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Today in the SCV: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

Posted: September 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Moms Club Diaper Drive

What: Moms Club CCS is holding a Diaper Drive to benefit Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley, through Sept. 30. Donations of unopened diapers in all sizes are appreciated and can be dropped of at Outreach Center

Where: 24509 Walnut Street #102 Newhall, 91321

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through  Friday

Contact: 661-259-8175.

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Today in history

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 5, the 249th day of 2012. There are 117 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1996, two Canadian Super Scooper airplanes were flown in to assist firefighters in battling a difficult fire season. By the time the planes had arrived fires had already scorched 22,000 acres across the Southland area. One such fire, the Marple Canyon fire north of Castaic had burned 21,500 acres before its containment.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 5, 1972, terrorism struck the Munich Olympics as members of the Palestinian group Black September attacked the Israeli delegation; 11 Israelis, five guerrillas and a police officer were killed in the resulting siege.

Ten years ago: Afghan President Hamid Karzai survived an assassination attempt in Kandahar, hours after an explosives-packed car tore through a Kabul market. Actor Cliff Gorman, who’d won a Tony for portraying comedian Lenny Bruce in the 1971 play “Lenny,” died in New York at age 65.

Five years ago:  German officials announced that three militants from an Islamic group linked to al-Qaida were planning “imminent” bomb attacks against Americans in Germany when an elite anti-terrorist unit raided their small-town hideout. Fred Thompson announced on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” that he was running for the Republican presidential nomination; his candidacy lasted less than five months. Alicia Sacramone’s floor routine rallied the United States to the world women’s gymnastics title in Stuttgart, Germany.

One year ago: President Barack Obama used a boisterous Labor Day rally in Detroit to put congressional Republicans on the spot, challenging them to place the country’s interests above all else and vote to create jobs and put the economy back on a path toward growth. The prosecution’s first witness in the trial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Gen. Hussein Moussa, startled the court by testifying that police had not been ordered to fire on protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, contradicting prosecutors’ central claim.

 

Birthdays

Former Federal Reserve Board chairman Paul A. Volcker is 85. Comedian-actor Bob Newhart is 83. Actress-singer Carol Lawrence is 80. Actor William Devane is 73. Actor George Lazenby is 73. Actress Raquel Welch is 72. Movie director Werner Herzog is 70. Singer Al Stewart is 67. Actor-director Dennis Dugan is 66. College Football Hall of Famer Jerry LeVias is 66. Singer Loudon Wainwright III is 66. “Cathy” cartoonist Cathy Guisewite is 62. Actor Michael Keaton is 61. Country musician Jamie Oldaker (The Tractors) is 61. Actress Debbie Turner-Larson (Film: Marta in “The Sound of Music”) is 56. Actress Kristian Alfonso is 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Terry Ellis is 49. Rock musician Brad Wilk is 44. TV personality Dweezil Zappa is 43. Actress Rose McGowan is 39. Actor Andrew Ducote is 26. Actress Kat Graham is 26.

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