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Today in the SCV: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

Posted: November 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Today in the SCV

Operation Christmas Child  is seeking shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. This project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, seeks gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week Nov. 12 – 19. Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Saugus, 800-353-5949. Hours: Today, 3-5 p.m.

Festival of Trees at Westfield Valencia Town Center, (between The Patios and Sears). General admission: $6 age 15 and older; $3 age 4 to 14; $4 age 65+; free age 3 and under. Purchase general admission tickets at the door. No online sales. For hours and more information visit www.scvbgc.org.

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Today in history

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 14, the 319th day of 2012. There are 47 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: On this day in 2000, more than 300 senior citizens were turned away at flu shot clinics due to a shortage of flu vaccines. Despite sign-ups that began as early as 6:45 a.m., many seniors found themselves unable to receive the shots.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 14, 1862, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln gave the go-ahead for Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s plan to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond; the resulting Battle of Fredericksburg proved a disaster for the Union.

Ten years ago: Aimal Khan Kasi was executed by injection at a prison in Jarratt, Va., for the slayings of two CIA employees in 1993.

Five years ago: Michael Mukasey took a ceremonial oath as the new U.S. Attorney General, five days after he was privately sworn in. A justice of the peace ordered O.J. Simpson to stand trial on kidnapping and armed robbery charges stemming from a confrontation with memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas casino hotel room. (Simpson and a co-defendant were convicted in Oct. 2008.) The prime ministers of North and South Korea launched their first talks in 15 years.

One year ago: Former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, in an interview with NBC News’ “Rock Center,” denied allegations he’d sexually abused eight boys and said any activities in a campus shower with a boy were just horseplay. A Russian spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Dan Burbank and two Russians blasted off from the snow-covered Kazakh steppes, headed for the International Space Station.

 

Birthdays

Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is 90. Actress Kathleen Hughes is 84. Former MLB All-Star Jimmy Piersall is 83. Former NASA astronaut Fred Haise is 79. Jazz musician Ellis Marsalis is 78. Composer Wendy Carlos is 73. Writer P.J. O’Rourke is 65. Zydeco singer-musician Buckwheat Zydeco is 65. Britain’s Prince Charles is 64. Rock singer-musician James Young (Styx) is 63. Singer Stephen Bishop is 61. Blues musician Anson Funderburgh is 58. Pianist Yanni is 58. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is 58. Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett is 56. Actress Laura San Giacomo is 51. Actor D.B. Sweeney is 51. Rapper Reverend Run (Run-DMC) is 48. Actor Patrick Warburton is 48. Rock musician Nic Dalton is 48. Country singer Rockie Lynne is 48. Pop singer Jeanette Jurado (Expose) is 47. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling is 46. Rock musician Brian Yale is 44. Rock singer Butch Walker is 43. Actor Josh Duhamel is 40. Rock musician Travis Barker is 37. Contemporary Christian musician Robby Shaffer is 37. Actor Brian Dietzen (TV: “NCIS”) is 35. Rapper Shyheim is 35. Rock musician Tobin Esperance is 33. Actress Olga Kurylenko is 33. Actor Graham Patrick Martin is 21.

 

 

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