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Five years ago: The U.N. Security Council adopted a statement warning North Korea of unspecified consequences if it carried out a nuclear test. Petty Officer 3rd Class Melson J. Bacos, a Navy medic, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and conspiracy, telling his court-martial at Camp Pendleton, Calif., that he stood and watched as seven members of a Marine squadron murdered an innocent Iraqi civilian. (Bacos was sentenced to a year in military prison and was released two months early.)
One year ago: A presidential investigating commission said the Obama administration had blocked efforts by government scientists to tell the American public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could become and committed other missteps that raised questions about its competence and candor during the crisis. Roy Halladay pitched the second no-hitter in postseason history, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in Game 1 of the NL division series.
Today's birthdays: Broadcaster and writer Melvyn Bragg is 72. Actress Britt Ekland is 69. Singer Millie Small is 65. The president of Sinn Fein (shin fayn), Gerry Adams, is 63. Singer-musician Thomas McClary is 62. CBS chief executive officer Les Moonves is 62. Rock singer Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) is 60. Rock singer-musician David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) is 57. Former NFL player and coach Tony Dungy is 56. Actress Elisabeth Shue is 48. Singer Matthew Sweet is 47. Actress Jacqueline Obradors is 45. Country singer Tim Rushlow is 45. Rock musician Tommy Stinson is 45. Actress Amy Jo Johnson is 41. Actress Emily Mortimer is 40. Actor Lamman (la-MAHN') Rucker is 40. Actor Ioan Gruffudd (YOH'-ihn GRIH'-fihth) is 38. Actor Jeremy Sisto is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Melinda Doolittle (TV: "American Idol") is 34. Actor Wes Ramsey is 34.
Thought for today: "Sin is too stupid to see beyond itself." -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, British poet laureate (born 1809, died this date in 1892)
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