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- Early 1860's
San Ramon village development begins. San Ramon becomes accepted name in 1873.
UC Berkeley founded. Named for Irish philosopher George Berkeley, famous quote " Westward, the course of empire takes its way."
- March 23, 1868
Governor Henry Haight signs the Organic Act creating the University of California.
- Oct. 21, 1868
Major earthquake on Hayward Fault causes widespread damage.
- September 23, 1869
University of California opens with 38 students.