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Weather in northwest Orange County for Monday, November 23, 2020:

Today:

Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 65. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. East wind around 5 mph.

Highs are to remain in the upper 60s to low 70s through the week.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1785 John Hancock is elected president of the Continental Congress for the second time.
  • 1804 Birth of Franklin Pierce, hero of the American war with Mexico and 14th president of the United States.
  • 1863 Union forces win the Battle of Orchard Knob, Tennessee.
  • 1863 The Battle of Chattanooga, one of the most decisive battles of the American Civil War, begins (also in Tennessee).
  • 1878 Birth of Ernest King, commander-in-chief of the U.S. fleet who designed the United States’ winning strategy in World War II.
  • 1887 Birth of Boris Karloff, film actor most famous for his role as the monster in the movie Frankenstein.
  • 1888 Birth of Adolph Arthur “Harpo” Marx, American comedian, one of the Marx brothers.
  • 1909 The Wright brothers form a million-dollar corporation for the commercial manufacture of their airplanes.
  • 1921 President Warren G. Harding signs the Willis Campell Act, better known as the anti-beer bill. It forbids doctors to prescribe beer or liquor for medicinal purposes.
  • 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt recalls the American ambassador from Havana, Cuba, and urges stability in the island nation.
  • 1934 The United States and Great Britain agree on a 5-5-3 naval ratio, with both countries allowed to build five million tons of naval ships while Japan can only build three. Japan will denounce the treaty.
  • 1936 The United States abandons the American embassy in Madrid, Spain, which is engulfed by civil war.
  • 1941 U.S. troops move into Dutch Guiana to guard the bauxite mines.
  • 1942 The film Casablanca premieres in New York City.
  • 1943 U.S. Marines declare the island of Tarawa secure.
  • 1945 Wartime meat and butter rationing ends in the United States.
  • 1968 Four men hijack an American plane, with 87 passengers, from Miami to Cuba.
  • 1981 US Pres. Ronald Reagan signs top secret directive giving the CIA authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
  • 1992 The first Smartphone, IBM Simon, introduced at COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.