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Today in the SCV: Friday Jan. 25, 2013

Posted: January 25, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 25, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Today in the SCV

Coat drive today at Swap Meet
A coat drive will be held today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Swap Meet at 22500 Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. The event will benefit the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. For more information visit www.onewarmcoat.org or call 661-259-3886 Friday through Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Today in History

Today is Friday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2013. There are 340 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: On this day in 2005, Robert Wheeler, a 25-year-old man accused of killing Saugus resident Christopher Simons and wounding two others with a gun during a New Year’s day killing spree, pleaded innocent to murder with special circumstances at his arraignment.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 25, 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln accepted Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside’s resignation as commander of the Army of the Potomac, and replaced him with Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker.

Ten years ago:  NASA launched a spacecraft into orbit to measure all of the radiation streaming toward Earth from the sun.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush urged Congress to quickly pass an economic stimulus package void of extraneous spending, saying only quick action would kickstart the sputtering economy. Democrat Dennis Kucinich abandoned his presidential bid to focus on a tough race for re-election to Congress.

One year ago:  U.S. military forces flew into Somalia in a nighttime helicopter raid, freeing an American and a Danish hostage and killing nine pirates. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona returned to Congress to officially tender her resignation a year after she was shot and severely wounded in her home district. First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with celebrity chef Rachael Ray, announced new guidelines for more healthful school meals.

Birthdays

Actor Gregg Palmer is 86. The former president of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, is 85. Actor Dean Jones is 82. Country singer Claude Gray is 81. Movie director Tobe Hooper is 70. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young is 68. Actress Jenifer  Lewis is 56. Actress Dinah Manoff is 55. Country musician Mike Burch (River Road) is 47. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kina is 44. Actress China Kantner is 42. Actress Ana Ortiz is 42. Musician Matt Odmark (Jars of Clay) is 39. Actress Mia Kirshner is 38. Actress Christine Lakin is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Alicia Keys is 32.

 

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