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Five years ago: Democratic presidential hopefuls meeting in Johnston, Iowa, called for higher taxes on the highest-paid Americans and on big corporations in an unusually cordial debate. Shareholders of Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, approved a takeover by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Major League Baseball's Mitchell Report was released, identifying 85 names to differing degrees in connection with the alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.
One year ago: Early sound recordings by Alexander Graham Bell that were packed away at the Smithsonian Institution for more than a century were played publicly for the first time using new technology that read the sound with light and a 3D camera. (In one recording, a man recites part of Hamlet's Soliloquy; on another, a voice recites the numbers 1 through 6.) In the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky waived a preliminary hearing on the charges, which he denied. (Sandusky was later convicted of abusing several boys, some on campus.) In Liege, Belgium, six people were killed when a 33-year-old man threw grenades and fired on a crowd of people in the city's main square before committing suicide.
Today's birthdays: Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz is 92. Actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke is 87. Actor Christopher Plummer is 83. Country singer Buck White is 82. Music/film producer Lou Adler is 79. Singer John Davidson is 71. Actress Kathy Garver (TV: "Family Affair") is 67. Singer Ted Nugent is 64. Rock musician Jeff "Skunk" Baxter is 64. Country musician Ron Getman is 64. Actor Robert Lindsay is 63. Country singer-musician Randy Owen is 63. Actress Wendie Malick is 62. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is 62. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is 59. Country singer John Anderson is 58. Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert is 58. Singer-actor Morris Day is 56. Actor Steve Buscemi (boo-SEH'-mee) is 55. Actor Johnny Whitaker is 53. Rock musician John Munson (Semisonic; Twilight Hours) is 50. Actress-reality TV star NeNe Leakes is 46. Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx is 45. Actor Bart Johnson is 42. TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos is 38. Rock singer-musician Thomas Delonge is 37. Actor James Kyson Lee is 37. Actress Chelsea Hertford is 31. Rock singer Amy Lee (Evanescence) is 31. Country singer Taylor Swift is 23.
Thought for today: "My theory is to enjoy life, but the practice is against it." -- Charles Lamb, English essayist (1775-1834)
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