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The's Daybreak: May 26, 2009

Posted: May 25, 2009 6:49 p.m.
Updated: May 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! Welcome to's Daybreak, your point of entry for the day, and a quick journey through the past, present and future. Let the adventure begin:

Today is Tuesday, May 26, the 146th day of 2009. There are 219 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On May 26, 1940, the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II.

On this date:
In 1521, Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings.

In 1938, the House Un-American Activities Committee was established by Congress.

In 1960, U.N. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge accused the Soviets of hiding a microphone inside a wood carving of the Great Seal of the United States that had been presented to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

In 1969, the Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.

In 1981, 14 people were killed when a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida.

In 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. (They divorced in 1996.)

Five years ago: Nearly a decade after the Oklahoma City bombing, Terry Nichols was found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the attack. (Nichols later received 161 consecutive life sentences.)

Watercooler Talk
TOKYO (AP) - In a country where ghosts are traditionally believed to hide in the loo, a Japanese company is advertising a new literary experience - a horror story printed on toilet paper.

Each roll carries several copies of a new nine-chapter novella written by Koji Suzuki, the Japanese author of the horror story "Ring," which has been made into movies in both Japan and Hollywood.

"Drop," set in a public restroom, takes up about three feet of a roll and can be read in just a few minutes, according to the manufacturer, Hayashi Paper.

The company promotes the toilet paper, which will sell for 210 yen ($2.20) a roll, as "a horror experience in the toilet."

Actor James Arness is 86. Actor Alec McCowen is 84. Sportscaster Brent Musberger is 70. Rock musician Garry Peterson is 64. Singer Stevie Nicks is 61. Actress Pam Grier is 60. Actor Philip Michael Thomas is 60. Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is 60. Former astronaut Sally K. Ride is 58. Actress Margaret Colin is 52. Country singer-songwriter Dave Robbins is 50. Actress Genie Francis is 47. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is 47. Singer Lenny Kravitz is 45. Actress Helena Bonham Carter is 43. Actor Joseph Fiennes is 39. Actor-producer-writer Matt Stone is 38.


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