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Today in the SCV: Tuesday, July 17

Posted: July 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.

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Republican Women Federated meeting
What: Monthly meeting of Republican Women Federated featuring guest speaker John Drew, Ph.D, a conservative professor of political science. Lunch and program $20 members, $25 nonmembers. RSVP requested.
When: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: The Paseo Club, 27640 Dickason Drive, Valencia 91355
Contact:, 800-799-2721

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Today is Tuesday, July 17, the 199th day of 2012. There are 167 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: This week in 1952, the Purple Heart for wounds received in action in Korea was awarded to PFC William J. Dennis of Newhall. He was wounded on June 12 while fighting in Korea with the 45th Infantry Division’s 180th Regiment.

Today’s Highlight in History: On July 17, 1862, during the Civil War, Congress approved the Second Confiscation Act, which declared that all slaves taking refuge behind Union lines were to be set free.

Ten years ago: A double suicide bombing in Tel Aviv killed two foreign workers and one Israeli. In Britain, a one-day strike by 750,000 municipal employees closed schools, libraries and recreation centers in their first national walkout in more than two decades.

Five years ago: Senate Democrats launched an all-night debate on the Iraq war. VA Secretary Jim Nicholson abruptly resigned in the wake of charges of shoddy health care for veterans injured in the Iraq war. A Brazilian passenger jet crashed while landing in Sao Paulo, Brazil, killing all 187 people aboard and 12 on the ground. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was indicted by a federal grand jury in Richmond, Va., on charges related to competitive dogfighting. (Vick later admitted bankrolling the dogfighting operation and helping to kill six to eight dogs; he served 23 months in federal custody, the last 60 days in home confinement.) The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 14,000 for the first time before ending the day at 13,971.55.

One year ago: Japan won the Women’s World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, stunning the United States 3-1 in a penalty shootout after coming from behind twice in a 2-2 tie. Darren Clarke gave Northern Ireland another major championship, winning the British Open by three strokes over Americans Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.



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