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Weather in northwest Orange County for Thursday, June 18, 2020:

Today:

Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 72. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight:

Increasing clouds, with a low around 60. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Highs are expected to remain in the mid to upper 70s over the course of the week.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1775 The British take Bunker Hill outside of Boston, after a costly battle.
  • 1812 The War of 1812 begins when the United States declares war against Great Britain.
  • 1856 The Republican Party opens its first national convention in Philadelphia.
  • 1857 Birth of Henry Clay Folger, American lawyer and businessman, co-founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
  • 1861 President Abraham Lincoln witnesses Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hot-air balloon.
  • 1863 On the way to Gettysburg, Union and Confederate forces skirmish at Point of Rocks, Maryland.
  • 1863 After repeated acts of insubordination, General Ulysses S. Grant relieves General John McClernand during the Siege of Vicksburg.
  • 1864 At Petersburg, Union General Ulysses S. Grant realizes the town can no longer be taken by assault and settles into a siege.
  • 1872 George M. Hoover begins selling whiskey in Dodge City, Kansas–a town which had previously been “dry.”
  • 1873 Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote for president.
  • 1876 General George Crook’s command is attacked and bested on the Rosebud River by 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne under the leadership of Crazy Horse.
  • 1913 U.S. Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico.
  • 1928 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to cross the Atlantic by airplane.
  • 1930 The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill becomes law, placing the highest tariff on imports to the United States.
  • 1932 The U.S. Senate defeats the Bonus Bill as 10,000 veterans mass around the Capitol.
  • 1942 The U.S. Navy commissions its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.
  • 1963 The U.S. Supreme Court bans the required reading of the Lord’s prayer and Bible in public schools.
  • 1966 Samuel Nabrit becomes the first African American to serve on the Atomic Energy Commission.
  • 1972 Five men are arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.
  • 1979 President Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev sign the Salt II pact to limit nuclear arms.
  • 1983 Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.