Weather in northwest Orange County for Thursday, September 13, 2018:
Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 86. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Increasing clouds, with a low around 63. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
Highs are expected to remain in the 80s throughout the week, with lows in the mid-60s.
Courtesy of HistoryNet:
- 1564 On the verge of attacking Pedro Menendez’s Spanish settlement at San Agostin, Florida, Jean Ribault’s French fleet is scattered by a devastating storm.
- 1788 The Constitutional Convention authorizes the first federal election resolving that electors in all the states will be appointed on January 7, 1789.
- 1846 General Winfield Scott takes Chapultepec, removing the last obstacle to US troops moving on Mexico City.
- 1847 Birth of Milton Hershey, founder of the famous candy company.
- 1851 Birth of Walter Reed, U.S. Army doctor who discovered a cure for yellow fever.
- 1860 Birth of John J. Pershing, “Black Jack,” who led the campaign against Pancho Villa in Mexico and commanded the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I.
- 1862 Union troops in Frederick, Maryland, discover General Robert E. Lee‘s attack plans for the invasion of Maryland wrapped around a pack of cigars. They give the plans to General George B. McClellan who sends the Army of the Potomac to confront Lee but only after a delay of more than half a day.
- 1863 The Loudoun County Rangers route a company of Confederate cavalry at Catoctin Mountain in Virginia.
- 1886 Birth of Alain Locke, writer and first African-American Rhodes scholar.
- 1905 US warships head to Nicaragua on behalf of American William Albers, who was accused of evading tobacco taxes.
- 1918 US and French forces take St. Mihiel, France in America’s first action as a standing army.
- 1925 Birth of Melvin “Mel” Torme, jazz singer, musician, composer and arranger (“The Christmas Song,” AKA “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”); nicknamed the “Velvet Fog.”.
- 1926 Birth of Andrew Brimmer, economist; first African American to serve as governor of the Federal Reserve System (1966-74).
- 1951 In Korea, US Army troops begin their assault in Heartbreak Ridge. The month-long struggle will cost 3,700 casualties.
- 1961 An unmanned Mercury capsule is orbited and recovered by NASA in a test.
- 1976 The United States announces it will veto Vietnam’s UN bid.
- 1988 Hurricane Gilbert becomes the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, based on barometric pressure. Hurricane Wilma will break that record in 2005.
- 2008 Hurricane Ike makes landfall in Texas. It had already been the most costly storm in Cuba’s history and becomes the third costliest in the US.