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Five years ago: A truck bomb struck a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad, killing at least 87 people. President George W. Bush and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sided emphatically with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his standoff with the militant group Hamas. The space shuttle Atlantis undocked from the international space station for its return to earth.
One year ago: Libya's government said NATO warplanes had struck a residential neighborhood in the capital and killed nine civilians, including two children; NATO later confirmed one of its airstrikes had gone astray. Rory McIlroy (MAK'-ihl-roy) ran away with the U.S. Open title, winning by eight shots and breaking the tournament scoring record by a whopping four strokes. (McIlroy shot 2-under 69 to close the four days at Congressional in Bethesda, Md. at 16-under 268.) Alyssa Campanella of Los Angeles won the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas.
Today's birthdays: Actress Gena (JEH'-nuh) Rowlands is 82. Singer Spanky McFarlane (Spanky and Our Gang) is 70. Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi (soo chee) is 67. Actress Phylicia Rashad is 64. Rock singer Ann Wilson (Heart) is 62. Musician Larry Dunn is 59. Actress Kathleen Turner is 58. Country singer Doug Stone is 56. Singer Mark DeBarge is 53. Singer-dancer Paula Abdul is 50. Actor Andy Lauer is 49. Rock singer-musician Brian Vander Ark (Verve Pipe) is 48. Actress Mia Sara is 45. Rock musician Brian "Head" Welch is 42. Actor Jean Dujardin (Film: "The Artist") is 40. Actress Robin Tunney is 40. Actor Bumper Robinson is 38. Actress Poppy Montgomery is 37. Alt-country singer-musician Scott Avett (AY'-veht) (The Avett Brothers) is 36. Actor Ryan Hurst is 36. Actress Zoe Saldana is 34. Actress Lauren Lee Smith is 32. Actor Paul Dano is 28. Actor Atticus Shaffer (TV: "The Middle") is 14.
Thought for today: "One has two duties -- to be worried and not to be worried." -- E.M. Forster, British author (1879-1970)
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