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Five years ago: A day after Hurricane Katrina hit, floods were covering 80 percent of New Orleans, looting continued to spread, and rescuers in helicopters and boats picked up hundreds of stranded people.
One year ago: Japanese voters ousted the country's conservatives after more than a half century of rule and put the untested Democratic Party of Japan in control. The space shuttle Discovery docked at the international space station, delivering a full load of gear and science experiments. Chula Vista, Calif. came up big late to win the Little League World Series, defeating Taoyuan, Taiwan, 6-3.
Today's birthdays: Country singer Kitty Wells is 91. Opera singer Regina Resnik is 88. Actor Bill Daily is 83. Actress Elizabeth Ashley is 71. Actor Ben Jones is 69. Cartoonist R. Crumb is 67. Olympic gold medal skier Jean-Claude Killy is 67. Actress Peggy Lipton is 63. Comedian Lewis Black is 62. Actor Timothy Bottoms is 59. Actor David Paymer is 56. Jazz musician Gerald Albright is 53. Actor Michael Chiklis is 47. Music producer Robert Clivilles is 46. Actress Michael Michele is 44. Country musician Geoff Firebaugh is 42. Country singer Sherrie Austin is 39. Rock singer-musician Lars Frederiksen (Rancid) is 39. Actress Cameron Diaz is 38. Rock musician Leon Caffrey (Space) is 37. TV personality Lisa Ling is 37. Rock singer-musician Aaron Barrett (Reel Big Fish) is 36. Singer Rich Cronin (LFO) is 35. Rock musician Matt Taul (Tantric; Days of the New) is 32. Tennis player Andy Roddick is 28. Rock musician Ryan Ross is 24. Actor Cameron Finley is 23.
Thought for today: "It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself." -- Betty Friedan, American feminist and author (1921-2006)
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