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Five years ago: Insurgents unleashed a series of car bombings and other attacks across Iraq, killing at least 41 people, including three U.S. soldiers. NASA again delayed the first space shuttle launch since the Columbia disaster, worrying that ice falling off fuel tank could doom Discovery.
One year ago: During a prime-time news conference marking his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama pledged "to do whatever it takes" to battle the spread of swine flu. The World Health Organization raised its alert level for swine flu to its next-to-highest notch. Twin car bombs ravaged a popular shopping area in Baghdad's biggest Shiite district, killing at least 51 people.
Today's birthdays: Actress Celeste Holm is 93. Rhythm-and-blues singer Carl Gardner (The Coasters) is 82. Poet Rod McKuen is 77. Actor Keith Baxter is 77. Bluesman Otis Rush is 76. Conductor Zubin Mehta is 74. Pop singer Bob Miranda (The Happenings) is 68. Country singer Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 67. Singer Tommy James is 63. Movie director Phillip Noyce is 60. Country musician Wayne Secrest (Confederate Railroad) is 60. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 56. Actor Leslie Jordan is 55. Actress Kate Mulgrew is 55. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 53. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 52. Actress Eve Plumb is 52. Rock musician Phil King is 50. Country singer Stephanie Bentley is 47. Singer Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 42. Actress Uma Thurman is 40. Tennis player Andre Agassi is 40. Rapper Master P is 40. Country singer James Bonamy is 38. Gospel/rhythm-and-blues singer Erica Campbell (Mary Mary) is 38. Rock musician Mike Hogan (The Cranberries) is 37. Actor Tyler Labine is 32. NFL player Tommie Harris is 27. Actor Zane Carney is 25.
Thought for today: "An intellectual hatred is the worst." -- William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and playwright (1865-1939)
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