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One year ago: An ethnic Chinese from Vietnam, Jiverly Wong, opened fire inside an immigrant community center in Binghamton, N.Y., killing 13 people before taking his own life. The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously legalized gay marriage. The Labor Department reported unemployment reached 8.5 percent in March 2009, the highest in a quarter-century. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, arrived in Strasbourg, France, after two days in London. Tom Braden, who helped launch CNN's "Crossfire" and whose memoir "Eight is Enough" inspired a TV show, died in Denver at age 92.
Today's birthdays: Actress-singer Doris Day is 87. Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is 80. Conservationist Dame Jane Goodall is 76. Actor William Gaunt is 73. Actor Eric Braeden is 69. Actress Marsha Mason is 68. Singer Wayne Newton is 68. Singer Billy Joe Royal is 68. Singer Tony Orlando is 66. Comedy writer Pat Proft is 63. Folk-rock singer Richard Thompson is 61. Country musician Curtis Stone (Highway 101) is 60. Blues singer-guitarist John Mooney is 55. Rock musician Mick Mars (Motley Crue) is 54. Actor Alec Baldwin is 52. Actor David Hyde Pierce is 51. Rock singer John Thomas Griffith (Cowboy Mouth) is 50. Comedian-actor Eddie Murphy is 49. Rock singer-musician Mike Ness (Social Distortion) is 48. Rock singer Sebastian Bach is 42. Rock musician James MacDonough is 40. Olympic gold medal ski racer Picabo Street is 39. Actress Jennie Garth is 38. Comedian Aries Spears is 35. Actress Cobie Smulders is 28. Rock-pop singer Leona Lewis is 25. Actress Amanda Bynes is 24.
Thought for today: "Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect; they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries." -- Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher (1883-1955)
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