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Today in history: Saturday, July 7, 2012

Posted: July 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

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Fall Ball registration
What: Open online registration for William S. Hart baseball and softball Fall Ball league, ages 5 to 18.
When: Closes Aug. 30; walk-in registration to follow in September.
Where: www.hartbaseball.org, 661-313-8626

ALS support group
What: Information and support for those with Lou Gehrig’s disease, their families and friends. Free.
When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Where: Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia 91355
Contact: 818-865-8067

‘Concerts in the Park’
What: The city of Santa Clarita presents Concerts in the Park. Tonight’s featured artist is Los Angeles-based folk/rock group The Shoemaker Brothers.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus 91350
Contact: arts.santa-clarita.com, 661-250-3787

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Today is Saturday, July 7, the 189th day of 2012. There are 177 days left in the year.


On this date in the SCV: In 1873, John Lang killed a record 2,350-pound grizzly bear in Soledad Canyon, which was referred to as the “Monarch of the Coast.”


Today’s Highlight in History: On July 7, 1937, the Second Sino-Japanese War erupted into full-scale conflict as Imperial Japanese forces attacked the Marco Polo Bridge in Beijing. (The end of the fighting coincided with the conclusion of World War II.)


Ten years ago: Afghanistan’s vice president, Abdul Qadir , was buried with full military honors a day after being assassinated. Texas Gov. Rick Perry saw by helicopter the devastation days of torrential rain had brought to central and southern Texas. Lleyton Hewitt crushed David Nalbandian in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2, in the Wimbledon final to win his second Grand Slam title.


Five years ago: A truck bomb devastated the public market in Armili, Iraq, killing at least 115 people. A 24-hour music marathon spanning seven continents reached the Western Hemisphere with rappers, rockers and country stars taking the stage at Live Earth concerts to fight climate change. One year ago: Rupert Murdoch’s media empire unexpectedly jettisoned News of the World, Britain’s best-selling Sunday newspaper, after a public backlash over claims it had used phone hacking and other illegal tactics to expose the rich and famous, royals and ordinary citizens.

One year ago: A Texas Rangers fan, 39-year-old Shannon Stone, died from a fatal fall when reaching out to grab a baseball tossed his way by All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton during a Rangers game. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the final movie based on the wizard fantasy books, debuted in London on its way to becoming the year’s top-grossing movie.

 

Today's Birthdays

Musician-conductor Doc Severinsen is 85. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough is 79. Rock star Ringo Starr is 72. Singer-musician Warren Entner (The Grass Roots) is 69. Rock musician Jim Rodford is 67. Actor Joe Spano is 66. Pop singer David Hodo (The Village People) is 65. Country singer Linda Williams is 65. Actress Shelley Duvall is 63. Actress Roz Ryan is 61. Actor Billy Campbell is 53. Rock musician Mark White (Spin Doctors) is 50. Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard is 49. Actor-comedian Jim Gaffigan is 46. Rhythm-and-blues musician Ricky Kinchen (Mint Condition) is 46. Actress Amy Carlson is 44. Actress Jorja Fox is 44. Actress Cree Summer is 43. Actress Kirsten Vangsness is 40. Actor Troy Garity is 39. Actress Berenice Bejo(Film: “The Artist”) is 36. Actor Hamish Linklater is 36. Olympic silver and bronze medal figure skater Michelle Kwan is 32. Rapper Cassidy is 30. Country singer Gabbie Nolen is 30. Actor Ross Malinger is 28.

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