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The's Daybreak: Aug. 31, 2009

Posted: August 30, 2009 10:30 p.m.
Updated: August 31, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! Welcome to's Daybreak, your point of entry for the day, and a quick journey through the past, present and future. Let the adventure begin:

Today is Monday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2009. There are 122 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 31, 1803, explorer Meriwether Lewis departed Pittsburgh, sailing down the Ohio River; he joined up with William Clark in Louisville, Ky., the following October. (The next year, Lewis and Clark began their famous expedition toward the Pacific coast.)

Ten years ago: Detroit's teachers went on strike, wiping out the first day of class for 172,000 students in one of the largest teachers' strikes in years.

Watercooler Talk
MEXICO CITY (AP) - They say they beat it. Thousands of Mexicans claimed they broke the record for most people dancing to "Thriller" simultaneously in one place on Saturday, which would have been Michael Jackson's 51st birthday.

"We did it!" organizer Javier Hildago shouted to thousands of people wearing black fedoras, white gloves, aviator shades and ghoulish face paint, breathless after trying to recreate the groundbreaking 1983 video.

Did they? The Guinness Book of World Records will decide in a week.

The current record was set in May by a group of 242 College of William & Mary students who performed the routine in Williamsburg, Virginia, according to Guinness.

Hildago claimed 12,937 people danced Saturday in front of Mexico City's Monument of the Revolution, led by a Michael Jackson impersonator wearing a red-and-gold sequined jacket.

Broadcast journalist Daniel Schorr is 93. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson is 74. Singer Van Morrison is 64. Actor Richard Gere is 60. Rock musician Gina Schock (The Go-Go's) is 52. Singer Tony DeFranco (The DeFranco Family) is 50. Actor Jaime P. Gomez is 44. Baseball pitcher Hideo Nomo is 41. Rock musician Jeff Russo (Tonic) is 40. Rock musician Greg Richling (Wallflowers) is 39. Actor Zack Ward is 39. Actor Chris Tucker is 37. Actress Sara Ramirez is 34. NFL player Larry Fitzgerald is 26.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
37-1-17-31-54 Mega: 31
Draw date: Friday, Aug. 28
Jackpot: $333 million

6-13-14-36-37 Mega: 12
Draw date: Saturday, Aug. 29
Jackpot: $16 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Sunday, Aug. 30

Daily 4
Draw date: Sunday, Aug. 30

Daily 3
Midday: 6-7-9
Evening: 2-8-3
Draw date: Sunday, Aug. 30

Daily Derby
1st: 01 Gold Rush
2nd: 11 Money Bags
3rd: 09 Winning Spirit
Race time: 1:42.55
Draw date: Sunday, Aug. 30


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