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Five years ago: Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto (BEN'-uh-zeer BOO'-toh) was placed under house arrest for the second time in four days ahead of a planned march to protest emergency rule. The Dow Jones industrial average closed below 13,000 for first time since August 2007. Ryan Braun won the NL Rookie of the Year award in one of the closest votes, while Dustin Pedroia ran away with the AL honor.
One year ago: President Barack Obama declared the Asia-Pacific region the heart of explosive growth for years to come as he courted Asian powers in Hawaii, the site of a regional economic summit. Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi resigned, ending a political era and setting in motion a transition aimed at bringing the country back from the brink of economic crisis. In a surprisingly sharp move, the Arab League voted to suspend Syria over the country's bloody crackdown on protesters and stepped up calls on the army to stop killing civilians.
Today's birthdays: Rhythm-and-blues singer Ruby Nash Curtis (Ruby and the Romantics) is 73. Actor-playwright Wallace Shawn is 69. Singer Brian Hyland is 69. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jimmy Hayes (Persuasions) is 69. Rock musician Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & the MGs) is 68. Sportscaster Al Michaels is 68. Singer-songwriter Neil Young is 67. Rock musician Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (Blue Oyster Cult) is 65. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., is 63. Country/gospel singer Barbara Fairchild is 62. Actress Megan Mullally is 54. Actor Vincent Irizarry is 53. Olympic gold medal gymnast Nadia Comaneci (koh-muh-NEECH') is 51. Actor Sam Lloyd is 49. Rock musician David Ellefson is 48. Former MLB player Sammy Sosa is 44. Figure skater Tonya Harding is 42. Actress Radha Mitchell is 39. Actress Lourdes Benedicto is 38. Actress Tamala Jones is 38. Actress Angela Watson is 38. Singer Tevin Campbell is 36. Actress Ashley Williams is 34. Actress Cote de Pablo is 33. Actor Ryan Gosling is 32. Contemporary Christian musician Chris Huffman is 32. Actress Anne Hathaway is 30. Pop singer Omarion is 28. Actress Macey Cruthird is 20.
Thought for today: "This is the lesson that history teaches: repetition." -- Gertrude Stein, American author (1874-1946)
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