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The Signal.com's Daybreak: Jan. 1, 2009

Posted: December 31, 2008 6:14 p.m.
Updated: January 1, 2009 4:30 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:

Today in History
Today is Thursday, Jan. 1, the first day of 2009. There are 364 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
Fifty years ago, on Jan. 1, 1959, Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries overthrew Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista, who fled to the Dominican Republic.

Ten years ago: The euro, the new single currency of 11 European countries (later 15), officially came into existence with the start of the New Year. (The euro became legal tender on this date in 2002.) Cuban President Fidel Castro, marking the 40th anniversary of his rise to power, portrayed his socialist nation as a defender of humanity against rapacious capitalism.

Five years ago: Pakistan’s Gen. Pervez Musharraf won a vote of confidence validating his five-year term as president. The University of Southern California defeated the University of Michigan, 28-14, in the Rose Bowl.

One year ago: Revelers celebrated the new year around the world; a ball dropped for the 100th year in New York’s Times Square. Violence claimed scores of lives in Kenya, Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. diplomat John Granville and his driver were shot to death by Sudanese gunmen in Khartoum.

Watercooler Talk
HUTCHINSON, Minn. ­— (AP) A 19-year-old Hutchinson man was arrested after allegedly breaking into his own home and stealing a car, jewelry, some money, and other items. Police said he allegedly lured his other family members away Friday afternoon by making a dinner reservation for them in Chanhassen.

Then, while they were away, he broke into the garage and house, grabbed the booty and took off in the car.

Police said their investigation revealed a connection to Duluth, so they notified St. Louis County authorities. He was arrested later that night by police in Duluth.

He was taken to the McLeod County jail, where he awaits possible burglary and auto theft charges.

Birthdays
Author J.D. Salinger is 90. Former Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., is 87. Actor Ty Hardin is 79. Actor Frank Langella is 71.

California Lottery
Due to early deadlines to allow our staff to celebrate the holiday, lottery results will return Friday.

Correction
A story in the Dec. 26 The Signal misidentified a scholarship foundation. The Newhall Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco and privately endowed by the Newhall family, presents the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation scholarships. The foundation is not affiliated with Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

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