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Weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, October 28, 2020:

Today:

Patchy smoke. Sunny, with a high near 80. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Clear, with a low around 55. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

High temperatures are forecast to gradually rise, peaking in the upper 80s during the new week.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1636 Harvard College, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, is founded in Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1768 Germans and Acadians join French Creoles in their armed revolt against the Spanish governor of New Orleans.
  • 1793 Eli Whitney applies for a patent on the cotton gin, a machine which cleans the tight-clinging seeds from short-staple cotton easily and effectively–a job which was previously done by hand.
  • 1863 In a rare night attack, Confederates under Gen. James Longstreet attack a Federal force near Chattanooga, Tennessee, hoping to cut their supply line, the “cracker line.” They fail.
  • 1886 The Statue of Liberty, originally named Liberty Enlightening the World, is dedicated at Liberty Island, N. Y., formerly Bedloe’s Island, by President Grover Cleveland
  • 1901 Race riots sparked by Booker T. Washington’s visit to the White House kill 34.
  • 1904 The St. Louis police try a new investigation method: fingerprints.
  • 1914 Birth of Jonas Salk, U.S. scientist who developed the first vaccine against polio.
  • 1914 George Eastman announces the invention of the color photographic process.
  • 1919 Over President Wilson’s veto, Congress passes the National Prohibition Act, or Volstead Act, named after its promoter, Congressman Andrew J. Volstead. It provides enforcement guidelines for the Prohibition Amendment.
  • 1927 Pan American Airways launches the first scheduled international flight.
  • 1944 The first B-29 Superfortress bomber mission flies from the airfields in the Mariana Islands in a strike against the Japanese base at Truk.
  • 1960 In a note to the OAS (Organization of American States), the United States charges that Cuba has been receiving substantial quantities of arms and numbers of military technicians from the Soviet bloc.
  • 1962 Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev orders Soviet missiles removed from Cuba, ending the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • 1965 Construction completed on St. Louis Arch; at 630 feet (192m), it is the world’s tallest arch.
  • 2005 Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, resigns after being indicted for “outing” CIA agent Valerie Plame.