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The's Daybreak: Jan. 4, 2009

Posted: January 3, 2009 8:33 p.m.
Updated: January 4, 2009 4:59 a.m.

The braille alphabet was invented by Louis Braille in the early 1800s. Braille was born 200 years ago today.

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
"It's like when you go to Nordstrom and you find a really great pair of shoes on sale."
-- Kristina de Bree (click here for story)

Today in History
Today is Sunday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2009. There are 361 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History: Two hundred years ago, on Jan. 4, 1809, Louis Braille, inventor of the Braille raised-dot reading system for the blind, was born in Coupvray, France.

Ten years ago: The euro got off to a strong start on its first trading day, rising against the dollar on world currency markets.

Five years ago: In Iowa, seven of the nine Democratic presidential hopefuls participated in a feisty, first debate of the election year.

Birthdays: Actress Barbara Rush is 82. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Don Shula is 79. Actress Dyan Cannon is 72. Opera singer Grace Bumbry is 72. Author-historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is 66. Country singer Kathy Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 54. Actress Ann Magnuson is 53. Rock musician Bernard Sumner (New Order, Joy Division) is 53. Country singer Patty Loveless is 52. Rock singer Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) is 49. Actor Patrick Cassidy is 47. Actor Dave Foley is 46. Singer-musician Cait O'Riordan is 44. Actress Julia Ormond is 44. Tennis player Guy Forget is 44. Country singer Deana Carter is 43. Rock musician Benjamin Darvill (Crash Test Dummies) is 42.

California Lottery:
Mega Millions

2-11-19-21-34 Mega: 38
Draw date: Friday, Jan. 2
Jackpot: $12 million

5-14-37-44-47 Mega: 25
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 3
Jackpot: $38 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 3

Daily 4
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 3

Daily 3
Midday: 7-6-8
Evening: 6-5-9
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 3

Daily Derby
1st: 07 Eureka
2nd: 02 Lucky Star
3rd: 03 Hot Shot
Race time: 1:41.53
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 3

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