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Five years ago: Zacarias Moussaoui (zak-uh-REE'-uhs moo-SOW'-ee) pleaded guilty in a federal courtroom outside Washington, D.C., to conspiring with the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers to kill Americans. President George W. Bush named Gen. Peter Pace to be the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
One year ago: President Barack Obama marked Earth Day with a pitch for his energy plan, calling for a "new era of energy exploration in America" during a visit to Newton, Iowa. The FDA said 17-year-old girls could get "morning after" birth control without a prescription. Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls won the NBA's rookie of the year award. British-born movie director Ken Annakin ("Swiss Family Robinson") died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 94. Oscar-winning British cinematographer Jack Cardiff ("Black Narcissus") died in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, at age 94.
Today's birthdays: Actor George Cole is 85. Actress Charlotte Rae is 84. Actress Estelle Harris is 78. Singer Glen Campbell is 74. Actor Jack Nicholson is 73. Singer Mel Carter is 67. Author Janet Evanovich is 67. Country singer Cleve Francis is 65. Movie director John Waters is 64. Singer Peter Frampton is 60. Rock singer-musician Paul Carrack (Mike and the Mechanics; Squeeze) is 59. Actor Joseph Bottoms is 56. Actor Ryan Stiles is 51. Baseball manager Terry Francona is 51. Comedian Byron Allen is 49. Actor Chris Makepeace is 46. Rock musician Fletcher Dragge (DRAH'-guh) is 44. Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan is 44. Actress Sheryl Lee is 43. Actress-talk show host Sherri Shepherd is 43. Country singer-musician Heath Wright (Ricochet) is 43. Country singer Kellie Coffey is 39. Actor Eric Mabius is 39. Actor Ingo Rademacher (RAH'-deh-mah-ker) is 39. Rock musician Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down) is 36. Rock singer-musician Daniel Johns (Silverchair) is 31. Actress Michelle Ryan is 26. Actress Amber Heard is 24.
Thought for today: "Life is one long process of getting tired." -- Samuel Butler, British author (1835-1902)
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