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Today in the SCV: Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

Posted: August 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 14, the 227th day of 2012. There are 139 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 2002, Edward Alvin Toney, former vice president of Newhall Land & Farming Co., died at the age of 75. Toney was one of Santa Clarita’s real estate giants and was instrumental in developing properties in areas such as Vasquez Rocks.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 14, 1962, robbers held up a U.S. mail truck in Plymouth, Mass., making off with more than $1.5 million; the loot has never been recovered.

Ten years ago: Mexican President Vicente Fox angrily canceled a scheduled meeting with President George W. Bush hours after Texas executed Javier Suarez Medina, a Mexican national, for killing Dallas police officer Lawrence Cadena. Pop artist pioneer Larry Rivers died in Southampton, N.Y., at age 78.

Five years ago: Teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan transformed the space shuttle Endeavour and space station into a classroom for her first educational session from orbit, fulfilling the legacy of Christa McAuliffe, who died in the Challenger disaster. Toy company Mattel recalled 18.6 million lead-tainted, Chinese-made toys worldwide, its second such recall in as many weeks.

One year ago: Syria used gunboats for the first time to crush the uprising against Bashar Assad’s regime, hammering parts of the Mediterranean coastal city of Latakia after thousands marched there to demand the president’s ouster. Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship after staging an amazing comeback to force a three-hole playoff and beat Jason Dufner at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Birthdays

Broadway lyricist Lee Adams (“Bye Bye Birdie”) is 88. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russell Baker is 87. Singer Buddy Greco is 86. Baseball Hall of Fame coach Earl Weaver is 82. College Football Hall of Famer John Brodie is 77. Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson is 53. Singer Dash Crofts is 74. Rock singer David Crosby is 71. Country singer Connie Smith is 71. Comedian-actor Steve Martin is 67. Actor Antonio Fargas is 66. Singer-musician Larry Graham is 66. Actress Susan Saint James is 66. Actor David Schramm is 66. Author Danielle Steel is 65. Rock singer-musician Terry Adams (NRBQ) is 62. “Far Side” cartoonist Gary Larson is 62. Actor Carl Lumbly is 61. Olympic gold medal swimmer Debbie Meyer is 60. Film composer James Horner is 59. Actress Jackee Harry is 56.

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