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Five years ago: During a feisty Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Hillary Rodham Clinton accused her closest rivals, Barack Obama and John Edwards, of slinging mud "right out of the Republican playbook" and sharply criticized their records. Cyclone Sidr struck Bangladesh, killing more than 3,200 people and leaving millions homeless. Baseball player Barry Bonds was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice, charged with lying when he told a federal grand jury that he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs. (Bonds was later convicted on the obstruction of justice count; his lawyers are appealing.) Actress Lindsay Lohan (LOH'-un) completed her jail sentence for drunken driving in a swift 84 minutes.
One year ago: Hundreds of police officers in riot gear raided the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City in the pre-dawn darkness, evicting hundreds of protesters and then demolishing the tent city. The U.S. Postal Service said it had lost $5.1 billion in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2011. The state of Ohio executed Reginald Brooks, who had shot his three sons as they slept, shortly after his wife filed for divorce. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers breezed to the AL Cy Young Award in a unanimous vote. Karl Slover, 93, one of the last surviving actors who played Munchkins in the 1939 classic film "the Wizard of Oz," died in Dublin, Ga.
Today's birthdays: Judge Joseph Wapner is 93. Statesman Howard H. Baker Jr. is 87. Actor Ed Asner is 83. Actor John Kerr is 81. Singer Petula Clark is 80. Comedian Jack Burns is 79. Actress Joanna Barnes is 78. Actor Yaphet Kotto is 73. Actor Sam Waterston is 72. Classical conductor Daniel Barenboim is 70. Pop singer Frida (ABBA) is 67. Actor Bob Gunton is 67. Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is 65. Director-actor James Widdoes is 59. Rock singer-producer Mitch Easter is 58. Fox News reporter John Roberts is 56. Former "Jay Leno Show" bandleader Kevin Eubanks is 55. Comedian Judy Gold is 50. Actress Rachel True is 46. Rapper E-40 is 45. Country singer Jack Ingram is 42. Actor Jay Harrington is 41. Actor Jonny Lee Miller is 40. Actress Sydney Tamiia (tuh-MY'-yuh) Poitier is 39. Christian rock musician David Carr (Third Day) is 38. Rock singer-musician Chad Kroeger is 38. Rock musician Jesse Sandoval is 38. Actress Virginie Ledoyen is 36. Actor Sean Murray (TV: "NCIS") is 35. Pop singer Ace Young (TV: "American Idol") is 32. Golfer Lorena Ochoa is 31. Actress Shailene Woodley is 21. Actress-dancer Emma Dumont (TV: "Bunheads") is 18.
Thought for today: "News reports don't change the world. Only facts change it, and those have already happened when we get the news." -- Friedrich Durrenmatt, Swiss author and playwright (1921-1990)
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