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Five years ago: Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was hospitalized on the 17th day of a hunger strike; he appeared thinner but healthy at his trial a few days later. American Floyd Landis won the Tour de France (however, he was later disqualified for doping). Tiger Woods became the first player since Tom Watson in 1982-83 to win consecutive British Open titles. Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza of Puerto Rico was crowned Miss Universe 2006.
One year ago: The city manager, assistant manager and police chief of Bell, Calif., agreed to resign after outraged residents found out through a Los Angeles Times investigation that they were making a total of more than $1.6 million a year. Daniel Schorr, longtime journalist with stints at CBS, CNN and NPR, died in Washington at age 93.
Today's birthdays: Actress Gloria DeHaven is 86. Concert pianist Leon Fleisher (FLY'-shur) is 83. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is 75. Actor Ronny Cox is 73. Radio personality Don Imus is 71. Country singer Tony Joe White is 68. Rock singer David Essex is 64. Actor Larry Manetti is 64. Singer-songwriter John Hall is 63. Actress Belinda Montgomery is 61. Rock musician Blair Thornton (Bachman Turner Overdrive) is 61. Actress Edie McClurg is 60. Actress-writer Lydia Cornell is 58. Actor Woody Harrelson is 50. Rock musician Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) is 50. Actor Eriq Lasalle is 49. Rock musician Yuval Gabay is 48. Rock musician Slash is 46. Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is 44. Rock musician Nick Menza is 43. Model-actress Stephanie Seymour is 43. Actress Charisma Carpenter is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sam Watters is 41. Country singer Alison Krauss is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dalvin DeGrate is 40. Rock musician Chad Gracey (Live) is 40. Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans is 39. Country singer Shannon Brown is 38. Actress Kathryn Hahn is 38. Retired MLB All-Star Nomar Garciaparra is 38. Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is 38. Actress Stephanie March is 37. Country musician David Pichette (Emerson Drive) is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Michelle Williams is 31. Actor Paul Wesley is 29. Actor Daniel Radcliffe is 22.
Thought for today: "There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference." -- Juan Montalvo, Ecuadorean essayist and political writer (1832-1889)
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