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Today in the SCV: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013

Posted: January 21, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 21, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Today in the SCV

Oil painting demonstration at Barnes & Noble
The Santa Clarita Artists’ Association invites guests to spend an evening with plein air oil artist Eric Merrell, who will offer an oil painting demonstration at the association’s meeting Monday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd. Admission is free.

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Today in history

Today is Monday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2013. There are 344 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

On this date in the SCV: On this day in 1988, Stanley Bronstrup, then owner of Newhall’s Way Station Coffee Shop, was told by the district attorney’s office that he could face up to six months in jail or be forced to pay a $500 dollar fine for continuing to break an ordinance prohibiting portable signs. Bronstrup continuously parked a Coca-Cola sign outside his establishment.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 21, 1793, during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, condemned for treason, was executed on the guillotine.

Ten years ago: The Census Bureau announced that Hispanics had surpassed blacks as America’s largest minority group. A powerful earthquake shook west-central Mexico, killing at least 29 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and leaving 10,000 homeless. A gunman ambushed two U.S. defense workers in Kuwait, killing one and wounding another. Colombian rebels kidnapped an American photographer and a British reporter (Scott Dalton and Ruth Morris were freed after 11 days in captivity).

Five years ago: Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama accused each other of repeatedly and deliberately distorting the truth for political gain in a highly personal debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

One year ago: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stormed to an upset win in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, dealing a sharp setback to Mitt Romney. Hundreds of angry Libyans stormed the transitional government’s headquarters in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Birthdays

Actress Ann Wedgeworth is 79. World Golf Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus is 73. Opera singer Placido Domingo is 72. Singer Richie Havens is 72. Singer Mac Davis is 71. Actress Jill Eikenberry is 66. Country musician Jim Ibbotson (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 66. Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is 63. U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke is 63. Attorney General Eric Holder is 62. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is 60. Actor-director Robby Benson is 57. Actress Geena Davis is 57. Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon is 50. Actress Charlotte Ross is 45. Actor John Ducey is 44. Rapper Levirt (B-Rock and the Bizz) is 43. Rock musician Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel) is 43. Singer Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) is 37.

 

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