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Five years ago: Leaders of China and Japan met in Jakarta, Indonesia, to try to settle their nations' worst dispute in three decades, but failed to reach an agreement in the bitter feud over Tokyo's handling of its World War II atrocities. Silvio Berlusconi was sworn in as head of Italy's 60th postwar government. Recently created Web site YouTube uploaded its first video, consisting of 19 seconds of co-founder Jawed Karim in front of an elephant pen at the San Diego Zoo. Renowned British actor Sir John Mills died in Denham, England, at age 97.
One year ago: President Barack Obama met privately with leading executives of credit-card issuing companies; afterward, the president said he was determined to get a credit-card law passed that eliminated the tricky fine print, sudden rate increases and late fees.
Today's birthdays: Actress-turned-diplomat Shirley Temple Black is 82. Actor Alan Oppenheimer is 80. Actor David Birney is 71. Actor Lee Majors is 71. Irish nationalist Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is 63. Actress Blair Brown is 62. Writer-director Paul Brickman is 61. Actress Joyce DeWitt is 61. Actor James Russo is 57. Filmmaker-author Michael Moore is 56. Actress Judy Davis is 55. Actress Jan Hooks is 53. Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 50. Actor Craig Sheffer is 50. Actor George Lopez is 49. Rock musician Gen is 46. U.S. Olympic gold medal skier Donna Weinbrecht is 45. Actress Melina Kanakaredes (kah-nah-KAH'-ree-deez) is 43. Rock musician Stan Frazier (Sugar Ray) is 42. Country musician Tim Womack (Sons of the Desert) is 42. Actor Scott Bairstow (BEHR'-stow) is 40. Actor Barry Watson is 36. Actor Kal Penn is 33. MLB All-Star Andruw Jones is 33. Actress Jaime King is 31. Actor Aaron Hill is 27. Actress Rachel Skarsten is 25. Tennis player Nicole Vaidisova (vay-deh-SOH'-vuh) is 21. Actor Dev Patel (puh-TEHL') ("Slumdog Millionaire") is 20. Actor Matthew Underwood is 20. Actor Camryn Walling is 20.
Thought for today: "Don't pay any attention to the critics -- don't even ignore them." -- Samuel Goldwyn, American movie producer (1879-1974)
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