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Weather in northwest Orange County for Friday, August 7, 2020:

Today:

Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Increasing clouds, with a low around 64. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Highs are expected to remain in the upper 70s to low 80s.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1782 General George Washington authorizes the award of the Purple Heart for soldiers wounded in combat.
  • 1864 Union troops capture part of Confederate General Jubal Early’s army at Moorefield, West Virginia.
  • 1888 Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia receives a patent for the revolving door.
  • 1904 Birth of Ralph Bunche, U.S. diplomat and the first African-American Nobel Prize winner.
  • 1906 In North Carolina, a mob defies a court order and lynches three African Americans which becomes known as “The Lyerly Murders.”
  • 1922 The Irish Republican Army cuts the cable link between the United States and Europe at Waterville landing station.
  • 1934 In Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals rules that the government can neither confiscate nor ban James Joyce’s novel Ulysses.
  • 1936 The United States declares non-intervention in the Spanish Civil War.
  • 1942 The U.S. 1st Marine Division under General A. A. Vandegrift lands on the islands of Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon islands. This is the first American amphibious landing of the war.
  • 1964 Congress overwhelmingly passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, allowing the president to use unlimited military force to prevent attacks on U.S. forces.
  • 1966 The United States loses seven planes over North Vietnam, the most in the war up to this point.
  • 1971 Apollo 15 returns to Earth. The mission to the moon had marked the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle.
  • 1973 A U.S. plane accidentally bombs a Cambodian village, killing 400 civilians.
  • 1976 The US Viking 2 spacecraft goes into orbit around Mars.
  • 1981 The Washington (D.C.) Star ceases publication after 128 years.
  • 1984 Japan defeats the United States to win the Olympic Gold in baseball.
  • 1990 Operation Desert Shield begins as US troops deploy to Saudi Arabia to discourage Iraq’s Saddam Hussein from invading that country as he had Kuwait.
  • 2007 Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks Hank Aaron’s record with his 756th home run. Bonds’ accomplishments were clouded by allegations of illegal steroid use and lying to a grand jury.