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Five years ago: Northwest Airlines mechanics went on strike rather than accept pay cuts and layoffs; Northwest hired replacement workers. San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Thomas Herrion, 23, died of a heart attack shortly after a preseason game against the Denver Broncos. With a deafening boom, the ashes of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson were blown into the sky above Woody Creek, Colo.
One year ago: The only man convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 returned home to Libya after his release from a Scottish prison. (Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, said to have only months to live because of prostate cancer, was freed on compassionate grounds.) Afghans voted for a president for the second time ever, but Taliban threats dampened turnout in the militant south. Reality TV ex-contestant Ryan Jenkins was charged with murdering former wife Jasmine Fiore in California (Jenkins was later found dead, an apparent suicide). One-time Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress (PLEK'-sih-koh BUR'-ihs) accepted a plea bargain with a two-year prison sentence for accidentally shooting himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub.
Today's birthdays: Writer-producer-director Walter Bernstein is 91. U.S. special envoy George Mitchell is 77. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is 75. Baseball All-Star Graig Nettles is 66. Broadcast journalist Connie Chung is 64. Musician Jimmy Pankow (Chicago) is 63. Actor John Noble is 62. Rock singer Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 62. Country singer Rudy Gatlin is 58. Singer-songwriter John Hiatt is 58. Actor-director Peter Horton is 57. TV weatherman Al Roker is 56. Actor Jay Acovone is 55. Actress Joan Allen is 54. TV personality Asha Blake is 49. Actor James Marsters is 48. Rapper KRS-One is 45. Rock singer Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) is 40. Rock musician Brad Avery is 39. Actor Jonathan Ke Quan is 39. Rock singer Monique Powell (Save Ferris) is 35. Actor Ben Barnes is 29. Actress Demi Lovato is 18.
Thought for today: "If a thing is absolutely true, how can it not also be a lie? An absolute must contain its opposite." -- Charlotte Painter, American writer and educator
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