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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.