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Five years ago: Alarmed tourists jammed Caribbean airports for flights out of Hurricane Dean's path as the monster storm began sweeping past the Dominican Republic and Haiti. NASA, meanwhile, ordered space shuttle Endeavour back to Earth a day early out of fear Dean might disrupt flight operations. A seven-alarm fire ripped through an abandoned skyscraper next to ground zero in Lower Manhattan, killing two firefighters who'd responded to the blaze. Michael K. Deaver, a close adviser to President Ronald Reagan, died in Bethesda, Md., at age 69.
One year ago: President Barack Obama and European leaders demanded that Syrian President Bashar Assad resign, saying his brutal suppression of his people made him unfit to lead. Vice President Joe Biden met with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Beijing. A storm swept through a popular open-air music festival in Hasselt, Belgium, killing five people.
Today's birthdays: Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is 85. Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski is 79. Attorney and author Vincent Bugliosi is 78. Olympic gold medal decathlete Rafer Johnson is 77. Actor-director Robert Redford is 76. Actor Christopher Jones is 71. Actor Henry G. Sanders is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sarah Dash (LaBelle) is 69. Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 69. Rock musician Dennis Elliott is 62. Comedian Elayne Boosler is 60. Country singer Steve Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) is 57. Actor Denis Leary is 55. Actress Madeleine Stowe is 54. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (GYT'-nur) is 51. ABC News reporter Bob Woodruff is 51. The president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, is 50. Bluegrass musician Jimmy Mattingly is 50. Actor Adam Storke is 50. Actor Craig Bierko (BEER'-koh) is 48. Rock singer-musician Zac Maloy (The Nixons) is 44. Rock singer and hip-hop artist Everlast is 43. Rapper Masta Killa (Wu-Tang Clan) is 43. Actor Christian Slater is 43. Actor Edward Norton is 43. Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 42. Actress Kaitlin Olson is 37. Actor-writer-director Hadjii is 36. Rock musician Dirk Lance is 36. Actor-comedian Andy Samberg (TV: "Saturday Night Live") is 34. Actress Mika Boorem is 25. Actress Parker McKenna Posey is 17.
Thought for today: "In the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy." -- Judge Learned Hand (1872-1961)
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