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Ten years ago: On Wall Street, stocks plummeted in heavy trading, with the Dow industrials down 617 points and the Nasdaq composite index falling 355 points. In Washington, protesters dumped manure on Pennsylvania Avenue, seeking to disrupt meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
Five years ago: The House passed and sent to President George W. Bush legislation making it tougher to erase obligations in bankruptcy. The Oregon Supreme Court nullified nearly 3,000 marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Portland's Multnomah County. Yankees right fielder Gary Sheffield got into a brief scuffle with a fan at Fenway Park during New York's 8-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
One year ago: Somali pirates seized four ships with 60 hostages. North Korea said it was restarting its rogue nuclear program, booting U.N. inspectors and pulling out of disarmament talks in an angry reaction to the U.N. Security Council's condemnation of its April 5 rocket launch.
Today's birthdays: Actor Bradford Dillman is 80. Actor Jay Robinson is 80. Country singer Loretta Lynn is 75. Actress Julie Christie is 70. Former MLB All-Star Pete Rose is 69. Rock musician Ritchie Blackmore is 65. Actor John Shea is 61. Actor-race car driver Brian Forster is 50. Actor Brad Garrett is 50. Actor Robert Carlyle is 49. Rock singer-musician John Bell (Widespread Panic) is 48. Actor Robert Clendenin is 46. Actor Lloyd Owen is 44. Former MLB All-Star Greg Maddux is 44. Rock musician Barrett Martin is 43. Actor Anthony Michael Hall is 42. Actor Adrien Brody is 37. Classical singer David Miller is 37. Rapper DaBrat is 36. Actor Antwon Tanner is 35. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 33. Actor-producer Rob McElhenney is 33. Actress Vivien Cardone is 17. Actress Abigail Breslin is 14.
Thought for today: "As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy." -- Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865
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