Weather in northwest Orange County for Saturday, March 21, 2020:
Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.
Mostly sunny skies are expected Friday and Saturday, with a chance of precipitation returning Sunday.
Courtesy of HistoryNet:
- 1617 Pocahontas (Rebecca Rolfe) dies of either smallpox or pneumonia while in England with her husband, John Rolfe.
- 1788 Almost the entire city of New Orleans, Louisiana, is destroyed by fire.
- 1806 Lewis and Clark begin their trip home after an 8,000 mile trek of the Mississippi basin and the Pacific Coast.
- 1865 The Battle of Bentonville, N.C. ends, marking the last Confederate attempt to stop Union General William Sherman.
- 1885 Birth of Raoul Lufbery, French-born American fighter pilot of World War I.
- 1906 Ohio passes a law that prohibits hazing by fraternities.
- 1910 The U.S. Senate grants ex-President Teddy Roosevelt an annual pension of $10,000.
- 1928 President Calvin Coolidge presents the Medal of Honor to Charles Lindbergh, a captain in the US Army Air Corps Reserve, for making the first solo trans-Atlantic flight. On June 11, 1927, Lindbergh had received the first Distinguished Flying Cross ever awarded.
- 1939 Singer Kate Smith records “God Bless America” for Victor Records.
- 1951 Secretary of Defense George C. Marshall reports that the U.S. military has doubled to 2.9 million since the start of the Korean War.
- 1963 Alcatraz Island, the federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, California, closes.
- 1965 The United States launches Ranger 9, last in a series of unmanned lunar explorations.
- 1971 Two U.S. platoons in Vietnam refuse their orders to advance.
- 1980 President Jimmy Carter announces to the U.S. Olympic Team that they will not participate in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a boycott against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
- 1984 A Soviet submarine crashes into the USS Kitty Hawk off the coast of Japan.