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Weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, July 8, 2020:

Today:

Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 80. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight:

Increasing clouds, with a low around 63. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light after midnight.

Highs are forecast to rise sharply at the end of the week, peaking on Sunday in the mid-90s.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1663 The British crown grants Rhode Island a charter guaranteeing freedom of worship.
  • 1758 The British attack on Fort Carillon at Ticonderoga, New York, is foiled by the French.
  • 1839 Birth of John D. Rockefeller, financier, philanthropist, founder of Standard Oil.
  • 1863 Demoralized by the surrender of Vicksburg, Confederates in Port Hudson, Louisiana, surrender to Union forces.
  • 1864 Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston retreats into Atlanta to prevent being flanked by Union General William T. Sherman.
  • 1865 Four of the conspirators in President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination are hanged in Washington, D.C.
  • 1879 The first ship to use electric lights departs from San Francisco, California.
  • 1908 Birth of Nelson Rockefeller, U.S. vice president to Gerald Ford.
  • 1918 Ernest Hemingway is wounded in Italy while working as an ambulance driver for the American Red Cross.
  • 1941 20 B-17s fly in their first mission with the Royal Air Force over Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
  • 1943 American B-24 bombers strike Japanese-held Wake Island for the first time.
  • 1960 The Soviet Union charges American pilot Francis Gary Powers with espionage.