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Five years ago: President George W. Bush announced his choice of federal appeals court judge John G. Roberts Jr. to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. (Roberts ended up succeeding Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who died in Sept. 2005; Samuel Alito followed O'Connor.)
One year ago: A Russian-owned civilian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff from southern Afghanistan's largest NATO base, killing 16 civilians. Israel rejected a U.S. demand to suspend a planned housing project in east Jerusalem. Stewart Cink won the British Open in a four-hole playoff with Tom Watson. Eighty-one-year-old Hershel McGriff became the oldest driver to take part in a national NASCAR series race, finishing 13th in a Camping World West Series event at Portland International Raceway. Author Frank McCourt, who'd won the Pulitzer Prize for his memoir "Angela's Ashes," died in New York at 78.
Today's birthdays: Former Sen. George McGovern is 88. Actress Helen Gallagher is 84. Country singer Sue Thompson is 84. Country singer George Hamilton IV is 73. Actor Dennis Cole is 70. Singer Vikki Carr is 70. Country singer-musician Commander Cody is 66. Actor George Dzundza is 65. Rock singer-musician Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) is 64. Rock musician Brian May is 63. Rock musician Bernie Leadon is 63. Actress Beverly Archer is 62. Movie director Abel Ferrara is 59. Actor Peter Barton is 54. Rock musician Kevin Haskins (Love and Rockets; Bauhaus) is 50. Movie director Atom Egoyan is 50. Actor Campbell Scott is 49. Actor Anthony Edwards is 48. Country singer Kelly Shiver is 47. Actress Clea Lewis is 45. Country musician Jeremy Patterson is 40. Classical singer Urs Buhler (Il Divo) is 39. Actor Andrew Kavovit is 39. Rock musician Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie) is 36. Actor Jared Padalecki is 28. Actor Steven Anthony Lawrence is 20.
Thought for today: "No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion." -- Carrie Chapman Catt, American feminist (1859-1947)
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