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Five years ago: Twenty-five U.S. troops were killed in Iraq, including 12 in a helicopter crash in Baghdad and five in a sophisticated sneak attack in Karbala. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., launched a trailblazing campaign for the White House, saying in a videotaped messsage on her Web site: "I'm in, and I'm in to win." Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas began a long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination (he withdrew in October 2007).
One year ago: In a luncheon speech to American business executives in Washington, Chinese President Hu Jintao denied his country was a military threat despite its arms buildup and pressed the U.S. for closer cooperation between the global powers. Federal authorities orchestrated one of the biggest Mafia takedowns in FBI history, charging 127 suspected mobsters and associates in the Northeast with murders, extortion and other crimes spanning decades.
Today's birthdays: Country singer Slim Whitman is 88. Comedian Arte Johnson is 83. Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is 82. Olympic gold medal figure skater Carol Heiss is 72. Singer Eric Stewart is 67. Movie director David Lynch is 66. Country-rock musician George Grantham (Poco) is 65. Actor Daniel Benzali is 62. Rock musician Paul Stanley (KISS) is 60. Rock musician Ian Hill (Judas Priest) is 60. Comedian Bill Maher (MAR) is 56. Actor Lorenzo Lamas is 54. Actor James Denton is 49. Rock musician Greg K. (The Offspring) is 47. Country singer John Michael Montgomery is 47. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is 47. Actor Rainn Wilson (TV: "The Office) is 46. Actress Stacey Dash is 45. TV personality Melissa Rivers is 44. Singer Xavier is 44. Actor Reno Wilson is 43. Singer Edwin McCain is 42. Actor Skeet Ulrich is 42. Rap musician ?uestlove (questlove) (The Roots) is 41. Rock musician Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) is 33. Actor Evan Peters is 25.
Thought for today: "Whatever people in general do not understand, they are always prepared to dislike; the incomprehensible is always the obnoxious." -- Letitia Landon, English poet (1802-1838)
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