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Today in the SCV: Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

Posted: January 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Donations sought

Audio and large print books needed for Prayer Angels for the Military. A collection drive for wounded warriors and veterans is being conducted by Prayer Angels for the Military. Audio books, large print books, magazines, word search and crossword puzzles are needed. Donations are tax-deductible (501C3 non-profit). Cash donations are accepted and can be mailed to: Prayer Angels for the Military, Inc., 21609 Old Orchard Road, Newhall, CA 91321 or through PayPal online www.prayerangelsforthemilitary.com. Items can be dropped off at American Family Funding 28368 Constellation Road #398 Santa Clarita; Prayer Angel sites at 21609 Oak Orchard Road, Newhall; 23510 Cherry St., Newhall; 23667 Via Delfina, Valencia.

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Today in history

Today is Sunday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2013. There are 345 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1990, a Canyon Country preschool director was cleared of child abuse charges by investigators following an alleged exorcism-style ritual performed on a 4-year-old child.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 20, 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower took the oath of office as president of the United States; Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as vice president.

Ten years ago: Secretary of State Colin Powell, faced with stiff resistance and calls for caution, bluntly told the Security Council that the U.N. “must not shrink” from its responsibility to disarm Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Caricaturist Al Hirschfeld died in New York at age 99. Pollster Burns W. “Bud” Roper died on Cape Cod, Mass., at age 77.

Five years ago: The Los Angeles Times announced its top editor, James O’Shea, had been fired after he rejected a management order to cut $4 million from the newsroom budget, 14 months after his predecessor was also ousted in a budget dispute. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili was sworn in for a second term. The New England Patriots defeated the San Diego Chargers in the AFC championship game, pulling out a 21-12 victory that sent them back to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in seven seasons. The New York Giants won a 23-20 overtime victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship.

One year ago: Six U.S. Marines were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand. A rogue Afghan soldier killed four French troops. Singer Etta James, 73, died in Riverside.

 

Birthdays

Country singer Slim Whitman is 89. Comedian Arte Johnson is 84. Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is 83. Olympic gold medal figure skater Carol Heiss is 73. Singer Eric Stewart is 68. Movie director David Lynch is 67. Country-rock musician George Grantham (Poco) is 66. Actor Daniel Benzali is 63. Rock musician Paul Stanley (KISS) is 61. Rock musician Ian Hill (Judas Priest) is 61. Comedian Bill Maher is 57. Country singer John Michael Montgomery is 48. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is 48. Actor Rainn Wilson is 47. Singer Xavier is 45. Actor Reno Wilson is 44. Singer Edwin McCain is 43. Actor Skeet Ulrich is 43. Rap musician ?uestlove (The Roots) is 42. Rock musician Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) is 34. Country singer Brantley Gilbert is 28. Actor Evan Peters is 26.

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