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Today in the SCV: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012

Posted: December 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Holiday lights bike tour

The Old Town Newhall Association and Newhall Bicycle Company will host Newhall Lights. Participants will enjoy pedaling through Newhall on festively decorated bicycles while viewing homes decorated in holiday lights. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Newhall Bicycle Co., located at 24261 Main St., Newhall.

Historical Society’s celebration

Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society 25th anniversary celebration will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, 24101 Newhall Ave., Newhall. The open house and anniversary celebration will feature a Latino-based Christmas celebration, called Posada. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. SCVHS will have docents on site to provide tours and a speaker to educate people on SCV and its history. There will be live Christmas music, as well. Info: 661-254-1275

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Today in history

Today is Saturday, Dec. 15, the 350th day of 2012. There are 16 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1987, the city of Santa Clarita was incorporated. It is the 85th city in Los Angeles County’s history. Jan Heidt, Dennis Koontz, Jo Anne Darcy, Carl Boyer and Howard “Buck” McKeon were inagurated as the first City Council. McKeon was designated the first mayor for earning the most votes on Election Day.

Today’s Highlight in History: In 1791, the Bill of Rights went into effect following ratification by Virginia.

Ten years ago: Former Vice President Al Gore, who’d come agonizingly close to winning the presidency two years earlier, said in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that he would not run for the White House in 2004. In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Japan won golf’s World Cup for the first time in 45 years.

Five years ago: Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf lifted a six-week-old state of emergency. International climate talks in Bali, Indonesia, culminated in a last-minute U.S. compromise and an agreement to adopt a blueprint for fighting global warming by 2009. Celine Dion concluded a five-year engagement at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

One year ago: The flag used by U.S. forces in Iraq was lowered in a low-key Baghdad airport ceremony marking the end of a war that had left 4,500 Americans and 110,000 Iraqis dead and cost more than $800 billion. The Senate, in a 86-13 vote, joined the House in passing a massive $662 billion defense bill. British-born author, essayist and polemicist Christopher Hitchens, 62, died at a Houston hospital.



Actor-comedian Tim Conway is 79. Singer Cindy Birdsong (The Supremes) is 73. Rock musician Dave Clark (The Dave Clark Five) is 70. Rock musician Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge) is 66. Actor Don Johnson is 63. Actress Melanie Chartoff is 62. Movie director Julie Taymor is 60. Movie director Alex Cox is 58. Actor Justin Ross is 58. Rock musician Paul Simonon (The Clash) is 57. DNC Vice Chairwoman Donna Brazile is 53. Country singer Doug Phelps (Brother Phelps; Kentucky Headhunters) is 52. Movie producer-director Reginald Hudlin is 51. Actress Helen Slater is 49. Actress Molly Price is 47. Actor Michael Shanks is 42. Actor Stuart Townsend is 40. Figure skater Surya Bonaly is 39. “Crowd-hyper” Kito Trawick (Ghostown DJs) is 35. Actor Adam Brody is 33. Actor George O. Gore II is 30.


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