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Today in History: Thursday, July 19

Posted: July 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.

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SCV Corvette Club social gathering
What: The Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club holds its monthly social gathering.
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country 91351
Contact: 661-373-3703,

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Today is Thursday, July 19, the 201st day of 2012. There are 165 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1983, a Canyon Country woman sued the Laura Scudder’s potato chip company because she inadvertently ate chips infested with small red ants. A Newhall Municipal Court jury ruled in favor of the company, saying “there was no proof that the ants were in the bag when it left Laura Scudder’s.”

Today’s Highlight in History:On July 19, 1812, during the War of 1812, the First Battle of Sackets Harbor in Lake Ontario resulted in an American victory as U.S. naval forces repelled a British attack

Ten years ago: The Dow Jones industrials dipped below their post-terrorist attack lows in a 390-point selloff. ConAgra Beef Co. of Colorado asked Americans to destroy 19 million pounds of hamburger meat because of E. coli concerns. Alejandro Avila was arrested in the slaying of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion of Stanton, Calif. (Avila was later convicted and sentenced to death.) Celebrated musicologist Alan Lomax died in Safety Harbor, Fla., at age 87.

Five years ago: A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by former CIA operative Valerie Plame, who was demanding money from Bush administration officials she blamed for leaking her agency identity. Taliban gunmen abducted 23 South Koreans who worked at an aid organization in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Two hostages were fatally shot; the rest were later freed.)

One year ago: Summoned by British lawmakers to answer for a phone hacking and bribery scandal at one of his tabloids, media mogul Rupert Murdoch said he was humbled and ashamed, but accepted no responsibility for wrongdoing.

Today's Birthdays

Former Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D., is 90. Actress Helen Gallagher is 86. Country singer Sue Thompson is 86. Country singer George Hamilton IV is 75. Singer Vikki Carr is 72. Country singer-musician Commander Cody is 68. Actor George Dzundza is 67. Rock singer-musician Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) is 66. Rock musician Brian May is 65. Rock musician Bernie Leadon is 65. Actress Beverly Archer is 64. Movie director Abel Ferrara is 61. Actor Peter Barton is 56. Rock musician Kevin Haskins (Love and Rockets; Bauhaus) is 52. Movie director Atom Egoyan is 52. Actor Campbell Scott is 51. Actor Anthony Edwards is 50. Country singer Kelly Shiver is 49. Actress Clea Lewis is 47.


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