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Five years ago: The eight-lane Interstate 35W bridge, a major Minneapolis artery, collapsed into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour, killing 13 people.
One year ago: The U.S. House of Representatives passed, 269-161, emergency legislation to avert the nation's first-ever financial default; Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House for the first time since being shot in January 2011 to cast a "yes" vote.
Today's birthdays: Actor-director Geoffrey Holder is 82. Singer Ramblin' Jack Elliott is 81. Former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R-N.Y., is 75. Actor Giancarlo Giannini is 70. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams is 62. Blues singer-musician Robert Cray is 59. Singer Michael Penn is 54. Rock singer Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) is 53. Rock singer-musician Suzi Gardner (L7) is 52. Rapper Chuck D (Public Enemy) is 52. Actor Jesse Borrego is 50. Actor Demian Bichir is 49. Rapper Coolio is 49. Actor John Carroll Lynch is 49. Rock singer Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) is 48. Movie director Sam Mendes is 47. Country singer George Ducas is 46. Country musician Charlie Kelley is 44. Actress Jennifer Gareis is 42. Actor Charles Malik Whitfield is 40. Actress Tempestt Bledsoe is 39. Actor Jason Momoa is 33. Singer Ashley Parker Angel is 31. Actress Taylor Fry is 31. Actor Elijah Kelley is 26. Actor James Francis Kelly is 23.
Thought for today: "The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him." -- Stanislaw J. Lec, Polish writer (1909-1966)
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