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Five years ago: Israeli warplanes destroyed four key bridges on Lebanon's last untouched highway, severing the country's final major connection to Syria. Authorities in Phoenix announced the arrests of two suspects in a string of apparently random late-night killings that had terrorized residents for months. (Dale Hausner was convicted in March 2009 of killing six people and attacking 19 others and was given six death sentences; Samuel Dieteman testified against Hausner and was sentenced to life in prison.)
One year ago: BP PLC reported the broken well head at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico was plugged up with mud; President Barack Obama said the battle to contain one of the world's worst oil spills was "finally close to coming to an end." Eight days after turning 35, Alex Rodriguez hit his 600th home run, becoming the youngest player to attain the milestone. (A-Rod's two-run, first-inning drive off Toronto's Shaun Marcum put New York ahead, and the Yankees coasted to a 5-1 victory over the Blue Jays.)
Today's birthdays: Journalist Helen Thomas is 91. Singer Frankie Ford is 72. Actress-singer Tina Cole is 68. Actor-comedian Richard Belzer is 67. Football Hall-of-Famer John Riggins is 62. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is 56. Actor-screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton is 56. Actress Kym Karath ("The Sound of Music") is 53. Track star Mary Decker Slaney is 53. Actress Lauren Tom is 52. President Barack Obama is 50. TV producer Michael Gelman ("Live with Regis and Kelly") is 50. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Roger Clemens is 49. Actress Crystal Chappell is 46. Author Dennis Lehane is 46. Rock musician Rob Cieka (Boo Radleys) is 43. Actor Daniel Dae Kim is 43. Actor Michael DeLuise is 42. Actor Ron Lester is 41. Race car driver Jeff Gordon is 40. Rapper-actress Yo-Yo is 40. Country singer Jon Nicholson is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer-actor Marques (MAR'-kus) Houston is 30. Actors Dylan and Cole Sprouse are 19.
Thought for today: "A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying." -- G.K. Chesterton, English poet-essayist (1874-1936)
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