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Today in the SCV: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2012

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

Today in the SCV

Author event
New York Times best-selling author Dustin Thomason will debut his newest novel, “12∙21.” The event is free and at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library, Community Room, 24500 Main St., Newhall 91321. For more information contact friends@santaclaritalibrary.com

Introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Introduction class to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Take a one-hour class, held from 8-9 p.m., under Jean Jacques Machado Black Belt Nazih Khoury from Team Z Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and see how BJJ can help you with your health and exercise. The class is at IRON Fist Martial Arts 24502 Lyons Ave., Santa Clarita, 91321. For more information call 661-544-8728 or go to http://www.zjiujitsu.com/

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Today in history

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 4, the 339th day of 2012. There are 27 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1988, Canyon Country resident and accused baby killer Vickie Maas remained calm during an intensive cross examination in a superior court. Maas was accused of murdering 6-month-old David Duncan as she was babysitting him.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 4, 1619, a group of settlers from Bristol, England, arrived at Berkeley Hundred in present-day Charles City County, Va., where they held a service thanking God for their safe arrival. (Some suggest this was the true first Thanksgiving in America, ahead of the Pilgrims’ arrival in Massachusetts.)

Ten years ago: United Airlines lost its bid for $1.8 billion in federal loan guarantees, a major setback to the nation’s second-largest air carrier in its efforts to avoid bankruptcy. Supreme Court justices heard arguments on whether federal laws intended to combat organized crime and corruption could be used against anti-abortion demonstrators. (The Court later ruled that such laws were improperly used to punish abortion opponents.)

Five years ago: Defending his credibility, President George W. Bush said Iran was dangerous and needed to be squeezed by international pressure despite a U.S. intelligence finding that Tehran had halted its nuclear weapons program four years earlier. The intelligence report on Iran figured in a Democratic debate on National Public Radio as rivals assailed front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for voting in favor of a Senate resolution designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.

One year ago: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party hung onto its majority in Russia’s parliamentary election, but faced accusations from opponents of rigging the vote. Rafael Nadal recovered from a terrible start and beat Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (0) to give Spain its fifth Davis Cup title.

 

Birthdays

Actress-singer Deanna Durbin is 91. Game show host Wink Martindale is 79. Pop singer Freddy Cannon is 76. Actor-producer Max Baer Jr. is 75. Actress Gemma Jones is 70. Rock musician Bob Mosley (Moby Grape) is 70. Singer-musician Chris Hillman is 68. Musician Terry Woods (The Pogues) is 65. Rock singer Southside Johnny Lyon is 64. Actor Jeff Bridges is 63. Rock musician Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd; the Rossington Collins Band) is 61. Actress Patricia Wettig is 61. Actor Tony Todd is 58. Jazz singer Cassandra Wilson is 57. Country musician Brian Prout (Diamond Rio) is 57. Rock musician Bob Griffin (The BoDeans) is 53. Rock singer Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge) is 50. Actress Marisa Tomei is 48. Actress Chelsea Noble is 48. Actor-comedian Fred Armisen is 46. Rapper Jay-Z is 43.

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