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Weather in northwest Orange County for Monday, March 2, 2020:

Today:

A slight chance of showers before 10am. Sunny, with a high near 71. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight:

Clear, with a low around 48. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight.

Highs are expected to return to the lower 70s for much of the week.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1776 Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston.
  • 1781 Maryland ratifies the Articles of Confederation. She is the last state to sign.
  • 1793 Birth of Sam Houston, president of Texas, later Texas senator and governor.
  • 1797 The Directory of Great Britain authorizes vessels of war to board and seize neutral vessels, particularly if the ships are American.
  • 1815 To put an end to robberies by the Barbary pirates, the United States declares war on Algiers.
  • 1836 Texas declares independence from Mexico on Sam Houston’s 43rd birthday.
  • 1853 The Territory of Washington is organized.
  • 1865 President Abraham Lincoln rejects Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s plea for peace talks, demanding unconditional surrender.
  • 1867 The first Reconstruction Act is passed by Congress.
  • 1877 Rutherford B. Hayes is declared president by one vote the day before the inauguration.
  • 1889 Congress passes the Indian Appropriations Bill, proclaiming unassigned lands in the public domain; the first step toward the famous Oklahoma Land Rush.
  • 1896 Bone Mizell, the famed cowboy of Florida, is sentenced to two years of hard labor in the state pen for cattle rustling. He would only serve a small portion of the sentence.
  • 1901 Congress passes the Platt amendment, which limits Cuban autonomy as a condition for withdrawal of U.S. troops.
  • 1904 Birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel [Dr. Seuss], author of numerous children’s books including The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.
  • 1917 Congress passes the Jones Act, making Puerto Rico a territory of the United States and makes the inhabitants U.S. citizens.
  • 1945 MacArthur raises the U.S. flag on Corregidor in the Philippines.
  • 1951 The U.S. Navy launches the K-1, the first modern submarine designed to hunt enemy submarines.
  • 1955 Claudette Colvin refuses to give up her seat in Montgomery, Alabama, nine months before Rosa Parks’ famous arrest for the same offense.
  • 1965 More than 150 U.S. and South Vietnamese planes bomb two bases in North Vietnam in the first of the “Rolling Thunder” raids.
  • 1968 The siege of Khe Sanh ends in Vietnam, the U.S. Marines stationed there are still in control of the mountain top.
  • 1973 Federal forces surround Wounded Knee, South Dakota, which is occupied by members of the militant American Indian Movement who are holding at least 10 hostages.
  • 1974 A grand jury in Washington, D.C. concludes that President Nixon was indeed involved in the Watergate cover-up.
  • 1981 The United States plans to send 20 more advisors and $25 million in military aid to El Salvador.