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Weather in northwest Orange County for Saturday, January 16, 2021:

Today:

Sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Mostly clear, with a low around 51. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.

High temperatures are forecast to gradually drop back into the 60s by the middle of the coming week.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1757 Birth of Samuel McIntire, architect of Salem, Massachusetts.
  • 1786 The Council of Virginia guarantees religious freedom.
  • 1821 Birth of John C. Breckinridge, 14th U.S. Vice President, Confederate Secretary of War.
  • 1847 John C. Fremont, the famed “Pathfinder” of Western exploration, is appointed governor of California.
  • 1865 General William T. Sherman begins a march through the Carolinas.
  • 1900 The U.S. Senate recognizes the Anglo-German Treaty of 1899 by which the UK renounced its rights to the Samoan Islands.
  • 1909 Birth of Ethel Merman, U.S. singer and actress, the “Queen of Broadway.”
  • 1933 Birth of Susan Sontag, American essayist and novelist (The Style of Radical Will, Illness as a Metaphor).
  • 1939 Franklin D. Roosevelt asks for an extension of the Social Security Act to include more women and children.
  • 1944 Eisenhower assumes supreme command of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe.
  • 1945 The U.S. First and Third armies link up at Houffalize, effectively ending the Battle of the Bulge.
  • 1965 Eighteen are arrested in Mississippi for the murder of three civil rights workers.
  • 1991 The Persian Gulf War begins. The massive U.S.-led offensive against Iraq — Operation Desert Storm — ends on February 28, 1991, when President George Bush declares a cease-fire, and Iraq pledges to honor future coalition and U.N. peace terms.