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Today in the SCV: Friday, July 13, 2012

Posted: July 12, 2012 7:39 p.m.
Updated: July 12, 2012 7:39 p.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

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Birthdays
Actor Patrick Stewart is 72. Actor Robert Forster is 71. Actor Harrison Ford is 70. Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) is 70. Actor-comedian Cheech Marin is 66. Actress Daphne Maxwell Reid is 64. Actress Didi Conn is 61. Singer Louise Mandrell is 58. Actor-director Cameron Crowe is 55. Tennis player Anders Jarryd is 51. Rock musician Gonzalo Martinez De La Cotera (Marcy Playground) is 50. Comedian Tom Kenny (TV: “SpongeBob SquarePants”) is 50. Country singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw is 50. Bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent is 50. Actor Kenny Johnson is 49. Actor Michael Jace is 47. Country singer Neil Thrasher is 47. Singer Deborah Cox is 39. Actress Ashley Scott is 35. Rock musician Will Champion (Coldplay) is 34. Actor Fran Kranz is 31. Actor Steven R. McQueen is 24.

Today in history
Today is Friday, July 13, the 195th day of 2012. There are 171 days left in the year.
On this date in the SCV: In 1993, a tractor-trailer lost its brakes and slammed into a tanker that was carrying 4,000 gallons of hydrogen peroxide near Lake Hughes Road. Seven nearby homes and businesses were evacuated over fears that the chemical would ignite if it leaked out of the tank and mixed with 50 gallons of diesel fuel from the tractor-trailer.
Today’s Highlight in History: On July 13, 1787, the Congress of the Confederation adopted the Northwest Ordinance, which established a government in the Northwest Territory, an area corresponding to the present-day Midwest and Upper Midwest.
Ten years ago: The nation’s governors opened their summer meeting in Boise, Idaho, with high health care costs the main topic. Photographer Yousuf Karsh died in Boston at age 93.
Five years ago: Former media mogul Conrad Black was convicted in Chicago of swindling the Hollinger International newspaper empire out of millions of dollars. (Black was sentenced to 6½ years in federal prison, but had his sentence reduced to three years; he was freed in May 2012.) Family prayer services and a huge public outpouring in Austin, Texas, ushered in three days of memorial ceremonies honoring the late Lady Bird Johnson.
One year ago: California became the first state in the nation to add lessons about gays and lesbians to social studies classes in public schools under a measure signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Abby Wambach broke a tense tie with a thunderous header in the 79th minute, and the United States earned its first trip to the Women’s World Cup final since winning it in 1999 with a 3-1 victory over France. (Japan, which went on to win the Cup, upset Sweden 3-1 in the other semifinal.)

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