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Ten years ago: Pharmaceutical giants dropped a lawsuit against a South African law that could provide cheaper, generic AIDS drugs to millions of Africans -- ending an international battle over patent rights and profit. The musical "The Producers" opened on Broadway. Former New Hampshire Gov. Meldrim Thomson Jr. died at his home in Orford at age 89.
Five years ago: White House political mastermind Karl Rove surrendered his role as chief policy coordinator and press secretary Scott McClellan resigned in an escalation of a Bush administration shake-up. The U.S. government released a previously secret list of the names and nationalities of 558 people held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
One year ago: The U.S. and Iraq claimed a major victory against al-Qaida, saying their forces had killed the terror group's two top figures in an air and ground assault on their safe house near former President Saddam Hussein's hometown. Kenya's Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot (CHEHR'-ee-aht) won the Boston Marathon and broke the course record with a time of 2:05:52; Ethiopia's Teyba Erkesso won the women's race in a time of 2:26:11.
Today's birthdays: Actor Hugh O'Brian is 86. Actress Elinor Donahue is 74. Rock musician Alan Price (The Animals) is 69. Actor Tim Curry is 65. Pop singer Mark "Flo" Volman (The Turtles; Flo and Eddie) is 64. Actor Tony Plana ("Ugly Betty") is 59. Former tennis player Sue Barker is 55. Former race car driver Al Unser Jr. is 49. Recording executive Suge Knight is 46. Singer-songwriter Dar Williams is 44. Actress Ashley Judd is 43. Singer Bekka Bramlett is 43. Latin pop singer Luis Miguel is 41. Actress Jennifer Esposito is 39. Actress Jennifer Taylor is 39. Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux (PAY'-roo) is 37. Actor James Franco is 33. Actress Kate Hudson is 32. Actor Hayden Christensen is 30. Actress Catalina Sandino Moreno is 30. Actor Courtland Mead is 24. Tennis player Maria Sharapova is 24.
Thought for today: "Never one thing and seldom one person can make for a success. It takes a number of them merging into one perfect whole." -- Marie Dressler, Canadian actress (1869-1934)
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