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The Signal.com's Daybreak: Dec. 17, 2009

Posted: December 18, 2009 9:46 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2009 8:55 a.m.
 
Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! Welcome to The-Signal.com'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 Saturday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2009. There are 12 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Dec. 19, 1843, “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, was first published in England.

Ten years ago:
Space shuttle Discovery and seven astronauts roared into the night toward the crippled Hubble Space Telescope.

One year ago:
Citing imminent danger to the national economy, President George W. Bush ordered an emergency bailout of the U.S. auto industry.

Watercooler talk
OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — A 32-year-old dad in eastern Kansas was being hailed as a superhero for lifting a car off a child. Nick Harris was dropping his 8-year-old daughter at school last week when he saw a car back out of a driveway and run over a 6-year-old girl.

He said he ran over and grabbed the rear end of the car and lifted as hard as he could to get the tire off the child.

The girl escaped with minor injuries. Her family said they’re so grateful Harris was in the right place at the right time.

Harris said the best thanks he got was when he visited the child later that day and she gave him a big hug and said “Thanks Superman.”

Birthdays

Country singer Little Jimmy Dickens is 89. Composer-lyricist Robert Sherman (“Mary Poppins”) is 84. Actress Cicely Tyson is 76. R&B singer-musician Maurice White (Earth, Wind and Fire) is 68. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is 68. Actress Elaine Joyce is 66. Actor Tim Reid is 65. Paleontologist Richard E. Leakey is 65. Rock singer Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) is 65. Musician John McEuen is 64. Singer Janie Fricke is 62. Jazz musician Lenny White is 60. Actor Mike Lookinland is 49. Actress Jennifer Beals is 46. Actor Scott Cohen is 45. Actor Robert MacNaughton is 43. Magician Criss Angel is 42. Rock musician Kevin Shepard is 41. Actress Kristy Swanson is 40.

California Lotto
Mega Millions

10-20-30-44-49 Mega: 24
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 18
Jackpot: $140 million 

SuperLotto
13-18-19-31-41 Mega: 12
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 16
Jackpot: $41 million

Fantasy 5
1-14-23-24-29
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 18

Daily 4
0-3-8-6
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 18

Daily 3
Midday: 4-8-2
Evening: 9-3-4
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 18

Daily Derby
1st: 10 Solid Gold
2nd: 08 Gorgeous George
3rd: 11 Money Bags
Race time: 1:44:33
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 18

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