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Ten years ago: Three masked men gunned down Phoolan Devi, India's onetime "Bandit Queen," killing the outlaw-turned-legislator who was idolized by the poor as a champion of the lower castes.
Five years ago: Israeli troops sealed off a Hezbollah stronghold and widened their control of southern Lebanon; an Israeli airstrike hit a U.N. border outpost, killing four observers. President George W. Bush was visited at the White House by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee), who said he and Bush agreed that training and better arming Iraqi forces as quickly as possible was central to efforts to stabilizing his country.
One year ago: The online whistleblower Wikileaks posted some 90,000 leaked U.S. military records that amounted to a blow-by-blow account of the Afghanistan war, including unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings as well as covert operations against Taliban figures. Alberto Contador won the Tour de France for the third time in four years. Erich Steidtmann, a former Nazi SS officer suspected of involvement in World War II massacres but never convicted, died in Hannover, Germany, at age 95.
Today's birthdays: Actress Barbara Harris is 76. Rock musician Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds) is 68. Rock musician Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire) is 60. Singer-musician Jem Finer (The Pogues) is 56. Model-actress Iman is 56. Cartoonist Ray Billingsley ("Curtis") is 54. Rock musician Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) is 53. Actress-singer Bobbie Eakes is 50. Actress Katherine Kelly Lang is 50. Actress Illeana Douglas is 46. Country singer Marty Brown is 46. Actor Matt LeBlanc is 44. Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson is 44. Rock musician Paavo Lotjonen (PAH'-woh LAHT'-joh-nehn) (Apocalyptica) is 43. Actor D.B. Woodside is 42. Actress Miriam Shor is 40. Actor James Lafferty (TV: "One Tree Hill") is 26. Actress Shantel VanSanten is 26. Actor Michael Welch is 24. Classical singer Faryl Smith is 16.
Thought for today: "Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless." -- Sinclair Lewis, American author (1885-1951)
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