Profession: Conquistador and Explorer
Why Famous: The first explorer to navigate the coast of what would become California, he also explored much of the West Coast of the United States on behalf of the Spanish Empire.
- 1542-06-27 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo sets sail from the Mexican port of Navidad to explore the west coast of North America on behalf of the Spanish Empire
- 1542-09-28 Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay, naming it San Miguel and claims it for Spain
- 1542-10-07 Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovers Catalina Island off the coast of California