Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo sets sail from La Navidad in Mexico to explore the coast of Alta California.
Expedition led by Juan Bautista de Anza and Francisco Garcés arrives on the San Francisco peninsula.
A nationwide railroad strike cuts California off from the rest of the country until the strike is broken on July 15, 1894.
American author, editor, and lawyer Carey McWilliams died in New York City. He was born in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After dropping out of college, he joined his family in Southern California, where he earned a law degree from the University of Southern California in 1927. He went on to a literary career mentored and befriended by the likes of Robinson Jeffers, John Fante, Louis Adamic, Upton Sinclair, Mary Austin, and H.L. Mencken. McWilliams loathed Richard Nixon, whom he described in 1950 as “a dapper little man with an astonishing capacity for petty malice.” His interpretive history Southern California Country: An Island on the Land (1946) inspired the screenplay for the movie Chinatown (1974). [Sources: Southern California Country: An Island on the Land and Wikipedia.]
Because California Attorney General Kamala Harris refused to defend Proposition 8, the US Supreme Court dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds and allowed a lower court ruling to stand that declared the proposition unconstitutional. [Source: CNN.com.]
Mama’s Cocktails & Comfort Food opens for business in Los Alamitos in the space formerly occupied by Mighty Kitchen, which replaced Spin! Pizza, which replaced Train Wreck Pizza, which replaced Shakey’s Pizza.