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Five years ago: President George W. Bush, at his Texas ranch, worked on designing a new U.S. policy in Iraq. Saddam Hussein's lawyer made a last-ditch effort to impede his client's execution. In Somalia, troops of the U.N.-backed interim government rolled into Mogadishu unopposed, putting an end to six months of domination of the capital by a radical Islamic movement.
One year ago: Eight young people were killed in a fire that swept through an abandoned New Orleans warehouse (some of the victims were squatters who had been living inside the building). Agathe von Trapp, the real-life inspiration for eldest daughter Liesl in the musical "The Sound of Music," died in Towson, Md., at age 97.
Today's birthdays: Comic book creator Stan Lee is 89. Former United Auto Workers union president Owen Bieber is 82. Actor Martin Milner is 80. Actress Nichelle Nichols is 79. Actress Dame Maggie Smith is 77. Rock singer-musician Charles Neville is 73. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., is 67. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is 65. Rock singer-musician Edgar Winter is 65. Actor Denzel Washington is 57. Country singer Joe Diffie is 53. Country musician Mike McGuire (Shenandoah) is 53. Actor Chad McQueen is 51. Country singer-musician Marty Roe (Diamond Rio) is 51. Actor Malcolm Gets is 47. Actor Mauricio Mendoza is 42. Comedian Seth Meyers is 38. Actor Brendan Hines is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer John Legend is 33. Actress Sienna Miller is 30. Actor Thomas Dekker is 24. Actress Mackenzie Rosman is 22. Pop singer David Archuleta (TV: "American Idol") is 21.
Thought for today: "There is no luck except where there is discipline." -- Irish proverb
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