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Weather in northwest Orange County for Tuesday, February 16, 2021:

Today:

Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Temperatures are forecast to hover in the upper 60s to low 70s, with mostly sunny skies.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1760 Cherokee Indians held hostage at Fort St. George are killed in revenge for Indian attacks on frontier settlements.
  • 1804 US Navy Lieutenant Steven Decatur leads a small group of sailors into Tripoli Harbor and burns the USS Philadelphia, which was captured earlier by Barbary pirates.
  • 1838 Birth of Henry Adams, U.S. historian, son and grandson of the presidents.
  • 1862 Fort Donelson, Tennessee, falls to Grant’s Federal forces, but not before Nathan Bedford Forrest escapes.
  • 1865 Columbia, South Carolina, surrenders to Federal troops.
  • 1904 Birth of George Kennan, U.S. diplomat and historian.
  • 1923 Bessie Smith makes her first recording “Down Hearted Blues.”
  • 1934 Thousands of Socialists battle Communists at a rally in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
  • 1945 American paratroopers land on Corregidor, in a campaign to liberate the Philippines.
  • 1952 The FBI arrests 10 members of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.
  • 1957 A U.S. flag flies over an outpost in Wilkes Land, Antarctica.
  • 1965 Four persons are held in a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument.