Weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, August 25, 2021:
Widespread haze. Sunny, with a high near 89. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Widespread haze before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light southwest in the evening.
Highs are forecast to spike into the 90s, peaking on Thursday before gradually dropping again over the course of the week.
Courtesy of HistoryNet:
- 1765 In protest over the stamp tax, American colonists sack and burn the home of Massachusetts governor Thomas Hutchinson.
- 1830 The “Tom Thumb” steam locomotive runs its famous race with a horse-drawn car. The horse wins because the engine, which had been ahead, breaks down.
- 1862 Union and Confederate troops skirmish at Waterloo Bridge, Virginia, during the Second Bull Run Campaign.
- 1864 Confederate General A.P. Hill pushes back Union General Winfield Scott Hancock from Reams Station where his army has spent several days destroying railroad tracks.
- 1916 The National Park Service is established as part of the Department of the Interior.
- 1918 Birth of Leonard Bernstein, conductor, composer and pianist.
- 1919 Birth of George C. Wallace, governor of Alabama and presidential candidate.
- 1921 The United States, which never ratified the Versailles Treaty ending World War I, finally signs a peace treaty with Germany.
- 1925 A. Phillip Randolph organizes the Sleeping Car Porters’ Union.
- 1927 Birth of Althea Gibson, African American tennis player, the first to play at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon.
- 1940 The first parachute wedding ceremony is performed by Rev. Homer Tomlinson at the New York City World’s Fair for Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward. The minister, bride and groom, best man, maid of honor and four musicians were all suspended from parachutes.
- 1948 The House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing.
- 1950 President Harry Truman orders the U.S. Army to seize control of the nation’s railroads to avert a strike.
- 1981 Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn.
- 1989 NASA scientists receive stunning photographs of Neptune and its moons from Voyager 2.