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Weather in northwest Orange County for Saturday, August 1, 2020:

Today:

Sunny, with a high near 89. Light and variable wind becoming south 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Tonight:

Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 64. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light after midnight.

Highs are expected to drop into the 70s by midweek, with morning clouds returning.

Heat Advisory in effect from July 30, 11:00 AM PDT until August 1, 09:00 PM PDT

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1770 Birth of William Clark, American explorer, led the Corps of Discovery with Meriwether Lewis.
  • 1779 Birth of Francis Scott Key, author of the “Star Spangled Banner.”
  • 1791 Robert Carter III, a Virginia plantation owner, frees all 500 of his slaves in the largest private emancipation in U.S. history. An 1839 mutiny aboard a Spanish ship in Cuban waters raised basic questions about freedom and slavery in the United States.
  • 1801 The American schooner Enterprise captures the Barbary cruiser Tripoli.
  • 1818 Birth of Maria Mitchell, the first female astronomer in the U.S.
  • 1864 Union General Ulysses S. Grant gives General Philip H. Sheridan the mission of clearing the Shenandoah Valley of Confederate forces.
  • 1872 The first long-distance gas pipeline in the U.S. is completed. Designed for natural gas, the two-inch pipe ran five miles from Newton Wells to Titusville, Pennsylvania.
  • 1873 San Francisco’s first cable cars begin running, operated by Hallidie’s Clay Street Hill Railroad Company.
  • 1893 A machine for making shredded wheat breakfast cereal is patented.
  • 1941 The Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo plane makes its first flight.
  • 1942 Ensign Henry C. White, while flying a J4F Widgeon plane, sinks U-166 as it approaches the Mississippi River, the first U-boat sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • 1946 President Harry S Truman establishes the Atomic Energy Commission.
  • 1950 Lead elements of the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division arrive in Korea from the United States.
  • 1957 US and Canada create North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).
  • 1960 Singer Chubby Checker releases “The Twist,” creating a new dance craze. The song had been released by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters the previous year but got little attention.
  • 1964 Arthur Ashe becomes the first African-American to play on the U.S. Davis Cup tennis team.
  • 1966 Charles Whitman, shooting from the Texas Tower at the University of Texas, kills 16 people and wounds 31 before being killed himself.
  • 1988 Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh begins his national radio show.
  • 2007 The I-35W bridge at Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour, killing 13 people and injuring 145.