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Today in the SCV: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Posted: July 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.

New York Stock Exchange Chairman Richard Grasso, left, and AOL Time Warner co-CEO Bob Pittman, right, join in the applause as AOL Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin, second left, rings the exchange opening bell Jan. 12, 2001. Ten years ago today, Pittman would step down from the company amid a shakeup.

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Today is Wednesday, July 18, the 200th day of 2012. There are 166 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1974, the water supply to Castaic Lake was cut off as Department of Water and Power workers went on strike. The water level dropped by nearly a foot every day as workers negotiated an increase in wage and fringe benefits.

Today’s Highlight in History: On July 18, 1982, Guatemalan soldiers aided by members of civilian patrols stormed the highland village of Plan de Sanchez in search of leftist guerrillas, killing some 200 people. (In July 2005, the government of Guatemala accepted responsibility for the massacre, and apologized.).

Ten years ago: Accused 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui tried to plead guilty to charges that could have brought the death penalty, but a federal judge in Alexandria, Va., insisted he take time to think about it. Bob Pittman stepped down as chief operating officer of AOL Time Warner in a shake-up at the world’s largest media company.

Five years ago: Senate Republicans torpedoed legislation to force the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq.

One year ago: Gen. David Petraeus handed over command of American and coalition forces in Afghanistan to Gen. John Allen. Reeling from months of tragedy, Japan united in joyous celebration after its women’s soccer team won the World Cup by beating the United States.

Today's Birthdays

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is 94. Former Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, is 91. Skating champion and ommentator Dick Button is 83. Movie director Paul Verhoeven is 74. Musician Brian Auger is 73. Singer Dion DiMucci is 73. Actor James Brolin is 72. Baseball executive Joe Torre is 72. Singer Martha Reeves is 71. Blues guitarist Lonnie Mack is 71. Pop-rock musician Wally Bryson (The Raspberries) is 63. Country-rock singer Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League) is 63. Actress Margo Martindale is 61. Singer Ricky Skaggs is 58. Actress Audrey Landers is 56. Rock musician Nigel Twist (The Alarm) is 54. Actress Anne-Marie Johnson is 52. Actress Elizabeth McGovern is 51. Rock musician John Hermann (Widespread Panic) is 50.


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