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Ten years ago: One of the worst wildfires in Arizona history grew to 128,000 acres, forcing thousands of homeowners near the community of Show Low to flee. The United States team was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in South Korea, losing 1-0 to Germany.
Five years ago: Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, the chief U.S. nuclear envoy, made a rare trip to North Korea in a surprise bid to accelerate international efforts to press the communist government to abandon its nuclear weapons program. Bob Evans, creator of his namesake restaurant chain, died in Cleveland at age 89.
One year ago: Amid street protests, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou survived a confidence vote. Defending national champion South Carolina tied the record for consecutive NCAA tournament wins with a 7-1 victory over Virginia at the College World Series.
Today's birthdays: Composer Lalo Schifrin is 80. Actor Bernie Kopell is 79. Actor Monte Markham is 77. Songwriter Don Black is 74. Actress Mariette Hartley is 72. Comedian Joe Flaherty is 71. Rock singer-musician Ray Davies (The Kinks) is 68. Actress Meredith Baxter is 65. Actor Michael Gross is 65. Rock musician Joe Molland (Badfinger) is 65. Rock musician Don Airey (Deep Purple) is 64. Country singer Leon Everette is 64. Rock musician Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) is 62. Rock musician Nils Lofgren is 61. Actress Robyn Douglass is 59. Actor Leigh McCloskey is 57. Cartoonist Berke Breathed is 55. Country singer Kathy Mattea is 53. Actor Marc Copage is 50. Actress Sammi Davis is 48. Actor Doug Savant is 48. Country musician Porter Howell is 48. Actor Michael Dolan is 47. Writer-director Larry Wachowski is 47. Actress Paula Irvine is 44. Rapper/producer Pete Rock is 42. Country singer Allison Moorer is 40. Actress Juliette Lewis is 39. Musician Justin Cary is 37. Rock musician Mike Einziger (Incubus) is 36. Actor Chris Pratt is 33. Rock singer Brandon Flowers is 31. Britain's Prince William is 30. Pop singer Kris Allen ("American Idol") is 27. Actor Jascha Washington is 23. Pop singer Rebecca Black is 15.
Thought for today: "He, who will not reason, is a bigot; he, who cannot, is a fool; and he, who dares not, is a slave." -- William Drummond, Scottish writer (1585-1649)
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