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Today in the SCV: Saturday Sept. 29, 2012

Posted: September 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Water conservation class

What: Valencia Water Co. customers who want the latest valuable tips on how to conserve water inside and outside their homes can attend a free class and receive a $30 credit on their water bill.

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Community Room at Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia 91355

Contact: 661-294-0828, www.valenciawater.com

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Today in history

 

Today is Saturday, Sept. 29, the 273rd day of 2012. There are 93 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1993, AIDS left a toll of 23 deaths in the Santa Clarita Valley and infected 40 residents, according to county figures.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 29, 1862, Prussia’s newly appointed minister-president, Otto von Bismarck, delivered a speech to the country’s parliament in which he declared the issue of German unification would be decided “not through speeches and majority decisions” but by “iron and blood (Eisen und Blut).” (Some references give the date of this speech as Sept. 30, 1862.)

Ten years ago: Israel bowed to U.N. demands and U.S. pressure, pulling troops and tanks out through the barbed wire encircling Yasser Arafat’s West Bank headquarters. West Coast longshoremen were ordered off their jobs for a second time in a costly labor dispute with shipping lines. Europe beat the Americans to win the Ryder Cup, 15 1/2-12 1/2.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush signed a bill to prevent a government shutdown, but lambasted Democrats controlling Congress for sending him the stopgap measure while they continued to work on more than a dozen spending bills. Actress Lois Maxwell, who’d starred as Miss Moneypenny in 14 James Bond movies, died in Fremantle, Australia, at age 80.

One year ago: Germany kept alive hopes that the 17-nation euro currency could survive the debt crisis as lawmakers in Europe’s largest economy voted overwhelmingly in favor of expanding the powers of the eurozone’s bailout fund. Phillip Matthew Hannan, the former New Orleans archbishop who eulogized President John F. Kennedy died on the 47th anniversary of his ordination.

 

Birthdays

Actress Lizabeth Scott is 90. Actor Steve Forrest is 87. Conductor Richard Bonynge is 82. Actress Anita Ekberg is 81. Writer-director Robert Benton is 80. Singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 77. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is 76. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is 70. Actor Ian McShane is 70. Jazz musician Jean-Luc Ponty is 70. Lech Walesa, the former president of Poland, is 69. Television-film composer Mike Post is 68. Actress Patricia Hodge is 66. TV personality Bryant Gumbel is 64. Rock singer-musician Mark Farner is 64. Rock singer-musician Mike Pinera is 64. Country singer Alvin Crow is 62. Actor Drake Hogestyn is 59. Broadcast journalist Gwen Ifill is 57. Former child actor Ken Weatherwax (TV: “The Addams Family”) is 57. Olympic gold medal runner Sebastian Coe is 56. Singer Suzzy Roche (The Roches) is 56.

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