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Five years ago: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., launched his successful bid for the White House. Jury selection began in the CIA leak trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. (Libby was later convicted of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI; President George W. Bush ended up commuting Libby's 30-month prison term.) Two car bombs exploded outside Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, killing at least 70 people. Pookie Hudson, lead singer for the Spaniels doo-wop group, died in Capitol Heights, Md., at age 72. Actor Ron Carey ("Barney Miller") died in Los Angeles at age 71.
One year ago: Former Haitian strongman Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, who'd been living in exile in France, made a surprise return to Haiti as the country wrestled with a political crisis, cholera outbreak and stalled reconstruction from a devastating earthquake. "The Social Network" won top movie honors at the Golden Globes with four prizes, including best drama and director; "The Kids Are All Right" won for best musical or comedy. Top TV honors went to "Boardwalk Empire" and "Glee."
Today's birthdays: Author William Kennedy is 84. Author-editor Norman Podhoretz is 82. Opera singer Marilyn Horne is 78. Hall of Fame auto racer A.J. Foyt is 77. Singer Barbara Lynn is 70. Country singer Ronnie Milsap is 69. Country singer Jim Stafford is 68. Talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger is 65. Movie director John Carpenter is 64. Actress-dancer-choreographer Debbie Allen is 62. Singer Sade (shah-DAY') is 53. Rock musician Paul Webb (Talk Talk) is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maxine Jones (En Vogue) is 46. Actor David Chokachi (CHOH'-kuh-chee) is 44. Actor Richard T. Jones is 40. Actress Josie Davis is 39. Model Kate Moss is 38. Rock musician Nick Valensi (The Strokes) is 31. Actress Yvonne Zima is 23.
Thought for today: "I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them." -- E.V. Lucas, English writer and publisher (1868-1938)
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