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Ten years ago: In Krakow, Poland, tens of thousands of adoring Poles gave Pope John Paul II a joyous welcome home as the ailing pontiff began the ninth -- and last -- visit to his native country during his papacy.
Five years ago: Hurricane Dean roared into the eastern Caribbean, tearing away roofs, flooding streets and causing at least three deaths on small islands as the powerful storm headed on a collision course with Jamaica and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. A dike on a river in eastern China broke, flooding three coal mines and killing 181 miners.
One year ago: Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Beijing to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
Today's birthdays: Actress Maureen O'Hara is 92. Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin (jahng zuh-MEEN') is 86. Author V.S. Naipaul is 80. Former MLB All-Star Boog Powell is 71. Actor Robert DeNiro is 69. Movie director Martha Coolidge is 66. Rock musician Gary Talley (The Box Tops) is 65. Rock musician Sib Hashian is 63. Actor Robert Joy is 61. International Tennis Hall of Famer Guillermo Vilas is 60. Rock singer Kevin Rowland (Dexy's Midnight Runners) is 59. Rock musician Colin Moulding (XTC) is 57. Country singer-songwriter Kevin Welch is 57. Olympic gold medal figure skater Robin Cousins is 55. Singer Belinda Carlisle is 54. Author Jonathan Franzen is 53. Actor Sean Penn is 52. Jazz musician Everette Harp is 51. Rock musician Gilby Clarke is 50. Singer Maria McKee is 48. Rock musician Steve Gorman (The Black Crowes) is 47. Rock musician Jill Cunniff (kuh-NIHF') is 46. Actor David Conrad is 45. Singer Donnie Wahlberg is 43. Former NBA player Christian Laettner is 43. Rapper Posdnuos (PAHS'-deh-noos) is 43. International Tennis Hall of Famer Jim Courier is 42. MLB player Jorge Posada is 41. Actor Mark Salling (TV: "Glee") is 30. Actor Bryton James is 26. Actor Brady Corbet (kohr-BAY') is 24.
Thought for today: "Where words leave off, music begins." -- Heinrich Heine, German poet and critic (1797-1856)
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