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Weather in northwest Orange County for Friday, November 8, 2019:

Today:

Sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Clear, with a low around 57. Calm wind.

Highs are expected to rise into the mid-80s at the end of the week before gradually dropping into the 70s.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1861 Charles Wilkes seizes Confederate commissioners John Slidell and James M. Mason from the British ship Trent.
  • 1864 President Abraham Lincoln is re-elected in the first wartime election in the United States.
  • 1887 Doc Holliday, who fought on the side of the Earp brothers during the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 6 years earlier, dies of tuberculosis in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
  • 1889 Montana becomes the 41st state of the Union.
  • 1900 Theodore Dresier’s first novel Sister Carrie is published by Doubleday, but is recalled from stores shortly due to public sentiment.
  • 1900 Birth of Margaret Mitchell, American writer who found success in her first and only novel, Gone With the Wind.
  • 1904 President Theodore Roosevelt is elected president of the United States. He had been vice president until the shooting death of President William McKinley.
  • 1909 Birth of Katherine Hepburn, American actress who won four Oscars. Her movies included Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story and The African Queen.
  • 1910 The Democrats prevail in congressional elections for the first time since 1894.
  • 1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected 32nd president of the United States.
  • 1938 Crystal Bird Fauset of Pennsylvania, becomes the first African-American woman to be elected to a state legislature.
  • 1942 The United States and Great Britain invade Axis-occupied North Africa.
  • 1960 John F. Kennedy is elected 35th president, defeating Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the closest election, by popular vote, since 1880.
  • 1965 Vietnam War, Operation Hump: US 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team ambushed by over 1,200 Viet Cong in Bien Hoa Province. Nearby, in the Gang Toi Hills, a company of the Royal Australian Regiment also engaged Viet Cong forces.
  • 1966 Republican Edward Brooke of Massachusetts becomes the first African American elected to the Senate in 85 years.
  • 1983 Wilson B. Goode is elected as the first black mayor of the city of Philadelphia.
  • 2000 Dispute begins over US presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore; Supreme Court ruling on Dec. 12 results in a 271-266 electoral victory for Bush.
  • 2004 More than 10,000 US troops and a few Iraqi army units besiege an insurgent stronghold at Fallujah.