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Ten years ago: The Justice Department released a report saying an 18-month investigation had found no credible evidence that conspirators aided or framed James Earl Ray in the 1968 assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Painter Jacob Lawrence died in Seattle at age 82. Sculptor George Segal died at his New Jersey home at age 75.
Five years ago: President George W. Bush defended the USA Patriot Act, saying it had made America safer and should be made permanent. Italian aid worker Clementina Cantoni was freed after having been held hostage more than three weeks in Afghanistan.
One year ago: Under heavy guard, a Guantanamo Bay detainee walked into a civilian U.S. courtroom for the first time; Ahmed Ghailani, a Tanzanian accused in two American Embassy bombings in 1998, pleaded not guilty before the judge in New York. A bankruptcy judge approved Chrysler's plan to terminate 789 of its dealer franchises.
Today's birthdays: Actress Mona Freeman is 84. Media analyst Marvin Kalb is 80. Sports commentator Dick Vitale is 71. Author Letty Cottin Pogrebin is 71. Rock musician Jon Lord is 69. Mystery author Patricia Cornwell is 54. Actor Michael J. Fox is 49. Writer-producer Aaron Sorkin is 49. Actor Johnny Depp is 47. Actress Gloria Reuben is 46. Rock musician Dean Felber (Hootie & the Blowfish) is 43. Rock musician Dean Dinning is 43. Musician Ed Simons is 40. Country musician Shade Deggs (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 36. Bluegrass singer-musician Jamie Dailey (Dailey & Vincent) is 35. Actress Michaela Conlin (TV: "Bones") is 32. Actress Natalie Portman is 29. Actress Mae Whitman is 22.
Thought for today: "The public! the public! How many fools does it take to make up a public?" -- Nicolas Chamford (nee-koh-LAH' shahm-FOHR'), French writer (1740-1794)
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