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Today in the SCV: Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012

Posted: December 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Placerita Canyon Nature Center

Free family nature walk and native live animal presentation, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., every Saturday. Docent-led bird walk every second Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. Blooms of the Season wildflower walk every fourth Saturday, 9:30 a.m.. Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Info: 661-259-7721,
info@placerita.org or www.placerita.org.

Happy Feat Running Club

Walkers and runners of all levels, beginner to experienced, are welcome to join this eight- to 10-week 10k and 10-mile challenge training program. Meets every Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. beginning June 9, at Chuck Pontius Commuter Trail, 22921 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Info: www.happyfeatrunning.com.

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Today in history

Today is Saturday, Dec. 29, the 364th day of 2012. There are two days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1996, a memorial was held for community activist and Signal columnist Dan Hon. More than 200 mourners were present at the memorial, which took place at the Elks Lodge on Sierra Highway. The service came eight days after Hon died at the age of 60.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 29, 1972, Eastern Air Lines Flight 401, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, crashed into the Florida Everglades near Miami International Airport, killing 101 of the 176 people aboard. (Investigators determined that the crew was distracted by a burned-out indicator light, and failed to notice that the autopilot had become disengaged, sending the plane into a slow descent leading to the late-night crash.)

Ten years ago: Secretary of State Colin Powell, making the rounds of the Sunday TV talk shows, said there was still time to find a diplomatic resolution to North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons, and that the situation hadn’t yet reached the crisis stage.

Five years ago: Australian David Hicks, the first person convicted at an American war crimes trial since World War II, was freed from prison in Adelaide after completing a U.S.-imposed sentence. Pakistan rejected foreign help in investigating the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. The New England Patriots ended their regular season with a remarkable 16-0 record following a 38-35 comeback victory over the New York Giants. (New England became the first NFL team since the 1972 Dolphins to win every game on the schedule.)

 

Birthdays

Actress Inga Swenson is 80. ABC newscaster Tom Jarriel is 78. Actress Mary Tyler Moore is 76. Actress Barbara Steele is 75. Actor Jon Voight is 74. Country singer Ed Bruce is 73. Rock musician Ray Thomas is 71. Singer Marianne Faithfull is 66. Jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. is 66. Actor Ted Danson is 65. Actor Jon Polito is 62. Singer-actress Yvonne Elliman is 61. Actress Patricia Clarkson is 53. Comedian Paula Poundstone is 53. Rock singer-musician Jim Reid (The Jesus and Mary Chain) is 51. Actor Michael Cudlitz is 48. Rock singer Dexter Holland (The Offspring) is 47. Actor-comedian Mystro Clark is 46. Actor Jason Gould is 46. Movie director Andy Wachowski is 45. Actress Jennifer Ehle is 43. Actor Patrick Fischler is 43. Rock singer-musician Glen Phillips is 42. Actor Kevin Weisman is 42. Actor Jude Law is 40. Actor Mekhi Phifer is 38. Actor Shawn Hatosy is 37. Actress Katherine Moennig is 35. Actor Diego Luna is 33. Country singer Jessica Andrews is 29.

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