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The's Daybreak: Oct. 3, 2009

Posted: October 2, 2009 10:02 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 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 Saturday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2009. There are 89 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights in History:
On Oct. 3, 1789, President George Washington declared Nov. 26, 1789, a day of Thanksgiving to express gratitude for the creation of the United States of America.

Oct. 3, 1951: The New York Giants' Bobby Thompson hit "the shot heard 'round the world" -- a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca to win the National League pennant.

Oct. 3, 1955: "Captain Kangaroo" debuted on CBS television, and "The Mickey Mouse Club" premiered on ABC.

Oct. 3, 1957: Poet Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" was ruled not obscene.

Oct. 3, 1990: East and West Germany reunited.

Oct. 3, 1995: O.J. Simpson aquitted of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Five years ago:
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice, interviewed on ABC’s “This Week” program, defended her characterization of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear capabilities in the months before the Iraq invasion.

Watercooler Talk
GROVEPORT (AP) ­— An 80-year-old Ohio man is recovering from a week in which he was beaten during a home invasion and then shot while trying to learn about guns. Ralph Needs said he wouldn’t want anyone else to experience what he’s been through. He was tied up and pistol-whipped when at least three intruders broke into his Columbus area home on Sept. 20. Needs’ nose was broken and his pickup truck, a computer and credit cards were taken.

Four days later, Needs was shot in the hand during a self-defense lesson. A 9 mm pistol went off as one of his sons was loading it.
Groveport police said it was an accident, so there will be no charges.

Author Gore Vidal is 84. Basketball player Marques Haynes is 83. Composer Steve Reich is 73. Singer Alan O’Day is 69. Rock and roll star Chubby Checker is 68. Actor Alan Rachins is 67. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) is 66. Magician Roy Horn is 65. Singer Lindsey Buckingham is 60. Jazz musician Ronnie Laws is 59. Blues singer Keb’ Mo’ is 58. Former astronaut Kathryn Sullivan is 58. Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield is 58. Drummer and Signal Online Editor Stephen K. Peeples is 58. Baseball Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley is 55. Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton is 55. Actor Hart Bochner is 53. Actor Jack Wagner is 50. Rock musician Tommy Lee is 47. Actor Clive Owen is 45. Musician Frank Hannon (Tesla) is 43. Singer Gwen Stefani is 31. Singer India.Arie is 34.

Also born Oct. 3: rock pioneer Eddie Cochran, 1938-1960; musician/producer Felix Pappalardi (Mountain), 1939-1983; blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990).

California Lottery
Mega Millions
15-24-51-53-55 Mega: 11
Draw date: Friday, Oct. 2
Jackpot: $ 105 million 

4-18-20-23-39 Mega: 14
Draw date: Wednesday, Sept. 30
Jackpot: $9 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Friday, Oct. 2

Daily 4
Draw date: Friday, Oct. 2

Daily 3
Midday: 0-8-1
Evening: 7-2-9
Draw date: Friday, Oct. 2

Daily Derby
1st: 05 California Classic
2nd: 11 Money Bags
3rd: 03 Hot Shot
Race time: 1:44:40
Draw date: Friday, Oct. 2


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