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Five years ago: Syria's 29-year military presence in Lebanon ended as Syrian soldiers completed a withdrawal brought about by international pressure and Lebanese street protests. Actress Maria Schell died in Preitenegg, Carinthia, Austria, at age 79.
One year ago: The United States declared a public health emergency as more possible cases of swine flu surfaced from Canada to New Zealand; officials in Mexico City closed everything from concerts to sports matches to churches in an effort to stem the spread of the virus. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made an unannounced visit to Lebanon, where she met with President Michel Suleiman. Salamo Arouch, a Jewish boxer who'd survived the Auschwitz death camp by fighting exhibition bouts for Nazi officers, died in Israel at age 86.
Today's birthdays: Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 77. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maurice Williams is 72. Songwriter-musician Duane Eddy is 72. Singer Bobby Rydell is 68. Rock musician Gary Wright is 67. Actor Giancarlo Esposito is 52. Rock musician Roger Taylor (Duran Duran) is 50. Actress Joan Chen is 49. Rock musician Chris Mars is 49. Actor-singer Michael Damian is 48. Actor Jet Li (lee) is 47. Rock musician Jimmy Stafford (Train) is 46. Actor-comedian Kevin James is 45. Actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste is 43. Country musician Joe Caverlee (Yankee Grey) is 42. Rapper T-Boz (TLC) is 40. Country musician Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) is 39. Country musician Michael Jeffers (Pinmonkey) is 38. Rock musician Jose Pasillas (Incubus) is 34. Actor Jason Earles ("Hannah Montana") is 33. Actor Tom Welling is 33. Actress Jordana Brewster is 30. Actress Marnette Patterson is 30. Actor Channing Tatum is 30. Actor Aaron Weeks is 24.
Thought for today: "A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James, American philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910)
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