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Weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, April 17, 2019:

Today:

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Light and variable wind becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight:

Mostly clear, with a low around 54. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Temperatures are expected to rise into the 80s in the back half of the week before dropping back to seasonal levels over the weekend.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1492 Christopher Columbus signs a contract with Spain to find a western route to the Indies.
  • 1524 Present-day New York Harbor is discovered by Giovanni da Verrazzano.
  • 1741 Birth of Samuel Chase, signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • 1758 Frances Williams, the first African-American to graduate from a college in the western hemisphere, publishes a collection of Latin poems.
  • 1808 Bayonne Decree by Napoleon Bonaparte of France orders seizure of U.S. ships.
  • 1824 Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54′ 40′.
  • 1861 Virginia becomes the eighth state to secede from the Union.
  • 1864 General Ulysses Grant bans the trading of prisoners.
  • 1865 Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination.
  • 1929 Baseball player Babe Ruth and Claire Hodgson, a former member of the Ziegfeld Follies, get married.
  • 1947 Jackie Robinson bunts for his first major league hit.
  • 1969 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
  • 1970 Apollo 13–originally scheduled to land on the moon–lands back safely on Earth after an accident.