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Posted: June 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Community events: June 14, 2012

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World’s largest swimming lesson

What: Thousands of swimmers gather for this Guinness World Record-breaking event.

When: 8-8:45 a.m.

Where: Academy Swim Club, 28079 Smyth Drive, Valencia 91355



Arts Commission

What: The city’s Arts Commission holds a regular meeting.

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Council Chambers, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia 91355



Gardening Club of Santa Clarita

Love to garden and want to meet new friends? The Gardening Club of Santa Clarita hosts a general meeting the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Next meeting will be held Thursday, June 14. Call for location. Info: Kathy Phillips at 661-259-9845 or Diane Benjamin at 661-250-8345, 


Castaic Shelter adoption event

Castaic Animal Care Center will host a pet adoption event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Petsmart, 19059 Golden Valley Road, Canyon Country. Info: 661-257-3191.


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Today in history

Today is Thursday, June 14, the 166th day of 2012. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day.

On this date in the SCV: In 1971, Lorraine Nebe became the first female bartender in the SCV after California passed a law that legalized bartending for women.

Today’s Highlight in History: On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag.

Ten years ago: American Roman Catholic bishops meeting in Dallas adopted a policy to bar sexually abusive clergy from face-to-face contact with parishioners but keep them in the priesthood. A suicide bomber blew up a truck at the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 14 Pakistanis.

Five years ago: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared an emergency after the Hamas militant group effectively took control of the Gaza Strip. Reputed Klansman James Ford Seale was convicted of kidnapping Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, two black teenagers who were deliberately drowned in Mississippi in 1964. (Seale, sentenced to life, died in prison in 2011 at age 76.) Ruth Graham, the wife of evangelist Billy Graham, died in Montreat, N.C., at age 87. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim died in Vienna, Austria, at age 88. The San Antonio Spurs won their fourth NBA title in nine years as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 83-82 in Game 4.

One year ago: President Barack Obama made a four-hour visit to Puerto Rico, becoming the first president since John F. Kennedy to make an official visit to the U.S. territory. The long-delayed, problem-plagued musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” officially opened on Broadway.  



Today’s Birthdays: Actress Marla Gibbs is 81. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., is 73. Writer Peter Mayle is 73. Actor Jack Bannon is 72. Country-rock musician Spooner Oldham is 69. Rock singer Rod Argent (The Zombies; Argent) is 67. Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump is 66. Singer Janet Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 66. Rock musician Barry Melton is 65. Rock musician Alan White (Yes) is 63. Actor Eddie Mekka is 60. Actor Will Patton is 58. Olympic gold-medal speed skater Eric Heiden is 54. Singer Boy George is 51. Rock musician Chris DeGarmo is 49. Actress Traylor Howard is 46. Actress Yasmine Bleeth is 44. Actor Faizon Love is 44. Tennis player Steffi Graf is 43. Screenwriter Diablo Cody is 34. Actor J.R. Martinez is 29. Actor-singer Kevin McHale is 24. Actress Lucy Hale is 23. Actor Daryl Sabara is 20. 


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