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Today in the SCV: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013

Posted: January 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Today in the SCV

Polar Bear Swim
Community members are invited to bring the New Year in with a splash at the 7th annual Glacier Slide Polar Bear Swim on Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 9 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, located at 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway. The event is free and has become a popular community tradition. Coffee, hot chocolate, tea and heaters will be provided for those conquering the icy waters. Spectators welcome.

Introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Introduction class to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Take a one-hour class 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 from 8-9 p.m. at IRON Fist Martial Arts at 24502 Lyons Ave., Santa Clarita, 91321.


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Today in history

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 1, the first day of 2013. There are 364 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1997, five juveniles were arrested in connection with an acid bomb explosion off of Wiley Canyon Road. After an investigation of a reported explosion, Sheriff’s deputies apprehended two 15-year-old youths when they were found with additional acid bombs. Upon further investigation, three more youths were brought in.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed and issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states shall be “forever free.”

Ten years ago: More than two dozen surgeons in West Virginia stopped performing elective surgeries to protest the high cost of malpractice insurance. (They returned to work two weeks later when they were convinced that the governor and the legislature would address their concerns.) Brazil’s first elected leftist president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, took office. Oklahoma romped past Washington State 34-14 in the Rose Bowl; Georgia defeated Florida State 26-13 in the Sugar Bowl; Notre Dame saw its sixth straight bowl loss, losing to North Carolina State 28-6 in the Gator Bowl.

Five years ago: Revelers celebrated the new year around the world; a ball dropped for the 100th year in New York’s Times Square. Violence claimed scores of lives in Kenya, Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. diplomat John Granville and his driver were shot to death by Sudanese gunmen in Khartoum. New no-smoking rules went into effect in France, prohibiting people from lighting up in cafes, bars and restaurants. Cyprus and Malta adopted the euro. The Georgia Bulldogs romped past Hawaii 41-10 at the Sugar Bowl, ending the Warriors’ perfect season.

One year ago: A Mount Rainier National Park ranger, Margaret Anderson, was shot and killed by the driver of a car that blew through a checkpoint. (Searchers later found the body of the man, 24-year-old Benjamin Colton Barnes, in a snowy creek.)

Birthdays

Former Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., is 91. Actor Ty Hardin is 83. Documentary maker Frederick Wiseman is 83. Actor Frank Langella is 75. Rock singer-musician Country Joe McDonald is 71. Writer-comedian Don Novello is 70. Actor Rick Hurst is 67. Country singer Steve Ripley (The Tractors) is 63. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., is 59. Rapper Grandmaster Flash is 55. Actress Ren Woods is 55. Actress Dedee Pfeiffer is 49. Actress Embeth Davidtz is 47. Country singer Brian Flynn (Flynnville Train) is 47. Actor Morris Chestnut is 44. Actor Verne Troyer is 44. Actress Eden Riegel is 32.

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