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Five years ago: Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee) was nominated by the Shiites as Iraq's prime minister after outgoing Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (EE'-brah-heem ahl JAH'-fah-ree) gave up his bid for another term. Chinese President Hu Jintao (hoo jin-tow) wrapped up his U.S. tour with a visit to Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Miss Kentucky Tara Elizabeth Conner was crowned Miss USA.
One year ago: Pope Benedict XVI promised "church action" to confront the clerical abuse scandal. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. (Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down the punishment after prosecutors decided not to bring charges in a case involving a 20-year-old college student who'd accused Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her.) Juan Antonio Samaranch, 89, who'd served as president of the International Olympic Committee for 21 years, died in Barcelona, Spain. Former Nuremberg prosecutor Whitney Harris, 97, died in Frontenac, Missouri.
Today's birthdays: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is 85. Actress-comedian-writer Elaine May is 79. Actor Charles Grodin is 76. Singer-musician Iggy Pop is 64. Actress Patti LuPone is 62. Actor Tony Danza is 60. Actress Andie MacDowell is 53. Rock singer Robert Smith (The Cure) is 52. Rock musician Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 52. Actor John Cameron Mitchell is 48. Rapper Michael Franti (Spearhead) is 45. Rock singer-musician Glen Hansard (The Frames) is 41. Comedian Nicole Sullivan is 41. Rock musician David Brenner (Theory of a Deadman) is 33. Actor James McAvoy is 32.
Thought for today: "I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." -- Stephen Leacock, Canadian economist and humorist (1869-1944)
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