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Weather in northwest Orange County for Tuesday, December 29, 2020:

Today:

Sunny, with a high near 65. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph.

Tonight:

Mostly clear, with a low around 42. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph.

Mostly sunny skies and highs remaining in the 60s are forecast for the rest of the week.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1607 Indian chief Powhatan spares John Smith’s life after the pleas of his daughter Pocahontas.
  • 1778 After attempting a new strategy to defeat the colonials in America, British troops capture Savannah, Georgia.
  • 1800 Birth of Charles Goodyear, inventor of vulcanized rubber for tires.
  • 1808 Andrew Johnson, American vice president who succeeded Lincoln after his assassination on April 15, 1865.
  • 1845 Texas (comprised of present-day Texas and part of New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming) is admitted as the 28th state of the Union, with the provision that the area (389,166 square miles) should be divided into no more than five states “of convenient size.”
  • 1862 Union General William T. Sherman’s troops try to gain the north side of Vicksburg in the Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs.
  • 1890 The last major conflict of the Indian Wars takes place at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota after Colonel James W. Forsyth of the 7th Cavalry tries to disarm Chief Big Foot and his followers.
  • 1907 Birth of Robert C. Weaver, the first African American to serve on a president’s cabinet. He was Lyndon B. Johnson’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the first man ever to hold that post.
  • 1921 Sears Roebuck president Julius Rosenwald pledges $20 million of his personal fortune to help Sears through hard times.
  • 1934 Japan formally denounces Washington Naval Treaty of 1922, which curbed the international arms race by limiting naval construction between the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Italy, and Japan.
  • 1940 In a radio interview, President Roosevelt proclaims the United States to be the “arsenal of democracy.”
  • 1956 President Dwight Eisenhower asks Congress for the authority to oppose Soviet aggression in the Middle East.
  • 1965 A Christmas truce is observed in Vietnam, while President Johnson tries to get the North Vietnamese to the bargaining table.
  • 1981 President Ronald Reagan curtails Soviet trade in reprisal for its harsh policies on Poland.