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Five years ago: President George W. Bush arrived in Riga, Latvia, as he opened a fast-paced, four-country journey to mark the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. British Prime Minister Tony Blair unveiled his Cabinet, changing leadership in defense and health but keeping mostly familiar faces after a third term victory dampened by a reduced majority in Parliament.
One year ago: After a day of meetings at the White House, President Barack Obama declared he'd gotten the commitments he wanted from the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan to more aggressively fight Taliban and al-Qaida militants. Gov. John Baldacci (bahl-DAH'-chee) signed a bill making Maine the fifth state to legalize same-sex marriage (however, the law was later overturned by a public vote).
Today's birthdays: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays is 79. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) is 76. Rock singer Bob Seger is 65. Singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore is 65. Gospel singer-comedian Lulu Roman is 64. Actor Alan Dale is 63. Actor Ben Masters is 63. Actor Gregg Henry is 58. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is 57. TV personality Tom Bergeron is 55. Actress Roma Downey is 50. Rock singer John Flansburgh (They Might Be Giants) is 50. Actor George Clooney is 49. Actor Clay O'Brien is 49. Rock singer-musician Tony Scalzo (Fastball) is 46. Actress Leslie Hope is 45. Rock musician Mark Bryan (Hootie and the Blowfish) is 43. Rock musician Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) is 39. Actress Adrianne Palicki is 27. Actress Gabourey Sidibe (GA'-bah-ray SIH'-duh-bay) is 27.
Thought for today: "The people no longer believe in principles, but will probably periodically believe in saviours." -- Jacob Christoph Burckhardt, Swiss historian (1818-1897)
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