Weather in northwest Orange County for Thursday, December 5, 2019:

Today:

Partly sunny, with a high near 64. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Tonight:

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Calm wind.

Highs are forecast to be in the mid to upper 60s with a chance of rain over the weekend.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1776 Phi Beta Kappa is organized as the first American college Greek letter-fraternity, at William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va.
  • 1782 Birth of Martin Van Buren, 8th president in the United States–and the first born in the United States.
  • 1839 Birth of George Armstrong Custer, Union cavalry leader who met his fate at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
  • 1861 In the U.S. Congress, petitions and bills calling for the abolition of slavery are introduced.
  • 1862 Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s cavalry receives a setback in an engagement on the Mississippi Central Railroad at Coffeeville, Mississippi.
  • 1864 Confederate General John Bell Hood sends Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry and a division of infantry toward Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • 1901 Birth of Walt Disney, animator and creator of an entertainment empire.
  • 1933 The 21st Amendment ends Prohibition in the United States, which had begun 13 years earlier.
  • 1937 The Lindberghs arrive in New York on a holiday visit after a two-year voluntary exile.
  • 1945 Four TBM Avenger bombers disappear approximately 100 miles off the coast of Florida.
  • 1955 A bus boycott begins under the leadership of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • 2007 A gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle kills 8 people at Westroads Mall, Omaha, Neb., before taking his own life.