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Five years ago: Floyd Landis was fired by his team and the Tour de France no longer considered him its champion after his second doping sample tested positive for higher-than-allowable levels of testosterone. The late Reggie White was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, John Madden, Rayfield Wright and Harry Carson. Four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher died in Seattle at age 51.
One year ago: The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan, 63-37, as the Supreme Court's 112th justice and the fourth woman in its history. BP finished pumping cement into the blown Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. Thirty-three workers were trapped in a copper mine in northern Chile after a tunnel caved in (all 33 were rescued after being entombed for 69 days). Ten members of a Christian medical team from the International Assistance Mission were gunned down in Afghanistan (the Taliban initially said it was responsible, but the IAM has cast doubt on that claim).
Today's birthdays: Former astronaut Neil A. Armstrong is 81. Actor John Saxon is 75. College Football Hall of Famer Roman Gabriel is 71. Country songwriter Bobby Braddock is 71. Rock musician Rick Huxley (The Dave Clark Five) is 71. Actress Loni Anderson is 66. Actress Erika Slezak is 65. Rock singer Rick Derringer is 64. Actress Holly Palance is 61. Singer Samantha Sang is 58. Actress-singer Maureen McCormick is 55. Rock musician Pat Smear is 52. Actress Tawney Kitaen is 50. Country musician Mark O'Connor is 50. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing is 49. Rapper MCA (The Beastie Boys) is 47. Actor Jonathan Silverman is 45. Country singer Terri Clark is 43. Former MLB player John Olerud is 43. Rock musician Eicca Toppinen (EYE'-kah TAH'-pihn-nehn) (Apocalyptica) is 36. Actor Brendon Ryan Barrett is 25.
Thought for today: "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking." -- Gen. George S. Patton (1885-1945)
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