Orange County Breeze local almanac for northwest Orange County, California.

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1853

Commodore Matthew Perry sails into Tokyo Bay seeking to re-establish trade and diplomatic ties with Japan after 200 years of Japanese isolation. One of the letters he carries to the Shogun from President Millard Fillmore extolled the mineral riches of California. Perry’s efforts eventually led to the Treaty of Kanagawa on March 31, 1854. [Sources: Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace 1940 to 1950 by Kevin Starr, and the US Department of State Office of the Historian.]

1879

The first ship to use electric lights departs from San Francisco, California. [Source: HistoryNet.com]

2011

Former first lady Betty Ford dies in Rancho Mirage at age 93. [Source: Orange County Register]