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Weather in northwest Orange County for Thursday, March 9, 2023:


Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.


Increasing clouds, with a low around 50. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

A mix of sun and clouds is expected for the next week, with a chance of rain on Friday and again next week.

Courtesy of HistoryNet:

  • 1451 Birth of Amerigo Vespucci, Italian navigator.
  • 1788 Connecticut becomes the 5th state.
  • 1820 Congress passes the Land Act, paving the way for westward expansion.
  • 1824 Birth of Leland Stanford, railroad builder, founder of Stanford University.
  • 1841 The rebel slaves who seized a Spanish slave ship, the Amistad, in 1839 are freed by the Supreme Court despite Spanish demands for extradition.
  • 1862 The first and last battle between the ironclads U.S.S. Monitor and C.S.S. Virginia ends in a draw.
  • 1864 General Ulysses Grant is appointed commander-in-chief of the Union forces.
  • 1910 Birth of Samuel Barber, American composer (“Adagio for Strings,” Vanessa).
  • 1916 Mexican bandit Pancho Villa leads 1,500 horsemen on a raid of Columbus, N.M. killing 17 U.S. soldiers and citizens.
  • 1959 The Barbie doll is unveiled at a toy fair in New York City.
  • 1964 The first Ford Mustang rolls off the Ford assembly line.
  • 1968 General William Westmoreland asks for 206,000 more troops in Vietnam.
  • 1986 Navy divers find the crew compartment of the space shuttle Challenger along with the remains of the astronauts.