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Today in the SCV: Thursday, August 2, 2012

Posted: August 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Adult readers group
What: Reading group open to ages 18 and older. This month’s book selection is “Norwegian Wood,” by Haruki Murakami. Free.
When: First Thursday of the month from 7-8:45 p.m.
Where: Valencia Library meeting room, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia 91355
Contact: 661-259-8942

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 2, the 215th day of 2012. There are 151 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1925, a proposal for a one-room kindergarten school in Newhall, which was put forth by 25 parents, was approved.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 2, 1862, the Ambulance Corps for the Army of the Potomac was created at the order of Maj. Gen. George McClellan during the Civil War.

Ten years ago: A federal judge ruled the U.S. government had to reveal the names of people detained in the investigation of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks (an appeals court later sided with federal authorities). Pope John Paul II returned to Rome after ending an 11-day pilgrimage to Canada, Guatemala and Mexico.

Five years ago: Mattel apologized to customers as it recalled nearly a million Chinese-made toys from its Fisher-Price division that were found to have excessive amounts of lead. A Marine Corps squad leader was convicted at Camp Pendleton, Calif., of murdering an Iraqi man during a frustrated search for an insurgent. (Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III was sentenced to 15 years in prison; he spent four years behind bars before his conviction was overturned on grounds he hadn’t received a fair trial.) Two small Russian submarines completed a voyage below the North Pole where they planted the country’s flag on the Arctic Ocean floor.

One year ago: The Senate passed, and President Barack Obama signed, legislation to avoid an unprecedented national default. New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira set a major league record when he homered from both sides of the plate for the 12th time in his career during a 6-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Today's Birthdays

Former Sen. Paul Laxalt, R-Nev., is 90. Actor Peter O’Toole is 80. Rock musician Garth Hudson (The Band) is 75. Movie director Wes Craven is 73. Singer Kathy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 69. Actor Max Wright is 69. Actress Joanna Cassidy is 67. Actress Kathryn Harrold is 62. Actor Butch Patrick (“The Munsters”) is 59. Singer Mojo Nixon is 55. Actress Victoria Jackson is 53. Actress Apollonia is 53. Actress Cynthia Stevenson is 50. Actress Mary-Louise Parker is 48. Rock musician John Stanier is 44. Writer-actor-director Kevin Smith is 42. Actor Sam Worthington is 36. Figure skater Michael Weiss is 36. Actor Edward Furlong is 35. Rock musician Devon Glenn is 32. Actress Hallie Eisenberg is 20.


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