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Five years ago: Iraqis overseas began three days of voting in 14 nations. Senate Democrats criticized President George W. Bush's plan to add personal accounts to Social Security and accused his administration of improperly using the Social Security Administration to promote the idea. Consumer products giant Procter and Gamble Company and Gillette Company announced a $57 billion merger.
One year ago: In a swift victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House approved, 244-188, a huge $819 billion stimulus bill with Republicans unanimous in opposition despite Obama's pleas for bipartisan support. Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell, who survived the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, died in Orange Park, Fla. at age 56.
Today's birthdays: Musician-composer Acker Bilk is 81. Actor Nicholas Pryor is 75. Actor Alan Alda is 74. Actress Susan Howard is 68. Actress Marthe (cq) Keller is 65. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is 63. Actress-singer Barbi Benton is 60. Evangelical pastor Rick Warren is 56. French President Nicolas Sarkozy (sahr-koh-ZEE') is 55. Actress Harley Jane Kozak is 53. Movie director Frank Darabont is 51. Rock musician Dave Sharp is 51. Rock singer Sam Phillips is 48. Rock musician Dan Spitz is 47. Country musician Greg Cook (Ricochet) is 45. Gospel singer Marvin Sapp is 43. Singer Sarah McLachlan is 42. Rapper Rakim is 42. DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill) is 42. Actress Kathryn Morris ("Cold Case") is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Anthony Hamilton is 39. Rock musician Brandon Bush is 37. MLB player Jermaine Dye is 36. Singer Joey Fatone Jr. ('N Sync) is 33. Rapper Rick Ross is 33. Actress Rosamund Pike is 31. Singer Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) is 30. Actor Elijah Wood is 29.
Thought for today: "Organisation can never be a substitute for initiative and for judgement." -- Louis D. Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court justice (1856-1941)
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