By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
•Feb. 12, 1942: Columnist Walter Lippmann says the West Coast "is in imminent danger of a combined attack from within and without. . . . It may at any moment be a battlefield. Nobody's constitutional rights include the right to reside and do business on a battlefield."
•Feb. 13, 1942: The entire California congressional delegation recommends "the immediate evacuation of all persons of Japanese lineage."
•Feb. 15, 1942: The first exodus of enemy aliens from restricted military zones throughout northern California begins. They're under orders to "move out and stay out."
•Feb. 19, 1942: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order No. 9066, allowing military commanders to remove persons of Japanese ancestry from the Pacific Coast.
•March 2, 1942: People of Japanese ancestry living in San Francisco are ordered to voluntarily evacuate to inland locations, following the president's orders. News reports say a "Negro-Japanese Fifth Column" is possible.
•March 26, 1942: The FBI reports that 772 enemy aliens have been arrested in the San Francisco district since the start of the war.
•April 21, 1942: FBI and police launch alien raids throughout the Bay Area.
•May 20, 1942: The last Japanese residents are taken from San Francisco. Six Greyhound buses carry 274 people to the Tanforan assembly center.Additional reporting by Josh Saltzman and Rebecca Winsor.