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Ten years ago: U.S. jets pounded the Afghan capital of Kabul. President George W. Bush unveiled a list of 22 most-wanted terrorists, including Osama bin Laden. U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California won the race for the post of House Democratic leader. Americans George A. Akerlof, A. Michael Spence and Joseph E. Stiglitz won the Nobel Prize in economics; Americans William S. Knowles and K. Barry Sharpless and Ryoji Noyori of Japan won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Five years ago: The Bush administration rejected anew direct talks with North Korea in the wake of the communist country's nuclear test, and suggested it was possible the test was something less than it appeared.
One year ago: President Barack Obama delivered one of his most stinging criticisms yet of the GOP record to several thousand people in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood as he urged voters not to sit out the midterm elections. Kim Jong Il's heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, joined his father at a massive military parade in his most public appearance since being unveiled as North Korea's next leader. Opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland, 83, died at her home near Geneva.
Today's birthdays: Former Illinois Sen. Adlai Stevenson III is 81. Actor Peter Coyote is 70. Entertainer Ben Vereen is 65. Singer John Prine is 65. Actor Charles Dance is 65. Rock singer-musician Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers) is 63. Actress Jessica Harper is 62. Author Nora Roberts (aka "J.D. Robb") is 61. Singer-musician Midge Ure is 58. Rock singer David Lee Roth is 57. Country singer Tanya Tucker is 53. Actress Julia Sweeney is 52. Actor Bradley Whitford is 52. Musician Martin Kemp is 50. Rock musician Jim Glennie (James) is 48. Actress Rebecca Pidgeon is 46. Rock musician Mike Malinin (mah-LIN'-in) (Goo Goo Dolls) is 44. NFL quarterback Brett Favre is 42. Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey is 42. Actor Mario Lopez is 38. Actress Jodi Lyn O'Keefe is 33. Singer Mya is 32. Singer Cherie is 27. Actress Aimee Teegarden is 22.
Thought for today: "Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason." -- Orson Welles, American actor-director (born 1915, died this date in 1985)
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