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Five years ago: For the second time, President George W. Bush vetoed an embryonic stem cell bill as he urged scientists toward what he termed "ethically responsible" research. Sammy Sosa, playing for the Texas Rangers after a year out of baseball, hit his 600th home run, making him the fifth player to reach the milestone. (The round-tripper came in the fifth inning of Texas' 7-3 victory over Sosa's former team, the Chicago Cubs.)
One year ago: Syrian President Bashar Assad promised a national dialogue to consider political reforms, but his vague overtures to a pro-democracy uprising fell flat as protesters took to the streets shouting "Liar!" and demanding his ouster. "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn was killed in a fiery car crash near Philadelphia; he was 34.
Today's birthdays: Actress Olympia Dukakis is 81. Actor Martin Landau is 81. Actor James Tolkan is 81. Actor Danny Aiello is 79. Blues musician Lazy Lester is 79. Actor John Mahoney is 72. Movie director Stephen Frears is 71. Singer-songwriter Brian Wilson is 70. Actor John McCook is 68. Singer Anne Murray is 67. TV personality Bob Vila is 66. Musician Andre Watts is 66. Actress Candy Clark is 65. Producer Tina Sinatra is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lionel Richie is 63. Actor John Goodman is 60. Rock musician Michael Anthony is 58. Pop musician John Taylor is 52. Rock musician Mark DeGliantoni (de-GLI'-an-toh-nee) is 50. Rock musician Murphy Karges (Sugar Ray) is 45. Actress Nicole Kidman is 45. Country/bluegrass singer-musician Dan Tyminski is 45. Movie director Robert Rodriguez is 44. Actor Peter Paige is 43. Actor Josh Lucas is 41. Rock musician Jeordie White (AKA Twiggy Ramirez) is 41. Rock singer Chino Moreno (Deftones) is 39. Country-folk singer-songwriter Amos Lee is 35. Country singer Chuck Wicks is 33. Christian rock musician Chris Dudley (Underoath) is 29. Rock singer Grace Potter (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals) is 29. Actor Mark Saul is 27. Actress Dreama Walker is 26. Actor Chris Mintz-Plasse (plahs) is 23. Actress Maria Lark is 15.
Thought for today: "Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." -- Franz Kafka, Austrian author and poet (1883-1924)
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