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Today in the SCV: Thursday, Aug. 23

Posted: August 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Free swim lesson

What: Academy Swim Club will provide a free swim lesson. ASC is a member of the US Swim School Association and offers year-round swimming lessons and water safety training for ages 2-weeks and up.

When: 6-11 p.m.

Where: 28079 Smyth Drive

Valencia, 91355

Contact: RSVP www.Swim4Life.com, 661-702-8585

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Today in history

Today is Thursday, Aug. 23, the 236th day of 2012. There are 130 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1957, a huge mushroom cloud formed over Bermite after an explosion that killed one man and seriously injured two others.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 23, 1912, actor, dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly was born Eugene Curran Kelly in Pittsburgh.

Ten years ago: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il made his second visit to Russia in a year, meeting with President Vladimir Putin outside Vladivostok. New York publicist Lizzie Grubman pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run crash that injured 16 people outside a Hamptons nightclub. (Grubman ended up serving 37 days of a 60-day sentence at the Suffolk County, N.Y., jail, with time off for good behavior.)

Five years ago: A report by top U.S. spy analysts concluded the Iraqi government was strained by rampant violence, deep sectarian differences among its political parties and stymied leadership. Reality TV star Nicole Richie spent 82 minutes in a Los Angeles County jail to complete a four-day sentence for driving under the influence of drugs.

One year ago: A pair of judges in New York put an end to the sensational sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, setting him free after prosecutors questioned the credibility of the hotel housekeeper who’d accused the French diplomat. A magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered near Mineral, Va., the strongest on the East Coast since 1944, caused cracks in the Washington Monument and damaged Washington National Cathedral.

 

Birthdays

 

Actress Vera Miles is 82. Political satirist Mark Russell is 80. Actress Barbara Eden is 78. Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen is 78. Actor Richard Sanders is 72. Ballet dancer Patricia McBride is 70. Former Surgeon General Antonia Novello is 68. Pro Football Hall of Famer Rayfield Wright is 67. Country singer Rex Allen Jr. is 65. Singer Linda Thompson is 65. Actress Shelley Long is 63. Actor-singer Rick Springfield is 63. Country singer-musician Woody Paul (Riders in the Sky) is 63. Queen Noor of Jordan is 61. Actor-producer Mark Hudson is 61. MLB All-Star pitcher Mike Boddicker is 55. Rock musician Dean DeLeo (Army of Anyone; Stone Temple Pilots) is 51. Tejano singer Emilio Navaira is 50. Country musician Ira Dean (Trick Pony) is 43. Actor Jay Mohr is 42. Actor Ray Park is 38. Actor Scott Caan is 36. Country singer Shelly Fairchild is 35. Figure skater Nicole Bobek is 35. Rock singer Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) is 34. NBA player Kobe Bryant is 34. Actress Joanne Froggatt is 32. Actress Annie Ilonzeh is 29. Dance musician Sky Blu is 26. Actress Kimberly Matula is 24. NBA player Jeremy Lin is 24.

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