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Five years ago: Al-Qaida in Iraq vowed "major attacks" after the death of leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (AH'-boo MOO'-sahb ahl-zahr-KOW'-ee) in a U.S. airstrike. Rafael Nadal won his second consecutive French Open title, beating Roger Federer 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Se Ri Pak beat Karrie Webb to win the LPGA Championship. "The History Boys" won six Tony Awards, including best play; "Jersey Boys" was named best musical and won four awards. Civil rights activist James Cameron, who'd survived an attempted lynching and went on to found America's Black Holocaust Museum, died in Milwaukee at age 92.
One year ago: Twenty campers in a southwestern Arkansas gorge died in a pre-dawn flash flood of the Little Missouri River. Joran van der Sloot (YOHR'-uhn VAN'-dur-sloht) was ordered jailed in Peru on first-degree murder and robbery charges in the beating and strangling death of Stephany Flores. The FIFA World Cup opened in South Africa to the joyous sound of vuvuzelas. (It was the first World Cup to be played in Africa.)
Today's birthdays: Opera singer Rise (REE'-suh) Stevens is 98. Actor Gene Wilder is 78. Actor Chad Everett is 74. Comedian Johnny Brown is 74. International Motorsports Hall of Famer Jackie Stewart is 72. Singer Joey Dee is 71. Actress Adrienne Barbeau is 66. Rock musician Frank Beard (ZZ Top) is 62. Animal rights activist Ingrid Newkirk is 62. Rock singer Donnie Van Zant is 59. Actor Peter Bergman is 58. Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana is 55. Actor Hugh Laurie is 52. Singer Gioia (JOY'-ah) Bruno (Expose) is 48. Rock musician Dan Lavery (Tonic) is 45. Country singer-songwriter Bruce Robison is 45. Actor Peter Dinklage is 42. Country musician Smilin' Jay McDowell is 42. Rock musician Tai Anderson (Third Day) is 35. Actor Joshua Jackson is 33. Christian rock musician Ryan Shrout is 31. Actor Shia LaBeouf (SHY'-uh luh-BUF') is 25.
Thought for today: "People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to." -- Malcolm Muggeridge, British author and commentator (1903-1990)
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