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Weather in northwest Orange County for Monday, August 24, 2020:

Today:

Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 88. Light west wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Increasing clouds, with a low around 71. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Highs are expected to remain fairly level in the upper 80s to low 90s.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1814 British troops under General Robert Ross capture Washington, D.C., which they set on fire in retaliation for the American burning of the parliament building in York (Toronto), the capital of Upper Canada.
  • 1869 Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York, patents the waffle iron.
  • 1891 Thomas Edison files a patent for the motion picture camera.
  • 1894 Congress passes the first graduated income tax law, which is declared unconstitutional the next year.
  • 1896 Thomas Brooks is shot and killed by an unknown assailant beginning a six year feud with the McFarland family.
  • 1912 By an act of Congress, Alaska is given a territorial legislature of two houses.
  • 1915 Birth of Alice H.B. Sheldon, science fiction writer and artist, CIA photo-intelligence operative, lecturer at American University and major in the U.S. Army Air Force.
  • 1942 In the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the third carrier-versus-carrier battle of the war, U.S. naval forces defeat a Japanese force attempting to screen reinforcements for the Guadalcanal fighting.
  • 1948 Edith Mae Irby becomes the first African-American student to attend the University of Arkansas.
  • 1954 Congress outlaws the Communist Party in the United States.
  • 1963 US State Department cables embassy in Saigon that if South Vietnam’s president Ngo Dinh Diem does not remove his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu as his political adviser the US would explore alternative leadership, setting the stage for a coup by ARVN generals.
  • 1989 Baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti bans Pete Rose from baseball for gambling.
  • 1992 Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in Florida. The Category 5 storm, which had already caused extensive damage in the Bahamas, caused $26.5 billion in US damages, caused 65 deaths, and felled 70,000 acres of trees in the Everglades.