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Five years ago: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared an emergency after the Hamas militant group effectively took control of the Gaza Strip. Reputed Klansman James Ford Seale was convicted of kidnapping Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, two black teenagers who were deliberately drowned in Mississippi in 1964. (Seale, sentenced to life, died in prison in 2011 at age 76.) Ruth Graham, the wife of evangelist Billy Graham, died in Montreat, N.C., at age 87. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim died in Vienna, Austria, at age 88. The San Antonio Spurs won their fourth NBA title in nine years as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 83-82 in Game 4.
One year ago: President Barack Obama made a four-hour visit to Puerto Rico, becoming the first president since John F. Kennedy to make an official visit to the U.S. territory. The long-delayed, problem-plagued musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" officially opened on Broadway.
Today's birthdays: Actress Marla Gibbs is 81. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., is 73. Writer Peter Mayle is 73. Actor Jack Bannon is 72. Country-rock musician Spooner Oldham is 69. Rock singer Rod Argent (The Zombies; Argent) is 67. Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump is 66. Singer Janet Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 66. Rock musician Barry Melton is 65. Rock musician Alan White (Yes) is 63. Actor Eddie Mekka is 60. Actor Will Patton is 58. Olympic gold-medal speed skater Eric Heiden (HY'-dun) is 54. Singer Boy George is 51. Rock musician Chris DeGarmo is 49. Actress Traylor Howard is 46. Actress Yasmine Bleeth is 44. Actor Faizon Love is 44. Tennis player Steffi Graf is 43. Screenwriter Diablo Cody is 34. Actor J.R. Martinez is 29. Actor-singer Kevin McHale is 24. Actress Lucy Hale is 23. Actor Daryl Sabara is 20.
Thought for today: "It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the men whose people have been here many generations." -- Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. senator and historian (1850-1924)
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