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Five years ago: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it had finished pumping out the New Orleans metropolitan area, which was flooded by Hurricane Katrina six weeks earlier and then was swamped again by Hurricane Rita. A Russian spacecraft carrying U.S. millionaire Gregory Olsen and a two-man crew landed in Kazakhstan after a seven-day space sojourn.
One year ago: Thousands of gay rights supporters marched from the White House to the U.S. Capitol. A 22-hour attack on Pakistan's army headquarters in Rawalpindi ended with nine militants and 14 others dead. A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte (gee lah-lee-behr-TAY') and two other space travelers landed safely in Kazakhstan.
Today's birthdays: Author Elmore Leonard is 85. Actor Earle Hyman is 84. Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry is 83. Actor Ron Leibman is 73. Actor Amitabh Bachchan is 68. Country singer Gene Watson is 67. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is 60. Rhythm-and-blues musician Andrew Woolfolk is 60. Actress-director Catlin Adams is 60. Country singer Paulette Carlson is 59. Actor David Morse is 57. Actor Stephen Spinella is 54. Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young is 49. Actress Joan Cusack is 48. Rock musician Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms) is 48. Comedy writer and TV host Michael J. Nelson is 46. Actor Sean Patrick Flanery is 45. College Football Hall of Famer Chris Spielman is 45. Actor Luke Perry is 44. Country singer-songwriter Todd Snider is 44. Actor-comedian Artie Lange is 43. Actress Jane Krakowski is 42. Rapper U-God (Wu-Tang Clan) is 40. Rapper MC Lyte is 39. Figure skater Kyoko Ina is 38. Singer NeeNa Lee is 35. Actress Emily Deschanel is 34. Actor Matt Bomer is 33. Actor Trevor Donovan is 32. Actress Michelle Trachtenberg is 25. Golfer Michelle Wie is 21.
Thought for today: "Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life." -- Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (1724-1804)
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