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The's Daybreak: Jan. 3, 2009

Posted: January 2, 2009 8:50 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2009 4:30 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:

First Word
“What makes me happy is that when I go somewhere and ... solve a problem. I think that’s what it is all about.”
­— Daniele Washburn (click here for full story)

Today in History
Today is Saturday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2009. There are 362 days left in the year.

Today's highlight in history: On Jan. 3, 1959, Alaska became the 49th state as President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation.

Ten years ago: Chicagoans dug out from their biggest snowstorm in more than 30 years. Israeli authorities detained, and later expelled, 14 members of Concerned Christians, a Denver-based cult that Israeli officials feared was plotting violence in Jerusalem to bring about the Second Coming of Christ.

Record producer Sir George Martin is 83. Actor Robert Loggia is 79. Actor Dabney Coleman is 77. Journalist-author Betty Rollin is 73. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Hull is 70. Singer-songwriter-producer Van Dyke Parks is 66. Musician Stephen Stills is 64. Rock musician John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) is 63. Actress Victoria Principal is 59. Actor-director Mel Gibson is 53. Actress Shannon Sturges is 41. Jazz musician James Carter is 40. Contemporary Christian singer Nichole Nordeman is 37. Actor Jason Marsden is 34. Actress Danica McKellar is 34. Actor Nicholas Gonzalez is 33. Singer Kimberley Locke (“American Idol”) is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lloyd is 23.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
2-11-19-21-34 Mega: 38
Draw date: Friday, Jan. 2
Jackpot: $46 million

3-13-29-40-42 Mega: 9
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 31
Jackpot: $38 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Friday, Jan. 2

Daily 4
Draw date: Friday, Jan. 2

Daily 3
Midday: 5-4-4
Evening: 9-6-9
Draw date: Friday, Jan. 2

Daily Derby
2nd: 03 HOT SHOT
Race time: 1:44.55
Draw date: Friday, Jan. 2

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