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Five years ago: Gunmen ambushed a car carrying Afghan civilians working for a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, killing eight of them execution-style. The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 12,000 for the first time, ending at 12,011.73. The St. Louis Cardinals won the NL pennant, beating the New York Mets 3-1 in Game 7 of their championship series. Actress Phyllis Kirk died in Los Angeles at age 79.
One year ago: The Pentagon directed the military to accept openly gay recruits for the first time in the nation's history. Hosam Smadi, a Jordanian man caught in an FBI sting trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper, was sentenced to 24 years in prison after telling the court he was ashamed of his actions and renouncing al-Qaida. "Happy Days" patriarch Tom Bosley died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at age 83.
Today's birthdays: Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Robert S. Strauss is 93. Author John le Carre (luh kah-RAY') is 80. Artist Peter Max is 74. Author and critic Renata Adler is 73. Actor Michael Gambon is 71. Actor John Lithgow (LIHTH'-goh) is 66. Feminist activist Patricia Ireland is 66. Singer Jeannie C. Riley is 66. Rock singer-musician Patrick Simmons (The Doobie Brothers) is 63. Talk show host Charlie Chase is 59. Rock singer-musician Karl Wallinger (World Party) is 54. Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is 53. Singer Jennifer Holliday is 51. Boxer Evander Holyfield is 49. TV host Ty Pennington ("Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") is 47. Rock singer-musician Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 46. Actor Jon Favreau is 45. Amy Carter is 44. "South Park" co-creator Trey Parker is 42. Comedian Chris Kattan is 41. Rock singer Pras Michel (The Fugees) is 39. Actor Omar Gooding is 35. Country singer Cyndi Thomson is 35. Writer-director Jason Reitman is 34. Actor Benjamin Salisbury is 31. Actress Gillian Jacobs is 29.
Thought for today: "Dream in a pragmatic way." -- Aldous Huxley, English author (1894-1963)
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