Weather in northwest Orange County for Sunday, December 22, 2019

Weather in northwest Orange County for Sunday, December 22, 2019:

Today:

A slight chance of showers after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. East wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight:

Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 51. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Showers will be possible through much of the week, with highs dropping into the low 60s and upper 50s over Christmas.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1775 Esek Hopkins takes command of the Continental Navy — a total of seven ships.
  • 1807 Congress passes the Embargo Act, which halts all trading completely. It is hoped that the act will keep the United States out of the European Wars.
  • 1829 The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad opens the first passenger railway line.
  • 1856 Birth of Frank Kellogg, U.S. Secretary of State who tried to outlaw war with the Kellogg-Briand Pact.
  • 1883 Birth of Arthur Wergs Mitchell, first African-American to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • 1912 Birth of Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson, wife of US President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
  • 1918 The last of the food restrictions, enforced because of the shortages during World War I, are lifted.
  • 1944 During the Battle of the Bulge, General Anthony McAuliffe responds to a German surrender request with a one word answer: “Nuts!”
  • 1945 The United States recognizes Tito’s government in Yugoslavia.
  • 1965 The EF-105F Wild Weasel makes its first kill over Vietnam.
  • 1966 The United States announces the allocation of 900,000 tons of grain to fight the famine in India.
  • 2001 A passenger on American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris, Richard Reid, unsuccessfully attempts to destroy the plane in flight by igniting explosives he’d hidden in his shoes.
  • 2008 Some 1.1 billion gallons of coal fly ash slurry flood part of Tennessee after an ash dike breaks at a solid waste containment area in Roane County, in the eastern part of the state.
  • 2010 US President Barack Obama signs a law officially repealing the 17-year-old policy known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell”; the new law permits homosexuals to serve openly in the US military.