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Five years ago: Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated during a suicide bomb attack in Pakistan following a campaign rally. Kenya held an election pitting incumbent president Mwai Kibaki (mwy kih-BAH'-kee) against opposition candidate Raila Odinga (RY'-luh oh-DING'-uh); both candidates ended up claiming victory in a vote that observers said was seriously flawed. (Kenya was racked by weeks of ethnic violence; Kibaki and Odinga ended up forming a coalition government.)
One year ago: Tens of thousands of defiant Syrian protesters thronged the streets of Homs, calling for the execution of President Bashar Assad shortly after his army pulled its tanks back and allowed Arab League monitors in for the first time to the city at the heart of the anti-government uprising. Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, a conservative Democrat, said he would retire from the Senate rather than seek a third term. Abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler, 83, known for her bold, lyrical use of color, died in Darien, Conn.
Today's birthdays: Rockabilly musician Scotty Moore is 81. Actor John Amos is 73. Actress Charmian Carr (Film: "The Sound of Music") is 70. ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts is 69. Rock musician Mick Jones (Foreigner) is 68. Singer Tracy Nelson is 68. Actor Gerard Depardieu is 64. Jazz singer-musician T.S. Monk is 63. Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff is 61. Actress Tovah Feldshuh is 60. Rock musician David Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 60. Journalist-turned-politician Arthur Kent is 59. Actress Maryam D'Abo is 52. Country musician Jeff Bryant is 50. Actor Ian Gomez is 48. Actress Theresa Randle is 48. Actress Eva LaRue is 46. Former professional wrestler and actor Bill Goldberg is 46. Actress Tracey Cherelle Jones is 43. Bluegrass singer-musician Darrin Vincent (Dailey & Vincent) is 43. Rock musician Guthrie Govan is 41. Musician Matt Slocum is 40. Actor Wilson Cruz is 39. Singer Olu is 39. Actor Masi Oka is 38. Actor Aaron Stanford is 36. Actress Emilie de Ravin is 31. Christian rock musician James Mead (Kutless) is 30. Rock singer Hayley Williams (Paramore) is 24.
Thought for today: "I'm not young enough to know everything." -- Sir James Matthew Barrie, Scottish dramatist-author (1860-1937)
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