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Five years ago: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said there was "a significant number of dead bodies in the water" following Hurricane Katrina; Nagin ordered virtually the entire police force to abandon search-and-rescue efforts and instead stop increasingly hostile thieves. President George W. Bush, who viewed the devastation from Air Force One, pledged to do "all in our power" to save lives and provide sustenance but cautioned that recovery of the Gulf Coast would take years. Some 1,000 people were killed when a religious procession across a Baghdad bridge was engulfed in panic over rumors of a suicide bomber.
One year ago: Extremely dangerous and strengthening Hurricane Jimena roared toward Mexico's resort-studded Baja California Peninsula. Walt Disney Co. announced it was acquiring comic book giant Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion.
Today's birthdays: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson is 75. Actor Warren Berlinger is 73. Rock musician Jerry Allison (Buddy Holly and the Crickets) is 71. Actor Jack Thompson is 70. Violinist Itzhak Perlman is 65. Singer Van Morrison is 65. Rock musician Rudolf Schenker (The Scorpions) is 62. Actor Richard Gere is 61. Olympic gold medal track and field athlete Edwin Moses is 55. Rock singer Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) is 53. Rock musician Gina Schock (The Go-Go's) is 53. Singer Tony DeFranco (The DeFranco Family) is 51. Rhythm-and-blues musician Larry Waddell (Mint Condition) is 47. Actor Jaime P. Gomez is 45. Baseball pitcher Hideo Nomo is 42. Rock musician Jeff Russo (Tonic) is 41. Singer-composer Deborah Gibson is 40. Rock musician Greg Richling (Wallflowers) is 40. Actor Zack Ward is 40. Golfer Padraig Harrington is 39. Actor Chris Tucker is 38. Actress Sara Ramirez is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Tamara (Trina & Tamara) is 33.
Thought for today: "Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know." -- William Saroyan, American author and playwright (born this date in 1908, died 1981)
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