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Ten years ago: The Emmy Awards telecast, delayed three weeks by the Sept. 11 attacks, was again postponed. (The awards finally took place on Nov. 4, 2001.) Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants wrapped up his record-breaking season with his 73rd homer. San Diego's Rickey Henderson became the 25th player with 3,000 hits. Herbert Block, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist known as "herblock," died in Washington at age 91.
Five years ago: Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist who'd chronicled Russian military abuses against civilians in Chechnya, was found shot to death in Moscow. The Bush family christened the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, named after the 41st president, in Newport News, Va.
One year ago: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie canceled construction of a decades-in-the-making train tunnel between New Jersey and Manhattan, citing cost overruns that had ballooned the price tag from $5 billion to $10 billion or more. A toxic red sludge that had burst out of a Hungarian factory's reservoir reached the mighty Danube after wreaking havoc on smaller rivers and creeks.
Today's birthdays: Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is 80. Comedian Joy Behar (TV: "The View") is 69. Former National Security Council aide Oliver North is 68. Rock musician Kevin Godley (10cc) is 66. Actress Jill Larson (TV: "All My Children") is 64. Country singer Kieran Kane is 62. Singer John Mellencamp is 60. Rock musician Ricky Phillips is 60. Actress Mary Badham (Film: "To Kill a Mockingbird") is 59. Actress Christopher Norris is 58. Rock musician Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) is 58. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 56. Gospel singer Michael W. Smith is 54. Actor Dylan Baker is 53. Recording executive and TV personality Simon Cowell (TV: "The X Factor") is 52. Rock musician Charlie Marinkovich (Iron Butterfly) is 52. Country singer Dale Watson is 49. Pop singer Ann Curless (Expose) is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singer Toni Braxton is 44. Rock singer-musician Thom Yorke (Radiohead) is 43. Rock musician-dancer Leeroy Thornhill is 42. Actress Nicole Ari Parker is 41. Actress Allison Munn is 37. Rock singer-musician Damian Kulash (KOO'-lahsh) is 36. Singer Taylor Hicks ("American Idol") is 35. Actor Omar Benson Miller is 33. Actress Amber Stevens is 25.
Thought for today: "Being right half the time beats being half-right all the time." -- Malcolm Forbes, American publisher (1919-1990)
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