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Ten years ago: A Russian rocket lifted off from Central Asia bearing the first space tourist, California businessman Dennis Tito, and two cosmonauts on a journey to the international space station.
Five years ago: Storms battered eastern Texas with wind up to 100 miles-an-hour and hail the size of baseballs. Attorneys for Rush Limbaugh, who'd been accused by Florida prosecutors of "doctor shopping" for painkillers, announced a deal under which a single prescription fraud charge against the talk show host would be dismissed after 18 months provided he stayed drug-free and didn't violate any laws. Ellen DeGeneres swept the Daytime Emmy awards, winning best talk show host for the second time and earning talk show honors for the third consecutive year.
One year ago: Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was worse than officials had believed, and that the federal government was offering to help industry giant BP contain the slick threatening the U.S. shoreline. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown committed a gaffe during his country's short election campaign when an open microphone caught him slamming a voter he'd been trying to win over. (Brown personally apologized to Gillian Duffy for calling her a "bigoted woman" over the issue of immigration.)
Today's birthdays: Author Harper Lee is 85. Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III is 81. Actress-singer Ann-Margret is 70. Actress Marcia Strassman is 63. Actor Paul Guilfoyle ("CSI") is 62. "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno is 61. Rock musician Chuck Leavell is 59. Actress Mary McDonnell is 58. Rock singer-musician Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) is 58. Rapper Too Short is 45. Actress Simbi Khali is 40. Actress Bridget Moynahan is 40. Actor Chris Young is 40. Rapper Big Gipp is 38. Actor Jorge Garcia is 38. Actress Elisabeth Rohm is 38. Actress Penelope Cruz is 37. Actor Nate Richert is 33. Actress Jessica Alba is 30. Actress Aleisha Allen is 20.
Thought for today: "It takes a long time to understand nothing." -- Edward Dahlberg, American author and critic (1900-1977)
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