Weather in northwest Orange County for Sunday, September 8, 2019:

Today:

Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 79. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Increasing clouds, with a low around 67. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Temperatures are forecast to remain the low 80s until around midweek before rising into the middle 80s.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1565 Spanish explorers found St. Augustine, Florida, the first permanent European settlement in what is now the United States.
  • 1628 John Endecott arrives with colonists at Salem, Massachusetts, where he will become the governor.
  • 1644 The Dutch colony of New Amsterdam surrenders to the British fleet that sails into its harbor. Five years later, the British change the name to New York.
  • 1755 British forces under William Johnson defeat the French and the Indians at the Battle of Lake George.
  • 1863 Confederate Lieutenant Dick Dowling thwarts a Union naval landing at Sabine Pass, northeast of Galveston, Texas.
  • 1889 Birth of Robert A. Taft, U.S. Senator from Ohio who unsuccessfully sought the presidential nomination from the 1940s until 1952.
  • 1900 Birth of Claude Pepper, Democratic senator and congressman from Florida, champion of senior citizens rights.
  • 1921 Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C., is named the first Miss America.
  • 1935 Senator Huey Long of Louisiana is shot to death in the state capitol, allegedly by Dr. Carl Austin Weiss, Jr.
  • 1945 Korea is partitioned by the Soviet Union and the United States.
  • 1951 Japanese representatives sign a peace treaty in San Francisco.
  • 1955 The United States, Australia, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Thailand sign the mutual defense treaty that established the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).
  • 1960 President Dwight Eisenhower dedicates NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • 1971 The Kennedy Center opens in Washington, DC with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.
  • 1974 President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard M. Nixon for any crimes arising from the Watergate scandal he may have committed while in office.
  • 1988 Wildfires in Yellowstone National Park in the US, the world’s first national park, force evacuation of the historic Old Faithful Inn; visitors and employees evacuate but the inn is saved.
  • 1994 USAir Flight 427 crashes on approach to Pittsburgh International Airport, killing all 132 people aboard; subsequent investigation leads to changes in manufacturing practices and pilot training.