Profession: Commodore of the US Navy
Why Famous: Forced Japan to open up to Western influence and trade by sailing his frigate Susquehanna into Tokyo Bay in an early example of gunboat diplomacy.
- 1853-07-08 Commodore Matthew C. Perry sails his frigate Susquehanna into Tokyo Bay, opening Japan to Western influence and trade
- 1854-03-08 US Commodore Matthew C. Perry's second trip to Japan
- 1860-03-17 Six years after the forcible ending of Japan's isolationist policy by US Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry, the Japanese Embassy arrives in San Francisco to sign a Treaty of Friendship