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Today in the SCV: Tuesday Nov. 20, 2012

Posted: November 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Today in the SCV

The Sierra Pelona Rock Club will meet 7:30 p.m. today for a special demonstration on “Art Clay Silver” and its applications to jewelry making and lapidary. Clubhouse of Greenbrier Mobile Estates East, 21301 Soledad Canyon Road, in Canyon Country.  Interested in mineralogy, lapidary, genealogy, paleontology and related subjects?  Visit www.sierrapelona.com. Also Facebook at SierraPelonaRockClub.

Have you ever wanted to become a stronger speaker, or a stronger leader?  If so, Quest Toastmasters Club #4643 of Santa Clarita would love to have you as a guest at one of the upcoming meetings. Meetings: 5:15 p.m. today, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18.  Meetings adjourn at 6:45 p.m. Promenade at Town Center Apartments clubhouse, large theater room #2 gym entrance, 24811 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Info: www.questtoastmasters.com.

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Today in history

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 20, the 325th day of 2012. There are 41 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1991, Evangelist church leader Tony Alamo appeared in court to plead not guilty to felony charges of child abuse.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 20, 1962, President John F. Kennedy held a news conference in which he announced the end of the naval quarantine of Cuba imposed during the missile crisis, and the signing of an executive order prohibiting discrimination in federal housing facilities.

Ten years ago: On the eve of a NATO summit in the Czech Republic, President George W. Bush, recalling Europe’s grim history of “excusing aggression,” challenged skeptical allies to stand firm against Saddam Hussein. A German doctor conducted Britain’s first public autopsy in more than 170 years, an event denounced by the British Medical Association’s Head of Ethics as “degrading and disrespectful.”

Five years ago: A judge in St. George, Utah, sentenced polygamous-sect leader Warren Jeffs to five years to life in prison for his role in the arranged marriage of an underage girl to her older cousin. (Jeffs’ conviction was overturned by the Utah Supreme Court in 2010; prosecutors decided against a re-trial because Jeffs was already serving a life sentence in Texas in a separate case.) Scientists in Japan and the U.S. reported creating the equivalent of embryonic stem cells from ordinary skin cells. Ian Smith, the last white prime minister of Rhodesia, died near Cape Town, South Africa, at 88.

One year ago: Spain’s opposition conservatives were swept into power as voters dumped the Socialists — the third time in as many weeks Europe’s debt crisis had claimed a government. Tony Stewart held off Carl Edwards to win his third NASCAR championship in the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Landon Donovan scored in the 72nd minute on passes from Robbie Keane and David Beckham, and the Los Angeles Galaxy’s three superstars won their first MLS Cup together with a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo. The Americans won the Presidents Cup as a team, 19-15, in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Birthdays

Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer is 89. Actress-comedian Kaye Ballard is 87. Comedian Dick Smothers is 74. Vice President Joe Biden is 70. Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is 66. Actor Samuel E. Wright is 66. Former NFL player Mark Gastineau is 56. Reggae musician Jim Brown (UB40) is 55. Actress Sean Young is 53. Rock musician Todd Nance (Widespread Panic) is 50. Actress Ming-Na is 49. Actor Ned Vaughn is 48. Rapper Mike D (The Beastie Boys) is 47. Rapper Sen Dog (Cypress Hill) is 47. Actress Callie Thorne is 43. Actress Sabrina Lloyd is 42. Actor Joel McHale is 41. Actress Marisa Ryan is 38. Country singer Dierks Bentley is 37. Actor Joshua Gomez is 37. Actress Laura Harris is 36. Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Dawes is 36. Country singer Josh Turner is 35. Actress Nadine Velazquez is 34. Actor Dan Byrd is 27.

 

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