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Today in the SCV: Sunday Aug. 5, 2012

Posted: August 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.

‘The Sound of Music’

What: Santa Clarita Regional Theatre presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s hit Broadway musical “The Sound of Music.” Tickets cost $12-29.

When: 8 p.m. on Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, through Aug. 12

Where: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia 91355

Contact: 661-799-2702 for reservations;

‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’

What: Canyon Theatre Guild presents jukebox musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Tickets cost $15-17.

When: 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, through Aug. 31

Where: Canyon Theatre Guild Playhouse, 24242 Main St., Newhall 91321

Contact: 661-799-2702,

‘Last Sip of Summer’

What: Join the Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation for an afternoon of wine tasting, entertainment, raffles and more. Costs $40 per person; proceeds benefit local public schools.

When: 3-6 p.m.

Where: Cheers at All Corked Up, 26340 Diamond Place, Santa Clarita 91390

Contact: 661-414-4465,

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Today in history

Today is Sunday, Aug. 5, the 218th day of 2012. There are 148 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1981, Guy Kenneth Welch became the only person ever to be arrested for killing the endangered spiny stickleback, a small fish native to the Santa Clara River. Welch had rechanneled the river to fill up a manmade lake at the White Rock Resort.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 5, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a probable suicide from “acute barbiturate poisoning.”

Ten years ago: Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a suspected weapons factory in Gaza City following attacks that killed 13 people in 24 hours. The coral-encrusted gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor was raised from the floor of the Atlantic, nearly 140 years after the historic warship sank during a storm. Death claimed Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn at age 85; former “Sesame Street” cast member Matt Robinson at age 65; and soap opera actor Joshua Ryan Evans at age 20.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai began meeting at Camp David to discuss security issues in Afghanistan. Lorena Ochoa won the Women’s British Open — the first women’s professional tournament played at venerable St. Andrews — for her first major title. Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, one of the most influential Roman Catholic figures in France, died in Paris at age 80. Comedian Stanley Myron Handelman died in Panorama City, at age 77.

One year ago: Standard & Poor’s lowered the United States’ AAA credit rating by one notch to AA-plus. A federal jury convicted three New Orleans police officers, a former officer and a retired sergeant of civil rights violations in the 2005 shooting deaths of a teenager and a mentally disabled man crossing a bridge following Hurricane Katrina. A sun-powered robotic explorer named Juno rocketed toward Jupiter on a five-year quest to discover the secret recipe for making planets.



Former astronaut Neil A. Armstrong is 82. Actor John Saxon is 76. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player Roman Gabriel is 72. Country songwriter Bobby Braddock is 72. Rock musician Rick Huxley (The Dave Clark Five) is 72. Actress Loni Anderson is 67. Actress Erika Slezak is 66. Rock singer Rick Derringer is 65. Actress Holly Palance is 62. Singer Samantha Sang is 59. Actress-singer Maureen McCormick is 56. Rock musician Pat Smear is 53. Actress Tawney Kitaen is 51. Actress Janet McTeer is 51. Country musician Mark O’Connor is 51. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing is 50. Actor Jonathan Silverman is 46. Country singer Terri Clark is 44. Former MLB player John Olerud is 44.


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