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Five years ago: A North Carolina State Bar disciplinary committee said disgraced prosecutor Mike Nifong would be disbarred for his disastrous prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players falsely accused of rape. Six people were killed, 22 injured, when a car driven by Australian-born professional drag racer Troy Critchley plowed into a parade crowd in Selmer, Tenn. U.S. astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams set a record aboard the International Space Station for the longest single spaceflight by any woman, surpassing the record of 188 days set by astronaut Shannon Lucid at the Mir space station in 1996.
One year ago: U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., announced his resignation from Congress, bowing to the furor caused by his sexually charged online dalliances with a former porn actress and other women. Osama bin Laden's longtime second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri (AY'-muhn ahl-ZWAH'-ree), took control of al-Qaida.
Today's birthdays: Actor Bill Cobbs is 77. Author Joyce Carol Oates is 74. Country singer Billy "Crash" Craddock is 73. Songwriter Lamont Dozier is 71. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eddie Levert is 70. Actress Joan Van Ark is 69. Actor Geoff Pierson is 63. Rhythm-and-blues singer James Smith (The Stylistics) is 62. Boxing Hall of Famer Roberto Duran is 61. Pop singer Gino Vannelli is 60. Actress Laurie Metcalf is 57. Model-actress Jenny Shimizu is 45. Actor James Patrick Stuart is 44. Actor Clifton Collins Jr. is 42. Actor John Cho is 40. Actor Eddie Cibrian is 39. Actress China (chee-nah) Shavers is 35. Actress Missy Peregrym (PEH'-rih-grihm) is 30. Actress Olivia Hack is 29. Singer Diana DeGarmo ("American Idol") is 25. Pop-rock musician Ian Keaggy (Hot Chelle (SHEL)) is 25.
Thought for today: "Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control." -- Cyril Connolly, British critic (1903-1974)
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