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Today in the SCV: Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013

Posted: February 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Today is Sunday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2013. There are 317 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 2008, a delegation of Santa Clarita residents concerned about over-development drove to Los Angeles in support of a politician trying to stop the Newhall Ranch development, which involved the construction of 21,000 homes east of Stevenson Ranch.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 17, 1913, the Armory Show, a landmark exhibit of European modern art, opened in New York City. (One work in the exhibit that stirred much controversy was “Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2),” an abstract painting by French artist Marcel Duchamp.)

Ten years ago: Twenty-one people were killed in a stampede at the crowded E2 nightclub in Chicago. European Union leaders declared their solidarity with the United States, warning Saddam Hussein that Iraq faced one “last chance” to disarm peacefully but calling war a last resort. Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler died of heatstroke at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hospital, less than 24 hours after complaining of dizziness during a spring training workout. An estimated 40 million viewers tuned in to the finale of Fox’s reality show “Joe Millionaire,” in which Evan Marriott chose Zora Andrich.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush rejected proposed Democratic changes to his prized AIDS relief program, issuing a challenge to Congress from Tanzania to “stop the squabbling” and renew it as is. (Bush signed a compromise version into law in July 2008.) Kosovo declared itself a nation in defiance of Serbia and Russia. Ryan Newman snapped an 81-race winless streak, giving car owner Roger Penske his first Daytona 500 victory. The East beat the Western Conference 134-128 in the NBA All-Star Game.

One year ago: Congress voted to extend a Social Security payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and to renew unemployment benefits for millions more. The New York Knicks saw their seven-game winning streak with team sensation Jeremy Lin come to an end as they lost to the New Orleans Hornets, 89-85.

 

Birthdays

Actor Hal Holbrook is 88. Mystery writer Ruth Rendell is 83. Singer Bobby Lewis is 80. Actor-comedian Barry Humphries (aka “Dame Edna”) is 79. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 78. Actress Christina Pickles is 78. Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 77. Actress Mary Ann Mobley is 74. Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is 50. Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Guy is 50. Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 43. Actor Dominic Purcell is 43. Actress Denise Richards is 42. Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 41. Actor Jerry O’Connell is 39. Actress Kelly Carlson is 37. Actor Ashton Holmes is 35. Actor Jason Ritter is 33. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 32. Actor Chord Overstreet (TV: “Glee”) is 24. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 22. Actress Meaghan Martin is 21.

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