A scouting party led by Sgt. José Ortega discovers San Francisco Bay.
Fathers Junípero Serra and Gregoria Amúrrio found Mission San Juan Capistrano at its original site in San Juan Canyon, after it had been abandoned the prior year because of an Indian revolt in San Diego. [Source: Orange County Through Four Centuries by Leo J. Friis.]
The Metropolitan Water District voted to support the State Water Project after voting against support four times. Originally known as the Feather River Project, the Project was vigorously campaigned for by California Gov. Pat Brown in order to provide flood control for Northern California and bring water to Southern California. [Source: the Sacramento Bee.]