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Five years ago: Former Treasury chief Gordon Brown became British prime minister, succeeding Tony Blair. In her first televised interview since being released from custody, a demure Paris Hilton told CNN's Larry King she would never again drink and drive and that her time in jail was "a timeout in life."
One year ago: Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich) was convicted by a federal jury in Chicago of a wide range of corruption charges, including the allegation that he'd tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat. (Blagojevich was later sentenced to 14 years in prison.) International judges ordered the arrest of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi for murdering civilians. Venus and Serena Williams were eliminated in the fourth round of Wimbledon, the first time in five years that neither sister advanced to the quarterfinals at the All England Club. Actress Elaine Stewart, 81, died in Beverly Hills, Calif., after a long illness.
Today's birthdays: Business executive Ross Perot is 82. Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is 74. Singer-musician Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys) is 70. Fashion designer Vera Wang is 63. Actress Julia Duffy is 61. Actress Isabelle Adjani is 57. Country singer Lorrie Morgan is 53. Actor Brian Drillinger is 52. Writer-producer-director J.J. Abrams is 46. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., is 44. Olympic gold and bronze medal figure skater Viktor Petrenko is 43. TV personality Jo Frost (TV: "Supernanny") is 42. Actor Yancey Arias is 41. Actor Christian Kane is 38. Actor Tobey Maguire is 37. Gospel singer Leigh Nash is 36. Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian (kar-DASH'-ee-uhn) is 28. Actor Drake Bell is 26. Actor Ed Westwick is 25. Actress Madylin Sweeten is 21. Actor Chandler Riggs (TV: "The Walking Dead") is 13.
Thought for today: "Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius." -- Edward Gibbon, English historian (1737-1794)
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