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Ten years ago: A suicide bomber blew himself up on the patio of a restaurant near the northern Israeli coastal town of Haifa, killing himself and wounding 21 people.
Five years ago: Thousands of people gathered across from the White House, even though President George W. Bush was out of town, to condemn U.S. and Israeli policies in the Middle East.
One year ago: General Motors Co. chief Ed Whitacre announced he was stepping down as CEO on Sept. 1, 2010, saying his mission was accomplished as the company reported its second straight quarterly profit. (Whitacre was succeeded as CEO by GM board member Daniel Akerson.)
Today's birthdays: Former Senator Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., is 86. Actor George Hamilton is 72. Actress Dana Ivey is 70. Actress Jennifer Warren is 70. Rock singer-musician Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 62. Actor Jim Beaver is 61. Singer Kid Creole is 61. Jazz musician Pat Metheny is 57. Actor Sam J. Jones is 57. Actor Bruce Greenwood is 55. Country singer Danny Shirley is 55. Pop musician Roy Hay (Culture Club) is 50. Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot is 48. Actor Peter Krause (KROW'-zuh) is 46. International Tennis Hall of Famer Pete Sampras is 40. Actor-comedian Michael Ian Black is 40. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown is 40. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 40. Actor Casey Affleck is 36. Rock musician Bill Uechi (Save Ferris) is 36. Actress Maggie Lawson is 31. Actress Dominique Swain is 31. Actress Imani Hakim ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 18.
Thought for today: "Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy." -- Joseph Campbell, American writer (1904-1987)
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