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Five years ago: President George W. Bush welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintao to the White House; the ceremony was interrupted by a protester who shouted to Bush to stop the Chinese leader from "persecuting the Falun Gong." Bowing to intense pressure, Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (EE'-brah-heem ahl JAH'-fah-ree) agreed to abandon his claim to another term.
One year ago: Airplanes began taking to the skies of Europe again after five days of being grounded by a drifting volcanic ash. The Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on videos that show graphic violence against animals. Civil rights activist Dorothy Height died in Washington, D.C., at age 98. Keli McGregor, 48, president of baseball's Colorado Rockies, was found dead in a hotel room of natural causes.
Today's birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is 91. Actor Leslie Phillips is 87. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is 75. Actor George Takei is 74. Singer Johnny Tillotson is 72. Actor Ryan O'Neal is 70. Bluegrass singer-musician Doyle Lawson (Quicksilver) is 67. Rock musician Craig Frost (Grand Funk; Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band) is 63. Actor Gregory Itzin (iht-zihn) is 63. Actress Jessica Lange is 62. Actress Veronica Cartwright is 62. Actor Clint Howard is 52. Actor Crispin Glover is 47. Actor Andy Serkis is 47. Country singer Wade Hayes is 42. Actor Shemar Moore is 41. Rock musician Mikey Welsh is 40. Actress Carmen Electra is 39. Reggae singer Stephen Marley is 39. Rock musician Marty Crandall (The Shins) is 36. Actor Joey Lawrence is 35. Country musician Clay Cook (Zac Brown Band) is 33.
Thought for today: "Life is made up of desires that seem big and vital one minute, and little and absurd the next. I guess we get what's best for us in the end." -- Alice Caldwell Rice, American humorist (1870-1942)
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