The City of Westminster is incorporated.
At 5:36 p.m. local time, the second-largest earthquake ever recorded anywhere in the world struck off the coast of Alaska. The magnitude 9.2 earthquake caused a tsunami that heavily effected cities on the West Coast of the United States and Canada. Thirteen people died in California, twelve in Crescent City. Among those not killed in Crescent City was a retired married couple, Charles and Caroline Henderson, who survived when their beachfront bungalow was shoved off its foundation by flood waters and wedged itself against a telephone pole on the far side of Highway 101. The rest of their property, bought to provide rental income in retirement, was entirely destroyed. [Sources: California Office of Emergency Services and oral history.]
Los Alamitos Race Course was raided by law enforcement officers representing the Cypress Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The raid targeted trainers and handlers of horses owned by Tremor Enterprises, run by José Treviño. Treviño’s brothers, Miguel and Omar Treviño, lead Los Zetas, the biggest and baddest Mexican drug cartel. The federal government alledged that Los Zetas used Tremor Enterprises as a front to laundry drug money while indulging the Treviño brothers’ love of horses. [Sources: OC Weekly, Orange County Register and Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty by Melissa del Bosque.]
Epson America announces that it will move its corporate headquarters from Long Beach to Los Alamitos, into a recently rehabilitated office campus just west of the Civic Center. The move is scheduled for the summer of 2020. [Sources: George Economides in Long Beach Business Journal and a news release from Epson American.]
After a catastrophic fire on February 2, and government-imposed lockdown to combat COVID-19, Working Wardrobes was forced to layoff most of its staff. [Source: email from Jerri Rosen, CEO of Working Wardrobes.]
USNS Mercy docks in Los Angeles Harbor, providing hundreds of additional hospital beds for patients not testing positive for COVID-19. [Source: Office of the Governor of the State of California; US Navy]