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Weather in northwest Orange County for Tuesday, December 17, 2019:


Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. East wind around 5 mph.

High temperatures are expected to remain in the mid to upper 60s, with mostly sunny skies for at least the next week. There is a slight chance of rain on Sunday.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1807 Birth of John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet, abolitionist, reformer and founder of the Liberal Party.
  • 1861 The Stonewall Brigade begins to dismantle Dam No. 5 of the C&O Canal.
  • 1886 At a Christmas party, Sam Belle shoots his old enemy Frank West, but is fatally wounded himself.
  • 1903 Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft.
  • 1908 Birth of Willard Frank Libby, American chemist who won a Nobel Prize for his part in creating the carbon-14 method in dating ancient findings.
  • 1927 U.S. Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg suggests a worldwide pact renouncing war.
  • 1943 U.S. forces invade Japanese-held New Britain Island in New Guinea.
  • 1944 U.S. approves end to internment of Japanese Americans. U.S. Major General Henry C. Pratt issues Public Proclamation No. 21, declaring that Japanese American “evacuees” from the West Coast could return to their homes effective January 2, 1945.
  • 1944 The German Army renews the attack on the Belgian town of Losheimergraben against the defending Americans during the Battle of the Bulge.
  • 1948 The Smithsonian Institution accepts the Kitty Hawk – the Wright brothers’ plane.
  • 1981 Red Brigade terrorists kidnap Brigadier General James Dozier, the highest-ranking U.S. NATO officer in Italy.