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Today in the SCV: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

Posted: February 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

‘Give Life’ blood drive

Comfort Keepers In-Home Care is teaming up again with the American Red Cross to host its second “Give Life” blood drive today between noon and 6 p.m at 23900 Lyons Ave., Santa Clarita, 91321. Don’t miss the opportunity to give back to our community. All blood donated will remain in Santa Clarita. For more information call 661-287-4200.

National Alliance on Mental Illness to host free workshop

The National Alliance on Mental Illness will host a free workshop 6:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Santa Clarita Canyon Country Community Center. Dr. Alex Kopelowicz will be the evening’s featured guest, answering any questions regarding mental illness. Info: 818-994-6747 or 661-360-8002.

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Today in history

Today is Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2013. There are 322 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1997, the City Council approved an ordinance to prohibit day laborers from soliciting work along public streets and sidewalks.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day Larue County, Ky.

Ten years ago: The U.N. nuclear agency declared North Korea in violation of international treaties, sending the dispute to the Security Council. India conducted its fourth missile test of 2003, firing a supersonic cruise missile. Holiday Inn chain founder Kemmons Wilson died in Memphis, Tenn., at age 90.

Five years ago: Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain won their respective parties’ primaries in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. General Motors reported losing $38.7 billion in 2007, a record annual loss in automotive history, and offered buyouts to 74,000 hourly workers. Imad Mughniyeh, one of world’s most wanted terrorists, was killed in a car bombing in Damascus, Syria. Character actor David Groh died in Los Angeles at age 68. Uno became the first beagle named Westminster’s best in show.

One year ago: Adele emerged as the top winner at the Grammy Awards, winning six trophies, including record, song and album of the year, in a ceremony shadowed by the death of Whitney Houston the day before. State governor Henrique Capriles won Venezuela’s first-ever opposition presidential primary by a wide margin. Irish character actor David Kelly (“Waking Ned Devine”) died in Dublin at age 82.

 

Birthdays

Movie director Franco Zeffirelli is 90. Baseball Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Joe Garagiola is 87. Movie director Costa-Gavras is 80. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell is 79. Author Judy Blume is 75. Country singer Moe Bandy is 69. Actress Maud Adams is 68. Actor Cliff DeYoung is 67. Actor Michael Ironside is 63. Actor-former talk show host Arsenio Hall is 58. Actor John Michael Higgins is 50. Actor Raphael Sbarge is 49. Actress Christine Elise is 48. Actor Josh Brolin is 45. Singer Chynna Phillips is 45. Rock musician Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies) is 43. Rhythm-and-blues musician Keri Lewis is 42. Actor Jesse Spencer is 34. Actress Sarah Lancaster is 33. Actress Christina Ricci is 33. NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III is 23. Actress Jennifer Stone is 20.

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