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Five years ago: Cast into the minority in midterm elections, House Republicans chose John Boehner (BAY'-nur) of Ohio to lead them. Ivan J. Hill was convicted in Los Angeles of being the "60 Freeway Slayer" of six women (Hill was later sentenced to death). The FDA ended a 14-year virtual ban on silicone-gel breast implants. College football coaching legend Bo Schembechler died in Southfield, Mich., at age 77. Grammy- and Tony-winning singer Ruth Brown died at age 78.
One year ago: House Democrats elected Nancy Pelosi to remain as their leader despite massive party losses in midterm elections. Republicans voted to keep John Boehner as their top House leader, making him speaker in the new Congress. A hand-count of votes affirmed the re-election of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the first Senate candidate in over 50 years to win a write-in campaign. The first Guantanamo detainee to face civilian trial, Ahmed Ghailani (guh-LAHN'-ee), was convicted by federal jury in New York on just one charge of conspiracy, among over 280 counts related to 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Ghailani's native Tanzania.
Today's birthdays: Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., is 77. Rock musician Gerry McGee (The Ventures) is 74. Singer Gordon Lightfoot is 73. Singer-songwriter Bob Gaudio is 70. Movie director Martin Scorsese (skor-SEH'-see) is 69. Actress Lauren Hutton is 68. Actor-director Danny DeVito is 67. "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels is 67. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tom Seaver is 67. Movie director Roland Joffe is 66. Former Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean is 63. House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) is 62. Actor Stephen Root is 60. Rock musician Jim Babjak (The Smithereens) is 54. Actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is 53. Actor William Moses is 52. Entertainer RuPaul is 51. Actor Dylan Walsh is 48. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is 47. Actress Sophie Marceau is 45. Actress-model Daisy Fuentes is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ronnie DeVoe (New Edition; Bell Biv DeVoe) is 44. Rock musician Ben Wilson (Blues Traveler) is 44. Actor Leonard Roberts is 39. Actress Leslie Bibb is 38. Actor Brandon Call is 35. Country singer Aaron Lines is 34. Actress Rachel McAdams is 33. Rock musician Isaac Hanson (Hanson) is 31. Actor Justin Cooper is 23. Musician Reid Perry (The Band Perry) is 23. Actress Raquel Castro is 17.
Thought for today: "Since others have to tolerate my weaknesses, it is only fair that I should tolerate theirs." -- William Allen White, American journalist (1868-1944)
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