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Five years ago: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld paid a surprise visit to Iraq, where they embraced the country's fledgling leaders as independent and focused on the future.
One year ago: A Haitian judge dismissed kidnapping and criminal association charges against 10 American missionaries who'd been detained for trying to take a busload of children out of the country after the Jan. 2010 earthquake, but said that Laura Silsby, the last of the 10 still in jail, would face a lesser charge. (Silsby was freed in May 2010 after being convicted of arranging illegal travel and sentenced to time served.)
Today's Birthdays: Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 78. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maurice Williams is 73. Songwriter-musician Duane Eddy is 73. Singer Bobby Rydell is 69. Rock musician Gary Wright is 68. Actor Giancarlo Esposito is 53. Rock musician Roger Taylor (Duran Duran) is 51. Actress Joan Chen is 50. Rock musician Chris Mars is 50. Actor-singer Michael Damian is 49. Actor Jet Li (lee) is 48. Rock musician Jimmy Stafford (Train) is 47. Actor-comedian Kevin James is 46. Actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste is 44. Country musician Joe Caverlee (Yankee Grey) is 43. Rapper T-Boz (TLC) is 41. Country musician Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) is 40. Country musician Michael Jeffers (Pinmonkey) is 39. Rock musician Jose Pasillas (Incubus) is 35. Actor Jason Earles is 34. Actor Leonard Earl Howze is 34. Actor Tom Welling is 34. Actor Nyambi Nyambi is 32. Actress Jordana Brewster is 31. Actress Marnette Patterson is 31. Actor Channing Tatum is 31. Actor Aaron Weeks is 25.
Thought for today: "Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror." -- Carlos Fuentes, Mexican author
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