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Today in the SCV: Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012

Posted: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Today in the SCV

Canned food drive

What: William S. Hart Baseball & Softball holds a canned food drive for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Hart Complex administration complex, 23427 Valencia Blvd., Valencia 91355

Contact: www.hartbaseball.org


Dia De Los Muertos celebration

What: “Day of the Dead” celebration with bilingual memorial service and candle lighting service, traditional pan dulce, Aztec dancers, music and more. Bring blankets for lawn seating.

When: 4 p.m.

Where: Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Garden, 23287 N. Sierra Highway, Newhall 91321

Contact: 661-259-0800

‘British Invasion’

What: Enjoy an evening of British musical selections from Holst to the Beatles. Tickets cost $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for youths (under 18).

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 Main St., Newhall 91321

Contact: scvconcertband.org

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Today in history

Today is Sunday, Nov. 4, the 309th day of 2012. There are 57 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 2003, students returned to Mint Canyon Elementary School after the school was closed the day before due to a vintage fighter plane that crashed into a neighboring mobile home park. The pilot was killed, a mobile home resident was sent to the hospital for minor burns, and two homes were destroyed, several more damaged.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 4, 1942, during World War II, Axis forces retreated from El Alamein in North Africa in a major victory for British forces commanded by Lt. Gen. Bernard Montgomery.

On this date:

In 1980, Ronald Reagan won the White House as he defeated President Jimmy Carter by a strong margin.

In 1991, Ronald Reagan opened his presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif.; in attendance were President George H.W. Bush and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford and Richard Nixon — the first-ever gathering of five past and present U.S. chief executives.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush barnstormed through four battleground states — Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas — in a final appeal for Republicans in Congress; Democrats worked for a strong voter turnout to tilt key races their way.

Five years ago: King Tutankhamun’s face was unveiled for the first time to the public more than 3,000 years after the pharaoh was buried in his Egyptian tomb. Citigroup Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Charles Prince, beset by the company’s billions of dollars in losses from investing in bad debt, resigned. Paula Radcliffe outlasted Gete Wami to win her second New York City Marathon in 2:23:09. Martin Lel of Kenya won his second men’s title, in 2:09:04.

One year ago: A Syrian peace plan brokered just days earlier by the Arab League unraveled as security forces opened fire on thousands of protesters, killing at least 15. Alfonso Cano, 63, a bespectacled middle class intellectual who rose from chief ideologist to maximum leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, was killed in a military attack. “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney, 92, died in New York a month after his farewell segment on the show.

 

Birthdays

Actress Doris Roberts is 82. Actress Loretta Swit is 75. Rhythm-and-blues singer Harry Elston (Friends of Distinction) is 74. Blues singer Delbert McClinton is 72. Former First Lady Laura Bush is 66. Actress Markie Post is 62. Rock singer-musician Chris Difford (Squeeze) is 58. Country singer Kim Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 52. Actress-comedian Kathy Griffin is 52. Actor Ralph Macchio is 51. “Survivor” host Jeff Probst is 51. Rock singer-musician Wayne Static (Static-X) is 47. Actor Matthew McConaughey is 43. Rapper-producer Sean “Puffy” Combs is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Shawn Rivera (Az Yet) is 41. Actress Heather Tom is 37. Rhythm-and-blues/gospel singer George Huff is 32. Actress Gillian Zinser (TV: “90210”) is 27.

 

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