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Ten years ago: New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani disclosed that he had prostate cancer (he later bowed out of the U.S. Senate race against Hillary Rodham Clinton).
Five years ago: Touting technology as a way to solve the country's energy problems, President George W. Bush called for construction of more nuclear power plants and urged Congress to give tax breaks for fuel-efficient hybrid and clean-diesel cars. Russian President Vladimir Putin became the first Kremlin leader to visit Israel. The Airbus A380, the world's largest jetliner, made its maiden flight.
One year ago: A 23-month-old Mexico City toddler died at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, the first swine-flu death on U.S. soil. A strong earthquake struck central Mexico, rattling nerves among residents already tense from a swine flu outbreak suspected of killing as many as 149 people nationwide. A low-flying plane, later determined to be an Air Force One jet, panicked New Yorkers. General Motors announced plans to cut 21,000 hourly jobs and scrap the Pontiac brand.
Today's birthdays: Actor Jack Klugman is 88. Actress Anouk Aimee is 78. Announcer Casey Kasem is 78. Actress Judy Carne is 71. Rhythm-and-blues singer Cuba Gooding is 66. Singer Ann Peebles is 63. Rock singer Kate Pierson (The B-52's) is 62. Rhythm-and-blues singer Herbie Murrell (The Stylistics) is 61. Actor Douglas Sheehan is 61. Rock musician Ace Frehley is 59. Pop singer Sheena Easton is 51. Actor James Le Gros (groh) is 48. Rock musician Rob Squires (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 45. Singer Mica (MEE'-shah) Paris is 41. Actress Maura West is 38. Actress Sally Hawkins is 34. Rock singer-musician Travis Meeks (Days of the New) is 31. Actress Ari Graynor is 27. Rock singer-musician Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) is 26. Actor William Moseley is 23. Singer Allison Iraheta is 18.
Thought for today: "For those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while." -- Luther Burbank, American horticulturist (1849-1926)
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