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One year ago: The late Heath Ledger won the best supporting actor Oscar for "The Dark Knight"; "Slumdog Millionaire" won best picture and seven other Academy Awards. A gas explosion in a coal mine in northern China killed more than 70 miners.
Today's birthdays: Announcer Don Pardo is 92. Actor Paul Dooley is 82. Hollywood "ghost singer" Marni Nixon is 80. Baseball Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson is 76. Movie director Jonathan Demme (DEH'-mee) is 66. Actor John Ashton is 62. Actress Miou-Miou is 60. Actress Julie Walters is 60. Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving is 60. Actress Ellen Greene is 59. Former Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) is 58. White House adviser David Axelrod is 55. Actor Kyle MacLachlan is 51. World Golf Hall of Famer Vijay Singh is 47. Actress-comedian Rachel Dratch is 44. Actress Jeri Ryan is 42. Actor Thomas Jane is 41. Actress Tamara Mello is 40. Actress-singer Lea Salonga (LAY'-uh suh-LONG'-guh) is 39. Actor Jose Solano is 39. International Tennis Hall-of-Famer Michael Chang is 38. Rock musician Scott Phillips is 37. Actress Drew Barrymore is 35. Actress Liza Huber is 35. Singer James Blunt is 33. Rock singer Tom Higgenson (Plain White T's) is 31. Actor Daniel E. Smith is 20.
Thought for today: "The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease." -- Marianne Moore, American poet (1887-1972)
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