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Today in the SCV: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Posted: July 31, 2012 7:05 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2012 7:05 p.m.
 

Today in history

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 1, the 214th day of 2012. There are 152 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1959, four teens started a brush fire in Bouquet Canyon by firing a tracer round shot with a World War II Nazi anti-tank gun they bought from a North Hollywood pawn shop. The gun was more than 7 feet long and fired a 20mm projectile.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 1, 1912, the U.S. Marine Corps’ first pilot, 1st Lt. Alfred A. Cunningham, went on his first solo flight as he took off in a Burgess/Curtis Hydroplane from Marblehead Harbor in Massachusetts.

Ten years ago: Two former WorldCom executives were arrested on charges of falsifying the books at the bankrupt long-distance company. (Scott Sullivan and David Myers admitted wrongdoing and received prison sentences.) Two teenage girls were abducted from their dates at a lovers’ lane outside Lancaster, Calif.; they were rescued 100 miles away after their kidnapper, Roy Ratliff, crashed his getaway car and was shot to death by sheriff’s deputies. The United States and a bloc of Southeast Asian nations signed a sweeping anti-terrorism treaty.

Five years ago: The eight-lane Interstate 35W bridge, a major Minneapolis artery, collapsed into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour, killing 13 people.

One year ago: The U.S. House of Representatives passed, 269-161, emergency legislation to avert the nation’s first-ever financial default; Arizona’s then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House for the first time since being shot in January 2011 to cast a “yes” vote.


Birthdays

Actor-director Geoffrey Holder is 82. Singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is 81. Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, R-N.Y., is 75. Actor Giancarlo Giannini is 70. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams is 62. Blues singer-musician Robert Cray is 59. Singer Michael Penn is 54. Rock singer Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) is 53. Rock singer-musician Suzi Gardner (L7) is 52. Rapper Chuck D (Public Enemy) is 52. Actor Jesse Borrego is 50. Actor Demian Bichir is 49. Rapper Coolio is 49. Actor John Carroll Lynch is 49. Rock singer Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) is 48. Movie director Sam Mendes is 47. Country singer George Ducas is 46. Country musician Charlie Kelley is 44. Actress Jennifer Gareis is 42. Actor Charles Malik Whitfield is 40. Actress Tempestt Bledsoe is 39. Actor Jason Momoa is 33. Singer Ashley Parker Angel is 31. Actress Taylor Fry is 31. Actor Elijah Kelley is 26. Actor James Francis Kelly is 23.

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