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The Signal.com's Daybreak: Dec. 29, 2009

Posted: December 28, 2009 10:08 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
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 Tuesday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2009. There are 2 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 29, 1170, Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral by knights loyal to King Henry II.

Ten years ago: The Nasdaq composite index closed above 4,000 for the first time, ending the day at 4,041.46.

One year ago: Grammy-winning jazz musician Freddie Hubbard died in Sherman Oaks at age 70.

Watercooler talk
EW YORK (AP) - Want to forget 2009? Shred it.

Scores of New Yorkers and tourists seeking a fresh start in 2010 came to Times Square on Monday to put their bad memories through the shredder at the third annual Good Riddance Day.

Ben Winnick of Simsbury, Conn., shredded a newspaper story about the New York Giants' 41-9 loss Sunday to the Carolina Panthers, which ended the Giants' playoff hopes.

"Hopefully, next season will be better," he said.

Roxanne Rodriguez of Manhattan shredded a piece of paper with "Writer's block" written on it. She intends to buckle down and write a musical.

Birthdays
Actress Inga Swenson is 77. ABC newscaster Tom Jarriel is 75. Actress Mary Tyler Moore is 73. Actor Jon Voight is 71. Country singer Ed Bruce is 70. Rock musician Ray Thomas is 68. Singer Marianne Faithfull is 63. Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. is 63. Actor Ted Danson is 62. Actor Jon Polito is 59. Singer-actress Yvonne Elliman is 58. Actress Patricia Clarkson is 50. Comedian Paula Poundstone is 50. Rock singer-musician Jim Reid (The Jesus and Mary Chain) is 48. Actor Michael Cudlitz is 45. Rock singer Dexter Holland (The Offspring) is 44. Actor-comedian Mystro Clark is 43. Actor Jason Gould is 43.

California lotto
Mega Millions

4-16-44-52-54 Mega: 20
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 25
Jackpot: $16 million

SuperLotto
8-19-20-21-41 Mega: 3
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 26
Jackpot: $7 million

Fantasy 5
3-22-25-26-35
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 28

Daily 4
0-8-6-4
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 28

Daily 3
Midday: 7-9-6
Evening: 5-3-3
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 28

Daily Derby
1st: 10 Solid Gold
2nd: 08 Gorgeous George
3rd: 11 Money Bags
Race time: 1:45.77
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 28

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