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The's Daybreak: Jan. 2, 2009

Posted: January 1, 2009 6:42 p.m.
Updated: January 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Fifty years ago, on Jan. 2, 1959, the Soviet Union launched its space probe Luna 1, the first manmade object to fly past the moon.

Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! Welcome to'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 
"Even though we have a ‘no cell-phone use while driving' law, I see many people ignoring it."­
-- Ken Cappella (click here for Letter to The Editor)

Today in History
Today is Friday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2009. There are 363 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History: Fifty years ago, on Jan. 2, 1959, the Soviet Union launched its space probe Luna 1, the first manmade object to fly past the moon.

Ten years ago:  A U.N.-chartered cargo plane carrying nine people was downed in Angola's central highland war zone; there were no survivors.

One year ago:  The Justice Department opened a full criminal investigation into the destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes.

Watercooler Talk
A man who reportedly told police he was trying to deter a friend from driving drunk by blasting the friend's windshield with paintballs wound up in jail. In the words of Kennewick, Wash., police Sgt. Ken Lattin: "This is a very creative way to prevent someone from drinking and driving, but not legal or safe."

Responding Tuesday night to a nearby resident's report of a man shooting paintballs at a car, police found the 41-year-old man, who explained his rationale.

The Tri-City Herald reported the man was arrested and booked into the Benton County jail for investigation of unlawfully discharging a weapon and an unrelated misdemeanor warrant.

Country musician Harold Bradley is 83. TV host Jack Hanna is 62. Actress Wendy Phillips is 57. Actress Gabrielle Carteris is 48. Movie director Todd Haynes is 48. Actress Tia Carrere is 42. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 41. Model Christy Turlington is 40. Actor Taye Diggs is 38. Rock musician Scott Underwood (Train) is 38. Rock singer Doug Robb (Hoobastank) is 34. Actor Dax Shepard is 34. Actress Paz Vega is 33. Country musician Chris Hartman is 31. Rock musician Jerry DePizzo Jr. (O.A.R.) is 30. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kelton Kessee (IMX) is 28. Actress Kate Bosworth is 26.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
1-22-29-44-52 Mega: 39
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 30
Jackpot: $46 million

3-13-29-40-42 Mega: 9
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 31
Jackpot: $38 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Thursday, Jan. 1

Daily 4
Draw date: Thursday, Jan. 1

Daily 3
Midday: 0-7-3
Evening: 6-2-1
Draw date: Thursday, Jan. 1

Daily Derby
1st: 03 Hot Shot
2nd: 11 Money Bags
3rd: 04 Big Ben
Race time: 1:45.04
Draw date: Thursday, Jan. 1

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