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Ten years ago: The Irish Republican Army issued an unprecedented apology for hundreds of civilian deaths over 30 years.
Five years ago: Declaring a "moment of choice" in the Middle East, President George W. Bush said he would call Israel, the Palestinians and others in the region to a peace conference. A man carrying a gun and declaring "I am the emperor" was shot and killed by security outside the offices of Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter. (The man was identified as 32-year-old Aaron Snyder.) A 6.8-magnitude earthquake on Japan's northwest coast killed 11 people and caused radioactive leaks at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant.
One year ago: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez left his country for Cuba to begin chemotherapy, vowing to win his fight against cancer and calling for his political allies to stay united in his absence.
Today's birthdays: Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh is 80. Soul singer Denise LaSalle is 78. Soul singer William Bell is 73. International Tennis Hall of Famer Margaret Court is 70. Violinist Pinchas Zukerman is 64. Actor-singer Ruben Blades is 64. Rock composer-musician Stewart Copeland is 60. Playwright Tony Kushner is 56. Dancer Michael Flatley is 54. Actress Phoebe Cates is 49. Actor Daryl "Chill" Mitchell is 47. Actor-comedian Will Ferrell is 45. Actor Jonathan Adams is 45. Actress Rain Pryor is 43. Actor Corey Feldman is 41. Rock musician Ed Kowalczyk (Live) is 41. Rock singer Ryan McCombs (Drowning Pool) is 38. Actress Jayma Mays (TV: "Glee") is 33. Actress AnnaLynne McCord is 25. Actor-singer James Maslow is 22. Actor Mark Indelicato is 18.
Thought for today: "If sentiment doesn't ultimately make fibbers of some people, their natural abominable memories almost certainly will." -- J.D. Salinger (1919-2010)
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