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Weather in northwest Orange County for Thursday, April 1, 2021:

Today:

Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Mostly clear, with a low around 54. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Temperatures are expected to remain above average, gradually dropping back lower 70s by early in the new week.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1764 Birth of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect of the U.S. Capitol.
  • 1805 The state of Virginia passes a law requiring all freed slaves to leave the state, or risk either imprisonment or deportation.
  • 1830 Birth of Mother (Mary Harris) Jones, reformer and labor organizer.
  • 1863 The Battle of Chancellorsville begins as Union General Joe Hooker starts his three-pronged attack against Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
  • 1867 Reconstruction in the South begins with black voter registration.
  • 1877 President Rutherford B. Hayes withdraws all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction.
  • 1896 Birth of Mark Clark, U.S. Army general during World War II.
  • 1898 The U.S. Navy under Commodore George Dewey defeats the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines.
  • 1909 Birth of Kate Smith, singer famous for her rendition of “God Bless America.”
  • 1915 The British luxury liner Lusitania leaves New York Harbor for a voyage to Europe. A week later it would be torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat.
  • 1916 Birth of Glenn Ford, actor (The Blackboard Jungle, 1955).
  • 1923 Birth of Joseph Heller, American author best known for Catch-22, originally published in 1961.
  • 1931 The Empire State Building opens in New York.
  • 1934 The Philippine legislature accepts a U.S. proposal for independence.
  • 1937 President Franklin Roosevelt signs an act of neutrality, keeping the United States out of World War II.
  • 1950 Gwendolyn Brooks becomes the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry called Annie Allen.
  • 1960 Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 spy plane is shot down over Russia.
  • 1968 In the second day of battle, U.S. Marines, with the support of naval fire, continue their attack on a North Vietnamese Division at Dai Do.
  • 1970 Students from Kent State University riot in downtown Kent, Ohio, in protest of the American invasion of Cambodia.