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Today in the SCV: Monday, July 3, 2012

Posted: July 3, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 3, 2012 1:55 a.m.

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Conversational English
What: This class is designed to engage students in listening and speaking activities related to real life settings in order to help develop fluency of spoken English. Students will master patterns of spoken American English. This class emphasizes the practical use of English and components of American culture. This class is open to anyone. However, the course content is more appropriate for intermediate and high-level English language learners. Class costs $49.
When: 5-6 p.m.
Where: College of the Canyons,
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Contact: 661-362-3300 or go to

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Today in history

Today is Tuesday, July 3, the 185th day of 2012. There are 181 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1942, Fourth of July fireworks were banned by military order to help the war effort.

Today’s Highlight in History: On July 3, 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle signed an agreement recognizing Algeria as an independent state after 132 years of French rule. (The same day, U.S. President John F. Kennedy sent a congratulatory message to the Algerian people.)

Ten years ago: Jean-Marie Messier, chairman of Vivendi Universal, was formally removed from his post and replaced by Jean-Rene Fourtou of the pharmaceutical company Aventis.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush refused to rule out an eventual pardon for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby after already commuting his prison sentence in the CIA leak case (as it turned out, Bush didn’t pardon Libby). Japan’s defense minister (Fumio Kyuma) resigned after drawing furious criticism for suggesting the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were inevitable. The Alinghi team from Switzerland succeeded in defending sailing’s coveted America’s Cup, beating Emirates Team New Zealand 5-2. Saxophonist Boots Randolph (“Yakety Sax”) died in Nashville at age 80.

One year ago: A chartered fishing boat, the Erik, sank in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, leaving one Northern California man dead and seven still classified as missing. Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of Thailand’s fugitive former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, led his loyalists to a landslide election victory, a stunning rout of the military-backed government that had crushed protests by his supporters. Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon, beating defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.


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