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Five years ago: British authorities announced they had thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up 10 aircraft heading to the U.S. using explosives smuggled in hand luggage. A suicide bomber blew himself up among pilgrims outside Iraq's holiest Shiite shrine in Najaf, killing 35 people. Saomai (sow-my), the most powerful typhoon to hit China in five decades, slammed into the country's southeastern coast; it ultimately killed more than 480 people.
One year ago: The House pushed through an emergency $26 billion jobs bill that Democrats said would save 300,000 teachers, police and others from layoffs; President Barack Obama immediately signed it into law. Talk radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger quoted the "N-word" 11 times in an on-air conversation with a caller who she said was "hypersensitive" to racism; Schlessinger ended up apologizing. Hollywood producer David L. Wolper, 82, died in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Today's birthdays: Actress Rhonda Fleming is 88. Actor-director Tom Laughlin ("Billy Jack") is 80. Singer Ronnie Spector is 68. Actor James Reynolds is 65. Rock singer-musician Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) is 64. Singer Patti Austin is 63. Country musician Gene Johnson (Diamond Rio) is 62. Actor Daniel Hugh Kelly is 59. Folk singer-songwriter Sam Baker is 57. Actress Rosanna Arquette is 52. Actor Antonio Banderas is 51. Rock musician Jon Farriss (INXS) is 50. Singer Julia Fordham is 49. Journalist-blogger Andrew Sullivan is 48. Singer Neneh Cherry is 47. Singer Aaron Hall is 47. Boxer Riddick Bowe is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lorraine Pearson (Five Star) is 44. Singer-producer Michael Bivins is 43. Actor-writer Justin Theroux is 40. Actress Angie Harmon is 39. Country singer Jennifer Hanson is 38. Actress JoAnna Garcia is 32. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nikki Bratcher (Divine) is 31. Actor Ryan Eggold is 27. Actor Lucas Till is 21.
Thought for today: "It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig." -- George Santayana, Spanish-born philosopher (1863-1952)
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