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Five years ago: In a dramatic turnaround from her first murder trial, Andrea Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity by a Houston jury in the bathtub drownings of her five children; she was committed to a state mental hospital. A thinner but combative Saddam Hussein returned to his trial for the first time since his hunger strike and hospitalization.
One year ago: A U.N.-backed tribunal sentenced the Khmer Rouge's chief jailer to 35 years for overseeing the deaths of up to 16,000 people in Cambodia. (The court shaved off 16 of the 35 years for time already served.) A Spanish man who'd undergone the world's first full face transplant appeared before TV cameras; the 31-year-old, identified only as "Oscar," thanked his doctors and the family of the donor. Matt Garza pitched the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-0.
Today's birthdays: Actress Marjorie Lord is 93. Actor James Best is 85. Singer Dobie Gray is 71. Actress-singer Darlene Love is 70. Singer Brenton Wood is 70. Rock star Mick Jagger is 68. Movie director Peter Hyams is 68. Actress Helen Mirren is 66. Rock musician Roger Taylor (Queen) is 62. Actress Susan George is 61. Olympic gold medal figure skater Dorothy Hamill is 55. Actor Kevin Spacey is 52. Rock singer Gary Cherone (sher-OWN') is 50. Actress Sandra Bullock is 47. Rock singer Jim Lindberg (Pennywise) is 46. Actor Jeremy Piven is 46. Rapper-reggae singer Wayne Wonder is 45. Actor Jason Statham (STAY'-thum) is 44. Actor Cress Williams is 41. TV host Chris Harrison ("The Bachelor") is 40. Actress Kate Beckinsale is 38. Rock musician Dan Konopka (OK Go) is 37. Gospel/Contemporary Christian singer Rebecca St. James is 34. Actress Francia Raisa is 23. Christian rock musician Jamie Sharpe (Rush of Fools) is 22.
Thought for today: "Elegance is refusal." -- Coco Chanel, French fashion designer (1883-1971)
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