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Five years ago: The Senate confirmed President George W. Bush's nomination of Michael Mukasey to be attorney general, 53-40. President Bush suffered the first veto override of his seven-year-old presidency as the Senate enacted, 79-14, a $23 billion water resources bill despite his protest that it was filled with unnecessary projects. Dominican singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra swept the Latin Grammy Awards, taking home five musical honors including album of the year, record of the year and song of the year.
One year ago: A defiant Herman Cain declared he would not drop his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in the face of allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, a day after a fourth woman accused him of unwanted sexual advances. Voters re-elected Kentucky's Democratic governor, Steve Beshear, and picked a new governor in Mississippi, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant. Bil Keane, 89, creator of the comic strip "Family Circus," died in Paradise Valley, Ariz. Rapper Heavy D, 44, died in Los Angeles.
Today's birthdays: Actor Norman Lloyd is 98. Singer Patti Page is 85. CBS newsman Morley Safer is 81. Singer-actress Bonnie Bramlett is 68. Singer Bonnie Raitt is 63. TV personality Mary Hart is 62. Former Playboy Enterprises chairman and chief executive Christie Hefner is 60. Actress Alfre Woodard is 60. Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones is 58. Author Kazuo Ishiguro is 58. Rock musician Porl Thompson (The Cure) is 55. Singer-actor Leif Garrett is 51. Chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay is 46. Actress Courtney Thorne-Smith is 45. Actress Parker Posey is 44. Rock musician Jimmy Chaney is 43. Actress Roxana Zal is 43. Singer Diana King is 42. Actor Gonzalo Menendez is 41. Actress Gretchen Mol is 39. Actor Matthew Rhys is 38. Actress Tara Reid is 37. Country singer Bucky Covington is 35. Actress Dania Ramirez is 33. Actress Azura Skye is 31. Actor Chris Rankin is 29. TV personality Jack Osbourne is 27. Actress Jessica Lowndes is 24. Country singer Lauren Alaina is 18.
Thought for today: "Man is born to live, not to prepare for life." -- Boris Pasternak, Russian author (1890-1960)
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