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Five years ago: Speaking at a graduation ceremony at Fort Jackson, S.C., President George W. Bush said U.S. military deaths had fallen to their lowest levels in 19 months and the Iraqi people were slowly "taking back their country" in the wake of the American troop buildup there. Michael Mukasey drew closer to becoming attorney general after two key Senate Democrats, Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein (FYN'-styn), said they would vote for him despite his refusal to say whether waterboarding was torture. Choreographer Igor Moiseyev, who transformed folk dance into a legitimate art, died in Moscow at age 101.
One year ago: The Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to some 19,000 Japanese-Americans who'd served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service.
Today's birthdays: Rhythm-and-blues singer Earl "Speedo" Carroll (The Cadillacs; The Coasters) is 75. Singer Jay Black (Jay and the Americans) is 74. Political commentator Patrick Buchanan is 74. Actress Stefanie Powers is 70. Author Shere (shehr) Hite is 70. Rock musician Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 68. Country-rock singer-songwriter J.D. Souther is 67. Actress Kate Linder is 65. Rock musician Carter Beauford (The Dave Matthews Band) is 55. Singer-songwriter k.d. lang is 51. Rock musician Bobby Dall (Poison) is 49. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage is 48. Actress Lauren Velez is 48. Actor David Schwimmer is 46. Christian/jazz singer Alvin Chea (Take 6) is 45. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is 45. Rock musician Fieldy is 43. Rock singer-musician John Hampson (Nine Days) is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Timothy Christian Riley (Tony Toni Tone) is 38. Rapper Nelly is 38. Prodigy (Mobb Deep) is 38. Actor Danny Cooksey is 37. Rock musician Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) is 37. Country singer Erika Jo ("Nashville Star") is 26. Actor-singer Kendall Schmidt is 22.
Thought for today: "Drop the question what tomorrow may bring, and count as profit every day that Fate allows you." -- Horace, Roman poet (65 B.C.-8 B.C.)
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