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Five years ago: In a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, a federal judge in Detroit ruled that President George W. Bush's warrantless surveillance program was unconstitutional. (A divided federal appeals court threw out the lawsuit in July 2007, and the U.S. Supreme Court later let the appeals court decision stand.) President Bush signed new rules to prod companies into shoring up their pension plans. Jordan became the first Arab state to send a fully accredited ambassador to Iraq.
One year ago: A mistrial was declared on 23 corruption charges against ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich), who was accused of trying to sell President Barack Obama's old Senate seat; the jury convicted him on one charge, that of lying to the FBI. (Blagojevich was convicted of 17 counts of corruption in a retrial; a sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 2011.) A suicide bomber in Iraq detonated nail-packed explosives strapped to his body, killing 61 people, many of them army recruits.
Today's birthdays: Actress Maureen O'Hara is 91. Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin (jahng zuh-MEEN') is 85. Author V.S. Naipaul is 79. Former MLB All-Star Boog Powell is 70. Actor Robert DeNiro is 68. Movie director Martha Coolidge is 65. Rock musician Gary Talley (The Box Tops) is 64. Rock musician Sib Hashian is 62. Actor Robert Joy is 60. International Tennis Hall of Famer Guillermo Vilas is 59. Rock singer Kevin Rowland (Dexy's Midnight Runners) is 58. Rock musician Colin Moulding (XTC) is 56. Country singer-songwriter Kevin Welch is 56. Olympic gold medal figure skater Robin Cousins is 54. Singer Belinda Carlisle is 53. Author Jonathan Franzen is 52. Actor Sean Penn is 51. Jazz musician Everette Harp is 50. Rock musician Gilby Clarke is 49. Singer Maria McKee is 47. Rock musician Steve Gorman (The Black Crowes) is 46. Rock musician Jill Cunniff (kuh-NIHF') is 45. Actor David Conrad is 44. Singer Donnie Wahlberg is 42. Former NBA player Christian Laettner is 42. Rapper Posdnuos (PAHS'-deh-noos) is 42. International Tennis Hall of Famer Jim Courier is 41. MLB player Jorge Posada is 40. Actor Mark Salling (TV: "Glee") is 29. Actor Bryton James is 25. Actor Brady Corbet (kohr-BAY') is 23.
Thought for today: "It is not love that is blind, but jealousy." -- Lawrence Durrell, British-born author (1912-1990)
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