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Five years ago: Paul Wolfowitz began a five-year term as head of the 184-nation World Bank. (Wolfowitz resigned the post in 2007 amid controversy over the generous compensation he'd arranged for his girlfriend, bank employee Shaha Riza.) Dutch voters rejected the European Union constitution. A landslide sent 17 multi-million-dollar houses crashing down a hill in Laguna Beach, Calif. Peruvian doctors separated the fused legs of Milagros Cerron, a 13-month-old baby girl known as Peru's "mermaid."
One year ago: Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330 carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of everyone on board. General Motors filed for Chapter 11, becoming the largest U.S. industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection. A gunman shot and killed Pvt. William Andrew Long outside of an Army recruiting center in Little Rock, Ark.; another soldier, Pvt. Quinton I. Ezeagwula, was wounded. (Suspect Abdulhakim Muhammad, a Muslim convert, is awaiting trial.) Conan O'Brien debuted as host of NBC's "Tonight Show" (however, he stepped down last January after a dispute with the network).
Today's birthdays: Actor Richard Erdman is 85. Actor Andy Griffith is 84. Singer Pat Boone is 76. Actor-writer-director Peter Masterson is 76. Actor Morgan Freeman is 73. Actor Rene Auberjonois is 70. Opera singer Frederica von Stade is 65. Actor Brian Cox is 64. Rock musician Ronnie Wood is 63. Actor Jonathan Pryce is 63. Actor Powers Boothe is 62. Actress Gemma Craven is 60. Blues-rock musician Tom Principato is 58. Country singer Ronnie Dunn (Brooks and Dunn) is 57. Actress Lisa Hartman Black is 54. Singer-musician Alan Wilder is 51. Rock musician Simon Gallup (The Cure) is 50. Country musician Richard Comeaux (River Road) is 49. Actor-comedian Mark Curry is 49. Actor-singer Jason Donovan is 42. Actress Teri Polo is 41. Basketball player-turned-coach Tony Bennett is 41. Model-actress Heidi Klum is 37. Singer Alanis Morissette is 36. TV personality Damien Fahey is 30. Pop singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is 29. Tennis player Justine Henin is 28. Actor Taylor Handley is 26.
Thought for today: "He who talks much cannot always talk well." -- Carlo Goldoni, Italian dramatist (1707-1793)
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