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Ten years ago: A defiant North Korea said that it had begun removing U.N. seals and surveillance cameras from nuclear facilities that U.S. officials said could yield weapons within months. Time magazine chose as its Persons of the Year for 2002 three female whistleblowers: FBI agent Coleen Rowley; WorldCom auditor Cynthia Cooper; and former Enron vice president Sherron Watkins. Joe Strummer, lead singer of the British punk band The Clash, died in Broomfield, England, at age 50.
Five years ago: A jury in Riverhead, N.Y., convicted John White, a black man, of second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Daniel Cicciaro (SIS'-ur-oh), a white teenager, during a confrontation outside White's house. (The 17-year-old was shot in the face after he showed up with two carloads of friends to confront White's son after a dispute at a party. White was later sentenced to two to four years in prison, but had his sentence commuted by New York Gov. David Paterson after five months.)
One year ago: A wave of 16 bombings ripped across Baghdad, killing at least 69 people in the worst violence in Iraq in months days after the last American forces left the country, heightening fears of a new round of Shiite-Sunni sectarian bloodshed. Melanie Amaro, a 19-year-old vocalist from Sunrise, Fla., won the first U.S. season of "The X Factor" talent competition on Fox.
Today's birthdays: Former House Speaker Jim Wright is 90. Actor Hector Elizondo is 76. Country singer Red Steagall is 74. Former World Bank Group President Paul Wolfowitz is 69. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Steve Carlton is 68. ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer is 67. Rock singer-musician Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) is 66. Rock singer-musician Michael Bacon is 64. Baseball All-Star Steve Garvey is 64. Golfer Jan Stephenson is 61. Actress BernNadette Stanis is 59. Rapper Luther Campbell is 52. Country singer-musician Chuck Mead is 52. Actor Ralph Fiennes is 50. Actress Lauralee Bell is 44. Country singer Lori McKenna is 44. Actress Dina Meyer is 44. Actress Heather Donahue is 39. Actor Chris Carmack is 32. Actor Logan Huffman is 23. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jordin Sparks is 23.
Thought for today: "The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid." -- Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007)
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