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The Signal.com's Daybreak: Dec. 25, 2008

Posted: December 24, 2008 6:57 p.m.
Updated: December 25, 2008 4:55 a.m.
 

Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! Welcome to The-Signal.com's Daybreak, your point of entry for the day, and a quick journey through the past, present and future. Let the adventure begin:

First Word
"It makes you feel that there is some hope for this world."
-- Roni Richardson, Santa Clarita (click here for Letter to The Editor)

Today in History
Today is Thursday, Dec. 25, the 360th day of 2008. There are six days left in the year. This is Christmas Day.

Today's Highlights in History
On Dec. 25, 1818, "Silent Night," written by Franz Gruber and Father Joseph Mohr, was performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.

Ten years ago: British mogul Richard Branson, American millionaire Steve Fossett and Per Lindstrand of Sweden gave up their attempt to make the first nonstop, round-the-world balloon flight seven days into their journey, ditching off Hawaii.

Five years ago: Sixteen people were killed by mudslides that swept over campgrounds in California's San Bernardino Valley. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf survived a second assassination bid in 11 days, but 16 other people, including three suicide bombers, were killed. A plane crashed after taking off from Benin, killing at least 130 people. Europe's tiny Mars lander, the Beagle 2, was supposed to go into orbit around the Red Planet, but the craft was lost.

One year ago: A tiger at the San Francisco Zoo escaped her enclosure and killed a park visitor; two brothers also were mauled, but survived. Russia's military test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads.

Birthdays
Singer Tony Martin is 95. Actor Dick Miller is 80. Actress Hanna Schygulla is 65. Rhythm-and-blues singer John Edwards (The Spinners) is 64. Actor Gary Sandy is 63. Singer Jimmy Buffett is 62. Football Hall-of-Famer Larry Csonka is 62. Country singer Barbara Mandrell is 60. Actress Sissy Spacek is 59.

Watercooler Talk
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A giant snowman named Snowzilla has mysteriously appeared again this year - despite the city's cease-and-desist order.

Someone again built the giant snowman in Billy Powers' front yard in an east Anchorage neighborhood. Snowzilla reappeared before dawn Tuesday.

Powers is not taking credit. When questioned Tuesday afternoon, he insisted Snowzilla just somehow happened, again.

California Lottery
Due to early deadlines to allow our staff to celebrate the holiday, lottery results will return Saturday. Visit www.calottery.com for winning numbers. 
 
Daybreak will dawn again tomorrow morning on The-Signal.com. Right now, head back to our home page and check out the rest of today's local news, sports, features, weather, traffic info, videos, blogs, community calendar, "Ask the Expert" and more. The-Signal.com is your community online, every day.

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