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Weather in northwest Orange County for Thursday, March 18, 2021:

Today:

Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Mostly clear, with a low around 49. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Highs temperatures are expected to remain near seasonable levels, rising into the 70s around the middle of the next week.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1692 William Penn is deprived of his governing powers.
  • 1782 Birth of John C. Calhoun, U.S. statesman.
  • 1837 Birth of Stephen Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States (1885-1889 and 1893-1897), the only U.S. president elected for two nonconsecutive terms.
  • 1863 Confederate women riot in Salisbury, N.C. to protest the lack of flour and salt in the South.
  • 1865 The Congress of the Confederate States of America adjourns for the last time.
  • 1874 Hawaii signs a treaty giving exclusive trading rights with the islands to the United States.
  • 1881 Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth opens in Madison Square Gardens.
  • 1911 Theodore Roosevelt opens the Roosevelt Dam in Phoenix, Ariz., the largest dam in the United States to date.
  • 1917 The Germans sink the U.S. ships City of Memphis, Vigilante and Illinois without any type of warning.
  • 1932 Birth of John Updike, American poet and novelist.
  • 1939 Georgia finally ratifies the Bill of Rights, 150 years after the birth of the federal government. Connecticut and Massachusetts, the only other states to hold out, also ratify the Bill of Rights in this year.
  • 1942 The third military draft begins in the United States.
  • 1943 American forces take Gafsa in Tunisia.
  • 1953 The Braves baseball team announces that they are moving from Boston to Milwaukee.
  • 1969 President Richard M. Nixon authorizes Operation Menue, the ‘secret’ bombing of Cambodia.
  • 1970 The U.S. Postal Service is paralyzed by the first postal strike.
  • 1971 U.S. helicopters airlift 1,000 South Vietnamese soldiers out of Laos.
  • 1981 The United States discloses biological weapons tests in Texas in 1966.