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Weather in northwest Orange County for Friday, July 17, 2020:

Today:

Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 83. Light west wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Increasing clouds, with a low around 65. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Highs are expected to remain in the lower 80s for the rest of the week.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1763 Birth of John Jacob Astor, American fur trader and entrepreneur.
  • 1801 The U.S. fleet arrives in Tripoli.
  • 1821 Andrew Jackson becomes the governor of Florida.
  • 1864 Confederate President Jefferson Davis replaces General Joseph E. Johnston with General John Bell Hood in hopes of defeating Union General William T. Sherman outside Atlanta.
  • 1889 Birth of Erle Stanley Gardner, detective writer, creator of Perry Mason.
  • 1898 U.S. troops under General William R. Shafter take Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
  • 1960 American pilot Francis Gary Powers pleads guilty to spying charges in a Moscow court.
  • 1966 Ho Chi Minh orders a partial mobilization of North Vietnam to defend against American airstrikes.
  • 1987 Lt. Col. Oliver North and Rear Adm. John Poindexter begin testifying to Congress regarding the Iran-Contra scandal.