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Weather in northwest Orange County for Friday, April 16, 2021:

Today:

Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:

Increasing clouds, with a low around 54. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Highs are forecast to rise sharply at the end of the week, peaking in the mid-80s by Sunday.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1818 The U.S. Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border.
  • 1862 Confederate President Jefferson Davis approves a conscription act for white males between 18 and 35.
  • 1862 Slavery is abolished in the District of Columbia.
  • 1864 Birth of Flora Batson, African-American soprano-baritone singer.
  • 1867 Birth of Wilbur Wright, designer, builder and flyer of the first airplane.
  • 1889 Birth of Charlie Chaplin, film actor and director.
  • 1919 Birth of Merce Cunningham, American dancer and choreographer.
  • 1922 Annie Oakley shoots 100 clay targets in a row, setting a woman’s record.
  • 1945 The destroyer USS Laffey survives horrific damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa, earning the nickname “The Ship That Would Not Die.”
  • 1945 American troops enter Nuremberg, Germany.
  • 1947 A lens which provides zoom effects is demonstrated in New York City.
  • 1968 The Pentagon announces the “Vietnamization” of the war.
  • 1972 Two giants pandas arrive in the U.S. from China.