Weather in northwest Orange County for Monday, April 15, 2019:

Today:

Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Tonight:

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Temperatures are expected to rise into the 80s in the back half of the week.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1813 U.S. troops under James Wilkinson lay siege to the Spanish-held city of Mobile in future state of Alabama.
  • 1861 President Lincoln mobilizes Federal army.
  • 1865 Abraham Lincoln dies from John Wilkes Booth’s assassination bullet.
  • 1871 ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok becomes the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.
  • 1874 Birth of George Harrison Shull, American botanist, developer of hybrid corn.
  • 1889 Birth of Asa Phillip Randolph, American labor leader and Civil Rights advocate.
  • 1898 Birth of Bessie Smith, American blues singer.
  • 1912 With her band playing on the deck, the ocean liner Titanic sinks at 2:27 a.m. in the North Atlantic.
  • 1922 Birth of Harold Washington, first black mayor of Chicago.
  • 1923 The first sound films shown to a paying audience are exhibited at the Rialto Theater in New York City.
  • 1923 Insulin becomes generally available for people suffering with diabetes.
  • 1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt is buried on the grounds of his Hyde Park home.
  • 1952 President Harry Truman signs the official Japanese peace treaty.
  • 1955 Ray Kroc starts the McDonald’s chain of fast food restaurants.
  • 1959 Cuban leader Fidel Castro begins a U.S. goodwill tour.
  • 1960 The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizes at Shaw University.
  • 1971 North Vietnamese troops ambush a company of Delta Raiders from the 101st Airborne Division near Fire Support Base Bastogne in Vietnam. The American troops are on a rescue mission.
  • 1986 U.S. warplanes attack Libya.

Tomato watch

Jelly Bean Yellow has won the race to show the first flower among our five varieties of tomatoes — a delicate little yellow flower bloomed yesterday.

The forecast for the next week is for overnight temperatures to remain above 50°F. We will see if fruit sets!