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Five years ago: Six lawmakers were killed by a suicide bomber in northern Afghanistan during a visit to a sugar factory; 61 students also died as a result of the bombing and shots fired by guards. Country singer Hank Thompson died in Keller, Texas, at age 82. George Osmond, father of Donny and Marie Osmond and patriarch to the family's singing group The Osmond Brothers, died in Provo, Utah, at age 90.
One year ago: Greece's embattled prime minister, George Papandreou, and its main opposition leader, Antonis Samaras, agreed to form an interim government to ensure the country's new European debt deal. Geoffrey Mutai (jahf-FREE' MOO'-ty) of Kenya shattered the course record in the New York City Marathon, winning the men's title in 2:05:06, while Firehiwot (FRAY'-waht) Dado of Ethiopia made a stunning comeback for her first major marathon title in 2:23:15.
Today's birthdays: Director Mike Nichols is 81. Country singer Stonewall Jackson is 80. Singer Eugene Pitt (The Jive Five) is 75. Singer P.J. Proby is 74. Country singer Guy Clark is 71. Actress Sally Field is 66. Pop singer-musician Glenn Frey (The Eagles) is 64. Singer Rory Block is 63. Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval is 63. TV host Catherine Crier is 58. California's former first lady, Maria Shriver, is 57. Actress Lori Singer is 55. Actor Lance Kerwin is 52. Rock musician Paul Brindley (The Sundays) is 49. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is 48. Rock singer Corey Glover is 48. Actor Brad Grunberg is 48. Actor Peter DeLuise is 46. Actress Kelly Rutherford is 44. Actor Ethan Hawke is 42. Actress Thandie Newton is 40. Model-actress Rebecca Romijn (roh-MAYN') is 40. Actress Zoe McLellan is 38. Actress Nicole Dubuc is 34. Actress Taryn Manning is 34. Singer-songwriter Ben Rector is 26. Actress Emma Stone is 24. Actress Mercedes Kastner is 23.
Thought for today: "I know nothing grander, better exercise, better digestion, more positive proof of the past, the triumphant result of faith in human kind, than a well-contested American national election." -- Walt Whitman, American poet (1819-1892)
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