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Ten years ago: The Los Angeles Lakers finished off the New Jersey Nets in four games, winning their third straight NBA title with a 113-107 victory. Fashion designer Bill Blass died at his Connecticut home at age 79.
Five years ago: President George W. Bush went to Capitol Hill, where he prodded rebellious Senate Republicans to help resurrect legislation that could provide eventual citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants. Afghan police mistook U.S. troops for Taliban fighters and opened fire, prompting U.S. forces to return fire, killing seven Afghan police officers. Justin Verlander pitched a no-hitter to lead the Detroit Tigers over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0. Don Herbert, television's "Mr. Wizard," died in Bell Canyon, Calif., at age 89.
One year ago: The Dallas Mavericks won their first NBA title by winning Game 6 of the finals against the Miami Heat, 105-95. "The Book of Mormon" took home nine Tony Awards, including the prize for best musical; "War Horse" won five Tonys, including the best play award.
Today's birthdays: Banker/philanthropist David Rockefeller is 97. Former President George H.W. Bush is 88. Singer Vic Damone is 84. Songwriter Richard Sherman is 84. Actor-singer Jim Nabors is 82. Jazz musician Chick Corea is 71. Sportscaster Marv Albert is 71. Singer Roy Harper is 71. Rock singer Reg Presley (The Troggs) is 71. Pop singer Len Barry is 70. Rock singer-musician John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson) is 63. Rock musician Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) is 61. Country singer-musician Junior Brown is 60. Singer-songwriter Rocky Burnette is 59. Actor Timothy Busfield is 55. Singer Meredith Brooks is 54. Actress Jenilee Harrison is 54. Rock musician John Linnell (They Might Be Giants) is 53. Rapper Grandmaster Dee (Whodini) is 50. Actress Paula Marshall is 48. Actress Frances O'Connor is 45. Actor Rick Hoffman (TV: "Suits") is 42. Actor Jason Mewes is 38. Actor Michael Muhney is 37. Blues musician Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 35. Actor Wil Horneff is 33. Singer Robyn is 33. Country singer Chris Young is 27. Rap group MC Jay Are is 23. Actor Ryan Malgarini is 20.
Thought for today: "It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor." -- Eric Hoffer, American philosopher (1902-1983)
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