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Five years ago: French voters soundly rejected the European Union's proposed constitution, which was also defeated by the Dutch days later. In a deadly rampage at two farmhouses in Bellefontaine, Ohio, 18-year-old Scott Moody shot his grandparents, his mother and two friends before turning the gun on himself. Dan Wheldon won the Indianapolis 500 as Danica Patrick's electrifying run fell short (she finished fourth).
One year ago: A judge in Los Angeles sentenced music producer Phil Spector to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. Jay Leno hosted "The Tonight Show" on NBC for what he thought was the final time.
Today's birthdays: Actor Clifton James is 89. Former Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent is 72. Race car driver Al Unser is 71. CBS News Correspondent Bob Simon is 69. Actor Kevin Conway is 68. Actor Helmut Berger is 66. Rock singer Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) is 65. Actor Anthony Geary is 63. Singer Rebbie (ree-bee) Jackson is 60. Movie composer Danny Elfman is 57. Rock musician Michael Porcaro (Toto) is 55. Singer LaToya Jackson is 54. Actor Ted Levine is 53. Actress Annette Bening is 52. Actor Rupert Everett is 51. Actor Adrian Paul is 51. Singer Melissa Etheridge is 49. Actress Lisa Whelchel is 47. Actress Tracey Bregman is 47. Rock musician Noel Gallagher (Oasis) is 43. Singer Jayski McGowan (Quad City DJ's) is 43. Rock musician Chan Kinchla (Blues Traveler) is 41. Rock musician Mark Lee (Third Day) is 37. Cartoonist Aaron McGruder ("The Boondocks") is 36. Singer Melanie Brown (Spice Girls) is 35. Rapper Playa Poncho is 35. Actor Brandon Mychal Smith is 21.
Thought for today: "A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse; so much the better." -- Jean de La Fontaine, French poet (1621-1695)
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