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Weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, May 20, 2020:

Today:

Sunny, with a high near 74. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight:

Mostly clear, with a low around 58. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Highs are forecast to remain in the 70s with mostly sunny skies.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1750 Birth of Stephen Girard, American financier and philanthropist.
  • 1768 Birth of Dolley Madison, first lady of President James Madison.
  • 1774 Parliament passes the Coercive Acts to punish the colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior. The acts close the port of Boston.
  • 1775 North Carolina becomes the first colony to declare its independence.
  • 1861 North Carolina becomes the last state to secede from the Union.
  • 1862 President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act, providing 250 million acres of free land to settlers in the West.
  • 1874 Levi Strauss begins marketing blue jeans with copper rivets.
  • 1902 The U.S. military occupation of Cuba ends.
  • 1908 Birth of Jimmy Stewart, actor (It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr Smith Goes to Washington).
  • 1927 Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York for Paris.
  • 1930 The first airplane is catapulted from a dirigible.
  • 1932 Amelia Earhart lands near Londonderry, Ireland, to become the first woman fly solo across the Atlantic.
  • 1939 Pan American Airways starts the first regular passenger service across the Atlantic.
  • 1951 During the Korean War, U.S. Air Force Captain James Jabara becomes the first jet air ace in history.
  • 1961 A white mob attacks civil rights activists in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • 1969 In South Vietnam, troops of the 101st Airborne Division reach the top of Hill 937 after nine days of fighting entrenched North Vietnamese forces.
  • 1970 100,000 people march in New York, supporting U.S. policies in Vietnam.