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Weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, February 3, 2021:

Today:

Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. Calm wind.

Temperatures are expected to rise slightly over the weekend, with mostly sunny skies, before returning to seasonable levels.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1690 The first paper money in America is issued in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • 1783 Spain recognizes United States’ independence.
  • 1811 Birth of Horace Greely, founder of the New York Tribune and abolitionist.
  • 1821 Birth of Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman to get an MD from a U.S. medical school.
  • 1874 Birth of Gertrude Stein, poet and novelist (Three Lives, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas).
  • 1894 Birth of Norman Rockwell, artist and illustrator who painted scenes of small-town America. Most of his work appeared in the The Saturday Evening Post.
  • 1904 Colombian troops clash with U.S. Marines in Panama.
  • 1908 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that union-sponsored boycotts are illegal, and applies the Sherman Antitrust Act to labor as well as capital.
  • 1912 New U.S. football rules are set: field shortened to 100 yds.; touchdown counts six points instead of five; four downs are allowed instead of three; and the kickoff is moved from midfield to the 40 yd. line.
  • 1917 A German submarine sinks the U.S. liner Housatonic off coast of Sicily. The United States severs diplomatic relations with Germany.
  • 1927 President Calvin Coolidge signs a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission to regulate the airwaves.
  • 1944 The United States shells the Japanese homeland for the first time at Kurile Islands.
  • 1945 The month-long Battle of Manila begins.
  • 1962 President John F. Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba.
  • 1984 The Environmental Protection Agency orders a ban on the pesticide EDB for grain products.