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Five years ago: Tens of thousands of protesters marched through lower Manhattan to demand an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Liberal economist John Kenneth Galbraith died in Cambridge, Mass., at age 97.
One year ago: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (JIN'-dul) declared a state of emergency in the face of the worsening oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Navy officially ended a ban on women serving on submarines, saying the first females would be reporting for duty by 2012. A knife-wielding man slashed 29 children and three teachers at a school in eastern China (the assailant was executed a month later). The NCAA's Board of Directors approved a 68-team format for the men's basketball tournament beginning the next season.
Today's birthdays: Actress Celeste Holm is 94. Rhythm-and-blues singer Carl Gardner (The Coasters) is 83. Poet Rod McKuen is 78. Actor Keith Baxter is 78. Bluesman Otis Rush is 77. Conductor Zubin Mehta is 75. Pop singer Bob Miranda (The Happenings) is 69. Country singer Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 68. Singer Tommy James is 64. Movie director Phillip Noyce is 61. Country musician Wayne Secrest (Confederate Railroad) is 61. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 57. Actor Leslie Jordan is 56. Actress Kate Mulgrew is 56. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 54. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 53. Actress Eve Plumb is 53. Rock musician Phil King is 51. Country singer Stephanie Bentley is 48. Singer Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 43. Actor Paul Adelstein is 42. Actress Uma Thurman is 41. Tennis player Andre Agassi is 41. Rapper Master P is 41. Country singer James Bonamy is 39. Gospel/rhythm-and-blues singer Erica Campbell (Mary Mary) is 39. Rock musician Mike Hogan (The Cranberries) is 38. Actor Tyler Labine is 33. Actress-model Taylor Cole is 27. Actor Zane Carney is 26.
Thought for today: "An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't." -- Anatole France, French author and critic (1844-1924)
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