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Weather in northwest Orange County for Sunday, December 20, 2020:

Today:

Sunny, with a high near 80. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Mostly clear, with a low around 45. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.

Highs are forecast to gradually drop to seasonable levels by Tuesday, with partly to mostly sunny skies.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1802 The United States buys the Louisiana territory from France.
  • 1860 South Carolina secedes from the Union.
  • 1868 Birth of Harvey Firestone, industrialist and tire maker.
  • 1881 Birth of Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • 1901 Birth of Robert J. Van de Graff, physicist, invented the Van de Graaff generator.
  • 1914 Birth of Harry F. Byrd Jr., first independent ever elected to US Senate by a majority of the popular vote (Virginia).
  • 1938 First electronic television system is patented.
  • 1941 The Flying Tigers, American pilots in China, enter combat against the Japanese over Kunming.
  • 1948 U.S. Supreme Court announces that it has no jurisdiction to hear the appeals of Japanese war criminals sentenced by the International Military Tribunal.
  • 1989 U.S. troops invade Panama to oust General Manuel Noriega and replace him with Guillermo Endara.
  • 1996 NeXT merges with Apple Computer, leading to the development of groundbreaking Mac OS X.