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Five years ago: The Army censured retired three-star Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger for a "perfect storm of mistakes, misjudgments and a failure of leadership" after the 2004 friendly-fire death in Afghanistan of Army Ranger Pat Tillman. The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a 26,000-strong peacekeeping force for Sudan's Darfur region.
One year ago: Ending a perilous stalemate, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders announced a historic agreement on emergency legislation to avert the nation's first-ever financial default. Syrian security forces launched a ferocious assault on defiant cities and towns, killing at least 70 people and possibly many more. Yani Tseng won the Women's British Open for the second straight year, beating Brittany Lang by four strokes. Florida handed the Atlanta Braves their 10,000th loss in franchise history; with the 3-1 loss, the Braves became the second team in big league history with 10,000 losses (the Phillies reached that mark in 2007).
Today's birthdays: Actor Don Murray is 83. Jazz composer-musician Kenny Burrell is 81. Actor Geoffrey Lewis is 77. Actress France Nuyen is 73. Actress Susan Flannery is 73. Singer Lobo is 69. Actress Geraldine Chaplin is 68. Former movie studio executive Sherry Lansing is 68. Singer Gary Lewis is 67. Actor Richard Griffiths is 65. Actor Lane Davies is 62. International Tennis Hall of Famer Evonne Goolagong Cawley is 61. Actor Barry Van Dyke is 61. Actor Alan Autry is 60. Jazz composer-musician Michael Wolff is 60. Actor James Read is 59. Actor Michael Biehn is 56. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is 56. Rock singer-musician Daniel Ash (Love and Rockets) is 55. Entrepreneur Mark Cuban is 54. Rock musician Bill Berry is 54. Actor Wesley Snipes is 50. Country singer Chad Brock is 49. Musician Fatboy Slim is 49. Rock musician Jim Corr is 48. Author J.K. Rowling (ROHL'-ing) is 47. Actor Dean Cain is 46. Actor Ben Chaplin is 43. Actor Loren Dean is 43. Retired NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte is 41. Actress Annie Parisse (pah-REES') is 37. Actor Robert Telfer is 35. Country singer-musician Zac Brown is 34. Actor-producer-writer B.J. Novak is 33. Actor Eric Lively is 31. Country singer Blaire Stroud (3 of Hearts) is 29. Singer Shannon Curfman is 27. Actor Rico Rodriguez (TV: "Modern Family") is 14.
Thought for today: "Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless." -- Milton Friedman (1912-2006)
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