Death Valley, California saw the highest temperature ever recorded in the United States - 134° F. In 1913.
Let me put that in perspective: after what we're told has been a century of Global Warming, the highest recorded temperature in this land occurred before the Titanic took her sea trials. That's a century of righteous Global Warming, right there. Pretty neat how it's raising the average temperatures but not the record temperatures.
In other examples of governmental screw-ups, on this day in 1832 President Andy Jackson vetoed the bill re-chartering the Second Bank of America. Obviously, the bill's supporters hadn't explained the virtues of Quantitative Easing to him ...
And in other news of governmental screw-ups, this day in 1940 saw the establishment of the French government in Vichy. To make up for that, the French Secret Service blows up the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand on this day in 1985. 'nuff said.