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Five years ago: Atlantis and its seven astronauts returned to Earth safely, ending a two-week mission to deliver an addition to the international space station and bringing home crew member Sunita "Suni" Williams, who'd set an endurance record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman at 195 days. Guy Vander Jagt, a 13-term Republican congressman from Michigan, died in Washington at age 75.
One year ago: President Barack Obama announced he would pull home 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by the following summer. James "Whitey" Bulger, the longtime fugitive Boston crime boss and fixture on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list, was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif.
Today's birthdays: Actor Ralph Waite is 84. Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson is 76. Movie director John Korty is 76. Actor Michael Lerner is 71. Broadcast journalist Brit Hume is 69. Singer Peter Asher (Peter and Gordon) is 68. Actor Andrew Rubin is 66. Actor David L. Lander is 65. Singer Howard "Eddie" Kaylan is 65. Singer-musician Todd Rundgren is 64. Actress Meryl Streep is 63. Actress Lindsay Wagner is 63. Singer Alan Osmond is 63. Actor Murphy Cross is 62. Actor Graham Greene is 60. Pop singer Cyndi Lauper is 59. Actor Chris Lemmon is 58. Rock musician Derek Forbes is 56. Actor Tim Russ is 56. Rock musician Garry Beers (INXS) is 55. Actor-producer-writer Bruce Campbell is 54. Rock musician Alan Anton (Cowboy Junkies) is 53. Actress Tracy Pollan is 52. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich is 52. Rock singer-musician Jimmy Somerville is 51. Author Dan Brown ("The Da Vinci Code") is 48. Rock singer-musician Mike Edwards (Jesus Jones) is 48. Rock singer Steven Page is 42. Actor Michael Trucco is 42. Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub (RYS'-kub) is 41. TV personality Carson Daly is 39. Rock musician Chris Traynor is 39. Country musician Jimmy Wallace is 39. Actor Donald Faison (FAY'-zahn) is 38. Actress Alicia Goranson is 38. TV personality/actor Jai Rodriguez is 33. Actress Lindsay Ridgeway is 27.
Thought for today: "There is only one reason for an individual to side-step to the useless side: the fear of a defeat on the useful side." -- Alfred Adler, Austraian psychotherapist (1870-1937)
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