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Five years ago: Tens of thousands of tourists fled the beaches of the Mayan Riviera as Hurricane Dean roared toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. A roadside bomb killed the governor of the predominantly Shiite Muthanna province in Iraq. A smoking China Airlines Boeing 737-800 exploded in a fireball at an airport gate in Okinawa seconds after all 157 passengers and eight crew had safely evacuated. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama expressed irritation with the "Obama Girl" Web video, telling The Associated Press it had upset his young daughters. Hotel magnate Leona Helmsley died in Greenwich, Conn., at age 87.
One year ago: Israel issued a rare apology for the deaths of three Egyptian soldiers who were killed during a cross-border attack blamed on Palestinians. North Korean leader Kim Jong Il arrived in Russia's Far East on a nearly weeklong visit. Jordyn Wieber won her first title at the U.S. gymnastics championships in St. Paul, Minn., in a rout, finishing with 121.30 points, 6.15 points ahead of McKayla Maroney.
Today's birthdays: Writer-producer-director Walter Bernstein is 93. Boxing promoter Don King is 81. U.S. special envoy George Mitchell is 79. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is 77. Former MLB All-Star Graig Nettles is 68. Broadcast journalist Connie Chung is 66. Musician Jimmy Pankow (Chicago) is 65. Actor John Noble is 64. Rock singer Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 64. Country singer Rudy Gatlin is 60. Singer-songwriter John Hiatt is 60. Actor-director Peter Horton is 59. TV weatherman Al Roker is 58. Actor Jay Acovone is 57. Actress Joan Allen is 56. TV personality Asha Blake is 51. Actor James Marsters is 50. Rapper KRS-One is 47. Actor Colin Cunningham is 46. Actor Billy Gardell is 43. Rock singer Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) is 42. Rock musician Brad Avery is 41. Actor Jonathan Ke Quan is 41. Rock singer Monique Powell (Save Ferris) is 37. Actor Ben Barnes is 31. Actor Andrew Garfield is 29. Actress-singer Demi Lovato is 20.
Thought for today: "Idleness is not doing nothing. Idleness is being free to do anything." -- Floyd Dell, American writer (1887-1969)
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