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Weather in northwest Orange County for Friday, September 13, 2019:

Today:

Sunny, with a high near 92. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

High temperatures are forecast to remain warm to hot for several days before dropping back into the low 80s for the work week. Lows are expected to remain in the mid-60s.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1788 The Constitutional Convention authorizes the first federal election resolving that electors in all the states will be appointed on January 7, 1789.
  • 1846 General Winfield Scott takes Chapultepec, removing the last obstacle to U.S. troops moving on Mexico City.
  • 1847 Birth of Milton Hershey, founder of the famous candy company.
  • 1851 Birth of Walter Reed, U.S. Army doctor, discovered a cure for yellow fever.
  • 1860 Birth of John J. Pershing, “Black Jack” who led the campaign against Pancho Villa in Mexico and Commanded the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I.
  • 1862 Union troops in Frederick, Maryland, discover General Robert E. Lee’s attack plans for the invasion of Maryland wrapped around a pack of cigars. They give the plans to General George B. McClellan who sends the Army of the Potomac to confront Lee but only after a delay of more than half a day.
  • 1863 The Loudoun County Rangers route a company of Confederate cavalry at Catoctin Mountain in Virginia.
  • 1886 Birth of Alain Locke, writer and first African-American Rhodes scholar.
  • 1905 U.S. warships head to Nicaragua on behalf of American William Albers, who was accused of evading tobacco taxes.
  • 1918 U.S. and French forces take St. Mihiel, France in America’s first action as a standing army.
  • 1951 In Korea, U.S. Army troops begin their assault in Heartbreak Ridge. The month-long struggle will cost 3,700 casualties.
  • 1961 An unmanned Mercury capsule is orbited and recovered by NASA in a test.
  • 1976 The United States announces it will veto Vietnam’s UN bid.
  • 1988 Hurricane Gilbert becomes the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, based on barometric pressure. Hurricane Wilma will break that record in 2005.
  • 2008 Hurricane Ike makes landfall in Texas; it had already been the most costly storm in Cuba’s history and becomes the third costliest in the US.