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One year ago: Riding a crest of populist anger, the House approved, 357-70, a bill to restrict credit card practices and eliminate sudden increases in interest rates and late fees. Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection; the federal government pledged up to $8 billion in additional aid and to back warranties. The Iraq war formally ended for British forces as they handed control of the oil-rich Basra area to U.S. commanders. A man drove his car into a crowd of parade spectators in Amsterdam, killing seven people in an attempt to attack the Dutch royal family (the attacker, Karst Tates, died of his injuries).
Today's birthdays: Actress Cloris Leachman is 84. Singer Willie Nelson is 77. Actor Gary Collins is 72. Actor Burt Young is 70. Singer Bobby Vee is 67. Actress Jill Clayburgh is 66. Movie director Allan Arkush is 62. Actor Perry King is 62. Singer Merrill Osmond is 57. Movie director Jane Campion is 56. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is 51. Actor Paul Gross is 51. Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is 49. Country musician Robert Reynolds (The Mavericks) is 48. Actor Adrian Pasdar is 45. Rapper Turbo B (Snap) is 43. Rock musician Clark Vogeler is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chris "Choc" Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is 39. Rock musician Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down) is 39. Country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson is 39. Actress Lisa Dean Ryan is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Akon is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) is 37. Actor Johnny Galecki is 35. Singer-musician Cole Deggs (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 34. Rapper Lloyd Banks is 28. Actress Kirsten Dunst is 28. Country singer Tyler Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) is 26.
Thought for today: "In America, getting on in the world means getting out of the world we have known before." -- Ellery Sedgwick, American editor (1872-1960)
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