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Five years ago: During a visit to Riga, Latvia, President George W. Bush said the United States had played a role in Europe's painful division after World War II -- a decision that Bush said helped cause "one of the greatest wrongs of history" when the Soviet Union imposed its harsh rule across Central and Eastern Europe. Giacomo, a 50-1 long shot, won the Kentucky Derby. Former congressman Peter W. Rodino Jr., who'd led the House impeachment investigation of President Richard Nixon, died in West Orange, N.J. at age 95.
One year ago: A federal jury in Paducah, Ky. convicted a former soldier, Steven Dale Green, of raping and fatally shooting a 14-year-old girl after killing her parents and younger sister while he was serving in Iraq. (Green was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.) Former Illinois police Sgt. Drew Peterson was indicted for murder in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Mickey Carroll, one of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," died in Crestwood, Mo. at age 89.
Today's birthdays: Former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) is 78. Singer Jimmy Ruffin is 71. Actress Robin Strasser is 65. Singer-songwriter Bill Danoff is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer Thelma Houston is 64. Rock musician Bill Kreutzmann (The Dead) is 64. Rock musician Prairie Prince is 60. Actor Robert Hegyes is 59. Movie writer-director Amy Heckerling is 56. Actor Michael E. Knight is 51. Rock musician Phil Campbell (Motorhead) is 49. Country musician Rick Schell is 47. Rock singer-musician Chris O'Connor (Primitive Radio Gods) is 45. Actress Traci Lords is 41. Singer Eagle-Eye Cherry is 39. Actor Breckin Meyer is 36. Rock musician Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) is 24. Actor Taylor Abrahamse is 19.
Thought for today: "When an old man dies, a library burns down." -- African proverb
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