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Today in the SCV: Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

Posted: October 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Winter Term at CSUN open

What: Registration for winter term at California State University, Northridge starts today and is open to the community. The Tseng College at CSUN administers winter term classes, offered in a compressed format between the fall and spring semesters in two components, Dec. 20 through Jan. 16, 2013; and Jan. 2-18, 2013. Academic-credit classes are offered at the CSUN campus and online.

When: All day

Where: California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge 91330

Contact: 818-677-2504, tsengcollege.csun.edu/programs/winterterm

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Today in history

Today is Monday, Oct. 15, the 289th day of 2012. There are 77 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 2000, Santa Clarita Valley Mayor Jo Anne Darcy participated in the Celebrity Reading Program at Mint Canyon Elementary School, reading “Chewy Louie” to first-graders.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 15, 1917, Dutch dancer Mata Hari, convicted of spying for the Germans, was executed by a French firing squad outside Paris.

Ten years ago: ImClone Systems founder Sam Waksal pleaded guilty in New York to charges stemming from the biotech company’s insider trading scandal. (He was later sentenced to more than seven years in prison.) Iraqis turned out for a national referendum on whether Saddam Hussein should remain their president for another seven years; Saddam won with a reported 100 percent of the votes cast. Five Japanese kidnapping victims who’d been abducted in their youth by North Korean spies finally returned home, tearfully hugging their aging parents for the first time in nearly a-quarter century.

Five years ago: Americans Leonid Hurwicz, Eric S. Maskin and Roger B. Myerson won the Nobel economics prize. The Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 in Game 4 to sweep the NL championship series and advance to the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

One year ago: Italian riot police fired tear gas and water cannons in Rome as violent protesters hijacked a peaceful demonstration against corporate greed, smashing bank windows, torching cars and hurling bottles. Iran’s Foreign Ministry dismissed U.S. accusations that Tehran was involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, saying the claims had no “legal logic.” The Texas Rangers finished off the Detroit Tigers to become the American League’s first repeat champion in a decade with a 15-5 win in Game 6 of the ALCS. Former Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers, 81, died in Beverly Hills.

 

Birthdays

Former auto executive Lee Iacocca is 88. Jazz musician Freddy Cole is 81. Singer Barry McGuire is 77. Actress Linda Lavin is 75. Rock musician Don Stevenson (Moby Grape) is 70. Actress-director Penny Marshall is 69. Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer is 67. Singer-musician Richard Carpenter is 66. Actor Victor Banerjee is 66. Tennis player Roscoe Tanner is 61. Singer Tito Jackson is 59. Actor-comedian Larry Miller is 59. Actor Jere Burns is 58. Actress Tanya Roberts is 57. Movie director Mira Nair is 55. Britain’s Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, is 53. Chef Emeril Lagasse is 53. Rock musician Mark Reznicek is 50. Singer Eric Benet is 46. Actress Vanessa Marcil is 44. Singer-actress-TV host Paige Davis is 43. Actor Dominic West is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ginuwine is 42. Actor Chris Olivero is 33.
Christian singer-actress Jaci Velasquez is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Keyshia Cole is 31. Tennis player Elena Dementieva is 31. Actor Vincent Martella (“Everybody Hates Chris”) is 20.

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