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Five years ago: President George W. Bush issued his first presidential veto, rejecting a bill that could have multiplied federal money for embryonic stem cell research. Actor Jack Warden died in New York at age 85.
One year ago: The Agriculture Department pressured Shirley Sherrod, an administrator in Georgia, to resign after a conservative website posted edited video it claimed showed her making racist remarks. (After reviewing the entire video, the White House ended up apologizing to Sherrod.) A train slammed into another at a station north of Calcutta, India, killing 63 people. Australian David Warren, who'd invented the "black box" flight data recorder, died in Melbourne at age 85.
Today's birthdays: Former Sen. George McGovern is 89. Actress Helen Gallagher is 85. Country singer Sue Thompson is 85. Country singer George Hamilton IV is 74. Singer Vikki Carr is 71. Country singer-musician Commander Cody is 67. Actor George Dzundza is 66. Rock singer-musician Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) is 65. Rock musician Brian May is 64. Rock musician Bernie Leadon is 64. Actress Beverly Archer is 63. Movie director Abel Ferrara is 60. Actor Peter Barton is 55. Rock musician Kevin Haskins (Love and Rockets; Bauhaus) is 51. Movie director Atom Egoyan is 51. Actor Campbell Scott is 50. Actor Anthony Edwards is 49. Country singer Kelly Shiver is 48. Actress Clea Lewis is 46. Country musician Jeremy Patterson is 41. Classical singer Urs Buhler (Il Divo) is 40. Actor Andrew Kavovit is 40. Rock musician Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie) is 37. Actor Jared Padalecki is 29. Actor Steven Anthony Lawrence is 21.
Thought for today: "An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be." -- Anonymous
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