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Five years ago: A plane carrying New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle (LY'-dul) and flight instructor Tyler Stanger crashed into a high-rise apartment building in New York City, killing both men. The charge of treason was used for the first time in the U.S. war on terrorism, filed against Adam Yehiye Gadahn (ah-DAHM' YEH'-heh-yuh guh-DAHN'), who'd appeared in propaganda videos for al-Qaida. (Gadahn remains at large.)
One year ago: Rescuers in Chile finished reinforcing a hole drilled to bring 33 trapped miners to safety and sent a rescue capsule nearly all the way to where the men were trapped, proving the escape route worked. Peter Diamond, Dale Mortensen and Christopher Pissarides won the Nobel Prize in economics.
Today's birthdays: Author Elmore Leonard is 86. Actor Earle Hyman is 85. Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry is 84. Actor Ron Leibman is 74. Actor Amitabh Bachchan is 69. Country singer Gene Watson is 68. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is 61. Rhythm-and-blues musician Andrew Woolfolk is 61. Actress-director Catlin Adams is 61. Country singer Paulette Carlson is 60. Actor David Morse is 58. Actor Stephen Spinella is 55. Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young is 50. Actress Joan Cusack is 49. Rock musician Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms) is 49. Comedy writer and TV host Michael J. Nelson is 47. Actor Sean Patrick Flanery is 46. College Football Hall of Famer Chris Spielman is 46. Actor Luke Perry is 45. Country singer-songwriter Todd Snider is 45. Actor-comedian Artie Lange is 44. Actress Jane Krakowski is 43. Rapper U-God (Wu-Tang Clan) is 41. Rapper MC Lyte is 40. Figure skater Kyoko Ina is 39. Singer NeeNa Lee is 36. Actress Emily Deschanel is 35. Actor Matt Bomer is 34. Actor Trevor Donovan is 33. Actress Michelle Trachtenberg is 26. Golfer Michelle Wie is 22.
Thought for today: "Modesty is the highest form of arrogance." -- German saying
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