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Five years ago: U.S. military officials said no guard at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects had flushed a detainee's Quran down the toilet, but disclosed there were instances in which Qurans were abused by guards, intentionally or accidentally. The child molestation case against Michael Jackson went to the jury after the defense concluded its closing argument (Jackson was acquitted).
One year ago: New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. The Organization of American States cleared the way for Cuba's possible return to the group by lifting a 47-year ban on the country. Death claimed Koko Taylor, 80, the "Queen of the Blues," in Chicago and Las Vegas saxophonist Sam Butera, 81, who'd teamed with Louis Prima and Keely Smith.
Today's birthdays: Actor Tony Curtis is 85. TV producer Chuck Barris is 81. Actress Irma P. Hall is 75. Author Larry McMurtry is 74. Rock singer Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) is 71. Singer Eddie Holman is 64. Musician Too Slim (Riders in the Sky) is 62. Rock musician Richard Moore is 61. Singer Suzi Quatro is 60. Singer Deneice Williams is 59. Singer Dan Hill is 56. Actor Scott Valentine is 52. Rock musician Kerry King (Slayer) is 46. Rock singer-musician Mike Gordon is 45. CNN host Anderson Cooper is 43. Country singer Jamie O'Neal is 42. Singers Gabriel and Ariel Hernandez (No Mercy) are 39. Tennis player Rafael Nadal is 24. Actress-singer Lalaine is 23.
Thought for today: "Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable." -- Clare Boothe Luce, American author, politician and diplomat (1903-1987)
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