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Five years ago: Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, appearing on MSNBC's "Hardball," got into a verbal fracas with Elizabeth Edwards, who had called into the program to ask Coulter to stop making personal attacks on her husband, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. Paris Hilton left the Los Angeles County jail after a bizarre, three-week stay for a probation violation. Fashion designer Liz Claiborne died in New York at age 78.
One year ago: New York City's gay pride parade turned into a carnival-like celebration of same-sex marriage as hundreds of thousands of revelers rejoiced at the state's new law giving gay couples the same marital rights as everyone else. In Senegal, hundreds of Muslim protesters descended on a Jehovah's Witness temple and a bar in Dakar, setting the buildings on fire in a rare instance of religious extremism in the normally moderate Islamic republic. Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y., by 10 strokes.
Today's birthdays: Actress Eleanor Parker is 90. Jazz musician-film composer Dave Grusin is 78. Actor Josef Sommer is 78. Singer Billy Davis Jr. is 72. Rock singer Georgie Fame is 69. Actor Clive Francis is 66. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brenda Holloway is 66. Actor Michael Paul Chan is 62. Actor Robert Davi is 61. Singer-musician Mick Jones is 57. Actor Gedde Watanabe (GEH'-dee wah-tah-NAH'-bee) is 57. Rock singer Chris Isaak is 56. Rock singer Patty Smyth is 55. Singer Terri Nunn (Berlin) is 51. Rock singer Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays) is 49. Rock musician Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) is 43. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is 42. Actor Sean Hayes is 42. Actor Matt Letscher is 42. Actor Chris O'Donnell is 42. Actor Nick Offerman is 42. Actress Rebecca Budig is 39. MLB All-Star player Derek Jeter is 38. Country singer Gretchen Wilson is 38. Rock musician Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon) is 33. Pop-rock singer-musician Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) is 33. Actor-musician Jason Schwartzman is 32. Actress-singer Jennette McCurdy is 20.
Thought for today: "You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea." -- Pearl S. Buck, American author (born this date in 1892, died in 1973)
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