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Weather in northwest Orange County for Wednesday, February 17, 2021:

Today:

Sunny, with a high near 69. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Mostly clear, with a low around 48. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight.

Temperatures are expected to rise into the upper 70s, peaking early in the coming week.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1774 Birth of Raphaelle Peale, U.S. painter
  • 1801 The House of Representatives breaks an electoral college tie and chooses Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr.
  • 1864 The Confederate submarine Hunley sinks the USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina.
  • 1865 The South Carolina capital city, Columbia, is destroyed by fire as Major General William Tecumseh Sherman marches through.
  • 1874 Birth of Thomas J. Watson Sr., U.S. industrialist.
  • 1908 Birth of Walter Lanier “Red” Barber, baseball announcer for the Cincinnati Reds, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.
  • 1909 Apache chief Geronimo dies of pneumonia at age 80, while still in captivity at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
  • 1925 The first issue of Harold Ross’ magazine, The New Yorker, hits the stands, selling for 15 cents a copy.
  • 1935 Thirty-one prisoners escape an Oklahoma prison after murdering a guard.
  • 1944 U.S forces land on Eniwetok atoll in the South Pacific.
  • 1945 Gen. MacArthur’s troops land on Corregidor in the Philippines.
  • 1951 Packard introduces its “250” Chassis Convertible.
  • 1960 Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested in the Alabama bus boycott.
  • 1973 President Richard Nixon names Patrick Gray director of the FBI.