Weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, May 1, 2019:

Today:

Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Tonight:

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Highs are expected remain in the 70s across the course of the week, with mostly sunny skies.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1764 Birth of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect of the U.S. Capitol.
  • 1805 The state of Virginia passes a law requiring all freed slaves to leave the state, or risk either imprisonment or deportation.
  • 1863 The Battle of Chancellorsville begins as Union General Joe Hooker starts his three-pronged attack against Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
  • 1867 Reconstruction in the South begins with black voter registration.
  • 1877 President Rutherford B. Hayes withdraws all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction.
  • 1898 The U.S. Navy under Commodore George Dewey defeats the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines.
  • 1915 The British luxury liner Lusitania leaves New York Harbor for a voyage to Europe. A week later it would be torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat.
  • 1923 Birth of Joseph Heller, American author best known for Catch-22, originally published in 1961.
  • 1931 The Empire State Building opens in New York.
  • 1934 The Philippine legislature accepts a U.S. proposal for independence.
  • 1937 President Franklin Roosevelt signs an act of neutrality, keeping the United States out of World War II.
  • 1950 Gwendolyn Brooks becomes the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry called Annie Allen.
  • 1960 Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 spy plane is shot down over Russia.
  • 1968 In the second day of battle, U.S. Marines, with the support of naval fire, continue their attack on a North Vietnamese Division at Dai Do.
  • 1970 Students from Kent State University riot in downtown Kent, Ohio, in protest of the American invasion of Cambodia.
  • 2011 Osama Bin Laden is killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, by US Navy SEALS in Operation Neptune Spear.