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Today in the SCV: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

Posted: December 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Castaic Lake Clean Up

The Friends of Castaic Lake will hold a “Pride in the Lake Day” the second Saturday of every month (this month Dec. 8). Meet at the boat ramp at the Castaic lagoon at 9 a.m. and pick up trash until 11 a.m., followed by free hot dogs and chips for volunteers. Castaic Lake, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic. Groups and school community service students who need hours welcome. Info: btracy@hartdistrict.org.

Bill Hart’s 148th birthday

Celebrate Bill Hart’s 148th birthday at the Cowboys and Carols concert held 7 p.m. today at the William S. Hart Mansion and Museum. Acoustic performance by Cow Bop and tours of the mansion, which will be decorated for the holidays. Info and tickets 661- 222-9542 or visit www.FriendsofHartPark.org.

Hart High fundraiser

Electronics recycling fundraiser for Hart High School cheer will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Anything electric except batteries and light bulbs. Large appliances $15 — free if you bring a TV or computer. Info: www.htrecycling.com.

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Today in history

Today is Saturday, Dec. 8, the 343rd day of 2012. There are 23 days left in the year. The Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, begins at sunset.

On this date in the SCV: In 2004, a pair of men swiped two computers from a delivery truck parked in City Hall’s parking lot while the driver was making deliveries in the building. The delivery truck’s driver added that he had padlocked the truck shut, and that the thief must have broken the lock to access the stolen goods.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Ten years ago:  Iraq’s massive dossier detailing its chemical, biological and nuclear programs arrived in New York; the U.N. Security Council agreed to give full copies to the United States and the four other permanent council members: Britain, France, Russia and China.

Five years ago: The Justice Department and CIA announced a joint inquiry into the spy agency’s destruction of videotapes of interrogations of two suspected terrorists. Talk show host Oprah Winfrey publicly endorsed Barack Obama for president during appearances in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Skiers, fire-eaters and an ice sculptor joined in worldwide demonstrations to draw attention to global warming. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.

One year ago: Former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine was called before Congress to explain the collapse of the securities firm just over a month earlier; Corzine told the House Agriculture Committee he didn’t know what happened to an estimated $1.2 billion in missing clients’ money. The 161-day NBA lockout ended when owners and players ratified the new collective bargaining agreement.

 

Birthday

Actor-director Maximilian Schell is 82. Flutist James Galway is 73. Singer Jerry Butler is 73. Pop musician Bobby Elliott (The Hollies) is 71. Actress Mary Woronov is 69. Actor John Rubinstein is 66. Rock singer-musician Gregg Allman is 65. Reggae singer Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Maytals) is 64. Actress Kim Basinger is 59. Rock musician Warren Cuccurullo is 56. Rock musician Phil Collen (Def Leppard) is 55. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is 53. Political commentator Ann Coulter is 51. Rock musician Marty Friedman is 50. Actor Wendell Pierce is 49. Actress Teri Hatcher is 48. Actor David Harewood (TV: “Homeland”) is 47. Rapper Bushwick Bill (The Geto Boys) is 46. Singer Sinead O’Connor is 46. Actor Matthew Laborteaux is 46. Rock musician Ryan Newell (Sister Hazel) is 40. Actor Dominic Monaghan is 36.

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