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Today in the SCV: Friday Feb. 8, 2013

Posted: February 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Today in the SCV

Masquerade Ball
Queen of Hearts Masquerade Ball, 6-11 p.,m. Canyon Theatre Guild’s Valentine fundraiser at the Valencia Country Club. Dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment and dancing. Tickets: $100. Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia. Info: 661-799-2702.

Astronomy Club meeting
The Local Group Astronomy Club of Santa Clarita will host its monthly meeting today at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. This meeting will include award presentations along with a lecture on telescopes, a review of winter constellations and a Q&A session.  Telescope viewing will be held after the meeting.  There will be a brief description of nearby viewing sites.  Public invited.  Info: Kathryn Kazmer at 661-713-4828.

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Today in history

Today is Friday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2013. There are 326 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1988, two SCV sheriff’s deputies made a controversial arrest of a drunken driver who rear ended their vehicle. After being slammed into from behind, Deputy Glenn Swanson allegedly beat Michael Brown, 49, until he was bloody. Despite witness accounts claiming excessive force was used, local sheriff’s deputies sided with Swanson claiming he did what was necessary to make an arrest.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 8, 1973, Senate leaders named seven members of a select committee to investigate the Watergate scandal, including its chairman, Sen. Sam J. Ervin, D-N.C.

Ten years ago: The chief U.N. arms inspectors arrived in Baghdad for a new round of crucial talks with Iraqi officials. In a jab at major U.S. allies, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a security conference in Munich that countries such as France and Germany that favored giving Iraq another chance to disarm were undermining what slim chance existed to avoid war. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans marched in support of 9,000 oil workers fired for leading a two-month strike against President Hugo Chavez.

Five years ago: Scotland Yard investigators concluded that Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto died on Dec. 27, 2007, as the result of a bomb blast, not a gunshot, a finding disputed by Bhutto supporters. Latina Williams, a 23-year-old nursing student at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge, shot and killed two other students and then herself. Novelist Phyllis A. Whitney died in Charlottesville, Va., at age 104.

One year ago: Washington state lawmakers voted to approve same-sex marriage. Kyle Dyer, an anchor for Denver station KUSA-TV, was seriously injured when she was bitten in the face by an 85-pound Argentine mastiff while conducting a live studio interview on the dog’s rescue from an icy pond.

 

Birthdays

Composer-conductor John Williams is 81. Newscaster Ted Koppel is 73. Actor Nick Nolte is 72. Comedian Robert Klein is 71. Actor-rock musician Creed Bratton is 70. Singer Ron Tyson is 65. Actress Brooke Adams is 64. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 60. Author John Grisham is 58. Actor Henry Czerny is 54. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 52. Rock singer-musician Sammy Llanas (The BoDeans) is 52. Actress Mary McCormack is 44. Rock musician Keith Nelson (Buckcherry) is 44. Retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning is 43. Actor Seth Green is 39. Actor Josh Morrow is 39. Rock musician Phoenix (Linkin Park) is 36. Rock musician Jeremy Davis (Paramore) is 28. Rock musician Max Grahn (Carolina Liar) is 25. Actor Ryan Pinkston is 25. Actress Karle Warren (“Judging Amy”) is 21.

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