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Five years ago: Pope Benedict XVI triumphantly ended his four-day trip to his native Germany, celebrating an open-air Mass for a million people in Cologne. Robert A. Moog (mohg), whose self-named electronic synthesizers revolutionized music in the 1960s, died in Asheville, N.C. at age 71.
One year ago: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi welcomed with a hug the only man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people and praised Scotland's leaders for "their courageously right and humanitarian decision" to release him. A high-level delegation of North Korean officials paid their respects to late former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung. Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to lift a ban that prohibited sexually active gays and lesbians from serving as ministers.
Today's birthdays: Former football player Pete Retzlaff is 79. Actor-director Melvin Van Peebles is 78. Playwright Mart Crowley ("The Boys in the Band") is 75. Singer Kenny Rogers is 72. Actor Clarence Williams III is 71. Rock-and-roll musician James Burton is 71. Singer Harold Reid (The Statler Brothers) is 71. Singer Jackie DeShannon is 69. Football Hall of Famer Willie Lanier is 65. Actress Patty McCormack is 65. Pop singer-musician Carl Giammarese (jee-ah mah-REE'-see) is 63. Actress Loretta Devine is 61. CBS "Early Show" co-host Harry Smith is 59. Singer Glenn Hughes is 58. Country musician Nick Kane is 56. Actress Kim Cattrall is 54. College Football Hall of Famer and NFL quarterback Jim McMahon is 51. Baseball All-Star pitcher John Wetteland is 44. Rock singer Serj Tankian (TAN'-kee-ahn) (System of a Down) is 43. Actress Carrie-Anne Moss is 40. MLB player Craig Counsell is 40. Rock musician Liam Howlett (Prodigy) is 39. Actress Alicia Witt is 35. Singer Kelis (kuh-LEES') is 31. TV personality Brody Jenner is 27. Singer Melissa Schuman is 26. Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt is 24. Actor Cody Kasch is 23. Actress Hayden Panettiere (pan'-uh-tee-EHR') is 21. Actor RJ Mitte (TV: "Breaking Bad") is 18.
Thought for today: "Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man." -- Leon Trotsky (1879-1940)
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