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Five years ago: Israel destroyed the home and office of Hezbollah's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah (HAS'-ahn NAS'-ruh-lah), and tightened its seal on Lebanon, blasting its air and road links to the outside world. Spurred by Mideast fighting, oil prices rose to an intraday record $78.40 a barrel. Actress Carrie Nye died in New York at age 69.
One year ago: An Iranian nuclear scientist who'd disappeared a year earlier headed back to Tehran, telling Iranian state media that he'd been abducted by CIA agents. (The U.S. said Shahram Amiri was a willing defector who'd changed his mind.)
Today's birthdays: Actor Dale Robertson is 88. Actor Harry Dean Stanton is 85. Actress Nancy Olson is 83. Actress Polly Bergen is 81. Former football player and actor Rosey Grier is 79. Actor Vincent Pastore is 65. Former music company executive Tommy Mottola (muh-TOH'-luh) is 62. Rock musician Chris Cross (Ultravox) is 59. Actor Jerry Houser is 59. Actor-director Eric Laneuville is 59. Actor Stan Shaw is 59. Movie producer Scott Rudin is 53. Singer-guitarist Kyle Gass is 51. Country musician Ray Herndon (McBride and the Ride) is 51. Actress Jane Lynch (TV: "Glee") is 51. Actor Jackie Earle Haley is 50. Actor Matthew Fox is 45. Rock musician Ellen Reid (Crash Test Dummies) is 45. Rock singer-musician Tanya Donelly is 45. Actress Missy Gold is 41. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Ross Rebagliati is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Tameka Cottle (Xscape) is 36. Country singer Jamey Johnson is 36. Taboo, a hip-hop musician, (Black Eyed Peas) is 36. Actor Scott Porter is 32.
Thought for today: "The willing contemplation of vice is vice." -- Arabic proverb.
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