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Five years ago: The Iraqi parliament elected Jalal Talabani to another term as president. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu won spots in a runoff election for Nagin's job (Nagin won the runoff). Italian actress Alida Valli died in Rome at age 84.
One year ago: The Deepwater Horizon oil platform, operated by BP, sank into the Gulf of Mexico two days after a massive explosion that killed 11 workers. The NCAA announced a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting under which every game during an expanded March Madness schedule would be broadcast live nationally for the first time in the tournament's 73-year history.
Today's birthdays: Actor George Cole is 86. Actress Charlotte Rae is 85. Actress Estelle Harris is 79. Singer Glen Campbell is 75. Actor Jack Nicholson is 74. Singer Mel Carter is 68. Author Janet Evanovich is 68. Country singer Cleve Francis is 66. Movie director John Waters is 65. Singer Peter Frampton is 61. Rock singer-musician Paul Carrack (Mike and the Mechanics; Squeeze) is 60. Actor Joseph Bottoms is 57. Actor Ryan Stiles is 52. Baseball manager Terry Francona is 52. Comedian Byron Allen is 50. Actor Chris Makepeace is 47. Rock musician Fletcher Dragge (DRAH'-guh) is 45. Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan is 45. Actress Sheryl Lee is 44. Actress-talk show host Sherri Shepherd is 44. Country singer-musician Heath Wright (Ricochet) is 44. Country singer Kellie Coffey is 40. Actor Eric Mabius is 40. Actor Ingo Rademacher (RAH'-deh-mah-ker) is 40. Rock musician Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down) is 37. Rock singer-musician Daniel Johns (Silverchair) is 32. Actress Michelle Ryan is 27. Actress Amber Heard is 25.
Thought for today: "What's vice today may be virtue, tomorrow." -- Henry Fielding, English novelist (born this date in 1707, died in 1754)
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