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Five years ago: U.S. Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, considered one of Congress' most hawkish Democrats, called for an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. A jury in Sarasota, Fla. convicted mechanic Joseph Smith of kidnapping, raping and strangling 11-year-old Carlie Brucia (BROO'-shuh), whose abduction had been captured by a car-wash security camera. (Smith was later sentenced to death.)
One year ago: President Barack Obama held formal, closed-door talks in Beijing with Chinese President Hu Jintao. It was announced that Iran had sentenced to death five defendants accused of postelection turmoil. Sarah Palin's autobiography "Going Rogue" was released; 1 million copies sold in less than two weeks.
Today's birthdays: Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., is 76. Rock musician Gerry McGee (The Ventures) is 73. Singer Gordon Lightfoot is 72. Singer-songwriter Bob Gaudio is 69. Movie director Martin Scorsese (skor-SEH'-see) is 68. Actress Lauren Hutton is 67. Actor-director Danny DeVito is 66. "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels is 66. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tom Seaver is 66. Movie director Roland Joffe is 65. Former Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean is 62. Actor Stephen Root is 59. Rock musician Jim Babjak (The Smithereens) is 53. Actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is 52. Actor William Moses is 51. Entertainer RuPaul is 50. Actor Dylan Walsh is 47. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is 46. Actress Sophie Marceau is 44. Actress-model Daisy Fuentes is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ronnie DeVoe (New Edition; Bell Biv DeVoe) is 43. Rock musician Ben Wilson (Blues Traveler) is 43. Actor Leonard Roberts is 38. Actress Leslie Bibb is 37. Actor Brandon Call is 34. Country singer Aaron Lines is 33. Actress Rachel McAdams is 32. Rock musician Isaac Hanson (Hanson) is 30. Actor Justin Cooper is 22. Actress Raquel Castro is 16.
Thought for today: "The upper classes are merely a nation's past; the middle class is its future." -- Ayn Rand, Russian-American author (1905-1982)
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