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Five years ago: The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's missile tests and imposed limited sanctions; a defiant North said it would launch more missiles. In a chilly prelude to a Group of Eight summit in St. Petersburg, President George W. Bush blocked Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization. Gunmen in Baghdad kidnapped the chairman of Iraq's Olympic committee, Ahmed al-Hijiya, and at least 30 others. (While some abductees were later released, al-Hijiya's and the others' whereabouts remain a mystery.) The space shuttle Discovery undocked from the international space station.
One year ago: After 85 days, BP stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico using a 75-ton cap lowered onto the well earlier in the week. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Goldman Sachs & Co. would pay a record $550 million penalty to settle charges that the Wall Street giant had misled buyers of mortgage investments. Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage.
Today's birthdays: Author Clive Cussler is 80. Actor Alex Karras is 76. Actor Ken Kercheval is 76. Former Sen. George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio) is 75. Actor Patrick Wayne is 72. Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is 67. Rhythm-and-blues singer Millie Jackson is 67. Rock singer-musician Peter Lewis (Moby Grape) is 66. Singer Linda Ronstadt is 65. Rock musician Artimus Pyle is 63. Actor Terry O'Quinn is 59. Rock musician Marky Ramone is 55. Rock musician Joe Satriani is 55. Country singer-songwriter Mac McAnally is 54. Model Kim Alexis is 51. Actor Willie Aames is 51. Actor-director Forest Whitaker is 50. Actress Lolita Davidovich is 50. Actress Brigitte Nielsen is 48. Rock musician Jason Bonham is 45. Actress Amanda Foreman is 45. Actor Kristoff St. John is 45. Rock musician Phillip Fisher is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Stokley (Mint Condition) is 44. Actor-comedian Eddie Griffin is 43. Actor Stan Kirsch is 43. Actor Reggie Hayes is 42. Rock musician Chi (chee) Cheng (Deftones) is 41. Rock musician John Dolmayan is 39. Actor Scott Foley is 39. Actor Brian Austin Green is 38. Rapper Jim Jones is 35. Actress Diane Kruger is 35. Actress Lana Parrilla (LAH'-nuh pa-REE'-uh) is 34. Rock musician Ray Toro (My Chemical Romance) is 34. Actor Travis Fimmel is 32. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kia Thornton (Divine) is 30. Actor Tristan Wilds is 22.
Thought for today: "A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else." -- Bette Davis, American actress (1908-1989)
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