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Today in the SCV: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

Posted: December 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.

On Dec. 19, 2011, North Korea announced the death of its leader, Kim Jong Il (pictured here in a memorial palace), two days after his death.

 

Today in the SCV

Silvertone Singers
The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center’s music program will present Maestro John Swinford and the Silvertone Singers in a selection of holiday songs at the Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. at 3 p.m. Info: 661- 259-9444.

Walking Wonders
Walking Wonders welcomes beginning, intermediate or advanced walkers, go at your own pace, 8:30-9:30 a.m., every Wednesday, Drive Richard Rioux Memorial Park, 6233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Info: 661-222-9536.

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Today in history

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 19, the 354th day of 2012. There are 12 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: On this day In 1991, winds of up to 73 mph wreaked havoc on the SCV, causing power lines to go down and a string of brush fires to spring up. Up to 20,000 customers were without power at one point or another, and the high winds made it tough for firefighters to contain the fires.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 19, 1972, Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, winding up the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.

Ten years ago: Secretary of State Colin Powell declared Iraq in “material breach” of a U.N. disarmament resolution. After a prosecutor cited new DNA evidence, a judge in New York threw out the convictions of five young men from Harlem in a 1989 attack on a Central Park jogger who’d been raped and left for dead. Roh Moo-hyun won South Korea’s presidential election.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush signed legislation increasing fuel-efficiency standards for vehicles and requiring wider use of ethanol. Former Hyundai CEO Lee Myung-bak won South Korea’s presidency. Rescuers found Frederick Dominguez and his three children, who had been lost in the mountains for three days during a snowstorm, alive in a northern California ravine.

One year ago: North Korea announced the death of leader Kim Jong Il, two days after he died; North Koreans marched by the thousands to mourn their “Dear Leader” while state media proclaimed his youngest son, Kim Jong Un, a “Great Successor.” Paroled American Lori Berenson, who stirred international controversy after being convicted of aiding Peruvian guerrillas, left on a flight to the United States for her first visit back home since Peruvian authorities arrested her in 1995.

 

Birthdays

Country singer Little Jimmy Dickens is 92. Actress Cicely Tyson is 79. Rhythm-and-blues singer-musician Maurice White (Earth, Wind and Fire) is 71. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is 71. Actress Elaine Joyce is 69. Actor Tim Reid is 68. Paleontologist Richard E. Leakey is 68. Rock singer Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) is 68. Musician John McEuen is 67. Singer Janie Fricke is 65. Jazz musician Lenny White is 63. Actor Mike Lookinland is 52. Actress Jennifer Beals is 49. Actor Scott Cohen is 48. Actor Robert MacNaughton is 46. Magician Criss Angel is 45. Rock musician Klaus Eichstadt (Ugly Kid Joe) is 45. Rock musician Kevin Shepard is 44. Actress Kristy Swanson is 43. Model Tyson Beckford is 42. Actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer is 41. Actress Rosa Blasi is 40. Actress Alyssa Milano is 40. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is 32. Actress Marla Sokoloff is 32. Rapper Lady Sovereign is 27.

 

Odd News

CHICAGO (AP) — First, there was “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Now, there’s “Mailers of the Lost Package.”

Days after the University of Chicago announced it had received a replica of the journal from the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the school says it has solved an international mystery with its roots in Guam.

A few weeks ago, a journal addressed to one Henry Walton Jones, Jr. — the given name of Hollywood’s Indiana Jones — was placed inside another package and mailed from Guam to Italy, where someone had bought it on eBay.

But the smaller package fell out and was spotted by a U.S. postal worker, who saw it was addressed to Jones at the University of Chicago. The worker added the Chicago zip code and sent it on its way.

Upon its arrival at the school’s admissions office, officials didn’t know what to make of the package. There is no Henry Walton Jones Jr. on the faculty.

It took a student doing a bit of research on the Internet to discover that Jones was real — on big screen. Indiana Jones’ character is said to be based loosely on two U of C professors. Abner Ravenwood was an Egyptologist and archeologist at the school about a century ago. In the movie, he is a mentor of Indiana Jones, and the journal is his.

Though the craftsmanship of the journal, chock full of maps and old photographs, was impressive, a spokesman for the school’s admissions office said, there were clues that indicated Ravenwood was not the author.

“The photos were of Harrison Ford during filming,” said spokesman Garrett Brinker.

The school found out the journal was the work of a Guam man whom Garrett described as a “prop replicator.”

“Apparently, it takes him two weeks to make one of these replicas and then he sells them to people all over the world,” Brinker said. “He says they usually go for about $200 (but) I believe this one went for $177.”

Brinker said that the Oriental Institute, the university’s famed museum and organization devoted to the ancient Near East, likes the journal and asked to display it in its main lobby.

“They asked for it and now it is in their possession,” he said.

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