeles and produces the USO's most successful fundraising event in history. The event raises more than $4.5 million.
July 15 The Chargers open training camp at UCSD.
Oct. 6 The 0-5 Chargers defeat the 3-2 Raiders, 21-13, in the Coliseum for their first victory of 1991. It was San Diego's first non-strike victory in the Coliseum since the Raiders moved to Los Angeles.
Dec. 23 Head coach Dan Henning and 1991 coaching staff are released.


Jan. 2 Former Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Ross is named the ninth head coach in Chargers history.
July 15 The Chargers open training camp at UCSD.
Aug. 13 The Chargers acquire quarterback Stan Humphries in trade with Washington Redskins.
Nov. 1 San Diego sets NFL record by winning fourth straight game, defeating Indianapolis 34-14, after losing four in a row.
Dec. 20 The Chargers clinch first playoff berth since 1983 with 36-14 win at Raiders and make history as only team to start 0-4 and make playoffs and have winning record.
Dec. 27 The Chargers win AFC West title with 31-14 victory over Seattle in Kingdome.


Jan. 2 Marion Butts runs for 119 yards and one touchdown and the offense gains 342 yards on a rain-soaked Jack Murphy Stadium field. The Chargers shut out Kansas City in the AFC Wild Card playoff game, 17-0. The Chargers' defense sacked Chiefs quarterback Dave Krieg seven times and added two interceptions.
Jan. 10 Miami intercepted Stan Humphries four times and held the visitors scoreless to defeat San Diego, 31-0, in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.
July 15 The Chargers open training camp at UCSD.
Sept. 19 The Chargers induct quarterback Dan Fouts and wide receiver Charlie Joiner into the Chargers' Hall of Fame. The ceremonies took place at halftime of the Chargers-Oilers game. The team also saluted all of its former players, including members from the 1963 championship team, as the game was designated Alumni Day. The same afternoon, John Carney connected on his 29th consecutive field goal, shattering the NFL record of 25 in a row set by Morten Andersen of New Orleans. Carney kicked six field goals for the second time in the season as the Chargers edged the Oilers, 18-17.
Oct. 27 NFL owners met in suburban Chicago and awarded Super Bowl XXXII - scheduled for January 25, 1998 - to San Diego.
Nov. 9 In recognition of Alex Spanos' efforts to help bring Super Bowl XXXII to San Diego, Mayor Susan Golding proclaims Nov. 9, 1993, "Alex G. Spanos Day" in the City of San Diego.
Nov. 29 The Chargers made their first appearance on ABC's Monday Night Football since October 6, 1986, and defeat the Colts at the Hoosier Dome, 31-0.
Dec. 12 Barron Hilton is honored before the Chargers-Packers game with a tribute and unveiling of a bronze sculpture of him to be on permanent display at Jack Murphy Stadium. Hilton was one of the founding members of the American Football League in 1959 and brought the Chargers to San Diego in 1961 to become the city's first major league sports franchise.


July 13 The Chargers open training camp at UCSD.
July 30 The Chargers fell to the Atlanta Falcons, 21-17, in the team's second appearance in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio.
Aug. 13 San Diego made its first appearance in an American Bowl game, losing to the New York Giants, 28-20, in Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. The game concluded the longest road trip in team history, playing two games during the 10-day trip.
Sept. 4 Stanley Richard returns an interception 99 yards for a touchdown to give San Diego a 27-24 lead at halftime on the way to a remarkable, 37-34, come-from-behind win in Denver to open the season.
Sept. 18 Stan Humphries and Tony Martin combined on a 99-yard touchdown completion to tie an NFL record and help defeat the Seahawks in Husky Stadium, 27-10.
Sept. 25 The Chargers defeated the Raiders in Los Angeles, 26-24, on a 33-yard John Carney field goal with two seconds remaining and improved their record to 4-0, the team's best start since 1980.
Oct. 16 San Diego remained the NFL's only undefeated team (6-0) by winning on the road in New Orleans, 36-22.
Dec. 18 The Chargers clinched the AFC Western Division title with a 21-6 win over the N.Y. Jets in Giants Stadium.


Jan. 8 The Chargers advanced to the AFC Championship game with a 22-21 victory over the Miami Dolphins in front of a record home crowd of 63,381. San Diego recovered from a 21-6, third- quarter deficit.
Jan. 15 The Chargers advanced to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history with a stunning, 17-13 victory over the heavily-favored Pittsburgh Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium. Linebacker Dennis Gibson knocked down a Neil O'Donnell pass and stopped the Steelers on downs on the Chargers' three-yard line with 1:04 left in the game. The team returned to San Diego following the game and were greeted by an estimated crowd of 70,000 screaming fans in San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium.
Jan. 29 In Super Bowl XXIX in Miami, Florida, the Chargers suffered a 49-26 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Jan. 30 More than 100,000 San Diegans crowded the streets of downtown San Diego at a post-Super Bowl parade to show support for the Chargers upon their return from Miami.
Feb. 1 Defensive Coordinator Bill Arnsparger retired.
March 6 Chargers President/Vice Chairman Dean Spanos announces that the team has come to an agreement with the City of San Diego to extend its lease and call San Diego home through the year 2020. As part of the agreement, plans were outlined to permanently expand the seating capacity of San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium to accommodate more than 70,000 fans and modernize the 28-year-old facility.
May 2 Chargers President/Vice Chairman Dean Spanos signed General Manager Bobby Beathard and Head Coach Bobby Ross to contract extensions through the 1999 season.
May 18 Alex Spanos announced plans to create the Alex G. Spanos San Diego Foundation, a nonprofit organization designed to "help San Diego build on its strengths by supporting individuals, activities and organizations that work to make the city a better place to live." In addition, he announced the donation of $1.5 million to the San Diego Hall of Champions.
June 19 Linebacker David Griggs was killed in a one-car accident in Davie, Florida, becoming the first player in team history to die while on the active roster.
July 29 Former Chargers tight end Kellen Winslow is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Aug. 19 San Diego's preseason game at Houston is cancelled due to an "unsafe" playing surface at the Houston Astrodome. It was the first time an NFL game has been cancelled.
Sept. 3 The Chargers become the first team to play a regular-season game versus the Raiders at the Oakland Coliseum since 1981.
Nov. 27 Dwayne Harper ties a team record with three interceptions in a 12-6 win over the Raiders.
Dec. 17 John Carney becomes the team's all-time field goal leader when he kicks his 147th and 148th career field goals with the Chargers in a 27-24 win at Indianapolis. Carney surpassed Rolf Benirschke's record of 146.
Dec. 23 Shaun Gayle returns an interception 99 yards through a barrage of snowballs thrown by fans as the Chargers seal a 27-17 win over the Giants at the New Jersey Meadowlands. It marks the Chargers fifth-consecutive win and gives San Diego its third playoff berth in the past four seasons.
Dec. 31 The Chargers lose to the Indianapolis Colts, 35-20, in a Wild Card playoff game, ending San Diego's hope of returning to its second consecutive Super Bowl.


Jan. 27 The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces that former Chargers wide receiver Charlie Joiner will be one of the players inducted as part of its Class of 1996. Induction ceremonies are scheduled to take place on July 27, 1996.
April 3 Chargers President/Vice Chairman Dean Spanos announces that minority owner George Pernicano has been selected to be the 19th member of the San Diego Chargers' Hall of Fame.
May 11 Running back Rodney Culver and his wife, Karen, are killed in the crash of ValuJet Flight 592 in the Florida Everglades. Culver is the second player in team history to die while on the active roster after David Griggs was killed in a one-car accident in Davie, Florida, 11 months earlier.
July 12 The Chargers open training camp at UCSD for the 20th consecutive season.
July 27 The Chargers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-10, in Tokyo, Japan, in the American Bowl preseason opener. It marks the Chargers' second American Bowl appearance and second trip to Japan. The team played in Japan in 1976.
Sept. 8 Minority owner George Pernicano is inducted into the Chargers' Hall of Fame at halftime of the Chargers-Bengals game. San Diego won the game, 27-14.
Nov. 2 Owner Alex Spanos is the recipient of the Gloria Swanson Humanitarian Award at the American Cinema Awards' 11th Annual All-Star Gala in Beverly Hills. The Award is given to the individual who contributes beyond all others to those who are less fortunate in the United States and around the world.


Jan. 3 Head Coach Bobby Ross resigns and the coaching staff is released.
Jan. 10 Owner Alex Spanos gives a generous donation of $1 million to the American Red Cross to help flood victims in Northern California.
Jan. 19 San Diego Chargers General Manager Bobby Beathard names former Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride the 10th head coach in team history.
Feb. 13 The Alex G. Spanos Sports Fields are dedicated on the grounds of Kate Sessions Elementary School in Pacific Beach, culminating a $102,000 donation from the Alex Spanos Family. The students from Kate Sessions and The Bishops School as well as the general community of Pacific Beach use the fields.
May 23 Chargers President/Vice Chairman Dean Spanos introduces kicker Rolf Benirschke as the 20th selectee to the San Diego Chargers' Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies will take place at half-time of the Chargers-Ravens game on Sept. 28.
July 16 The Chargers open training camp at UCSD for the 21st consecutive season.
Aug. 2 62,542 fans witness the Chargers defeat the San Francisco 49ers 20-13 in a preseason game. It is the first-ever game played in the newly-renovated and expanded Qualcomm Stadium.
Sept. 14 Kicker John Carney surpasses Rolf Benirschke as the Chargers' all-time leading scorer with his 767th career point with the team in a game versus the Carolina Panthers.
Sept. 28 Kicker Rolf Benirschke is formally inducted by team President Dean Spanos as the 20th member of the Chargers' Hall of Fame in halftime ceremonies of the Chargers game versus the Baltimore Ravens.
Nov. 16 The Chargers establish a home attendance record when 65,714 fans watch the Chargers play the Oakland Raiders. It is the second consecutive week and fourth time during the 1997 season that the Chargers surpass the previous home regular-season record of 63,012 set versus the then Los Angeles Raiders on Monday, Dec. 5, 1994. The Chargers also surpassed the all-time home attendance record of 63,381 set versus Miami in the AFC Divisional Playoff game on Jan. 8, 1995 twice during the 1997 regular season.


Jan. 20 Former Atlanta Falcons Head Coach June Jones is named the Chargers quarterbacks coach.
Jan. 21 Ed McGuire is named the Chargers coordinator of football operations.
Jan. 22 Former Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Joe Bugel is named the Chargers offensive line coach.
Feb. 27 Stan Humphries, the only quarterback in team history to lead the Chargers to an AFC Championship, announces his retirement at a press conference at the team's training facility in Murphy Canyon. Humphries was the team's quarterback from 1992-97 and earned a record of 47-29 (.618) in regular-season games started for the Chargers. He finished his career ranked third in nearly every passing category in team history including passing yards with 16,085 behind Dan Fouts (43,040) and John Hadl (26,938). Team Owner Alex Spanos honors Humphries by donating $100,000 for the creation of the Brooke Humphries Heart Fund.
March 12 The Chargers obtain the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by trading their 1998 first-round choice (#3), 1998 second-round choice (#32), 1999 first-round choice, WR-KR Eric Metcalf and LB Patrick Sapp to the Arizona Cardinals.
Sept. 6 The Chargers defeat the Buffalo Bills, 16-14, in front of 64,037 fans, marking the largest crowd at a Chargers home opener in team history.
Oct. 13 Head Coach Kevin Gilbride is released after the sixth game of the season. After winning their first two games to open the 1998 season, the Chargers lose four in a row for a record of 2-4. Quarterbacks coach June Jones takes over as the Chargers interim head coach.
Nov. 29 The Chargers set a home attendance record when 66,532 fans watch the Bolts play the undefeated defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos, who defeat the Chargers, 31-16.


Jan. 20 Former Oregon State University Head Coach Mike Riley is named the 12th head coach in Chargers history. Riley replaces interim head coach June Jones who took over as the head coach at the University of Hawaii following the end of the 1998 regular season.
March 22 QB Jim Harbaugh is acquired in trade with Baltimore for a conditional draft choice in 2000.
Sept. 19 The Chargers defeat the Bengals in Cincinnati, 34-7, making Mike Riley the first Chargers head coach to win his debut since Sid Gillman in 1960, the first year of the franchise.
Oct. 24 The Chargers set a home attendance record when 68,274 fans watch the Bolts play the Green Bay Packers, who defeat the Chargers, 31-3.
Nov. 21 Defensive lineman Gary "Big Hands" Johnson is formally inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame by President Dean Spanos at halftime of the Chargers game versus Chicago.
Nov. 28 QB Jim Harbaugh passes for a career-high 404 yards at Minnesota, making him the only quarterback in Chargers history to pass for more than 400 yards in a game other than Dan Fouts, who did it six times.