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Five years ago: Australian David Hicks, the first person convicted at an American war crimes trial since World War II, was freed from prison in Adelaide after completing a U.S.-imposed sentence. Pakistan rejected foreign help in investigating the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. The New England Patriots ended their regular season with a remarkable 16-0 record following a 38-35 comeback victory over the New York Giants. (New England became the first NFL team since the 1972 Dolphins to win every game on the schedule.)
One year ago: Fed-up voters in Jamaica threw out the ruling party and delivered a landslide triumph to the opposition People's National Party and its leader, former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. The No. 15 Baylor Bears, led by Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, pulled out an incredible Alamo Bowl victory in the highest-scoring regulation bowl game in history, beating the Washington Huskies 67-56 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Today's birthdays: Actress Inga Swenson is 80. ABC newscaster Tom Jarriel is 78. Actress Mary Tyler Moore is 76. Actress Barbara Steele is 75. Actor Jon Voight is 74. Country singer Ed Bruce is 73. Rock musician Ray Thomas is 71. Singer Marianne Faithfull is 66. Jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. is 66. Actor Ted Danson is 65. Actor Jon Polito is 62. Singer-actress Yvonne Elliman is 61. Actress Patricia Clarkson is 53. Comedian Paula Poundstone is 53. Rock singer-musician Jim Reid (The Jesus and Mary Chain) is 51. Actor Michael Cudlitz is 48. Rock singer Dexter Holland (The Offspring) is 47. Actor-comedian Mystro Clark is 46. Actor Jason Gould is 46. Movie director Andy Wachowski is 45. Actress Jennifer Ehle is 43. Actor Patrick Fischler is 43. Rock singer-musician Glen Phillips is 42. Actor Kevin Weisman is 42. Actor Jude Law is 40. Actor Mekhi Phifer (mih-KY' FY'-fuhr) is 38. Actor Shawn Hatosy is 37. Actress Katherine Moennig is 35. Actor Diego Luna is 33. Country singer Jessica Andrews is 29.
Thought for today: "Ours is the age of substitutes: Instead of language we have jargon; instead of principles, slogans; and instead of genuine ideas, bright suggestions." -- Eric Bentley, British-born American author and educator
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